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10 Days in Europe: 5 Amazing Itineraries

Julie Itinerary, Travel Inspiration 94 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

 Post updated June 2018.


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. Great Post, got some good ideas from it and the comments.

    I am planning a 10-12 days trip with my GF in early march to Europe.

    The initial idea is 3 Days London, 3 days Paris, and we are still undecided about the next 3 days.

    My girlfriend suggested going Swiss Alps because she want’s snow, ski and stuff (we are from Brazil, so we don’t get much of that here)

    But i’ve seen you suggesting Amsterdan a lot.

    We are very active persons, and we like very fast paced travels.

    So any suggestions? Maybe squeezing something more in the itinerary?

    Thanks =)

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      You could probably squeeze in the Alps…that sounds nice. I think you’re fine to ski in March just double check how late ski season typically runs. The Dolomites and the mountains of Slovenia are also good spots to go skiing from what I have read. Early March can be a little tricky for outdoor activities…you won’t be able to hike the mountains this early in the year from what I know, not only in the Alps but at other spots in Europe. Amsterdam is great simply because it is so easy to get to from London and Paris. Or you could really add in one more city in Europe and take day trips from here (ideas include Barcelona, Lisbon, Edinburgh, Prague, or Munich). Cheers, Julie

  2. Hi Julie,
    Great post ! I hope you can help me with planning my trip in August first week.
    I will be traveling to London for some business and would explore that in between work. And after that I am planning to take 8 days tour of Europe. I am 22 years old girl traveling alone and on a budget of $1500, but can stretch as I want to squeeze in as many places as I can in these 8 days. My return flight is from London. Please give your recommendations. Thanks in advance 🙂

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      Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam are very easy to get to by train from London and they are very fun to visit. From London, you can also take cheap flights to almost anywhere in Europe. You options are endless. With 8 days, you can visit 2 to 3 places that are near one another or visit 2 cities that are farther apart and connect them by train or plane. You could fly to Rome, travel to Florence and Venice by train, and fly back to London. You won’t have much time in each town but you would catch some highlights of Italy. Cheers, Julie

  3. My husband, teenage daughters and I are planning a 10 day European trip in July, 2019. We are thinking London and Paris, but I’d love to squeeze in 1 more spot on the trip.

    I’ve read the reviews and see that you recommend those 2 cities alone, without a 3rd stop, in that day span, but since we don’t have an interest in day trips to Windsor Castle, etc., is there a 3rd spot you would recommend? I’m undecided if it should be somewhere where we can access the Chunnel (Brussels or Amsterdam) or use the speed train to Barcelona. By the way, I’ve been to all of the above locations, including Windsor, except for Amsterdam; they’ve not been to any of them.

    Would love to get your thoughts!

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      You can fit in another city. Amsterdam works perfectly and you can go London – chunnel – Paris – high speed train – Amsterdam or swap Amsterdam and Paris. Brussels works well too. If you haven’t been to Amsterdam…go!! I love it here. Two days is enough time. I think you will lose a lot of time traveling to Barcelona so I don’t know if Barcelona is worth it, and I think you should have at least 3 days there to make it worth it. In the next few weeks I plan on writing a London Amsterdam Paris itinerary, simply because so many people ask about it. It may come out too late for your planning, but we do have separate itinerary posts on Paris, London, and Amsterdam which you can use right now. Have fun planning and let us know if you have more questions! Cheers, Julie

  4. Hi Julie. Great site and suggestions! Last year we did Paris for 4 nights, fast train to Barcelona and stayed there for 5. We are not too much into museums, historical sights etc.. We love scenic train rides, classic-modern cities like Barcelona & Paris.. we like day trips, villages with views and open air buses. We were thinking of italy Tuscany/Florence, Lake Como and maybe over the Italian Alps into Switzerland… we’re open to other suggestions and have thought about Amsterdam… flexible for 10-12 days. Thanks, John A.

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      I think a Tuscany/Como/Switzerland trip sounds amazing. It would be much different than visiting two big cities and you will have to book more hotels, but what a gorgeous part of Europe! With 10 days, I don’t think you would have enough time to really see Switzerland. While in Como, you could cross the border and see Lugano. And you could also drive west to Geneva, Switzerland and Chamonix or Annecy, France.

      Another option, sticking to 2 or 3 big cities, is a Prague – Wroclaw – Krakow trip or you could take a look at our 10 day central Europe itinerary (Budapest, Vienna, Prague). A London – Amsterdam trip with day trips in England and the Netherlands would be very nice. The combinations are endless. We do not have info on this site yet about Poland but we will be there this summer.

      Cheers, Julie

  5. Thanks for some of the amazing Itineraries guys!
    We are a family of 3 , me , my wife and 5 year old daughter from HK (But we are Indians).

