Julie England, France, Itinerary, The Netherlands, United Kingdom 51 Comments

A trip to London, Amsterdam, and Paris…sounds nice, right? With 10 days you have just enough time to visit these three cities, although it will be a bit of a whirlwind tour. There is a lot to see and do here, and our London Amsterdam Paris itinerary will help you manage your time so you can have the best experience possible.

About this London Amsterdam Paris Itinerary

There are many different ways you can visit London, Amsterdam, and Paris. All three cities have excellent international connections by plane, so really you can start and end at any of these cities.

On this itinerary, we start in London, simply because it is so easy to get to from the rest of the world. We end in Paris for a very similar reason.

You may find that it’s faster and cheaper to fly to Amsterdam or Paris, so you may want to start your trip here. At the end of this post, I give recommendations on how to change the order of these cities.

Also, in order for this itinerary to work, you will have to fly “open jaw,” which means that you fly into one city and out of another. You can make this a loop, with one of these cities being your arrival and departure city, but I recommend extending the itinerary by one more day if you do this. You are already tight on time, and adding in another leg of travel will cost you precious time from touring one of these cities.

Day 1

Arrive in London

Depending on your flight, most likely you will arrive in London in the morning. Check into your hotel and get settled. Only take a nap if you desperately need one.

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Typically we do not recommend bus tours. However, London seems like the perfect city for a bus tour. The city is sprawling and the list of sites to see is long, so this is the perfect way to get an overview of London. It’s also the perfect activity for jet-lagged travelers.

We recommend taking the red route with Big Bus Tours. Enjoy the views as you watch Big Ben, Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, and St. Paul’s Cathedral glide by.

Enjoy the View from the London Eye

A ride on the London Eye is another ultra-touristy thing to do in London, but if this is your first time in the city, it’s thrilling to look down on the River Thames, Parliament, and out at the London skyline.

London Eye View London Paris Amsterdam itinerary

End the day with dinner and catch up on that much needed sleep.

For full details on visiting London, I highly recommend you read our 5 Day London Itinerary post, which provides a similar but more in-depth itinerary, with trip costs, opening hours of attractions, money saving tips, maps, and links to buy all of your tickets online.

Where to Stay in London

London is enormous. To maximize your time, either stay in the city center or pick a hotel within walking distance of convenient Tube station.

LUXURY:  The Savoy. This world-famous hotel dates back to 1889. It sits on the River Thames and from here it’s just a short walk to Covent Garden and the British Museum. Have a drink in the famous American Bar and dine in Gordon Ramsey’s Savoy Grill.

MIDRANGE:  The Sanctuary House Hotel.  Just a 5-minute walk from Westminster Abbey and Big Ben, this is a great mid-range hotel to consider if you want to be centrally located in London. Rooms are tastefully decorated and there is a traditional pub on the ground floor that offers hearty meals like fish and chips.

BUDGET:  YHA St. Pancras. If you are visiting London on a budget, this property is a great choice. This hostel sits just across the street from St. Pancras station. It gets very good reviews and it is easy to get anywhere in London with its handy location near multiple tube lines.

For more recommendations on where to stay, read our Best Hotels and Neighborhoods Guide for London. Learn where to stay for a great view of the city and get recommendations whether you are looking for a budget hotel, luxury hotel, or if you are traveling as a family.

Day 2

Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Whitehall, Covent Garden

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey is the site of the coronation of the monarchs of England, royal weddings, and the funeral of Princess Diana. Hundreds of people are buried in tombs and in the floor of the Abbey, including Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.

Westminster Abbey London Paris Amsterdam itinerary

PRO TRAVEL TIP: To avoid waiting in line, it helps to pre-purchase your tickets online and arrive at Westminster Abbey 15 minutes before opening time.

Buckingham Palace

From Westminster Abbey, walk through St. James Park to The Mall to Buckingham Palace. Most visits here are quick, with just a view of the Palace through the fence, but if you get your timing right, you can watch the Changing of the Guard.

Churchill War Rooms

After having lunch in the area, walk to the Churchill War Rooms. This museum has two parts to it. At the Churchill Museum you learn about the life and legacy of Winston Churchill. Then you enter the Cabinet War Rooms. This is the underground bunker where Churchill and his staff ran their operations during World War II.

This museum is fascinating and you do not need to be a history buff to appreciate this visit. If you want to learn more about Winston Churchill before your visit to London, consider watching the movie Darkest Hour or reading the book The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm.

Parliament and Big Ben

From the Churchill War Rooms, walk towards the Thames River and cross the Westminster Bridge for an iconic view of Parliament, Big Ben, and the Thames River.

