12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Paris, France
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
7
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Toronto, Canada

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Palace of Versailles. On the next day, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Paris trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Paris is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Toronto to Paris, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in August, Paris is slightly colder at night with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

1
night
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.
On the 23rd (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, then take in the views from Charles Bridge, and finally wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Prague journey builder .

You can fly from Paris to Prague in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

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

1
night
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.
On the 24th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Halaszbastya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, then admire the striking features of Hungarian Parliament Building, then pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, and finally see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Budapest attractions app .

Getting from Prague to Budapest by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Prague in August: highs in Budapest hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome day trip planning website .

You can fly from Budapest to Rome in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Budapest in August: high temperatures in Rome hover around 38°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) 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
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 27th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Campanile di Giotto, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, then examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence journey planning app .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in August, expect little chillier with lows of 20°C in Florence. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

1
night
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 29th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then stroll around Parc Guell, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Florence to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Barcelona when traveling from Florence in August, with lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, take a stroll through Belém Tower, then contemplate the long history of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and finally don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Quinta da Regaleira, wander the streets of Alfama, and then step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lisbon tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Lisbon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Western European Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Barcelona in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Lisbon, with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

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