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10 Days in Europe: 5 Amazing Itineraries

Julie Itinerary, Travel Inspiration 140 Comments

Europe is such a joy to explore. With world-class cities, medieval towns, the towering, snowcapped Alps, gorgeous beaches, and some of the world’s most delicious food, these are the perfect ingredients for your next vacation. If you want to spend 10 days in Europe, we have five amazing itineraries with some of Europe’s most popular destinations. These itineraries are perfect if it is your first time in Europe or if you need a little travel inspiration to plan your next trip.

10 Days in Europe: Sample Itineraries

London & Paris: Two of Europe’s Great Cities

This is a great introduction to Europe. By starting in London, you get your first taste of Europe without a language barrier. Ride the London Eye, tour the Tower of London, explore the amazing British Museum, ride the Underground, and even take the double-decker bus tour through the city. Travel by Chunnel to get to Paris and spend several days exploring this gorgeous city.

London & Paris

  • Day 1:  Arrive in London
  • Days 2, 3, 4 & 5:   Explore London, consider a daytrip to Bath, Stonehenge, or Windsor Castle
  • Day 6:  Train to Paris in the morning
  • Day 7, 8 & 9:  Paris
  • Day 10:  Fly home

Read the full itinerary: 10 Day London Paris Itinerary

Related:  10 Day London Amsterdam Paris Itinerary

Tower bridge in London.

London Bridge

Overlooking Paris from the top of the Arc de Triomphe.

Paris

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Notre Dame


Scandinavian Explorer: Copenhagen, Stockholm, & Oslo

Explore three of Scandinavia’s great cities on this itinerary.

Copenhagen, Stockholm, & Oslo

  • Day 1:  Arrive in Copenhagen
  • Days 2 & 3:  Explore Copenhagen
  • Day 4:  Fly to Stockholm, explore Stockholm
  • Days 5 & 6:   Stockholm
  • Day 7:  Fly to Oslo
  • Day 8:  Oslo
  • Day 9:  Norway in a Nutshell
  • Day 10:  Fly home

 

Copenhagen is a delight, with its picturesque harbor called Nyhavn. If you are traveling as a family, kids will love Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest amusement parks in the world.

Nyhavn Harbor

 

Stockholm is a gorgeous city. Stroll through Gamla Stan, visit City Hall (where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded every year), and take a day cruise through the archipelago.

Stockholm Sweden

 

Then, hop over to Oslo, Norway. Learn about Vikings, visit a ski jump, and then take the Norway in a Nutshell cruise to sneak a peek at the fjords.

Norway Fjord


 A Taste of Italy: Rome, Florence, & Venice

Who doesn’t dream of touring Italy? Ten days is just enough time to get a taste of this country. Rome, Florence, and Venice are three of Italy’s most popular cities, places that many travelers feel like they must see. Here’s how to do it.

A Taste of Italy

  • Day 1:  Arrive in Rome
  • Day 2:  Rome
  • Day 3:  Rome, take a train to Florence in the evening
  • Days 4, 5, & 6:   Florence and Tuscany
  • Day 7:   Train to Venice
  • Day 8 & 9:  Venice
  • Day 10:  Fly home

Florence deserves the biggest chunk of time in this itinerary. Spend at least one day exploring Florence, and then use your extra days to take daytrips into Tuscany, visiting Siena and the other hill towns. You can do this on your own by renting a car or using the public buses (but this was a nightmare in our experience…we highly recommend renting your own car or hiring a driver while in Tuscany!).

Rome

Overlooking Rome

San Gimignano in Tuscany

Tuscany

Florence

Overlooking Florence

Venice

Venice Sunset 2

If you have more than 10 days, considering adding in Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, the Cinque Terre, or the Dolomites into your itinerary.

Want more itinerary ideas for Italy? Read our post: 10 Days in Italy: 3 Amazing Itineraries


Amsterdam, Brussels, & Paris

On this itinerary, three cities are connected with short train rides. Travel time is low which means you have plenty of time to explore these three cities. If you are planning to travel to Europe in April, this itinerary gets our vote. In April, the bulbs are blooming in The Netherlands and it is a sight to see!