Westminster Bridge London Paris Amsterdam itinerary

You can take a tour of Parliament or watch a session in the House of Commons or the House of Lords (click here for more information).

Currently, all visits to Big Ben are suspended due to renovation work. Tours are expected to resume in 2021.

#10 Downing Street

Cross back over the Westminster Bridge and walk up Whitehall. It’s just a short walk to #10 Downing Street, the official home of the British Prime Minister.

Horse Guards Parade

Walk one more block north on Whitehall to Horse Guards Parade. This is a large, gravel area used for parades and a daily changing of the guard (at 11 am).

Trafalgar Square

Continue the walk north to Trafalgar Square. This is one of London’s most popular public squares. It has been the site for anti-war demonstrations, victory parades, and New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Covent Garden

Covent Garden is a district in the West End that is now a popular shopping and dining area. There are numerous restaurants in this area, including a cluster of restaurants and shops in Apple Market. Spend the rest of the afternoon and evening exploring this neighborhood.

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Make sure you visit Neal’s Yard, a colorful alley in Covent Garden. Just around the corner is Neal’s Yard Dairy, one of the best spots in the city to sample artisanal cheese.

Day 3

Tower of London, Tate Modern, St. Paul’s Cathedral

Tower of London

This was our favorite history lesson in London. For nearly 1000 years, the Tower of London has served as a royal palace, prison, place of execution, stronghold for riches, and the symbol of the monarchy in England. The one-hour Yeoman Warder tour is not only educational but also entertaining (even for kids!).

Beefeater Tour London Paris Amsterdam itinerary

Tower Bridge

From the Tower of London, walk out to Tower Bridge and enjoy the view down the Thames River.

Tower Bridge London Paris Amsterdam itinerary

You can climb the tower to an elevated glass floor for a unique view over the bridge (click here to learn more).

The View from The Shard

The Shard is one of the newest additions to the London skyline. At the View from The Shard, you will have the highest view over London. It’s expensive but it may be worth it on a clear day.

Lunch at Borough Market

From The Shard, it’s just a short walk to Borough Market. Food stands in the market specialize in different cuisines from around the world, so this is a great place to sample some new foods or assemble a picnic lunch to enjoy back on the banks of the Thames River.

Note: Borough Market is closed on Sundays but there are plenty of restaurants in the area for lunch.

Shakespeare’s Globe Theater

Continue your walk along the River Thames to the Globe Theater. The original Globe Theatre was built in 1599 and hosted plays written by Shakespeare. A modern version of the Globe Theatre was built in 1997 on the site of the original theatre. Visitors can take a tour of the theatre or watch a performance.

Globe Theater London Paris Amsterdam itinerary

Tate Modern

Sitting next door to the Globe Theatre is Tate Modern, a museum that is home to modern art. Either you will think the art is rubbish or you’ll think that it’s brilliant. Personally, we found it to be bizarre, which is exactly why we liked it. In about an hour you can see the main exhibits in the museum.

Millenium Bridge

Built in 2000, Millennium Bridge is a pedestrian bridge that crosses the Thames River. It has been featured in several movies, including Guardians of the Galaxy and Harry Potter. Walk across Millennium Bridge and continue on to St. Paul’s Cathedral.

St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral dates back to the 17th century. It was designed by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London of 1666. Recent historical events that have taken place here include the funeral of Winston Churchill, the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana, and the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

St Pauls View London Paris Amsterdam itinerary

For another amazing view over London, climb the steps to the rooftop and enjoy the panoramic views of the city.

The Sky Garden

This just may be the best view of London. What’s even better is that a visit here is free! From the large observation deck, you can look out over the River Thames and see many of the places you walked to today.

You need to book your visit online in advance (do so on the Sky Garden website). This is a great spot to enjoy dinner with a view or you can find a nearby restaurant or pub.

Day 4

British Museum and Greenwich

The British Museum

The British Museum is one of the world’s greatest museums. This museum contains a massive collection of historical artifacts that were amassed while Great Britain was a major world super power. See the Rosetta Stone, a portion of the Parthenon, Egyptian mummies, and hieroglyphics. It’s amazing to see how much stuff the British Empire amassed during their world rule.

British Museum London Paris Amsterdam itinerary


Spend the afternoon in Greenwich. There are a handful of different activities so take your pick and do what interests you the most.

Royal Observatory and the Prime Meridian

Here is your chance to stand over 0° longitude, placing one foot in the eastern hemisphere and one foot in the western hemisphere. You can also visit the planetarium museum. Since this observatory sits on top of a hill, you have a great view over Greenwich and the River Thames from here.

