10 days in Europe Itinerary

10 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe tour planner

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Fly
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Train
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
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Lugano, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
5
Basel, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly
6
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain

— 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): make a trip to Palau Guell, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, and finally make a trip to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Las Ramblas, walk around Parc Guell, and then admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Barcelona travel route builder.

Washington, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In May in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay May 13 — 15:

Rome, Italy

— 1 night

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 16th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, then contemplate the long history of Colosseum, then explore the ancient world of Pantheon, and finally don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rome road trip planning website.

You can fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Rome are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites
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Florence, Italy

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): admire the striking features of Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, and finally admire the striking features of The Baptistery of St. John. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Croce, and finally admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Rome in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Florence, with lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Lugano.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay May 16 — 18:

Lugano, Switzerland

— 1 night

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Lake Lugano as well as Parco Ciani. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): admire all the interesting features of Monte San Giorgio, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Sant' Antonio Abate, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lugano, then pause for some photo ops at William Tell Statue (Statua di Guglielmo Tell), and finally stroll around Parco Ciani.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lugano tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Florence to Lugano by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Basel.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Basel, Switzerland

— 1 night
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Rathaus as well as Basel Minster. Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Pfalz, then contemplate the long history of Basel Minster, then examine the collection at HoosesaggMuseeum, and finally don't miss a visit to Rathaus.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Basel driving holiday app.

Drive from Lugano to Basel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Basel can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Dublin.

Things to do in Basel

Historic Sites · Museums
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Dublin, Ireland

— 2 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take a stroll through Temple Bar, then walk around St Stephens Green, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, and finally see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse. Here are some ideas for day two: get a sense of history and politics at Dublin Castle, admire the striking features of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and then examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Dublin holiday app.

Fly from Basel to Dublin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Basel in May, things will get little chillier in Dublin: highs are around 59°F and lows about 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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