    Plan for a Euro trip in July 2018 , with details as :-
    1. Hong Kong to Zurich , arrive 7 am 19th July
    2. Zurich to Rome , arrive Rome on 24th July 2:30 PM
    3. Rome to Hong Kong – 1PM return flight on 28th July 2018.

    Our Initial plan is to Stay is Luzern while in Switzerland and when in Italy spend a 1.5 days in Florence and rest in Rome.

    I would seek your help for the following :-
    a) Can you pls. advise an best Itinerary w.r.t Swiss and Rome considering a 5 year old girl who is very keen to play snow games. I am not into adventure or Hiking stuff.
    b) I assume we would have 1/2 hand carry bags and 2 suitcases weighing 30Kgs each…is it convenient to travel in trains e.g. Zurich Airport to Luzern or Rome to Florence
    with those suitcases together?
    c) Any recommendation for Hotels w/ breakfast , we don’t eat beef , pork , seafood stuff like prawns , lobsters etc. but do eat chicken and some fish…so a veg menu or a western menu / Italian veg pasta noodles , bread , pizzas etc. should work wonders for us…
    so , any suggestion which area should we put up for convenience sake like dinner or lunch etc..
    d) For this trip for us 3 how much Swiss Franc and Italian Lira or Euro would you recommend me to carry for daily needs and travel / tickets etc…we both have international credit cards …Initially I am thinking 1500 CHF and 1000 Euro?

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      Hello Shubh. It looks like this will be a nice trip. Unfortunately, we have not been to Switzerland yet so I am not going to be much help for this portion of your itinerary. Consider looking at other blogs or buying a good travel guide (we are big fans of Rick Steves for European destinations). On the trains there is a luggage compartment for each car. Simply put your luggage here when you board the trains. Keep your handbags with you (you can put these on the shelf over your seats). I don’t have any specific restaurant suggestions but you should have no problems finding restaurants that serve vegetarian meals in Italy. We just got back from a 10 day trip to Europe and only spent about a few hundred euros (in cash) total. Mostly, we use a credit card to pay for everything. We have a bank card and we withdraw roughly 200 euros when needed. Cheers, Julie

  6. I love this site! So many good ideas, thank you for sharing all of this. I just booked flights from DC to London, then return from Paris. I have 24 hours to change that if I want….should I keep it or change to Dublin? We have 10 nights (June 18-29). 3 kids (15, 13, 8) and hubby. We’re all adventurous and will want to stay busy every day. What do you recommend? Thank you so much.

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      Hi Keli. Ooohhh…both are amazing trips and both are good for very different reasons. Go to London and Paris if you want to tour big cities with iconic sites, great food, and history. Our kids loved London and Paris when we went (they were just 8 and 9 years old). They got to see places they learned about in school and see on TV (Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral…Harry Potter sites and tours in London…). However, go to Ireland if you want to see small towns, add some adventure to your trip, see wild coastal scenery, and meet some very friendly people. You can’t go wrong with whatever you decide. Do you have time for a family vote? Whatever you can’t do this year, maybe you can do next year. Good luck in making your decision, and feel free to write back if you have any questions. Cheers, Julie

  7. I came to your site searching for some Europe trip planning ideas and did find your article interesting. I am planning a 9 day Europe trip during end of May this year as a first timer from UK. I would like to include Paris and Switzerland as mandatory in my itinerary but really confused on what other countries I can cover. I would love to include Italy if possible but it seems there is lot to see in the country and distance between cities are far. Or should I exclude Italy in this this trip and make it as Germany, Amsterdam, Brussels and back to UK.
    We are planning this a family trip along with my 4yrs old kid.
    Any suggestions would really be helpful for me…

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      If Paris and Switzerland are mandatory, these have more than enough to do to fill 9 days of your time. Spend 2 to 3 days in Paris and then spend the rest of your time in Switzerland. Italy will have to be its own trip sometime in the future.

      Or, you could do 2-3 days in Amsterdam, 2 days in Brussels, and 4 to 5 days in Germany. Choose whatever sounds the most interesting to you. I know it’s tempting to squeeze in as much as possible, but you (and your child) will enjoy the trip much more without making this a very fast, whirlwind tour of Europe. Cheers, Julie

  8. Hello, I came upon your site and your travel tips are awesome! I hope you can me out.
    My husband and I are visiting Europe for the first time in September. We are spending a total of 15 full days (17 including flight days) and hoping to go to Paris, Amsterdam, Switzerland and maybe Italy. We are flying from Los Angeles to Paris, spend 2-3 days there, head to Amsterdam for a day or 2? then head to Switzerland for a week (because I have family there) and then perhaps see a little bit of Italy and fly back from Italy back to L.A.

