12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
6
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: San Francisco, United States

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo and then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Parc Guell, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip itinerary maker .

San Francisco, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Barcelona, with lows of 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally appreciate the history behind Campanile di Giotto. On your second day here, examine the collection at Pitti Palace, see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, then take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, then take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Florence trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Florence takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 59°F in Florence. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

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 ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

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 14th (Mon): admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, make a trip to 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. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, and then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rome sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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.
On the 16th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Budapest trip itinerary planning app .

Fly from Rome to Budapest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, Budapest is slightly colder than Rome - with highs of 71°F and lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (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 see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Prague route maker app .

Fly from Budapest to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Budapest in September, expect nights in Prague to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are slightly colder, around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): head off the coast to Île de la Cité, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, then don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, read our Paris online holiday planner .

You can fly from Prague to Paris in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. September in Paris sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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