12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Lisbon, Portugal
bus:  9​h
1
Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
3
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  10​h
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Lisbon, Portugal

1
night
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, then explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Cava Baja Gallery. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Plaza mayor de Chinchon, admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio de Salamanca, and finally wander the streets of La Latina.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Madrid itinerary tool .

Lisbon, Portugal to Madrid is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Lisbon in March, things will get slightly colder in Madrid: highs are around 17°C and lows about 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Plaza mayor de Chinchon
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza mayor de Chinchon ©
Plaza mayor de Chinchon

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 30th (Mon): get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, examine the collection at Musee du Parfum - Fragonard, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees.

Before you visit Paris, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Madrid to Paris in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. While traveling from Madrid, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Shopping Nature
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Champs-Elysees ©
Champs-Elysees

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): explore the world behind art at The British Museum and then join in the after-dark buzz at Coca-Cola London Eye. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Wallace Collection, then wander the streets of Westminster, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the London route maker site .

Traveling by train from Paris to London takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to London due to the time zone difference. In March in London, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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The British Museum ©
The British Museum
Wallace Collection ©
Wallace Collection
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

2
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Let the collections at Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Pergamonmuseum capture your imagination. Discover out-of-the-way places like THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin and Mitte. Take a break from Berlin with a short trip to Rhinluch in Linum, about 56 minutes away. There's more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Die Hackeschen Hoefe and browse the range of quality goods at Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe).

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Berlin trip planner .

Traveling by flight from London to Berlin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Berlin due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Rhinluch, Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
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Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin ©

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night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take a stroll through Old Town, then see the interesting displays at Zoological Museum, then learn more about the world around you at Musee Paleontologique de Zurich, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Bahnhofstrasse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Einkaufszentrum Glatt, wander the streets of Niederdorf, look for gifts at Maurice de Mauriac, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Zurich sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In April in Zurich, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Einkaufszentrum Glatt
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster