12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Boston, United States
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  7​h
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Palermo, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Boston, United States


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3
nights
Porto, Portugal

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
On the 18th (Sat), take a leisurely stroll along Cais da Ribeira, take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, then explore the activities along Rio Douro, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at World of Discoveries - Museu Interativo & Parque Tematico, browse the collection at Livraria Lello, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Porto trip planner .

Boston, USA to Porto is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Boston to Porto due to the time zone difference. In April, Porto is somewhat warmer than Boston - with highs of 65°F and lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Parks Nature
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Room Escape Games
Douro River ©
Douro River

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.
Attractions like Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Casa Mila - La Pedrera make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Parc Guell, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, and admire the striking features of Casa Batllo.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona online visit planner .

Fly from Porto to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 52°F. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

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 23rd (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the magic at Disneyland Paris.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Paris sightseeing planner .

Fly from Barcelona to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in April, things will get a bit cooler in Paris: highs are around 60°F and lows about 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Disneyland Paris
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Disneyland Paris ©
Disneyland Paris
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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.
On the 25th (Sat), make a trip to Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, have fun and explore at Welcome to Rome, then steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, and finally contemplate the long history of Colosseum. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, and finally explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Rome trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in April, things will get a bit warmer in Rome: highs are around 69°F and lows about 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Palermo.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

2
nights
Palermo, Italy

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Catacombe dei Cappuccini, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Monreale, admire the landmark architecture of Norman Palace, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa Inferiore della Cappella Palatina, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia di Mondello. On your second day here, make a trip to Quattro Canti, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Palermo, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Palermo online tour builder .

You can fly from Rome to Palermo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites Tours Beaches

Side Trip

Duomo di Monreale
Highlights from your plan
Cattedrale di Palermo ©
Cattedrale di Palermo
Spiaggia di Mondello ©
Spiaggia di Mondello
Norman Palace ©
Norman Palace

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