12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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Fira, Greece
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Milan, Italy
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Paris, France
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Madrid, Spain
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London, United Kingdom
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Fira, Greece

— 1 night
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): do a tasting at Santo Winery, then take in the dramatic natural features at Skaros Rock, and then hike along Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Fira trip planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Fira is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Riyadh, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Fira, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Milan.

Things to do in Fira

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trips

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Milan, Italy

— 2 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Museo del Novecento, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, get engrossed in the history at Villa Necchi Campiglio, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Eustorgio.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Milan trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Fira to Milan takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Fira in April since evenings lows in Milan dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 1:

Paris, France

— 2 nights

City of Light

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): examine the collection at Musee Nissim de Camondo, admire the masterpieces at Musee Marmottan Monet, then examine the collection at Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, and finally step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse, wander the streets of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, then take a stroll through Île de la Cité, and finally contemplate the long history of Hotel de Ville.

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Getting from Milan to Paris by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Milan in May, things will get slightly colder in Paris: highs are around 20°C and lows about 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Madrid.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 1 — 3:

Madrid, Spain

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 4th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Puerta de Bisagra, see the interesting displays at MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, then explore the world behind art at Museo Cerralbo, and finally view the masterpieces at Cava Baja Gallery. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, then stop by La Latina, then explore the world behind art at Museo Sorolla, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip planner.

You can fly from Paris to Madrid in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paris in May: highs in Madrid hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to fly to London.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

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London, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Appreciate the collections at National Gallery and Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. Do your shopping at North Laine and The Lanes. When in London, make a side trip to see Gustamps in Brighton, approximately Brighton away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The Courtauld Gallery, make a trip to Trafalgar Square, admire the striking features of Westminster Abbey, and contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the London trip planning tool.

Getting from Madrid to London by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madrid to London. Traveling from Madrid in May, things will get a bit cooler in London: highs are around 19°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in London

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 5 — 8:

Santorini travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.