Prime Meridian London Paris Amsterdam itinerary

Old Royal Navy College

This UNESCO World Heritage Site once served as a naval hospital and later as a naval college. Now, this site has been used as a filming location for many famous movies such as The King’s Speech, The Avengers, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and The Dark Knight Rises.

Cutty Sark

The Cutty Sark was the fastest ship of her time, the world’s sole surviving tea clipper ship. Tours are available daily.

Up at the O2

The O2 is an entertainment district with an arena, music club, cinema, and restaurants. Up at the O2 is a 90-minute experience where you get to climb onto the O2 roof. The views over London from the top are spectacular.

Visit the Up at the O2 website for full details, hours, cost, and how to schedule your visit.

End the day with dinner and drinks.

Day 5

Travel to Amsterdam

You can take a direct train with Eurostar from London to Amsterdam. The journey lasts just under 4 hours and prices start at £40 for economy class. On this itinerary, your best option is to take the earliest train from London-St. Pancras, so that you arrive in Amsterdam around 12 pm. 

PRO TRAVEL TIP: If you plan to do this itinerary in reverse, you cannot take a direct train from Amsterdam to London. To travel in this direction, you will need to take a Thalys train to Brussels, clear passport control in Brussels, and then take the Eurostar to London. Why? The Dutch government has not yet approved passport control in Amsterdam for this journey, so you need to clear passport control in Brussels before traveling to London. If you are traveling in this direction, it may be faster to fly between Amsterdam and London.

Once in Amsterdam, check into your hotel.

Anne Frank House

Without a doubt, a visit to Amsterdam would not be complete without a visit to the Anne Frank House.

For two years and one month, Anne Frank and her family lived in a secret annex, hidden away from the Nazi’s. During this time, she wrote in her diary, which became a memoir and an important piece of history.

Tour the hidden rooms and see the movable bookcase that covered the entrance into the rooms.

Anne Frank House London Paris Amsterdam itinerary

PRO TRAVEL TIP: Book your time slots two months in advance (this is when the tickets are released). For example, if you plan to visit the Anne Frank House on July 1, make your reservation May 1. There is such a high demand for these tickets that they sell out almost as soon as they are available.

The Nine Little Streets and Jordaan

Spend the rest of the afternoon and evening exploring the Nine Little Streets and the Jordaan area of Amsterdam. This is one of the most scenic parts of Amsterdam. Go shopping, stop in a café for a drink, and explore.

Amsterdam in April

Amsterdam Bicycle

Tim Tyler Kara in Amsterdam

You also have the option to take a canal cruise, which is a very popular thing to do in Amsterdam. However, I recommend skipping the larger boats with the big tour companies. These giant boats are enclosed in glass and the people packed on board never look like they are having much fun.

Instead, pick a smaller, open boat. You’ll be with less people and have a more intimate experience. Some of these companies even serve wine while you cruise through the city. We recommend Those Dam Boat Guys since they get rave reviews on Trip Advisor.

For full details on visiting Amsterdam, I highly recommend you read our 2 Day Amsterdam Itinerary, which provides a more in-depth itinerary, with trip costs, opening hours of attractions, money saving tips, maps, and links to buy your tickets online.

Where to Stay in Amsterdam

The best area to stay is Jordaan and the Nine Little Streets. This is our favorite area of Amsterdam and being on the canals at night is magical.

LUXURY: The Dylan. Modern, trendy, luxurious, this hotel is located on Keizersgracht, within walking distance of the Anne Frank House. This hotel is also home to Vinkeles, the upscale dining experience we recommended for dinner.

MID-RANGE:  The ‘t Hotel. This is where we stayed on our first visit to Amsterdam. The ‘t Hotel has a perfect location, right on a quiet canal and within walking distance of the main sites in Amsterdam. Since our visit in 2008, the hotel has been renovated (and prices have gone up). The family room is the penthouse of the hotel with a loft for the kids.

BUDGET:  Amsterdam Wiechmann Hotel. This hotel has an excellent location in Jordaan right on Prinsengracht canal. There are a wide range of room types, from single rooms to family suites. Some rooms offer a canal view.

For more recommendations on where to stay, read our Best Hotels and Neighborhoods Guide for Amsterdam. Get recommendations whether you are looking for a budget hotel, luxury hotel, or if you are traveling as a family.

Day 6


Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum

The Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum are Amsterdam’s most popular museums. Even if you are not an art fan they are still worth your time (although you can keep your visit quick).

Amsterdam Museums

The Rijksmuseum is enormous. On display are 8,000 objects of art and history, most of it Dutch, with masterpieces by Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Frans Hals. Most people spend 2 to 3 hours in the museum.

