12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Houston, United States
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
5
Paris, France
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  15 h 15 min
End: Houston, United States

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 8th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum and then stroll around Vondelpark. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, then make a trip to Anne Frank House, then browse the exhibits of Willet-Holthuysen Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam trip planner.

Houston, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Time (CET) is 7 hours. Traveling from Houston in July, expect Amsterdam to be cooler, temps between 73°F and 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

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

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, then make a trip to Staromestske namesti, and finally steep yourself in history at Prasna brana. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Charles Bridge, contemplate the long history of Prague Astronomical Clock, explore the different monuments and memorials at Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Vrtba Garden, and finally take a stroll through Lesser Town.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Prague trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Amsterdam to Prague in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Prague are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, then steep yourself in history at Colosseum, and finally delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Callisto, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musei Capitolini.

For other places to visit, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rome trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Rome takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, Rome is somewhat warmer than Prague - with highs of 89°F and lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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.
On the 14th (Tue), wander the streets of Las Ramblas, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then walk around Parc Guell. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, then pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo.

To find where to stay, photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Barcelona planning site .

You can fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from Rome, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Barcelona, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, wander the streets of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Paris trip maker.

Fly from Barcelona to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Barcelona in July: high temperatures in Paris hover around 79°F and lows are around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

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

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