    We want to see the Eiffel tower and maybe Disneyland Paris in France, that’s why we’re not spending too many days there. Is this a doable itinerary? What do you recommend?

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      Hello Nic. This sounds like a great first trip to Europe. I would recommend 3 days in Paris. Your first day may be a little rough because of jet lag so usually that first day is just spent wandering around, tired, with just enough energy to visit one museum or neighborhood. You will need one full day for Disneyland. Book your tickets in advance for the Eiffel Tower (it was a zoo there last weekend). I would also recommend 2 days in Amsterdam (just flew home today from Amsterdam). One day is enough time to see the big sites, the second day lets you really enjoy it or take a day trip (wonderful little towns nearby…lots of info coming soon). With your extra time at the end, tack on more Switzerland time or see something in northern Italy. Cheers, Julie

  9. Hi, I’m planning a 14-day European girl’s trip with my friends for 2020. We want to include 5 cities: Paris, Barcelona, Brussels, Venice Berlin/Amsterdam. Is this doable or are too ambitious?

    We Need help to plan a cost effective and realistic itinerary. Thanks much.

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      Yes, I think it’s too ambitious. With 10 days, you can do Paris to Brussels to Amsterdam (we are literally doing this trip right now…I am in Paris on day 1 of our trip as I type this so you can see our whole itinerary soon). That gives you about 3 more days in more place. Pick either Berlin, Venice, or Barcelona. If you have a hard time deciding which city to add, check out the flights from that city back to your home city. One of those will hopefully be a low (or lower cost) direct flight. Cheers, Julie

  10. I’d love to try London, Amsterdam and paris. are the connections easy between London and Amsterdam. I’d also like to see some of the countryside or smaller towns at one of the stops, do you have any recommendations?

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      You can take at train from London to Amsterdam (about 3.75 hours if you book a direct train). From Amsterdam, you can visit the small nearby towns in the Netherlands very easily by local train. Haarlem, The Hague, and Utrecht are popular towns to visit. And then you can travel to Paris by train from Amsterdam. While you are in London, a popular day trip is Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Bath but the easiest way to do this is to book a tour or rent a car. Cheers, Julie

  11. Thanks for sharing. I really loved how you put those awesome itineraries.
    I have a long programme in Stockholm includes two weekends (4 days- I really wanna use them since I have limited stay-days in Europe) whether inside Sweden or other close countries.

    I am also going to have 6 more days in May after the programme. I want to visit as many European countries as possible. I am 25 old-male traveling alone and I am used to quick travels. Any Suggestions? Thanks in advance.

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      In Sweden, we took a great day trip to Sandhamn from Stockholm. Nearby cities that would be great weekend destinations would be Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Paris, or Brussels. We are traveling to Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam next week so pretty soon we will have a lot more info on this website. We have been to Amsterdam and Paris already, and there’s a little more info to check out, but the “good stuff” will be coming soon.

      With six more days the options are endless. You could pick one big city and take 1 or 2 day trips (consider Barcelona, London, Edinburgh, Berlin, Prague, Krakow, Budapest, Rome, Paris…) or you could pick a region and road trip through it (southern Croatia, Bavaria, French Riviera, Cinque Terre + Tuscany, Isle of Skye and the Highlands of Scotland, or part of Ireland). It can be fun, and a little overwhelming, making a decision, but hopefully you’ll get to come back and see more in the future. Let us know if you have more questions!

      Cheers, Julie

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      Out of these 5 itineraries, these are the three that I think are best for March: London Paris; Paris Brussels Amsterdam; and Italy. We are doing the Paris Brussels Amsterdam itinerary the end of March into April. With 8 days, you will have to shorten these, of course. For itinerary #1, it’s very easy to steal a day from London and from Paris. For itinerary #3 (Italy) take a day from Tuscany and from Venice. From itinerary #4, just visit Paris and Amsterdam, connecting them by train. You don’t have enough time to see Brussels, too. Cheers, Julie

  12. Hi! We are considering a trip to London/Paris during the 2018 Christmas season. We would do about 5 days in London and 4 in Paris. Are we crazy to be considering traveling in December/January, due to weather/short days? We are a family of 4 with 2 young boys: ages 6 and 9 at time of travel. We have never traveled further than a 5 hour flight so it will be our first time dealing with jet-lag with the kids (we traveled to europe prior to having kids). Should we reconsider and go in June instead? Thanks so much!

