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10 Days in Europe: 5 Amazing Itineraries

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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

Tower bridge in London.

London Bridge

Overlooking Paris from the top of the Arc de Triomphe.

Paris

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

Amsterdam, Brussels, & Paris

  • Day 1:  Arrive in Amsterdam
  • Day 2 & 3:  Amsterdam
  • Day 4:  Afternoon train to Brussels
  • Day 5:  Brussels
  • Day 6:  Train to Paris
  • Day 7, 8, & 9:   Paris
  • Day 10:  Fly Home

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

Amsterdam Canal

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 November 2017.


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 ! 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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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  19. 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

  20. 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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