12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
train:  2​h 30​min
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: London, United Kingdom

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte and Champs-Elysees. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Arc de Triomphe. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, and get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip builder app .

London, UK to Paris is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get a sense of the local culture at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Basilica di Santa Croce. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza del Duomo will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Palazzo dei Priori (in Volterra) and San Gimignano (Torre e Casa Campatelli, San Gimignano 1300, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, contemplate the long history of Loggia dei Lanzi, examine the collection at Pitti Palace, and make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Florence journey tool .

Fly from Paris to Florence in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in September, with highs in Florence at 30°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Gimignano, Palazzo dei Priori
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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 8th (Sun): contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, make a trip to Piazza Navona, then delve into the distant past at Pantheon, then delve into the distant past at Colosseum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, and finally delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Rome day trip tool .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Rome are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol, then explore the world behind art at Chester Beatty, and then take a stroll through Temple Bar. On your second day here, examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, view the masterpieces at National Gallery of Ireland, then get engrossed in the history at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, and finally make a trip to St. Michan's Church.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Rome to Dublin in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Dublin is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Rome in September, expect Dublin to be a bit cooler, temps between 19°C and 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum ©
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

2
nights
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Urquhart Castle, stop by Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition, then identify plant and animal life at Aigas Field Centre, then don't miss a visit to Inverness Castle Viewpoint, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Catholic Church. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rosemarkie Beach, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Inverness road trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Inverness takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Inverness

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Drumnadrochit, Rosemarkie Beach, Aigas Field Centre, Culloden Battlefield
Highlights from your plan
Urquhart Castle ©
Urquhart Castle
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre

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