The Van Gogh Museum is the most visited museum in the Netherlands. Inside of this modern building are the works of art by Vincent Van Gogh. This museum is smaller than the Rijksmuseum and most visits here last about one hour.

If you’re speedy, you’ll finish visiting both museums around lunchtime. If you take your time, it will be early afternoon when you are finished.


Vondelpark is Amsterdam’s largest park. It’s just a short walk from the museum quarter and it’s a great spot to visit after spending the morning inside of art museums.

Dam Square

From Vondelpark and the museum quarter, take the tram to Dam Square. It can be crowded and touristy, but it is the main square of Amsterdam, so I think it is still worth a very quick visit.

Pick Your Perfect Ending to Amsterdam

For the rest of the day you are free to explore more of Amsterdam. Wander the canals in the Jordaan area, rent bikes and explore the city, or consider one of these cool things to do in and around Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Twilight

Our Lord in the Attic

If you want to learn more about the history of Amsterdam, visit Our Lord in the Attic, also called Museum Ons’Lieve Heer Op Solder in Dutch.

This canal house, built in 1630, looks normal on the outside. But inside, on the top level, sits a secret Catholic Church. Catholicism was banned in Amsterdam during the 17th century, so people built small churches in their houses, hidden away from public view. This museum houses one of the largest and the best preserved of these churches.

Our Lord in the Attic

Spend the Evening in Haarlem

Haarlem is a small Dutch city that is just 15 minutes from Amsterdam by train. You won’t have enough time to really explore Haarlem, but you can sit in the main square in town, have a drink at a café, and have dinner.

Getting to Haarlem: From Central Station in Amsterdam, you can take a 15-minute train to Haarlem. Trains leave approximately every 10 minutes and cost €5.60 one-way.


In April and May, Keukenhof is a wonderland of flowering daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths. It is gorgeous and well worth the visit if you plan to be in Amsterdam during these two months.

See our Amsterdam Itinerary post for full details on how to visit Keukenhof.

Day 7

Travel to Paris

The easiest way to travel between Amsterdam and Paris is by train. The Thalys high-speed train connects Amsterdam to Paris in 3 hours and 20 minutes, with fares starting at €35. In order to get the cheapest fare, book your tickets as far in advance as possible (you can book your tickets up to 120 days in advance).

The Thalys train travels from Central Station in Amsterdam to Gare du Nord in Paris, traveling through Brussels (but you will not have to change trains).

Book your train as early in the day as you feel comfortable doing so, in order to maximize how much time you have in Paris. I would recommend arriving in Paris no later than noon so that you have the full afternoon to see the city.

From Gare du Nord, take the metro or a taxi to your hotel and get settled. Have lunch near your hotel.

Eiffel Tower

What better place to start in Paris than at the Eiffel Tower?

There are two ways up the Eiffel Tower. You can take an elevator or you can walk up the stairs. The queues for the elevators are very long and the queue for the stairs is much shorter. The choice is yours. If you take the stairs, you get to eat more chocolate and crepes later!

Eiffel Tower

If you plan to take the elevator, I highly recommend that you book your tickets in advance or join one of these skip-the-line tours.


Go for a Stroll on the Champs-Elysees

Starting at Place de la Concorde, stroll up the Champs-Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe. This is one of the most recognizable streets in the world. It is famous as being the finish of the Tour de France and the location of the Bastille Day military parade. Restaurants, shops, the theaters line the Champs-Elysees. It has a touristy feel but it’s still worth the stroll.

Arc de Triomphe

Along the way, if you want another French treat, consider stopping into Laduree for macarons.

PRO TRAVEL TIP: From Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe, it is a 2.3 km (1.4 mile) walk. You can walk the entire length of the Champs-Elysees or shorten the walk by taking line 1 on the metro from Concorde to Franklin D. Roosevelt or George V.

Arc de Triomphe

This is my favorite view of Paris. There’s just something about looking down the Champs-Elysees to the Louvre, out to La Defense, and of course, having the wonderful view of the Eiffel Tower.

Paris View

End the day with dinner and drinks

For full details on visiting Paris, I highly recommend you read our 3 Day Paris Itinerary, which provides a similar but more in-depth itinerary, with trip costs, opening hours of attractions, money saving tips, maps, and links to buy all of your tickets online.

Where to Stay in Paris

We have visited Paris three times and this is where we stayed.

Hotel Brighton. This is the most expensive hotel on this list but it’s worth it if you want an awesome view over Paris. Located on Rue de Rivoli right across from Tuileries Garden, you will be able to see the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Arc de Triomphe from your room. Request a high floor, preferably one with a balcony, for the best experience.

