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10 Days in Europe: 5 Amazing Itineraries

Julie Itinerary, Travel Inspiration 116 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

Read more about Amsterdam, Brussels, and Paris:


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


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

Comments 116

  1. Hello julie, we are couple and planning to go france in Feb 2019? Which month might be the best, feb or apr? Also, this is our first time. Can u recommend nearby cities that would be perfect for 2wks trip by train and how many hours would it take. Thanks. Cheers!

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      Both months are fine. February will be colder with shorter days but there will also be less tourists, less crowds, and hotels should be cheaper. April is a beautiful time to be in Paris, it’s just warming up, but it will start getting more crowded and expensive. If you don’t mind waiting until April, I’d pick April over February for the warmer temps and flowers blooming again.

      From Paris, it’s very easy to get to London (about 2 hours), Amsterdam (about 3 hours), and Brussels (about 2.5 hours) by train. You can also get to the Alsace region of France which are fairytale-like towns. I believe it’s 2.5 hours to go from Paris to Colmar. You could also go south to Lyon and the French Riviera or visit Barcelona (about 6 hours by train). Lots of options!!

      Check out our links for recommended amounts of time and what to do in each place and let us know if you have more questions. Cheers, Julie

  2. Hey Julie, my friends and I are going on a trip to Spain for 7 days. We keep hearing that Barcelona is a 3 day trip and Madrid is a day trip, which means that we have 2/3 days to do something else. We are very open to leaving the country to go somewhere, but we don’t know where. Where do you think we should go, and what do you recommend we do?

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      From Barcelona, you can take some really great day trips (see our Spain page for full details). We did Girona and Montserrat and both were wonderful. I know you probably want to visit another spot in Spain but don’t forget about accounting for travel time between destinations. And if you are flying to Spain from somewhere outside of Europe, say the United States, you will also have to deal with jet lag your first day or two. A sample itinerary could look something like this:
      1 – Arrive Barcelona, see Barcelona
      2 – Barcelona
      3 – Barcelona
      4 – Day trip from Barcelona
      5 – Day trip from Barcelona
      6 – Travel to Madrid (3 hours by high speed train), see Madrid
      7 – Fly Home
      This doesn’t leave much time for Madrid. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to take a Barcelona day trip day and add it to Madrid. If your entire trip is 7 days, including the days to arrive and depart Spain you unfortunately do not have enough time to add a third destination. I hope this helps and let me know if you have more questions. Cheers, Julie

  3. What a great Itineraries! We were thinking about driving from Paris to Nice this upcoming summer leaving on Tuesday arriving on Friday. Originally we wanted to go to Luxemburg as well, but not sure if it’s doable considering it’s north of Paris. Any recommendations you can share on what is the best places to visit on our way? Thank you so much!

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      I think Luxembourg is too far out of the way. It’s nice, but there are better spots to visit. We did the Alsace Wine Route this past summer and it’s amazing, but you need a minimum of 2 full days for the best experience. But an Alsace/Luxembourg trip would be a nice future trip idea. I have not been here yet, but Geneva, Switzerland looks amazing as does Chamonix, France and Annecy, France. And you can also drive down through the Provence wine region and visit Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, and the small towns here. We have French Riviera/Provence itinerary that might give you some more ideas. Have fun planning your trip and let us know if you have more questions! Cheers, Julie

  4. Hi,

    Me and my best friend are travelling from India to Europe and this would be our first trip to Europe. The time would be around May end-June and we plant to go for a three week trip. The countries we shortlisted (in the order of visiting them) are London-Paris-Amsterdam-Berlin-Munich-Prague-Rome-Florence-Venice-Croatia-Switzerland-India. Please let us know if this sounds like a good idea (the order of cities especially, money wise too). Our aim is to not really go deep into the cities but get a feel of the city and some major attractions.

    Thanks!

