11 days in Europe Itinerary

11 days in Europe Itinerary

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11 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  5​h
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: London, United Kingdom

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral and then pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Park Guell, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then enjoy the sand and surf at La Barceloneta, and finally wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona driving holiday planner .

London, UK to Barcelona is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car, train, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in March, with highs in Barcelona at 19°C and lows at 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Delta del Llobregat
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

3
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 14th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Pietro, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, then explore the ancient world of Colosseum, and finally contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, then make a trip to Piazza Navona, and finally explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rome road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Rome takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March in Rome, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

1
night
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 16th (Fri), enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, contemplate the long history of The Baptistery of St. John, then admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, and finally take in the views from Ponte Vecchio. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and then see the interesting displays at Galleria dell'Accademia.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Florence route site .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. March in Florence sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): admire the striking features of Porta della Carta, make a trip to Basilica di San Marco, then enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, then explore the activities along Canal Grande, and finally make a trip to St. Mark's Square.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Venice visit planner.

Take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Nature Museums
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

2
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church. Visit Dohány Street Synagogue and Liberty Statue for their historical value. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), step into the grandiose world of Buda Castle, appreciate the history behind Shoes on the Danube Bank, and admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Budapest trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Venice to Budapest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Venice in March; daily highs in Budapest reach 14°C and lows reach 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

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