Hotel de La Bourdonnais. This hotel is located near the Eiffel Tower. From our room, if we hung our head out of the window, we could see the top of the Eiffel Tower. This hotel is under new management since our visit and it looks like things have changed for the better. We liked here, but not as much as the other two hotels in this list.

Le Relais Saint Honore. On our most recent visit to Paris we stayed at Hotel Le Relais Saint Honore. Our favorite thing about this small, boutique hotel is its excellent location. The Louvre, Tuileries Garden, Place de la Concorde, and Palais-Garnier are all within a 10-minute walk. The Tuileries and Pyramides metro stations are less than 5 minutes away. The rooms are small but tastefully decorated and the staff is friendly and speaks English. You don’t get the awesome view in this hotel but we loved the friendly staff and the location.

Relais Honore

Le Relais Saint Honore

For more recommendations on where to stay, read our Best Hotels and Neighborhoods Guide for Paris. Learn where to stay for a great view of the Eiffel Tower and get recommendations whether you are looking for a budget hotel, luxury hotel, or if you are traveling as a family.

Day 8

The Historic Center of Paris, Musee D’Orsay & Montmartre


Sainte-Chapelle is home to one of the world’s best displays of stained glass. It is gorgeous inside, much prettier than the inside of Notre Dame Cathedral.

Notre Dame Cathedral

IMPORTANT NOTE:  On April 15, 2019, Notre Dame suffered a devastating fire. The cathedral and the towers will be closed until further notice.

From Sainte-Chapelle it is a short walk to Notre Dame Cathedral. Unfortunately, since Notre Dame is currently closed, you will only be able to see the cathedral from the outside. 

In front of Notre Dame Cathedral a small plaque marks Point Zero (Point Zero des Routes de France), the historic center of Paris.

Notre Dame

Notre Dame View


Before leaving Ile de la Cite, it’s a quick walk to one of the prettiest storefronts in Paris, Au Vieux Paris d’Arcole. This is a small café so you can eat lunch here. You can also walk over to Ile Saint-Louis and have lunch at Pom’Canelle and try the decadent ice cream at Berthillon Glacier.


Walk along the Seine River

Cross Pont de la Tournelle to the Left Bank and then walk along the Seine. Pont de l’Archeveche makes a great photo spot of Notre Dome.

Continue the stroll along the Seine until you reach Musee d’Orsay.

Musee d’Orsay

Musee d’Orsay houses the largest collection of Impressionist art in the world. It is here that you can see Monet, Manet, Degas, Cezanne, Renoir, Van Gogh, Gaugin and more. It’s literally a collection of the who’s who in the Impressionist art world.

Musee DOrsay

Montmartre and Sacre Coeur

Spend the rest of the afternoon and evening exploring Montmartre. This maze of hilly streets is one of Paris’ prettiest neighborhoods to visit.


Montmartre Paris

The Sacre-Coeur Basilica sits atop the highest hill in Paris. The steps in front of the Basilica are a popular spot to watch the sunset. You also have the option to climb to the top of the Dome for an even better view.

For dinner, take your pick from restaurants in the area. We ate at Le Relais Gascon, a wonderful little place that prepares French food.

Day 9

Versailles and the Louvre

The Palace of Versailles

Versailles is a royal chateau located on the outskirts of Paris. In 1682, King Louis XIV moved the Royal Court from the Louvre to the Palace of Versailles. For a little more than 100 years, this was the seat of government for France. That ended in 1789 with the French Revolution. The monarchy moved back to Paris and since then, the city of Paris has remained the seat of government for France.


During your visit to Versailles you will tour the palace and stroll through the gardens.

How long does a visit last? If you’re fast, it takes 3 to 4 hours to zip through the palace and walk a part of the gardens. You can spend all day here, however, if you want to have enough time to visit the Louvre, you should plan on leaving Versailles in the early afternoon.


The Louvre

The Louvre is the world’s largest art museum. This building was once the home to French Kings, including Louis XIV. During the French Revolution in the 18th century, the Louvre was converted to a museum.


If you are an art lover, take several hours and enjoy this spectacular place. However, if you just want to visit the highlights, you can do so in about an hour.

The main sites to visit in the Louvre are the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and the Winged Victory.

This evening, you have several options. Have dinner in a French restaurant, take a dinner cruise on the Seine, stroll through Le Marais, enjoy the view from Montparnasse Tower, or go shopping at Place de la Madeleine or at the luxurious department stores Printemps and Galeries Lafayette.

Day 10

Depart Paris

Fly home or continue your journey.

How to Modify this Itinerary

What if you want to do Amsterdam – Paris – London or Paris – London – Amsterdam? Maybe you found a really cheap flight to Amsterdam or it’s more convenient for you to fly home from London. You can put these cities together in any order you like, you just have to factor in travel times between the cities.

