12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
2
Frankfurt, Germany
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  3​h 45​min
3
Bern, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 day
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Belo Horizonte, Brazil

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Palace of Versailles and Louvre Museum. Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Paris travel route builder .

Belo Horizonte, Brazil to Paris is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Belo Horizonte to Paris is 4 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Belo Horizonte in April: high temperatures in Paris hover around 18°C and lows are around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

3
nights
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Heidelberg Castle (Schloss Heidelberg) and Goethe House. Museum-lovers will get to explore Staedel Museum and Senckenberg Natural History Museum (Naturmuseum Senckenberg). Venture out of the city with trips to Heidelberg (Altstadt (Old Town) & Carl Theodor Old Bridge (Alte Brucke)). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Liebieghaus, appreciate the extensive heritage of Historischer Marktplatz, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus), and don't miss a visit to Romer.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Frankfurt online vacation builder .

Getting from Paris to Frankfurt by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In April in Frankfurt, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bern.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Heidelberg, Historischer Marktplatz
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Staedel Museum
Staedel Museum
Schloss Heidelberg ©
Schloss Heidelberg
Liebieghaus ©
Liebieghaus

3
nights
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Castle of Gruyeres, then explore the world behind art at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), then examine the collection at Kindermuseum Creaviva, and finally see the interesting displays at Schweizerisches . Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, examine the collection at Museum fur Kommunikation, pause for some photo ops at Zahringerbrunnen, get engrossed in the history at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), then shop like a local with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and finally view the masterpieces at Galerie Rigassi by SOON.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bern day trip site .

Getting from Frankfurt to Bern by combination of flight, bus, and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Castle of Gruyeres
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Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center) ©
Kindermuseum Creaviva ©
Kindermuseum Creaviva
Schweizerisches ©
Schweizerisches

1
day
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 20th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, wander the streets of Belém Tower, and then contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge.

For maps and tourist information, use the Lisbon travel planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Bern to Lisbon takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Bern to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April, Lisbon is a bit warmer than Bern - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian ©
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian

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