12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: New Delhi, India
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Paris, France
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: New Delhi, India

1
night
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rome trip itinerary planner.

New Delhi, India to Rome is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from New Delhi in December; daily highs in Rome reach 16°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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 1st (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Batllo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): make a trip to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, walk around Parc Guell, and then admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona trip maker tool .

Getting from Rome to Barcelona by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Lisbon.

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 Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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 3rd (Fri): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, then admire the striking features of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and finally make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Quinta da Regaleira, then take in the views from Ponte 25 de Abril, then appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and finally steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, read Lisbon travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Lisbon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon. January in Lisbon sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

1
night
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 5th (Sun), make a trip to Place de la Concorde, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the galleries of Louvre Museum.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip planner.

Getting from Lisbon to Paris by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Western European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January, Paris is slightly colder than Lisbon - with highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

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.
On the 6th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, then snap pictures at Charles Bridge, and finally take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Prague online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Paris to Prague by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, Prague is a bit cooler than Paris - with highs of 2°C and lows of -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Budapest.

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
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.
On the 7th (Tue), make a trip to Halaszbastya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, then get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, then appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Budapest trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Budapest takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Budapest, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

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

3
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
On the 8th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, then admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, and then meet the residents at Schönbrunn Zoo. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), then admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, and then admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Vienna trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January in Vienna, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. On the 10th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

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