12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
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Rome, Italy
— 1 night
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal

— 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

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 30th (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, then explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, then make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, and finally contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, then make a trip to Belém Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and finally make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco).

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Lisbon route planner.

Tampa, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Tampa to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tampa in April, with highs in Lisbon at 70°F and lows at 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 1:

Barcelona, Spain

— 1 night

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally walk around Parc Guell.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona online trip builder.

Getting from Lisbon to Barcelona by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay May 1 — 2:

Rome, Italy

— 1 night

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 3rd (Tue), delve into the distant past at Colosseum, don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then admire the striking features of Pantheon, and finally don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome vacation tool.

Fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. May in Rome sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 2 — 3:

Florence, Italy

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 4th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally take in the views from Ponte Vecchio. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Santa Croce, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence trip app.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 52°F in Florence. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay May 3 — 5:

Venice, Italy

— 1 night

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande.

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Traveling by car from Florence to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Venice are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay May 5 — 6:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): walk around Luxembourg Gardens, visit Île de la Cité, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and finally explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Venice in May, with highs in Paris at 64°F and lows at 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay May 6 — 8:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 9th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, walk around Vondelpark, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, and finally take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) and then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip planner.

Take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay May 8 — 10: