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10 Days in Europe: 5 Amazing Itineraries

Julie Itinerary, Travel Inspiration 169 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

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  1. Hi Julie – I am looking to do the French Riviera this Summer for about 10 days. St Tropez is a must but want to get a solid line up around it. We enjoy food, wine, beaches and excitement but don’t want to deal with traffic or overcrowded scenes. We were mulling over Provence , Nice and possibly even an island stop over somewhere like Sardinia to add a nice blend to the trip. Any thoughts?

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      We have just one experience in St. Tropez. It was a Friday in May and this was way back in 2009. The streets were a nightmare of traffic jams…the worst we saw by far in the French Riviera. I hate to think about how it would be now that tourism is up and you have plans to go in the summer. If you really want to visit St. Tropez, just be prepared for the crowds. Time your drive so you arrive and leave either early in the morning or late at night to avoid the traffic. With 10 days, the French Riviera and Provence can fill the entire time. You can visit Sardinia but plan on giving it 3 – 4 days to make it worth it (this is just an assumptions…we have not been to Sardinia yet). You just have to decide if you want to give up so much time in the French Riviera and Provence. Good luck! Cheers, Julie

  2. Hiii… I am planning to visit Europe in October end for about 10-12 days. Since this is my first trip to Europe, I am confused which cities to cover. Can u suggest me the itinerary?

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      Choose your favorite itinerary from this post or, choose two or three cities you would really like to visit. Europe is huge with a lot to do and since everyone has a different traveling style, I can’t really just suggest one itinerary for a first time visitor. Cheers, Julie

  3. My wife and I are flying to London for 11 days. Any more input? I was thinking of staying 3 nights in London and the either take train or rentacar and see some countryside. Any suggestions? We are more country people then city as we live in the country in the USA.

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  4. Hello. Thank you very much for sharing these amazing itineraries. I am planning to explore Europe in December with my family. I love the Amsterdam, Bruges & Paris itinerary because we will land at Schipol in Amsterdam and leave from there as well. I am wondering if Berlin would also fit in this route? And i only have a week. Thank you.

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  5. Hi, my wife and I are thinking of taking a European vacation this May or June. We like your 10 day itinerary that includes Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris. We also would like to include London in our 10 day trip. Do you think this is doable? If not we would probably choose London, Brussels and Paris instead. Do you think that would be a good choice. Thank You.

    Charlie

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  6. Hi,Julie
    It’s our second time in Europe and we would like to explore more Schengen states.
    Our dates landing 10Feb and departing 18thFeb 2019 from Brussels on 11thFeb we taking a flight out to Venice – then a train to Milan.
    (Basically train hopping and exploring cities in day trips)
    From Milan, which other places can you advise enroute– ending up in Brussels.
    Then from Brussels I will be using your Itinerary to Amsterdam day trip and Brussels to Bruge and Gent..might squeeze Paris if we can manage.
    This is in a travel space of 5days,is it possible though?
    Nb: We need to be back in Brussels latest on Friday evening as we going to Kortrijk for the last days of our stay.Thanks

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      Hello, I’m not sure I understand your timing. On the 11th, you fly from Brussels to Venice and then the same day take a train to Milan? How many days do you have between Milan and Brussels? Thanks!

  7. Hi, I’m planning to spend two weeks during April and have the following route chalked out. Can you please advise me if its good enough or should I add or change anything?

    We’ll be landing in either Rome or Milan, depending upon cheaper ticket prices. From there we’ll try and rent a car as we’ll be 3 or 4 adults. We will first go towards Hallstatt, then towards Vienna; from Vienna to Prague, from Prague to Berlin, Berlin to Amsterdam. And if time allows we’ll take a flight from Amsterdam to Barcelona and from there take the return flight home.

    Is it possible to manage this within two weeks and should we try to include Budapest as well in it?

    will be waiting for your response!

    Regards!

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      Hello Rafay. Take a look at this article about how to plan your time when designing a European itinerary. I think your itinerary is good through Berlin and maybe Amsterdam. Adding in Barcelona and/or Budapest will be too much, in my opinion (and it also depends on how much time you plan to spend in Italy). You can do it but a lot of your time will be spent on the road.

      I can give you more tips but I am curious how much time you also plan to spend in Italy and where you would like to go. It you give me more details I can take another look at your itinerary. Cheers, Julie

      1. Hi Julie. Thank you for your reply!
        I will look at your article and do some research myself to prepare a detailed day-wise. After that I will get back to you for some advice and feedback.
        Actually my plan is connected to another trip which I need to make before October. So depending on that, travel time can vary between April till September. So I don’t want to bother you right now with incomplete information.
        Thank you again for your support!

  8. Looking at a family trip to include Italy and Spain with consideration of a stop over in Nice. Would you have any tips on what transportation mode is most efficient and cost effective between countries. I have researched Eurorail Global Pass and air travel. I have also considered purchasing single rail passes as needed. Just looking for recommendations from experienced travelers. We will have 7 in our group-3 adults, 3 young adults, 1 youth.

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      Hello Missy. There may be a more travel savvy way to do this, but we get the price for a Eurorail Pass and compare that with buying single rail passes. The Eurorail Pass usually is a good option if you will be using the train on a very frequent basis or will be traveling over long distances. Believe it or not, in our experience so far, it’s been slightly cheaper to buy single rail passes for each trip we take. Another thing to consider, since your group is so large, is a rental car (or in your case, a van). Maybe you use trains or planes for your bigger hops but use the van to get around inside of either Spain and/or Italy.

      We really like traveling by train in Europe. It’s just so economical and convenient and the trains drop you off right in the center of town (versus airports where you will most likely need to drive 30 minutes to get to the city center…which can also add another small transportation expense). It can feel like a puzzle putting all of this together. Let us know if you have more questions. Cheers, Julie

  9. Hi.. I want to travel Switzerland(5N), Italy(3N) , France (3N) and Austria (2N) in next summer 2019. Please suggest me for a shortest route map covering all possible top rated attractions. My budget is around 4000€ for two persons. Starting and finishing point is Paris.

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  10. hi, i want to explore europe for 2 weeks. Can u suggest what should i cover in these 2 weeks. my travel will start on 25th december from munich. and i want to return munich after travelling.

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      Hello Pavan. I need to know more about what you like to do. You can use one of these itineraries as a starting point…pick your favorite and then you can add to it with your extra time. Cheers, Julie

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