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      Hello Aayushi. This is a lot to fit into 3 weeks. London-Paris-Amsterdam needs 10 days. Rome-Florence-Venice also needs 10 days. That’s 3 weeks right there. Switzerland could really be it’s own 10-14 day trip. So could Croatia. I know that it’s tempting to squeeze as much in as you can. I would start by picking 3 or 4 must-see sights and then planning the itinerary from there. If you narrow things down I don’t mind giving you more advice. Cheers, Julie

  5. Hi, your itineraries are awesome. My wife and I are planning to travel to Europe along with our parents in April or early May. It is our first time, and we want to visit England, France, Italy, and few more if time permits. Would you mind if us some recommendation on what city we should visit, how long we should stay at each city, and transportation between each place? We have 13-14 days for this trip. Thank you.

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      London and Paris make great cities for your first visit to Europe. I think Amsterdam is a good pick too. And the end of April into early May is a great time to visit Amsterdam because you can see the flowers blooming. I know you didn’t mention Amsterdam but it’s worth considering for the time of year you are going. You could take our 10 day London Paris Amsterdam Itinerary and add a little bit to it. Good options include day trips from Paris or London or a few days in the Alsace region of France or even a few days on the French Riviera.

      If you wanted to get to Italy, you could do 3 days in London, 3 days in Paris, and that would leave you with about 6 days in Italy. It’s not really enough time, but you could see Rome/Florence or Venice/Florence. In my opinion, I would save Italy for a future trip. Italy by itself would be an awesome 13-14 day trip. You can get ideas here.

      It’s a lot to think about because Europe has a lot of great places to choose from. But whatever you pick, it will be wonderful. Think about it and let us know if you have more questions.

      Cheers, Julie

  6. Hi!
    This information is awesome! I will be flying to London for a business meeting, but will have three free days before my meeting and four free days afternoon my meeting for vacation. I have already done London and Paris, do you have any recommendations for what might make sense for such a short time period before and after I am in London?

    Thanks!

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      Hello Jennifer. You could take a train to Amsterdam or Brussels for one of the portions of your trip. From Brussels you could also visit Bruges and Ghent. If you picked Amsterdam, you could spend all of your time here and a day trip in the Netherlands. You could also take the train and head north to Edinburgh. You won’t have enough time to really explore Scotland but Edinburgh is a wonderful city. And from London, it should be easy to catch a short, quick flight to almost anywhere in Europe. Have fun choosing where to go! Cheers, Julie

  7. I’m traveling with my husband and two kids 17 & 7!! So both ends of the childhood spectrum! We will be in Prague in June and aim to spend a couple of weeks getting to London. We would like to incorporate notable cities along the way and perhaps end up in Paris for Euro Disney before taking the train to London.

    What route would you recommend to keep everyone happy?!

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      Hello Michelle. A nice trip would be something like Prague –> Vienna –> Salzburg (maybe a day trip to Hallstatt) –> Berchtesgaden –> Bavaria/Munich –> Zurich/Lucerne –> Alsace, France –> Paris. You can do a lot of this by train however having a car for Berchtesgaden and Bavaria and for the Alsace makes getting around a lot easier. This trip is a nice mix of cities and outdoor activities so everyone should be happy. We were in the Alsace this summer and don’t have info about it yet on our website but I’ll be writing about it soon. If you have any more questions let us know. Cheers, Julie

  8. These itineraries sound great! I would love to follow one of them as I have 10 days on a solo trip to Europe and it’s my first time. May I know which one you’ll recommend the most for a solo traveler in October?

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      Hello Hayle. You can do all of these in October. However, the French Riviera will be quiet and not a good time to visit the beaches, so you might want to save this for a summer trip to Europe. It will be getting cooler in Scandinavia, with even a chance of snow in some parts, which is fine, but again, maybe you should save this for June through September. We did London Paris in mid-October and it was awesome. Great weather, not too crowded, really nice time to be there. Same goes for the itinerary including Brussels. And I think October is a nice time for Italy, however, you may get some rainy days in October. So, I vote for London/Paris (just because we had a great time in October) or Amsterdam/Brussels/Paris. Cheers, Julie

  9. Thank you so much for this wonderful blog and plus for the travel destination tips and the time guide also. Thanks once again.

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