12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Cassis, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Houston, United States

1
night
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
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 7th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera and then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then walk around Parc Guell, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip builder website .

Washington DC, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 13-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Barcelona is 6 hours. While traveling from Washington DC, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Barcelona, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cassis.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

2
nights
Cassis, France

Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France.It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then take a memorable drive along Route des Cretes. On the next day, have some family-friendly fun at Le Bois des Lutins and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cassis online tour builder .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Cassis takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. July in Cassis sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Cassis

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Le Bois des Lutins, Scuba & Snorkeling, Route des Cretes
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Le Bois des Lutins ©
Le Bois des Lutins
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
On the 11th (Sat), ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, then explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then explore the ancient world of Colosseum, and finally delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill. Keep things going the next day: stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Callisto, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and finally explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rome travel itinerary planner .

You can fly from Cassis to Rome in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. July in Rome sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

2
nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take a stroll through Nyhavn, then don't miss a visit to The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue), and then get in on the family fun at Tivoli Gardens. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at National Museum of Denmark, then steep yourself in history at Rosenborg Castle, then steep yourself in history at Kastellet, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Rundetarn.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Copenhagen trip planning tool .

You can fly from Rome to Copenhagen in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Rome in July: high temperatures in Copenhagen hover around 72°F and lows are around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Tivoli Gardens ©
Tivoli Gardens
Rundetarn ©
Rundetarn
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn

2
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): head off the coast to Stockholm Old Town, explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, then take in panoramic vistas at Stockholm City Hall, and finally see the interesting displays at Skansen. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Drottningholm Palace, then head off the coast to Langholmen, then take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum, and finally get in on the family fun at Junibacken.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Stockholm online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Copenhagen to Stockholm in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July in Stockholm, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
Junibacken ©
Junibacken

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