12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Austin, United States
Drive + Fly:  15​h
1
Paris, France
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  16​h 30​min
End: Austin, United States

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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.
On the 22nd (Sat), get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais, then stroll through Île de la Cité, and then explore the galleries of Louvre Museum. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Paris Plage, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Paris tour itinerary maker app .

Austin, USA to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, tram, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Time is 7 hours. Traveling from Austin in December, things will get a bit cooler in Paris: highs are around 47°F and lows about 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Le Marais ©
Le Marais
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, take a stroll through Belém Tower, then shop like a local with Chiado, and finally stop by A Outra Face da Lua. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): explore the world behind art at National Tile Museum, then hunt for treasures at Feira da Ladra, then wander the streets of Avenida da Liberdade, and finally wander the streets of Rossio Square.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Lisbon road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Paris to Lisbon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to Lisbon. In December, Lisbon is a bit warmer than Paris - with highs of 60°F and lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
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Museu Calouste Gulbenkian ©
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
Museu Nacional do Azulejo ©
Museu Nacional do Azulejo
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

3
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Casa Batllo and Casa Mila - La Pedrera. Family-friendly places like La Barceloneta and Basilica of the Sagrada Familia will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Park Guell, stop by Cellarer, see the interesting displays at Museo Picasso, and wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona. December in Barcelona sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

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.
Attractions like Colosseum and V Lounge Beach Club make great kid-friendly stops. Vatican Museums and Pantheon are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, stop by L'Artigianato, get a taste of the local shopping with Via Condotti, and explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rome vacation planner .

You can fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Rome are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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