12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Boston, United States
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Glasgow, United Kingdom
— 1 night
train:  1​h
3
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Paris, France
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Boston, United States

1
night
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 19th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum, examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, then admire the masterpieces at Chester Beatty, and finally take a stroll through Temple Bar. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, explore the historical opulence of Trim Castle, and then see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Dublin trip itinerary website .

Boston, USA to Dublin is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Boston to Dublin due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Boston in May: high temperatures in Dublin hover around 59°F and lows are around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Glasgow.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Trim Castle
Highlights from your plan
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum ©
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

1
night
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Glasgow ©
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): examine the collection at Glasgow Police Museum, contemplate the long history of Provand's Lordship, steep yourself in history at The Tenement House, then contemplate the long history of The Mackintosh House, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hunterian Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Glasgow online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Dublin to Glasgow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May in Glasgow, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Glasgow Police Museum ©
Glasgow Police Museum
Provand's Lordship ©
Provand's Lordship
The Tenement House ©
The Tenement House

2
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Inchcolm Abbey and Island, step into the grandiose world of Craigmillar Castle, then contemplate the long history of Gilmerton Cove, then stroll the grounds of Greyfriars Kirkyard, and finally get engrossed in the history at Surgeons' Hall Museums.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Edinburgh travel route builder site .

Traveling by train from Glasgow to Edinburgh takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to London.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Inchcolm Abbey and Island ©
Inchcolm Abbey and Island
Surgeons' Hall Museums ©
Surgeons' Hall Museums
Craigmillar Castle ©
Craigmillar Castle

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.
On the 23rd (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Westminster Abbey, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, examine the collection at The London Film Museum - Covent Garden, then contemplate the long history of Wallace Collection, and finally don't miss a visit to Buckingham Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Rochester Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rochester Cathedral, then admire the striking features of Ightham Mote, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Courtauld Gallery.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the London trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Edinburgh to London in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May in London, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Rochester, Ightham Mote
Highlights from your plan
Wallace Collection ©
Wallace Collection
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace

1
night
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 25th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and then admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville, examine the collection at Musee Marmottan Monet, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Paris itinerary builder .

You can take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Paris is 1 hour. In May in Paris, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites

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
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Colosseum and Palatine Hill will appeal to history buffs. Pantheon and Cupola di San Pietro are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, take an in-depth tour of Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini, and explore the world behind art at Villa Farnesina.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rome sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paris in May: high temperatures in Rome hover around 75°F and lows are around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Cupola di San Pietro ©
Cupola di San Pietro
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

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