12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Train:  3​h 30​min
7
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Toronto, Canada

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, then make a trip to Belém Tower, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and finally don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Alfama, contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge, and then admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Lisbon visit planning app .

Toronto, Canada to Lisbon is an approximately 10-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Toronto to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in March, things will get warmer in Lisbon: highs are around 20°C and lows about 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, walk around Parc Guell, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, and then admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona tour itinerary planning website .

Getting from Lisbon to Barcelona by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. In March, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, admire the striking features of Pantheon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, then explore the world behind art at Musei Capitolini, and finally delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome route planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

1
night
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, then steep yourself in history at Hősök tere, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Budapest trip website .

Getting from Rome to Budapest by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Rome in March, with highs in Budapest at 14°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

1
night
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, then don't miss a visit to Staromestske namesti, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Prague trip planner .

You can fly from Budapest to Prague in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Budapest in March: highs in Prague hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

1
night
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, and then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam route planner .

You can fly from Prague to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
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 26th (Thu), head off the coast to Île de la Cité, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Paris road trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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