13 days in Europe Itinerary

13 days in Europe Itinerary

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13 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Des Moines, United States
Fly:  16​h
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Des Moines, United States


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2
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
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 27th (Wed): make a trip to Grafton Street, then wander the streets of Temple Bar, and then steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol. On the next day, explore the galleries of James Joyce Cultural Centre, then admire the striking features of Dublin Castle, then admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Guinness Storehouse.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Dublin tour planner.

Des Moines, USA to Dublin is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Des Moines to Dublin is 6 hours. Traveling from Des Moines in December, expect Dublin to be somewhat warmer, temps between 48°F and 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): head off the coast to Île de la Cité and then get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at River Seine, and then admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris tour planner.

Fly from Dublin to Paris in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, admire the striking features of La Sagrada Familia, then pause for some photo ops at Casa Batlló, and finally hunt for treasures at La Boqueria.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Barcelona holiday planner.

Fly from Paris to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in January, with highs in Barcelona at 58°F and lows at 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

2
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Prague Castle, make a trip to Stare Miasto, and then view the masterpieces at National Gallery in Prague - Kinský Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by ARTĚL CONCEPT STORE, admire the landmark architecture of St. Vitus Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Prague Astronomical Clock, then look for gifts at Manufaktura, and finally don't miss a visit to Old Town Square.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Prague online itinerary creator.

Getting from Barcelona to Prague by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Barcelona in January, expect nights in Prague to be a bit cooler, around 26°F, while days are much colder, around 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Prague

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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita

2
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Colosseum, then wander the streets of Trastevere, then take a stroll through Via Condotti, and finally admire the striking features of Pantheon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by L'Artigianato, make a trip to Piazza Navona, then explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rome travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Prague to Rome in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Prague in January; daily highs in Rome reach 55°F and lows reach 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

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