12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Lisbon, Portugal
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
5
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Valletta, Malta

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, admire the local landmark of Rossio Square, then take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum, then appreciate the history behind Belém Tower, and finally explore the world behind art at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Cabo da Roca, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jeronimos Monastery, and then admire the masterpieces at National Tile Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Lisbon trip itinerary planning app .

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major airport is Humberto Delgado Airport (Lisbon Portela Airport). In December in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Cabo da Roca
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Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

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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 25th (Wed), appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria. On the next day, walk around Parc Guell, then enjoy the sand and surf at Barceloneta Beach, then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria La Lesia.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona tour itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

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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 (Sat): ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville, then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Paris travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Barcelona in December: high temperatures in Paris hover around 9°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

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Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, then contemplate the long history of Grand Place, and finally wander the streets of Place St. Gery. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Atomium and then examine the collection at MIM - Musical Instruments Museum.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Brussels trip planner .

Take a train from Paris to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. December in Brussels sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

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Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 31st (Tue), view the masterpieces at TASCHEN Store Amsterdam. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam travel planner .

Getting from Brussels to Amsterdam by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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