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      I don’t think you’re crazy, but I have read that London can get very crowded around Christmas (and probably Paris, too). The days are short and it does get cold, but it’s not terrible. Your kids will be about the same age as Tyler and Kara when we first took them on an international trip. They did very well and even handled the jet lag better than their parents. 🙂 Kids can be amazing. In June, in general you will have long days and nice weather. Both June and December would be good times to go. If you went to London/Paris in June, could you go somewhere else at Christmas? I heard that the Christmas markets in Germany and Prague are amazing. Just a thought. Cheers, Julie

  13. Hi Julie! My husband and I are in the beginning phases of planning trip. I would love to go to London (I need to go to Harry Potter World), but I also would like to see Amsterdam, Brussels, and Paris. We want to have a gentle mix of sights/museums and hiking/scenery. Would this be doable do you think, or should we look into getting rid of one of the stops? It’s all so overwhelming!

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      Yes, I think those 4 cities is a bit much for 10 days. You could spend 5 days of that time just in London. With 10 days, you could do a London/Paris trip or a London/Amsterdam/Brussels trip. There is not much in the way of hiking at any of these cities/areas but you will do a lot of walking. In 2 weeks, we are headed back to Paris and Amsterdam, and we will be visiting Belgium and Luxembourg for our first time. In about a month, I’ll start writing a lot more about these cities so stay tuned! Cheers, Julie

  14. Thank you for sharing this! My boyfriend and I will be spending 9 days in Europe in April and we are planning on going to London (where family are located), Paris, and then we wanted to squeeze in either Barcelona or Madrid. How many days do you think we should spend in each place and if you had to choose between Barcelona and Madrid which one would you pick and why? Any suggestions?
    Thank you!

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      Hello Jennifer. I’d spend 3 to 4 days in London, 2 to 3 days in Paris (connect London and Paris by chunnel), and put the rest of the time into Barcelona or Madrid. We have not been to Madrid yet, so I’d pick that one! 🙂 Seriously, we have been to Barcelona and it is wonderful. It’s a beautiful, exceptionally clean city with amazing food, cool neighborhoods to stroll, and crazy, inspiring architectural works of art by Gaudi. I’d go back to Barcelona (and Paris) just for the food. But Madrid looks awesome, too. Check out this article by the Culture Trip comparing Madrid to Barcelona. You can’t go wrong with either city. Cheers, Julie

  15. Hi Julie,
    My husband, sixteen year old son, and I are planning a two week trip to Europe for June. We have already been to London, Paris, Brugge, Lisbon, and Dublin. We have narrowed it down to two itineraries. We would like to go to Italy, Spain, and Switzerland. Or Prague, Switzerland, Budapest, and Munich. With only two weeks, which would you recommend? We are all active and don’t mind hiking. My husband loves cycling and my son loves the beach.

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      Both of your ideas sound amazing. With two weeks, I think you could just spend time in Italy (about one week…like a Florence/Tuscany to the Cinque Terre to northern Italy/Como) into Switzerland for one week, and skip Spain, because that may be too rushed.

      Prague and Budapest are two great cities and I would recommend about 3 days for each of them. They are a bit far from Switzerland. I don’t know if you have plans yet for transportation, but you could connect Prague and Budapest by car, train or plane, and then fly to one of the major cities in Switzerland (skipping Munich). We have not been to Switzerland yet (other than a tiny town near Liechtenstein), but from what I know, it’s worth spending at least 7 days here.

      Cheers, Julie

  16. Great article! We are looking to travel in early July and will have 7 or 8 days. I was thinking about London and Paris, but wondering would it be possible to squeeze in another city as well or would that be too much? Any advice is appreciated!

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      With 7 to 8 days, stick to London and Paris. I know it’s tempting to get to another city, but London and Paris are fabulous and I think you will be very happy to have about 3 to 4 days in each city. Check out our London itinerary to help you plan your trip. We have been to Paris twice but don’t have an itinerary out yet. We are going back for a 3rd time at the end of March, so April we will start publishing a lot more info about Paris. Cheers, Julie

  17. We’ve done Rome/London and Paris/Edinburgh/London. We want to go back and do London again + 1 or 2 cities.

    Any suggestions?

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      How about London + Amsterdam; London + Barcelona with day trips; London + Krakow; or London + Prague with a day trip to Cesky Krumlov. Amsterdam is easy to get to by train but everything else on this list would require a cheap flight. We love all of these destinations for different reasons. The only place we haven’t been to yet is Krakow, although we will be there later this year. Cheers, Julie

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  18. Hi, this is really a great post. We were actually planning for a trip to England, Scotland and Netherlands in 10 days. can you pls suggest a good plan? thank you 🙂

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      Hello. You could start in Amsterdam, spend 2 days here, then take the train to London. London really needs about 5 days, but in this case, you could spend three days here. That would give you enough time to see a little of the English countryside and end in Edinburgh, Scotland. Or, from London, you could take the train to Edinburgh, spend 2 days here, then road trip through the countryside of Scotland. And, of course, you could do this exact itinerary in reverse. Cheers, Julie

  19. Hi Julie,

    I’m looking to travel in April to Scotland and Ireland with my 5 year old. We’ll be flying into gatwick and then I’m looking to take the train to Edinburgh. I’m liking for suggestions on doing a loop of Scotland (for 6 days) then Ireland for 6 days. What would you suggest?

