12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Europe Itinerary

Hilo, United States
Fly:  25​h
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  29​h
Hilo, United States

2
days
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum and then stroll through Buckingham Palace. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, make a trip to Tower Bridge, ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, and finally stroll through St. James's Park.

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Hilo, USA to London is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Hilo to London. Traveling from Hilo in October, expect nights in London to be little chillier, around 51°F, while days are cooler, around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

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Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and then don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Musée d'Orsay and then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

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You can take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel to Barcelona.

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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musée d'Orsay ©
Musée d'Orsay

2
days
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 22nd (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then don't miss a visit to Casa Batlló, and finally admire the striking features of La Sagrada Familia. On the next day, make a trip to Park Güell, explore and take pictures at Camp Nou, and then examine the collection at El Cafè de la Pedrera.

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Traveling by flight from Paris to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, Barcelona is a bit warmer than Paris - with highs of 73°F and lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Rome.

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La Sagrada Familia ©
La Sagrada Familia
Park Güell ©
Park Güell
Casa Batlló ©
Casa Batlló

3
days
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, sightseeing, museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, explore the world behind art at Borghese Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vatican Museums, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rome sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Rome takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in October, expect little chillier with lows of 55°F in Rome. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Basilica di San Pietro ©
Basilica di San Pietro
Pantheon ©
Pantheon