11 days in Europe Itinerary

11 days in Europe Itinerary

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11 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Athens, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1
night
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 22nd (Tue), get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and then get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Cycladic Art, then take a stroll through Plaka, and then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Athens trip itinerary site .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Athens is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Athens is 5 hours. In October, Athens is slightly colder than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens

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 24th (Thu), make a trip to Pantheon, then explore the world behind art at Sistine Chapel, then explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, and finally steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, then steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, then make a trip to Trevi Fountain, and finally explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Rome online visit planner .

Fly from Athens to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Rome is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Athens in October, expect little chillier with lows of 15°C in Rome. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, and finally get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Florence route builder website .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Basilica di Santa Croce ©
Basilica di Santa Croce

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Paris journey planning app .

You can fly from Florence to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Florence in October; daily highs in Paris reach 19°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Paris

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

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 30th (Wed), admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor, then examine the collection at Prado National Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Thu): explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Madrid road trip planning tool .

Fly from Paris to Madrid in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Paris in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 13°C at night. On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

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