London is the largest of these cities so it deserves the most time. I recommend spending a minimum of three days here. Amsterdam is the smallest city with the fewest sites, so a day and a half works perfectly, in order to give you more time in London and Paris.

Let’s say you want to do Amsterdam – Paris – London. What would your itinerary look like?

  • Day 1: Arrive in Amsterdam
  • Day 2: Amsterdam
  • Day 3: Morning train to Paris
  • Day 4: Paris
  • Day 5: Paris
  • Day 6: Morning train to London
  • Day 7: London
  • Day 8: London
  • Day 9: London
  • Day 10: Fly home

If you have further questions on how to further modify this itinerary, ask us in the comment section below.

By the way, we also have a 10 day Paris Brussels Amsterdam itinerary that you may want to check out.


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Comments 51

  1. Hi! I LOVE the blogs. Thank you so much for this itinerary. My husband plan on doing an 8 day version of this. My question is, how should we pack? We plan on taking Norwegian Airlines and I’ve heard it’s much better to travel with backpacks rather than luggage. Is this true? I’m not sure how difficult it would be to travel on the trains with luggage.

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      We have used Norwegian Air several times. Both times, we have very large backpacks (they are about 65 liter size so they are the size of a small suitcase) and we had three of them. We had no issues. You should check on the Norwegian Air website for full details of what you are allowed to bring on the plane, including the size and weight of luggage. You might have to pay an additional fee to check a bag, but I don’t know for sure without checking the website myself. Train cars have a small area to put your luggage. Small bags and small backpacks can go on the rack over your head. Generally, there is enough space for everyone’s luggage. We have ridden trains many times in Europe, stowing our bags in the luggage area, without any issues, even when traveling with suitcases, rather than backpacks. Cheers, Julie

  2. Thank you for sharing this itinerary. I’m planning a mother & daughter trip to celebrate my daughter’s 12th birthday. Europe is so overwhelming for me being from down under and I had no idea where to start. This is perfect! I’d like to add Italy to the trip. Where would you fit Italy in and how many days would you recommend? Thanks in advance

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  3. This is so awesome! Thank you for sharing. I’m planning a 10 days travel to these cities with my family, and didn’t have an idea of where to start, or which city to go first.
    Bookmarking this. Thanks a lot!

  4. Hi Julie

    We’re travelling next month, September. We’ll be arriving Paris in the morning and leaving Paris after day 10 in the afternoon. What will be your recommendations between cities?
    Paris-London-Amsterdam-Paris or

    Also, once we arrive Paris, should we head off straight to the next city or we tour Paris first?


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      It is exciting to hear that you will be travelling to Paris, London, and Amsterdam! Heading straight off to London or Amsterdam upon your arrival would save you from going through the hotel check in/out process one time. But you’ll have to think about what time your flight arrives, how tired you might be, and any risk associated with flight delays (or luggage issues) causing you to miss your onward transportation. If you do this then you should be able to find a train to London that is just about an hour quicker than a train to Amsterdam. That could be a reason to start in London. Other than that, you might check museums or other sites of interest to see if they close on any of your travel days; that could help determine your order of travel. Happy Travels! Tim

  5. Hello! Thanks so much for this itinerary. I’m planning on a 9 day trip flying into London and trying to think of 2 other cities to visit.

    I’ve been to both London and Paris, but wouldn’t mind visiting again. I plan on spending the least amount of time in London though.

    Are there any issues going from London- Paris-Amsterdam?

    Would you recommend Amsterdam or Brussels?? Never been to either. Thank you!

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  6. Inquiring on a estimated price starting in Amsterdam, Switzerland, Paris and stop in London with several days in London to sightsee. Would like to take the Eurostar from Paris to London. Include flight from Jax for 2 adults.

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      Hello James. We are not a tour company so we do not provide estimates. However, you can show this itinerary to a travel agent with your changes and get an estimate from the agent.

  7. Hi Julie,
    Thanks for putting together a perfect itenary. This is the first time I am travelling to Europe. I am planning my trip during the last week of December. Any thoughts on the weather?

