12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe holiday planner

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Fly
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
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Florence, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
Fly
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Fly
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Reykjavik, Iceland
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): admire the local landmark of Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria Sopra Minerva. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria della Vittoria, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli, and finally admire the striking features of Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Rome route planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Rome is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Rome due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in December, things will get much colder in Rome: highs are around 16°C and lows about 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Side Trip

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Florence, Italy

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 14th (Mon), admire the striking features of Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, admire the striking features of Cappelle Medicee, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, then steep yourself in history at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Loggia dei Lanzi.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Florence journey planner.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Florence are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

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Venice, Italy

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.
On the 15th (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Orto Botanico di Padova, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of St. Anthony, then make a trip to Prato della Valle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scrovegni Chapel, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Ragione Palace. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Scala Contarini del Bovolo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, don't miss a visit to Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Scuola Grande di San Rocco, and finally visit Cannaregio.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Venice road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Florence to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Florence in December: high temperatures in Venice hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Zagreb.

Things to do in Venice

Side Trip

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Zagreb, Croatia

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): admire the striking features of Cathedral of the Assumption, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church, and then wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad).

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Traveling by car from Venice to Zagreb takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Venice in December: high temperatures in Zagreb hover around 7°C and lows are around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Scottish National Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, then stroll the grounds of Greyfriars Kirkyard, and finally shop like a local with Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Edinburgh planner.

Fly from Zagreb to Edinburgh in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Zagreb to Edinburgh. Traveling from Zagreb in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 2°C in Edinburgh. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Glasgow.

Things to do in Edinburgh

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Glasgow, United Kingdom

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take in the pleasant sights at Buchanan Street, stroll the grounds of The Necropolis, and then steep yourself in history at The Mackintosh House.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Glasgow trip builder app.

Getting from Edinburgh to Glasgow by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Glasgow

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Aurora Reykjavik, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Thingvellir National Park, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland, and finally steep yourself in history at Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik visit planner.

You can fly from Glasgow to Reykjavik in 5.5 hours. In December, Reykjavik is slightly colder than Glasgow - with highs of 2°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

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Italy travel guide

4.6
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Croatia travel guide

4.4
Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.

Scotland travel guide

4.4
Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.

Iceland travel guide

4.5
Land of Fire and Ice
Experience the drama of this mountainous island in the North Atlantic, from glacial rivers to rushing waterfalls and geothermal hot spots. Iceland's cities, like its capital Reykjavik, are home to passionate natives who honor their Icelandic culture and history. Venture from the cities to experience the country's most powerful attraction: its breathtaking landscapes. Take a trip to one of the island's renowned national parks, see the effects of volcanic activity, and go for a dip in one of its many lakes. A haven for outdoor recreation, you can glacier hike, whitewater raft, and swim in natural pools.