12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City, Kuwait
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Paphos, Cyprus
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
2
Athens, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
6
Paris, France
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
7
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
8
Berlin, Germany
— 1 night
+3
Fly + foot + subway + train:  8​h
9
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
10
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Kuwait City, Kuwait

1
night
Paphos, Cyprus

Paphos ©
The legendary birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite and the capital of western Cyprus, the city of Paphos showcases an abundance of archaeological, architectural, and historical sites.
To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Paphos vacation maker app .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Paphos is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time to Eastern European Time is minus 1 hour. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Kuwait City in April: highs in Paphos hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Paphos

Historic Sites
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Tombs of the Kings ©
Tombs of the Kings
Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church ©
Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church

1
night
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum and then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Athens online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Paphos to Athens takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. In May, daytime highs in Athens are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay May 1 — 2:
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens

1
night
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Rome road trip site .

You can fly from Athens to Rome in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Athens in May since evenings lows in Rome dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
Find places to stay May 2 — 3:
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

1
night
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Florence attractions planner.

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect little chillier evenings in Florence when traveling from Rome in May, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

1
night
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, don't miss a visit to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic.

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Traveling by flight from Florence to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. May in Barcelona sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay May 4 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

1
night
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 6th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, then step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Paris road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May, Paris is a bit cooler than Barcelona - with highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
Find places to stay May 5 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 7th (Tue), take a stroll through Old Town (Altstadt) and then look for all kinds of wild species at Naturschutzzentrum Neeracherried.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Zurich road trip planner .

Getting from Paris to Zurich by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trip

Naturschutzzentrum Neeracherried
Find places to stay May 6 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Charlottenburg Palace and then explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Berlin trip maker website .

You can fly from Zurich to Berlin in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay May 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Charlottenburg Palace ©
Charlottenburg Palace
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum

1
day
Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Plovdiv
Though it is often seen as merely a stopover city, Plovdiv is actually a lively university town with bohemian cafes, a thriving art scene, and exciting nightlife.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Bogoroditsa Petrichka Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sveta Marina church, then get engrossed in the history at Plovdiv Regional Historical Museum, then view the masterpieces at Balabanov House, and finally examine the collection at Art Gallery Philippopolis.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Plovdiv trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Berlin to Plovdiv in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Berlin to Plovdiv, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. May in Plovdiv sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Istanbul.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

St. Bogoroditsa Petrichka Church
Find places to stay May 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Art Gallery Philippopolis
Art Gallery Philippopolis
St. Bogoroditsa Petrichka Church ©
St. Bogoroditsa Petrichka Church
Sveta Marina church ©
Sveta Marina church

1
night
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Plovdiv to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Plovdiv to Istanbul is 1 hour. In May, daytime highs in Istanbul are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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