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10 Days in Europe: 5 Amazing Itineraries

Julie Itinerary, Travel Inspiration 167 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

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 day trips
  • 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 day trips you can take from Barcelona, such as visiting Montserrat, Girona, Costa Brava, and Tarragona.

Barcelona

Barcelona Spain

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

Villefranche-sur-Mer

Villefranche


Are You Designing a Custom Europe Itinerary?

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

7 Things to Know when Planning Your First Trip to Europe


More European Itineraries 

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

10 Day Bavaria Itinerary
10 Day Norway Itinerary: Road Trip through the Fjords
10 Day Scotland Itinerary: Edinburgh, Glasgow & the Isle of Skye
10 Day Central Europe Itinerary: Budapest, Vienna, & Prague
11 Day Balkan Peninsula Itinerary: Croatia, Montenegro, and Bosnia & Herzegovina
10 Days in Greece: Athens, Mykonos, Naxos & Santorini

 

10 Days in Europe Travel Itineraries

Comments 167

  1. Hi Julie:

    I just stumbled upon your website and I LOVE it. Very well written and inspiring. I am a Nurse Practitioner who loves to travel and inspire to have a blog one day. It t takes tremendous courage to leave so much behind to travel the world with 2 kids. Bravo!!!

    I am traveling to Geneva in November. Any tips and suggestions of most see attractions. What is the weather like that time of year? Could I fit a quick trip to Paris into a 6-7 day trip to Geneva? Or would you recommend another nearby European country. I hate super long drive by car.

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      Hello Belline. This might sound crazy, but as I write this, I am staying in Lausanne on Lake Geneva. Today, we just did a day trip to Chateau Chillon, Montreux, and Vevey. Montreux and Vevey are OK but Chateau Chillon is interesting. It’s easy to get here by train (fast) or boat (slow) from Lausanne. Lausanne is also very nice and good for about a half day. Tomorrow we will visit Gruyere and will do a hike in the area…we have a rental car tomorrow. And then we are doing a day trip, by car, on Monday to Lake Annecy, France. That will be it for our time in the area. It should be easy to get between Geneva and Paris by train. You could look at timetables on Rail Europe to get an idea of your options. Lyon, France is also supposed to be nice, from what I here, as is Chamonix (but it will be cold and snowy). As it turns out, we are not spending any time in Geneva, at the “advice” of Rick Steves, who says these other things are better (so we’re trusting him on this one). But I hope this gives you some ideas of what to do! Cheers, Julie

  2. I would like your thoughts on our itinerary. We are planning our 40th anniversary trip in June 2020. We will be taking a cruise from Citavecchia which finishes in Southampton England.
    We are arriving 10 days prior to departure. We are flying into Paris and plan on spending 3 days there. We are thinking of visiting Belgium – 2days and Amsterdam -2 days. Should we visit southern England for the remaining 5 days? We were looking at Bath, Stonehenge and the Cotswold regions. Is this too much to cover for 5 days?
    We’re thinking of flying from London to Rome to catch our cruise. Have been to Italy 3 times. First visit to UK, and Paris.

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      Hello Felicia. This sounds like a very exciting trip! Yes, your itinerary overall looks very good. If you haven’t seen it yet, we have information about Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, and Bruges. From London, we visited Bath and Stonehenge on the same day, by car, on our own. There are also tours that do this or you could use public transportation, but I don’t know the details of that. I think you could visit Stonehenge and Bath on the same day and end the day in the Cotswolds. Spend several days here and then get back to London for your flight. We have not been to the Cotswolds yet but it looks lovely. Have fun on your trip! Cheers, Julie

  3. Hi Julie, thanks for all the tips. I’ll be going to Europe for 10 days in September. Just wondering how’s the weather there and what I should pack.

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      Hello Mel. That depends on where you are going to Europe, as far as packing and weather are concerned. Up north and in the mountains it can start getting chilly, so layers are a good idea. In central and southern Europe, temps can still be very warm, so summer clothing and a jacket would be a good idea. Cheers, Julie

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