9 days in Europe Itinerary

9 days in Europe Itinerary

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9 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Jacksonville, United States
Bus + Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  16​h 30​min
End: Jacksonville, 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.
Appreciate the collections at Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. Get some cultural insight at Palatine Hill and Pantheon. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, explore the ancient world of Catacombe di San Callisto, contemplate the long history of Colosseum, and ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

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

Jacksonville, USA to Rome is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET) is 6 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Jacksonville in December: high temperatures in Rome hover around 57°F and lows are around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 30th (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica San Miniato al Monte, and finally take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally make a trip to The Baptistery of St. John.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December in Florence, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
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Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

3
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.
On the 1st (Wed), ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville, step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis, then examine the collection at Musee des Arts Forains, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and finally contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, examine the collection at Fondation Louis Vuitton, and then browse the exhibits of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Florence to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Florence in December, plan for slightly colder days in Paris, with highs around 47°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte ©
Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte

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