12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Washington DC, 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.
You'll explore and learn at Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. Do some cultural sightseeing at Colosseum and Palatine Hill. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, take a stroll through Via Condotti, make a trip to Piazza Navona, and delve into the distant past at Pantheon.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rome vacation maker site .

Washington DC, USA to Rome is an approximately 13-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 23rd (Sat), explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, then take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, and then do a tasting at Castello del Trebbio.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence itinerary site .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Florence, with lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Castello del Trebbio
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
Venice, Italy

Venice
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
On the 25th (Mon), take in the exciting artwork at Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti, then explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and finally wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Venice holiday maker website .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in May, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Peggy Guggenheim Collection ©
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Campo del Ghetto ©
Campo del Ghetto

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.
You've now added Louvre Museum to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take a stroll through Montmartre, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then don't miss a visit to Champs-Elysees. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, and finally wander the streets of Le Marais.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary site .

Fly from Venice to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, Paris is slightly colder than Venice - with highs of 64°F and lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

2
nights
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Natural History Museum, Coca-Cola London Eye, Tower of London, and other attractions. You'll explore and learn at The British Museum and Churchill War Rooms. Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, get a taste of the local shopping with Covent Garden, and pick up some local products at Street Food Union - Rupert Street SOHO.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read London trip itinerary site .

Getting from Paris to London by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to London is minus 1 hour. May in London sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

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