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      Hello Anna. I’m glad you like the itinerary. It will be cold, of course (but usually not bitterly cold). Snow is generally not an issue but it could be damp. There will be higher crowds than normal since that is a holiday week but it should be very festive. Cheers, Julie

  8. Hello Julie and your family,

    Question, If I do the trip you did by myself. How much do you think it will cost me? (airplane, travels to different places, hotel and etc.)??? an estimate will be cool. (I know you wont have the right price)

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      Hello Wilson. It’s very difficult to give an accurate estimate because of factors like time of year, budget vs midrange vs luxury travel, and where you are flying in from can have a major impact on total cost. A budget traveler can get by on $100 USD per day (or less if you really skimp) and the price can go up from here depending on the time of year you travel and your traveling style. Cheers, Julie

  9. Hi Julie,
    This was very helpful. We are family of four planning our first trip to Europe this summer. We have exact 10 dates in Europe and your itinerary sounds perfect. The only problem is we fly back home from London, what would you recommend in that case? We take Eurorail from Paris to London?
    will appreciate your help.

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      Hello Mariam. I’m glad you like our itinerary. 🙂 Yes, take the Eurostar back to London and fly home from there. On day 9, spend the morning in Paris at Versailles or one of the museums and take the train to London in the afternoon/evening. Cheers, Julie

  10. Julie, I have been praying to find someone to shine light and HELP me plan a 15th birthday (quinceañero) for my daughter. We had these 3 cities in mind since the start. Just booked flight out of FLL to Paris and returning from London. So will start in Paris, then Amsterdam and then London. Step one, book the flights, I do see you mentioned getting form Paris to Amsterdam you have to stop in Brussels, how does this work? Where can I book the tickets for the trains?

    Thank youuuuuuu so much in advance, this blog has been a blessing!

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      Hello Karla. This sounds very exciting!! The best way to travel from Paris to Amsterdam is on the high-speed Thalys train. It takes just over 3 hours. It goes through Brussels but you do not get off the train. Click this link to learn more and you can book your tickets on Rail Europe or b-europe.com.

      To get from Amsterdam to London you will have to go through Brussels. Take the Thalys train from Amsterdam to Brussels, clear passport control, and then take the Eurostar train from Brussels to London. You also have the option to book a direct flight from Amsterdam to London if you do not want to take to trains with a transfer. Read more here. Cheers, Julie

  11. My daughter and I will be traveling to London at the end of May. Our flight there and our return flight are already booked out of London. We arrive on May 27 (morning) and depart on June 8 (noon). Because we are booking late for some attractions we would need to be in Amsterdam on June 3 in order to get into the Anne Frank house. I was wondering what itinerary would be best if we did London->Paris->Amsterdam->London? Would we need to stop in Brussels on the trip back from Amsterdam to London? If so would it be worth it to spend a day in Brussels? Lastly do you think we have enough time in our visit for all of this? Thank you in advance for any suggestions!

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      Hello Christy. Yes, I think you have enough time for all of this. And it looks like direct trains from Amsterdam to London are not running yet so you will have to go through Brussels. Here is a rough estimate on how you can plan your time: 3 days in London, travel to Paris by Eurostar train, spend 3 days in Paris. On June 2, travel to Amsterdam in the morning. Spend 2 to 3 days in Amsterdam. Spend one day in Brussels and then spend the remaining time in London. Since you have the time, I think Brussels is worth it. You could even spend on more day and day trip to Bruges and Ghent from Brussels if this looks interesting to you. It just depends on how much time you want to spend in each city. It’s easy to spend 5 solid days in London and not get bored. Cheers, Julie

  12. We have a long trip from the US to Canada, Manchester, Paris, Amsterdam, London, all flights are booked through Air Canada, Air France, KLM, and United Air. We are excited and worried at the same time.
    It is really helpful since we are planning three weeks in London, Paris, and Amsterdam with one day trip by car to Brussels. The only concern I have is whether to hire a car or just take public transportation? I also found hotels with a distance of 15 miles or more has better accommodation along with parking facility. Any advice will greatly be appreciated.
    Traveling with three teenagers! So help me GOD.

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      Your last 2 sentences made me laugh out loud. 🙂 For London, Paris, and Amsterdam, public transportation is the way to go. If you have a car, you will spend a small fortune to park it in the city everyday. If you stay in a hotel outside of town that offers parking, you will spend more time on the metro every day to get into town (which is fine…we have done that in many cities to save money, and since you have lots of time, a few extra minutes on the metro every day is not a big deal). It will be much cheaper and easier to get around by metro drive and have to park in the cities. If you are worried about getting around by metro, it’s easy and logical, and it doesn’t take long to get a handle on it. For each city, you can download metro apps onto your phone that will help you plan your routes on the subways. Ideally, you want to get an app that will work offline, so you don’t have to use a data plan. An app that does this may cost a few dollars but it’s cheaper than buying a SIM card. However, you can get SIM cards cheap (we are currently in Greece and have a prepaid SIM card giving us 6 GB for $20) and then use data when walking around the cities. Then, you can Google any questions you have or access our website. 🙂 To buy a SIM card, visit a local carrier (Vodafone is popular in Europe) or ask your hotel what they recommend. The catch is that you may need a SIM card for each country. I could write an article about that but it seems like things are always changing, so we tend to ask the hotel staff what they recommend. But 3 weeks…that sounds really great! Have fun! Cheers, Julie

  13. Thank you for this wonderful itinerary! We are planning to travel as a family with teenagers in late-July/early-August, starting in London. Since there will be a weekend in there somewhere post-London, if all other things are equal are we better off spending it in Amsterdam or in Paris? Which city do you think is likely to have the most tourist destinations open on weekends, or are they perhaps about equal? Many thanks!

