12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Dallas, United States
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Vienna, Austria
— 1 night
Fly + train:  5​h
3
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
+2
train + bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
London, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Dallas, United States

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 9th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, take in the spiritual surroundings of Baldacchino di San Pietro, di Bernini, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa del Gesu, and finally make a trip to Piazza Venezia.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rome visit planner .

Dallas, USA to Rome is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Dallas to Rome due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dallas in August, things will get little chillier in Rome: highs are around 90°F and lows about 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Baldacchino di San Pietro, di Bernini
Highlights from your plan
Piazza Navona ©
Piazza Navona
Piazza Venezia ©
Piazza Venezia

1
night
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
On the 10th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien, hunt for treasures at Vienna Naschmarkt, then take a stroll through Graben and Kohlmarkt, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kirche am Steinhof, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Votivkirche, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Vienna trip maker website .

Fly from Rome to Vienna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Rome in August, expect Vienna to be little chillier, temps between 80°F and 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Munich.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

1
night
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten), contemplate the long history of Museggmauer, make a trip to The Nine Towers, then shop like a local with Altstadt Luzern, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Uferpromenade Weggis, get engrossed in the history at Richard Wagner Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hofkirche, and finally see the interesting displays at Bourbaki Panorama.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Lucerne trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and train from Vienna to Lucerne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Uferpromenade Weggis
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) ©
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten)
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern
Uferpromenade Weggis ©
Uferpromenade Weggis

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Hotel de Ville, step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally make a trip to Champs-Elysees.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris attractions website .

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Lucerne to Paris in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Paris are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can catch the train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Champs-Elysees ©
Champs-Elysees

1
night
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
On the 15th (Sat), admire the striking features of Westminster Abbey, explore the world behind art at Wallace Collection, then explore the galleries of Kenwood House, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Courtauld Gallery.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read London trip itinerary maker site .

You can take a train from Paris to London in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Paris in August: highs in London hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Wallace Collection ©
Wallace Collection
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
The Courtauld Gallery ©
The Courtauld Gallery

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): wander the streets of Temple Bar, then admire the masterpieces at Chester Beatty, and then steep yourself in history at Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum, take an in-depth tour of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, then view the masterpieces at National Gallery of Ireland, and finally see the interesting displays at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum.

You can plan Dublin trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by flight from London to Dublin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from London in August, expect Dublin to be slightly colder, temps between 66°F and 51°F. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum ©
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum ©
Chester Beatty ©
Chester Beatty

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