Keukenhof

Keukenhof, the Netherlands in April

Amsterdam, Brussels, & Paris

  • Day 1:  Arrive in Amsterdam
  • Day 2:  Amsterdam
  • Day 3:  Day Trip in the Netherlands
  • Day 4:  Amsterdam with an afternoon train to Brussels
  • Day 5:  Brussels
  • Day 6:  Bruges and Ghent
  • Day 7, 8, & 9:   Paris
  • Day 10:  Fly Home

Read the full itinerary: 10 Day Amsterdam Brussels Paris Itinerary

Walk, cruise, or cycle along the canals in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Itinerary

Get a bird’s eye view over Ghent, Belgium.

Ghent Itinerary

Visit the Louvre in Paris.

Louvre Paris

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Coastal Explorer: Barcelona & the French Riviera

On this itinerary, tour one of Europe’s great cities and then explore the glitzy, gorgeous French Riviera. Dine on gourmet cuisine, drink fine wines, relax on the beach, and get a taste of the good life.

Barcelona & The French Riviera

  • Day 1:  Arrive in Barcelona
  • Days 2, 3, 4, & 5:  Barcelona plus daytrips
  • Day 6:   Travel to Nice, France
  • Day 7, 8, & 9:  French Riviera
  • Day 10:  Fly home

Barcelona needs at least two days of your time to see the best of it. There are also great daytrips you can take from Barcelona, such as visiting Montserrat, Girona, Costa Brava, and Tarragona.

Barcelona

Barcelona Spain

In the French Riviera, Nice is a great city to make your home base. From Nice, you can easily get to the other coastal cities, such as Cannes, Antibes, Monaco, and Villefranche-sur-Mer by train. Or, if you want, rent a car, which gives you more freedom and a chance to hit some of the hillside towns. Nice has an international airport, convenient for your flight home.

Villefranche-sur-Mer

Villefranche


Are You Designing a Custom Europe Itinerary?

These itineraries make a great starting point for designing your own custom Europe itinerary. For more tips and tricks to help you plan the perfect itinerary, consider reading this article:

7 Things to Know when Planning Your First Trip to Europe


More European Itineraries 

There are endless ways to piece together itineraries for 10 days in Europe, these are just five of our recommendations. However, if you need even more ideas, check these out:

10 Day Bavaria Itinerary
10 Day Norway Itinerary
10 Day Scotland Itinerary
10 Day Central Europe Itinerary: Budapest, Vienna, & Prague
11 Day Balkan Peninsula Itinerary: Croatia, Montenegro, and Bosnia & Herzegovina

 

10 Days in Europe Travel Itineraries

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  1. Hi Julie – My sister and I are doing a month long program abroad in Grenoble, France for all of May and then we are planning to take 10 days after to explore a bit of Europe. We are having difficulty narrowing down our plans. On one hand we could go up to Paris, London, Amsterdam area, or we could head down and try for Rome, Florence and Nice/Barcelona. Looking at all these itineraries has made us so excited! We don’t want to spend all of our time travelling, and love to be outdoors – so that said – do you have any recommendations or things to consider when we make our decisions? As well, do you have any recommendations for weekend trips from Grenoble? We were thinking Nice, Geneva, and possibly Paris if we don’t head there on our 10 day.

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      Hello Tyson. For more day trip ideas from Grenoble, take a look at Chamonix and Lake Annecy. Paris is too far away for a day trip (and Paris is worth a minimum of 2-3 days). We have 10 day French Riviera/Provence itinerary that would work well with your travel plans, since you will be so close. May is a great time to visit the French Rivierara…warm but not packed with visitors yet. But you could also do 10 days in Italy or the Paris, London, Amsterdam trip like you mentioned.

      It can be very difficult figuring out where to go, there are so many great options in Europe. My advice is to pick a city or a region you have always dreamed of visiting, and add on from there. Also, take a look at our First Time in Europe article so you can get an idea of how much you can actually visit in 10 days without overloading your itinerary. If you narrow things down, write back into us and I can give you some more tips if you like. Cheers, Julie

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