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      In Scotland, you could spend two days in Edinburgh, 3 days on the Isle of Skye, with a day of travel out and back from Edinburgh. Or, you could spend some time in Edinburgh, drive to and explore the Highlands without going onto the Isle of Skye, ending in Glasgow. As for Ireland, you could start and end in Dublin, and drive out to the western coast. You could do part of our 10 day Ireland itinerary without going to Northern Ireland. Cheers, Julie

  20. Hi ! Planning to go for 12 days. Need to end up or start in Amsterdam for 7 of the 12. Would like to do Frankfurt and Venice. Is it possible by train? How would you rec.? We would not be opposed to renting a car but thought train would be fun! Thoughts?

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      My advice would be to look at the train schedules between Amsterdam – Frankfurt and Frankfurt – Venice and vice versa. Those are all big European cities so it should be easy to link them by train, although you may have to make a transfer or two. The Man in Seat 61 has great tips and how-to advice for using the trains and buying tickets. Cheers, Julie

  21. hi julie, we are a family of 4 ( including 1 senior on wheel chair and a teen boy). we wish to visit london, paris and switzerland for 12 days, in late may 2018. please suggest some good, comfortable itinerary. we are vegetarian family and prefer easy going tours.

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      You could start in London (4 days) then go to Paris (3 days) and end in Switzerland. We have not been to Switzerland yet so I can’t make any recommendations here. We have a 5 days in London itinerary that should help you out. We can also read about Paris here. We will have a lot more info about Paris in April, once we return from trip there at the end of March. Cheers, Julie

  22. Hi Julie,
    Thank you for sharing. My best friend and I want to take a euro trip for my 30th birthday. We want to visit Spain (Madrid and Barcelona) France (Paris ) Italy (Rome and Venice) And possibly a Greek Island. We want to spend 8 days so 2 days in each country. Are we being too ambitious with our trip? I just don’t even know where to start.

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      Hello Shany. Yes, this is almost impossible to do in 8 days, and if you did do it, you’d just be sitting on planes and trains the whole time. 🙂 With 8 days, pick Rome/Venice or Greece or Madrid/Barcelona or Paris plus one nearby city (Amsterdam or London goes well with Paris). With 8 days, you can usually see two cities, linking them by train. You could even do Venice to Florence to Rome but that would still be a little rushed. I know that it is tempting to see as much as possible, but I think you will have a much better experience if you go a little slower. Let us know if you have more questions. Cheers, Julie

  23. Firstly, Thank you for this wonderful blog!
    Secondly – A question! Planning a trip to Europe with another family and kids( youngest is 9). Want to end in Lyons as the other family has relatives there. Possible options are Barcelona( #1) or Paris or London. Thoughts on splitting the time – two cities? three? The entire trip will be 10 days
    Thank you so much for your help!

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      You could go Barcelona to Avignon, France to Lyon, although Avignon may be boring for kids. Or you could split your time between Barcelona (kids would like the day trip to Montserrat and hiking and/or riding the cable cars) and the area around Lyon. The family members in Lyon would be able to tell you what’s worth it in that area, but Chamonix and Annecy look amazing (we haven’t been there yet). You could do London to Paris to Lyon, but if you need to include Lyon in the 10 days, I think you will be too rushed. A Paris/Lyon trip would be great, plus you can easily link the two cities by train. Take a look at the French towns around Lyon…they’re not as popular as the big cities of Barcelona and Paris, but they really look nice. You could even spend 10 days road tripping from Como, Italy (and Lugano, Switzerland), heading west past Zermatt, visiting Chamonix, Annecy, Geneva, then Lyon (or something like that). Just an idea! If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to ask! Cheers, Julie

  24. Hi Julie! Me and my wife are planning to celebrate our anniversary in europe. Its our first time to travel to europe actually. We are planning to go first to Rome for 4 days then Paris for 6 days. Is it cheaper to ride a train from Rome to Paris? And can we drop by in milan for an overnight stay before we go to paris? Can we explore milan for one day? Can you give us suggestions on what city we can visit that is near Rome and Paris via train that we can explore for a day and go back in the afternoon. Thanks and more power!

