12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly to East Midlands Airport, Drive to Swithland
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Swithland, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive to East Midlands Airport, Fly to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train
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Salzburg, Austria
— 1 day
Train
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Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 2 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Craigmillar Castle, contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close, then see the interesting displays at Museum on the Mound, and finally sample the fine beverages at Pickering's Gin Distillery. Keep things going the next day: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Edinburgh Gin Distillery, see the interesting displays at Surgeons' Hall Museums, then contemplate the long history of Gilmerton Cove, and finally contemplate the long history of Holyrood Abbey.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh road trip site.

Charlotte, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 5 hours. Traveling from Charlotte in April, expect nights in Edinburgh to be slightly colder, around 37°F, while days are cooler, around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Swithland.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Swithland, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Swithland is a linear village in the Charnwood borough of Leicestershire, England. On the 4th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Mount St Bernard Abbey, take a peaceful walk through Swithland Woods, and then examine the collection at Stonehurst Family Farm and Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Swithland trip itinerary planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Edinburgh to Swithland with the Route module. April in Swithland sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Swithland

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Herengracht, explore the activities along Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht), then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, and finally explore the world behind art at Moco Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Portuguese Synagogue, then get engrossed in the history at Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam, then see the interesting displays at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Swithland to Amsterdam. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Swithland to Amsterdam. April in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Salzburg, Austria

— 1 day

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
On the 7th (Thu), take a stroll through Steingasse, pause for some serene contemplation at Salzburg Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Kapitelplatz & Kapitelschwemme, then take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, and finally deepen your understanding at Kollegienkirche (Collegiate Church).

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Salzburg trip website.

Fly from Amsterdam to Salzburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Vienna, Austria

— 2 nights

City of Dreams

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of St. Virgil, take an in-depth tour of Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, then examine the collection at The Hofburg, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Jesuits. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Ringstrasse, then admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and then see the interesting displays at The Third Man Museum.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Vienna online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Salzburg to Vienna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in April, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites

Athens, Greece

— 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): stroll through Philopappos Hill, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Athena Nike, then appreciate the history behind Erechtheion, and finally explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Temple of Hephaestus, make a trip to Ancient Agora of Athens, and then take a stroll through Anafiotika.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Athens trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Vienna to Athens by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. In April, Athens is a bit warmer than Vienna - with highs of 70°F and lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Scotland travel guide

4.4
Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.

Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Specialty Museums
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.