12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Nice, France
— Few hours
3
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 1 day
4
Nice, France
— 1 night
fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
6
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Paris, France
— Few hours
Fly + bus:  12​h
End: New York City, United States

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sainte-Chapelle, The Catacombs of Paris and Palace of Versailles. On the 11th (Sat), examine the collection at Musee d'Orsay, wander the streets of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, then step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, then admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and finally pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of The Trianons & The Hamlet, admire the natural beauty at Palace of Versailles, and then steep yourself in history at The Catacombs of Paris.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris road trip app .

New York City, USA to Paris is an approximately 12-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Paris is 6 hours. Traveling from New York City in August, expect Paris to be a bit cooler, temps between 77°F and 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Versailles
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

few
hours
Nice, France

Nice
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nice trip builder .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Paris to Nice in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Paris in August, with lows around 71°F. On the 13th (Mon), you're off toMonte-Carlo.

Things to do in Nice

Outdoors Tours Parks
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1
day
Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Monte-Carlo ©
Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Salle des Etoiles as well as Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): browse the different shops at Le Metropole Shopping Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Casino Square, examine the collection at The Private Collection of Antique Cars of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III, then admire the striking features of Prince's Palace, then examine the collection at Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, and finally catch a live performance at Salle des Etoiles.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Monte-Carlo travel planning site .

Monte-Carlo is very close to Nice. August in Monte-Carlo sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Nice.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Historic Sites Nightlife Museums

Side Trip

Prince's Palace
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Casino Square ©
Casino Square
Prince's Palace ©
Prince's Palace
Oceanographic Museum of Monaco ©
Oceanographic Museum of Monaco

1
night
Nice, France

Nice
To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Nice day trip planning site .

Nice is just a stone's throw from Monte-Carlo. You'll set off for Barcelona on the 14th (Tue).

Things to do in Nice

Outdoors Tours Parks
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3
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Head to Passeig de Gracia and La Basilica Galeriafor some retail therapy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at El Barri Gòtic and Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Casa Batllo, admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, stroll through Park Guell, and examine the collection at Museo Picasso.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Barcelona trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Nice to Barcelona in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. August in Barcelona sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 71°F at night. You will leave for Madrid on the 17th (Fri).

Things to do in Barcelona

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

4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
You've added Sambhad Cafe Cocteleria, Iglesia de San Andres, Casa de la Panaderia, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get some historical perspective at Royal Palace of Madrid and Plaza Mayor. Head to Mercado San Miguel and Barrio de Salamancafor some retail therapy. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, hunt for treasures at El Rastro, take a stroll through Paseo de la Castellana, and explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Barcelona in August: highs in Madrid hover around 92°F, while lows dip to 66°F. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Paris.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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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

few
hours
Paris, France

Paris
To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Paris attractions planner.

Fly from Madrid to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In August, Paris is little chillier than Madrid - with highs of 77°F and lows of 57°F. You will leave for home on the 21st (Tue).

Things to do in Paris

Nightlife Tours Shopping
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