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      Hello Rockey. From Rome, the best day trip, in my opinion, is to Pompeii. Yes, you can take a train from Rome to Milan, spend the night in Milan, and then take the train to Paris. We have a post on how to spend one day in Milan that would be useful for you. A plane flight is a possibility for travel from Milan to Paris but trains are cheap, convenient, and eco-friendly. We do not have any experience with day trips from Paris, but here is a great post that gives you 9 options. Have a great time! Cheers, Julie

  25. What a great travel blog! We are family of 6 (kids: 13, 12, 9 and 1) flying into Paris in early August. We have been to Paris before (well, that time with 2 kids only). We have done London and Amsterdam recently. We have also done central and some other parts of Europe (Prague, Budapest, Munich, Bavaria, Vienna, Salzburg, Zurich, Zermatt). We have 13 days to spend before flying out of Paris again. We are thinking of 2 days in Paris, then take the speed train to Barcelona. Spend 4 days in Barcelona before taking the speed train to Madrid. Spend 3-4 days in Madrid before taking the train to Seville. Rent a car in Seville to go to Granada. May be spend a night or two there. Take the train back from Seville to Madrid and then fly back to Paris. Does this sound too ambitious? Do you have other suggestions? If it’s too hot in Spain, would it be better to explore the Scandinavian region? Thanks.

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      Hello Zemm. You will be busy but I do not think it is too ambitious. It sounds like a great trip to me. You have to look at weather averages to decide if Spain in August will be too hot for you. Scandinavia is absolutely amazing, especially Norway. In fact, we are such big Norway fans that we are planning a return trip this summer. We have a 10 day Norway itinerary you could take a peek at. If you like hiking, it’s hard to beat Norway. Going with a toddler might be a little tricky but it is doable. Another place to escape the summer heat is Ireland and Scotland. Tyler and Kara were 13 and 12 when we visited and they loved it. It’s one of their favorite European destinations. Plus, these are just a quick flight away from Paris. Just a thought. Cheers, Julie

  26. I am a cancer survivor and Mom of four. My friend is a single Mom. The 2 of us are planning a 10 day (well, 9 with travel) to Europe (without kids! 🙂 ). I have been to Paris, she has not. We are going to Paris, other parts of France and – flying out of Barcelona. I was thinking 2 nights in Paris (we arrive at noon)- need to see the Louvre (was on strike when I went so I didn’t get to go), Eiffel tower, Versailles, then to the Riviera? The countryside? I want to see parts of France I haven’t seen. My brother recommended Nice and Epernay. In Spain, my friend suggested Madrid as well. Please let me know what a unique itinerary would be. We have our tickets but want to make a loose plan and take the train mostly- find hotels while we are there, but research some first. Thank you!!

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      Hello! A city that keeps popping up on travel websites is Colmar, France. It is a little fairytale town located in eastern France very close to the German border. If you haven’t heard of Colmar, do a Google image search and see what you think. We are considering visiting Colmar this summer because it just looks so darn cute. You can take a train from Paris to Colmar (about 2.5 hours). One day is probably all that you need. Then you can take the train to either Avignon, to explore the wine region, or Nice, a good home base for the French Riviera. It just depends if you prefer vineyards or coastal towns. Spend 3 days in one of these regions. I don’t think you have enough time for both if you need to get to Barcelona. I think you should have 3 days in Barcelona to see the city and maybe do a day trip somewhere.

      Going from Paris to Madrid to Barcelona is an option, but I wouldn’t add anything else to this itinerary. Usually 3 big cities in 9 days is enough to see without rushing through everything and spending a lot of your time traveling. Also, it could take you 12 hours to travel between Paris and Madrid by train but only 2 hours if you flew.

      One more option would be to see Paris, then spend 2 to 3 days in Bordeaux, rent a car, and drive through the Pyrenees and the Basque region of Spain, ending in Barcelona. Traveling by car would allow you to explore the small towns along the way and find hotels as you go. Plus, this isn’t that popular to do, so you won’t have big crowds of people to deal with.

      Hope this gives you some ideas!

      Cheers,
      Julie

  27. This is a great website! Thank you for all your information. I am trying to plan a trip that would be for two weeks with children ages 15,12 and 7 years of age. We were thinking Munich, the Alps, Venice, Tuscany, Rome, Pompeii and then someplace coastal to unwind? Would you have any itineraries to suggest or advice for me? I’d welcome any input. Thank you!

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      You could combine part of our Bavaria itinerary with these Italy itineraries. You could spend one day in Munich, then 3 days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (with day trips to places that look interesting to you), 1 – 2 days in Venice, 3 days in Florence/Tuscany, 2 days in Rome, and see Pompeii on the way to Sorrento.

      If you wanted to plan a similar itinerary that would be epic for kids: skip Munich and go right to Garmisch for 2-3 days (see Neuschwanstein, ride the toboggan in Garmisch, go to the top of Zugspitze), then spend 2 – 3 days in the Italian Dolomites hiking, 1 day in Venice, 2 days in Florence, 2 to 3 days in Rome, see Pompeii on the way to Sorrento. Don’t use the buses in Sorrento/Amalfi (they were a disaster in 2014) and spend your money on a driver or rental car. Hope this helps! Cheers, Julie

  28. Love all of the information in your blog! We are planning a trip to celebrate our
    25th wedding anniversary beginning the last week of April 2018. This is my first trip to Europe- there is so much I want to see, I am having a difficult time deciding where we should go. We are looking at using the train system. We would rather see smaller towns and try to steer clear of the usual tourist spots. We love history and great food… Any suggestions for the trip of a lifetime?

