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 45​min
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
3
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Lloret de Mar, Spain
— 1 day
bus:  1​h
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: San Francisco, United States

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Luxembourg Gardens, Parc du Champ de Mars, Ile Saint-Louis, and other attractions. Head to Le Marais and Champs-Elyseesfor plenty of shopping. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Paris online sightseeing planner .

San Francisco, USA to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Francisco in September, with highs in Paris at 70°F and lows at 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Paris

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

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Centro Storico has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, and then admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Castello del Trebbio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, and finally steep yourself in history at The Baptistery of St. John.

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You can fly from Paris to Florence in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, Florence is somewhat warmer than Paris - with highs of 71°F and lows of 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trip

Castello del Trebbio
Highlights from your plan
Castello del Trebbio ©
Castello del Trebbio
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls as well as V Lounge Beach Club. On the 5th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, contemplate the long history of Colosseum, then delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at V Lounge Beach Club. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and finally stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Callisto.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Rome trip planner .

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Rome are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
Highlights from your plan
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls ©

1
day
Lloret de Mar, Spain

Lloret de Mar ©
Lloret de Mar is a Mediterranean coastal town in Catalonia, Spain. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fenals Beach as well as Castell d'en Plaja. On the 7th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Castell d'en Plaja, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Cristina Hermitage, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardines de Santa Clotilde, then kick back and relax at Fenals Beach, and finally stroll the grounds of Modernist Cemetery.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Lloret de Mar trip planner .

You can fly from Rome to Lloret de Mar in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Lloret de Mar can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lloret de Mar

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Fenals Beach ©
Fenals Beach
Santa Cristina Hermitage ©
Santa Cristina Hermitage
Modernist Cemetery ©
Modernist Cemetery

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes El Born, Cruising Barcelona Bike Tours and El Tablao de Carmen. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): walk around Parc Guell, admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then browse the exhibits of Casa Batllo, then pick up some local products at La Boqueria, and finally enjoy the dining and entertainment at El Tablao de Carmen. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Ciutat Vella, get engrossed in the history at Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, then wander the streets of El Born, and finally pedal to the sights with Cruising Barcelona Bike Tours.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Barcelona journey planner.

You can take a bus from Lloret de Mar to Barcelona in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lloret de Mar in October, Barcelona is a bit warmer at night with lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
El Born ©
El Born

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