12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Guayaquil, Ecuador

1
night
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): walk around Vondelpark and then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, then get your game on at Museumphoto, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam visit planning website .

Guayaquil, Ecuador to Amsterdam is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Ecuador Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Guayaquil in April: high temperatures in Amsterdam hover around 15°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Museumphoto ©
Museumphoto
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
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.
On the 26th (Sun), head off the coast to Île de la Cité, explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Le Marais, explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Paris visit site .

Getting from Amsterdam to Paris by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in April, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

2
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): examine the collection at NaFilM: National film museum, then make a trip to StaromEstske namEsti, then make a trip to Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally take in the views from Charles Bridge. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, and then wander the streets of Lesser Town.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Prague tour website .

Fly from Paris to Prague in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. April in Prague sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, and then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome online travel route builder .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Rome takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Prague in April, expect Rome to be a bit warmer, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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.
On the 2nd (Sat), indulge your taste buds at La Boqueria, then walk around Parc Guell, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally contemplate the long history of Casa Batllo. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then examine the collection at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. May in Barcelona sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

1
night
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): examine the collection at Prado National Museum, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, and then explore the activities along Retiro Park.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Madrid road trip planner .

Take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Madrid when traveling from Barcelona in May, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

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