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      It could be difficult to put together a trip that visits small, non-touristy towns using trains. Renting a car would give you more flexibility for this. You may want to consider piecing together an itinerary that visits 1 or 2 regions. Ideas include a Provence/French Alps trip, a Bavaria/Austria/Italian dolomites road trip (although there still may be snow in April), or a Slovenia/northern Croatia trip. The possibilities are endless. Are there particular things you like to see or do while on vacation? Let us know and we can come up with more ideas for you. Cheers, Julie

  29. We are a family of 5 (youngest is 16) thinking of traveling to England and France in July 2018. Is the following a reasonable itinerary?
    London: 3 days
    Stonehenge/Hastings (we are Foyle’s War fans): 3 days, including travel to Paris
    Paris: 3 days
    Normandy/Bayeux: 3 days

    Thanks for any suggestions!

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      You’re itinerary looks fine. You can see Stonehenge as a day trip from London…and really it will only take about half of a day to visit Stonehenge. You could use the second half of the day visit Bath, Windsor Castle, more of London, or for transportation to Hastings. A little more time in London would be ideal but 3 days is enough time to see a lot of the sites. I have not heard of Foyle’s War, does that take place in Hastings? In France, have you heard of or have you been to Mont St. Michel (we haven’t been there yet)? It is a castle on the coast that looks spectacular. From Bayeux, it’s almost a 3 hour drive one way, but it’s a cool place to visit. You may not have enough time but I just thought I’d point it out. Cheers, Julie

  30. Hello I would like to plan a trip to Italy, Paris, London. Is that possible with 10-14 days? And can I do them by trains instead of flying to each?

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      With 10 days I would pick Italy or London/Paris. 10 days is not enough time for all three destinations. However, with 14 days, you could do a 3 days in London, 3 days in Paris, and a week in Italy. It will still be very rushed and you will miss some things at each place. But it is possible. I recommend taking the Chunnel between London and Paris. It’s fast and efficient. Yes, you should be able to take a train between Paris and either Milan, Florence, Rome or Venice. Taking a plane may save you some time but trains are more eco-friendly. I don’t know if this is a possibility, but if there is a sleeper train between Paris and your first destination in Italy, this could save you lots of time and money. Cheers, Julie

  31. Is there a way to combine Amsterdam and Poland if going to Europe for two weeks? I am confusing myself looking at train and flight routes from NYC .

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      Yes, I would think you would be able to fly to Amsterdam, then fly or take a train to one of the cities you want to visit in Poland, tour Poland, then fly back to NYC. Of course, you could also do this in reverse order. You may have to book flights separately if one airline won’t fly from NYC to Amsterdam and to Warsaw/Krakow/Wroclaw etc. Cheers, Julie

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      Yeah…I think so. I know how tempting it can be to try to squeeze a lot in, but I think you’ll have a better experience if you eliminate one of these destinations. When we did Ireland and Scotland we had 18 days and there was still so much to see. You could fly into London, spend several days here, and then do part or all of our Scotland itinerary or Ireland itinerary. With 14 days, you can get to Ireland and Scotland. Think about it. If you have any more questions, feel free to contact us again. Cheers, Julie

  32. Hi!

    I’m planning my first trip to Europe this May and hoping to do 4 nights in Paris and 4 nights in Rome, do you have any day trip suggestions?

    Thanks!!!

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      Both places sound great! Plus, 4 days in each city is a good amount of time to be able to see and do a lot without being too rushed. To get between Rome and Paris you can take a train (more eco-friendly) or a plane flight. We have a 2 days in Rome Itinerary that will be a good starting point to get you to the major sites (but there’s still so much more to see). We are big fans of Rick Steves so you could get his Rome and Paris guides for more recommendations. With four days in Rome, you could also consider going on a day trip to Pompeii if that interests you. We also have a Paris with kids post that you can read…all of these are great things to do for adults too. My favorite things to do in Paris are dine in the outdoor cafes, take in the view from the Arc de Triomphe and steps of the Sacre Coeur, and wander the city. The Montmartre area is great for a stroll and for dinner one night. Have fun!! Cheers, Julie

      1. I want to visit maximum 3/4 Schengen countries starting from London by train from 14 June 2018 to 27th June 2018 . Can you advice me which countries shall be possible to visit within this time. And, can you help me to chalk out a specific travel plan?