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      I think that most sights are open on weekends in both cities. In Paris, Monday and Tuesday are the most likely days for museums to be closed. You should still double check the hours to be sure…you can start with our Paris and Amsterdam posts. You might want to plan your itinerary to avoid Paris on a Monday or Tuesday. Have fun! Cheers, Julie

  14. Hi, thank you so much for this blog. So helpful! How should we add Rome to this trip? Is it worth going to Rome? Also, is Munich or bavaria doable as well? We are planning to travel with our 14yr old son and 6month old baby. Wii it be too much to add more cities? We have about 3 to 4 weeks since we are going to use baby bonding. Thank you so muc! !

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      Wow, that sounds nice! What a nice chunk of time. 🙂 You can definitely add Rome and Bavaria. We have a 10 day Bavaria itinerary that might give you some ideas. I would recommend flying in and out of Munich. We really, really liked Garmisch-Partenkirchen and spent a wonderful week here. Bavaria would be nice break after a tour through London, Paris, and Amsterdam. So, these 2 10 day itineraries take up about 3 weeks of your time. With any additional days, I would add more time to London, Paris, Amsterdam, or Garmisch-Partenkirchen (if you like the Bavaria idea) or travel to Rome. The best way to get to Rome is probably to fly from Munich to Rome. A train is possible but it could take a full day, however, you might be able to book an overnight train. Cheers, Julie

  15. This is amazing since my daughter and I are planning a 10 day trip at the end of May for her college graduation celebration. She would like to try to stop in Belgium between Amsterdam and Paris but not sure we would have time. Would you recommend taking a day off of London or Paris to do that?

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      It really depends on what you want to see. If Versailles does not sound that interesting to you, take a day from Paris. Or, you could eliminate your “least favorite” day from the London section. Just make sure what you are giving up is worth it for Belgium. If you haven’t seen it, you might also get some ideas from our Amsterdam Brussels Paris itinerary. Cheers, Julie

  16. 25th anniversary trip in 2019. I went to Europe in high school on a school trip but my husband has never been (and honestly it’s been so long for me, it will be like the first time). Could we add a 4th city if we have 2 weeks? Where would you recommend going after London, Amsterdam, Paris? Thank you.

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      Yes, with 2 weeks you can add another city. You can do this itinerary in any order. If you end in London, you could go to Wales or to Edinburgh. From Paris you could go to Nice (about a 6 hour train), Geneva, or Colmar. If you pick Colmar, you will need to rent a car to drive between the towns. Fly home from Paris or Zurich. You could add Brussels/Bruges if you end in Paris or Amsterdam. From Amsterdam, you could do day trips from Amsterdam to Utrecht, The Hague, Delft, Rotterdam, and Giethoorn. Lots to pick from! Cheers, Julie

  17. Thank you so much for this post! My husband was considering taking his parents to do this exact trip and we were overwhelmed in knowing where to start.

    But now that we’ve found this… done! =-)

    Thanks again,

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  18. Just curious in what area did you stay that made traveling to these various locations manageable? Not sure what area to look for rooms. I do not think we will be getting a rental car.

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  19. Hi Julie,

    I am looking at this trip (London, Paris, & Amsterdam), theLondon & Paris trip,& the Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam trips. They all look so wonderful but I’m wondering which would be the most cost effective. I’m going with my boyfriend and we want to save as much as possible while still having a great time. Any suggestions?

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      Hello Simone. All of these cities are notorious for being expensive. Traveling by train between each of them does not add a lot to your overall trip cost (traveling by train in Europe is very economical and convenient). The biggest thing to consider are your flights to and from these cities. I’d look into this first, and get prices for flight costs for the starting and ending cities. You may find that one city is much cheaper or easier for you to get to (and vice versa). The time of year also makes a big difference. Go in the off season for the best prices (January through March and November are probably the cheapest months to travel here). Start with this research and see what you find. Feel free to write back with more questions! Cheers, Julie

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      Sorry, we do not run tours. This is an itinerary you can use to plan your trip or you can have a travel agent book it for you. Cheers, Julie

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