12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  9​h
1
London, United Kingdom
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  5​h
3
Koblenz, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
4
Bingen am Rhein, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h
5
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Toronto, Canada

1
night
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paul's Church (The Actors' Church), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Clement Danes, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Bartholomew the Great, then see the interesting displays at Geffrye Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at All Hallows By The Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, admire the striking features of Old Royal Naval College, then admire the masterpieces at Queen's House, then explore the world behind art at Apsley House, and finally explore the world behind art at Freud Museum.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the London trip itinerary planning site .

Toronto, Canada to London is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. When traveling from Toronto in May, plan for slightly colder days in London, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Old Royal Naval College ©
Old Royal Naval College
Apsley House ©
Apsley House
Freud Museum ©
Freud Museum

3
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Musee Nissim de Camondo and Pont-Neuf. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis and Albert Kahn Musee et Jardins. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation, explore the world behind art at Musee Jacquemart-Andre, get engrossed in the history at National Archives, and contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Paris attractions planner .

Traveling by train from London to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Koblenz.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Albert Kahn Musee et Jardins, Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis
Highlights from your plan
Left Bank (Rive Gauche) ©
Left Bank (Rive Gauche)
Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis ©
Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis
Musee Nissim de Camondo ©
Musee Nissim de Camondo

2
nights
Koblenz, Germany

Koblenz ©
Calling itself "Germany's most beautiful corner," Koblenz is tucked in the picturesque valley formed by the Rhine and Moselle rivers and is one of the most popular spots on tourist itineraries.
On the 13th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Burg Eltz, step into the grandiose world of Burg Thurant, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Stolzenfels, and finally contemplate the long history of Fort Grossfurst Konstantin. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Fort Asterstein, contemplate the long history of Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, explore the historical opulence of Marksburg Castle, then steep yourself in history at Gorresplatz, and finally steep yourself in history at Schangelbrunnen.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Koblenz trip maker website .

You can take a train from Paris to Koblenz in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, daily temperatures in Koblenz can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Bingen am Rhein.

Things to do in Koblenz

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Burg Thurant, Burg Eltz, Marksburg Castle
Highlights from your plan
Ehrenbreitstein Fortress ©
Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
Marksburg Castle ©
Marksburg Castle
Schloss Stolzenfels ©
Schloss Stolzenfels

2
nights
Bingen am Rhein, Germany

Bingen am Rhein ©
Originally a Celtic settlement and a strategic outpost along one of Rome's most important military roads, Bingen am Rhein is a quintessential Rhine valley town.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Rochuskapelle, then step into the grandiose world of Burg Maus, then explore the historical opulence of Rheinfels Castle, and finally step into the grandiose world of Burg Klopp. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Der Binger Mauseturm, explore the historical opulence of Reichenstein Castle, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilika St. Martin.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Bingen am Rhein tour planning site .

Getting from Koblenz to Bingen am Rhein by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In May in Bingen am Rhein, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Bingen am Rhein

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Reichenstein Castle, Rheinfels Castle, Burg Maus
Highlights from your plan
Rheinfels Castle ©
Rheinfels Castle
Reichenstein Castle ©
Reichenstein Castle
St. Rochuskapelle ©
St. Rochuskapelle

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 17th (Sun), examine the collection at Pitti Palace, get a sense of history and politics at Museo Nazionale del Bargello, then get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, and finally admire the masterpieces at Palazzo Strozzi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, take an in-depth tour of Musei di Fiesole, explore the galleries of Basilica di San Lorenzo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, then contemplate the long history of Loggia dei Lanzi, and finally steep yourself in history at Palazzo Vecchio.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Florence trip itinerary site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bingen am Rhein to Florence. In May, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Musei di Fiesole
Highlights from your plan
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace
Palazzo Strozzi ©
Palazzo Strozzi
Musei di Fiesole ©
Musei di Fiesole

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