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          From London you can travel to Paris, Brussels, or Amsterdam very easily. From there it’s just up to you where you want to go. It can be hard narrowing it down so take a look at these itineraries and pick your favorite. Cheers, Julie

  33. Hi Julie, Thank you for the nicety of sharing such great itineraries, its a wonderful aid in chalking out mine.
    My fiance and I are planning our honeymoon in Europe for 10 nights 20th Sept to 1st Oct’18, aiming at Paris, Bruges/Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich from Delhi.
    We want it to be not too rushed up, with enough time to ourselves to explore the cities whilst covering some beautiful cities.
    Who better to ask you, can you help me with a suggestive itinerary or maybe vet if we are on the right track for our planning?
    Many many thanks,

    Love,
    Aarushi

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      Trying to fit in all of these cities is too much for 10 days, in my opinion. I would pick Paris/Belgium/Amsterdam or Munich/Berlin. You can follow our Paris/Amsterdam itinerary (in this post) or split your time equally between Berlin and Munich. To really see Berlin you need at least 3 days. From Munich you can also take day trips to Neuschwanstein and the Romantic Road. Cheers, Julie

  34. We are planning a 10 day Europe trip in July 2018 to meet up with our daughter after she completes a 6 month co-op in Germany. We will have 6 people total, all over age 18, except one 13 yr old boy. Any suggestions of where to travel, where to stay and transportation will be greatly appreciated. We have never been to Europe- excited to see as much as we can but do not want to overschedule either.

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      If you have never been to Europe, one of these itineraries would be great. All of these destinations are great in the summertime, but it is peak season, so expect higher prices and more crowds. Bavaria is also great…there is a link to a 10-day itinerary there at the bottom of this post. I can’t really recommend hotels and transportation unless you know where you will be visiting. Have fun picking out a destination! Cheers, Julie

  35. Thanks for sharing such amazing itineraries. We are a group of 3 adults planning to visit europe on April 2018, which of these itinerary would be best? Any suggestion?

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      In April, I would pick London/Paris, Italy, or Amsterdam/Paris. We did Amsterdam in April and it was amazing seeing the bulb fields in bloom and walking around Keukenhof. It’s a little chilly but still very pleasant, without the huge tourist crowds of summer. Cheers, Julie

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      May is a great month for all of these but it can still be cold for the Scandinavia itinerary. We did the French Riviera in May and had a fabulous experience. If you get your timing right, you can catch the Monte Carlo Grand Prix in May. Italy, London, and Paris would also be wonderful. Cheers, Julie

  36. Hello,

    Thanks for sharing. We are planning to visit europe on winter January 2018, which of these itinerary would be best? Any suggestion?

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      Let me start with what I wouldn’t choose to do in January. I would skip the French Riviera…you are not going to get the right experience here in January. I would also skip the Oslo/Stockholm itinerary (because I think it would be very cold and dark for most of the day since you are so far north) unless you wanted to add a few days and go skiing in Norway.

      Now, for what I would consider. Italy sounds nice…prices and crowds will be low. It also won’t be cold, just kind of chilly. The London/Paris and Amsterdam/Paris trips are a good ones too for the same reason but it will be colder in these cities. If it were me, I would choose between Italy and London/Paris. Cheers, Julie

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      Hello Daniele. Unfortunately, we have not been to the Canary Islands yet, although they look amazing. Have a great time! – Julie

  37. Hello,
    We are three couples of age group 30-35yrs with two 3.5yr old kids.we want to travel in the month of March to Prague, Vienna, Budapest or may be Poland (which ever is suitable).can you suggest a 10-12 day itenary for us.

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  38. I really enjoyed your page, photos and great tips. My wife and I are planning to visit Italy/France in July 2018. It’s peak season but we can’t take leave at any other time. We are looking closely at Airbnb accomodation in Rome-Positano-Florence-Venice-Geneva-Paris spread across 3 weeks. Train travel as well between places on Railpass. Any thoughts much appreciated! Best wishes…

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      That sounds like such a great trip. Can we come along?! 🙂 We did Italy in July. It’s crowded but it’s doable. Traveling by train is perfect. However, the public bus system, particularly in the Positano/Amalfi area, is terrible. In our experience, buses failed to show up, and when they did, they were so crowded we had to fight for a seat. If you have plans to tour the Amalfi Coast, I think it is worth it to spend the extra money and hire a driver. Florence and Venice are amazing and Paris is my favorite spot in the world. Have a great time…I think that as you travel to every city on your itinerary your experiences are just going to get better and better. Cheers, Julie

  39. Some amazing Itineraries guys! We spent all summer in Europe and use used the train systems 100%. Our Europe train travel took us to 10 countries including travel to and within Hungary, Austria, Germany, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands.

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