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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

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. Hello. My name is Katie. I am planning a trip to Europe for my 20 year wedding anniversary next year. I am not sure how to plan this trip or when the best time of year to go would be. We will have 14 days. I have never been anywhere in Europe before. Can you give me some direction best on our interests? See below:

    We are big Foodies! Love good food, wine, and beer!
    We love architecture and quaint villages. The more unique the better.
    We love outdoors adventures.

    I am not concerned about big tourist type stuff. I would rather have a more authentic experience and enjoy what Europe is really about. Meet people, enjoy the food, the atmosphere, and some good fun. We are more the mom and pop, hole in the wall, off the beaten path type people.

    Thanks for your help. have a great day!!!!

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      Hello Katie. If you are big foodies, you can’t go wrong in France, Italy, or Spain, but really there is great food all over Europe. You could spend a nice chunk of your time in Tuscany…explore the villages, take a Tuscan cooking class, visit the wineries, stay in a villa. If you did this, you could spend the rest of your time exploring Italy (if you like the great outdoors, spend your next week in the Dolomites or Slovenia) or hop to a new country for the second half of your trip. The Alsace in France is a great spot with gorgeous little towns and great food. 3 or 4 days here would be nice. However, it can be crowded in the summer months. Another option would be to explore the towns along the French Riviera and Provence. The food is soooo good here. Finally, Croatia is another great place for food, great towns, and the outdoors (but skip Croatia from June through August because it gets insanely busy). Late April into May, the end of September, and October are great months to visit Europe (good weather but without peak season crowds). Cheers, Julie

  2. Hi Julie, my family and I are going for the first time to Europe and looking at your itineraries(that are being really helpful) im worry that we are putting a lot of cities and that we are not doing a dog job planning the route. We are staring the trip in Prague because im going for summer school there so im leaving it out of the itinerary.
    This are the cities that we will like to to visit and the days we are thinking of spending there (2 weeks trip)
    Berlin (2 nights)
    Milan ( nights)
    Florence ( 3 nights)
    Amsterdam (2 nights)
    Brussels (2 nights)
    Paris (3 nights departing from here)
    Should we do all these cities or what advice would you give us? Do you have better recommendations?
    Thank you

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      Hello Daniela. You are giving yourself just enough time in each city so your itinerary does work. You can keep your itinerary how you have it, but here are a few suggestions on how to take 1 or 2 cities out and put that time into someplace else.

      I wonder if it is worth flying down to Italy for just a few days to see Milan and Florence. They are great cities but maybe you will have a better trip if you stay up north, add a little extra time to those cities, and possibly add in one more “northern” destination. If you took out Italy, you could see Wroclaw, traveling there by train, and then move on to Berlin. We haven’t been to Wroclaw yet but it looks like a great Polish city to visit. Then, from Berlin, go to Amsterdam and visit the rest of the cities on your list.

      Another option would be to visit Berlin, fly to London, spend 3 days here, then take a train to Amsterdam, Brussels, and Paris.

      One final option is to skip Berlin, go right to Milan and Florence and then continue to Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, taking the 2 days from Berlin and adding them to either Florence/Tuscany or Amsterdam (for day trips in the Netherlands).

      I hope these suggestions help!

      Cheers, Julie

      1. Thank you so much for your suggestions, we added Italy because my mom and I always had wanted to go to Italy together, maybe we will take your suggestion of taking Berlin out and adding them to italy, we also want to visit verona but do you have a suggestion to make the few days in Italy better?.
        Sorry for bothering you again, but thank you so much in advance.

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          No problem. You might be able to fly direct into Florence and use Florence as a home base. From Florence you could day trip to Verona using the train. Here’s a link with some info. And you could also day trip into Tuscany (2 days is great…Siena, San Gimignano, Pienza, Montalcino, Montepulciano are all great). To do this, hire a driver or rent a car for one or two days. By staying in Florence, you only have to book one hotel. You could even day trip to Milan by train if this is a place that is high on your list. Have a nice trip! Cheers, Julie

  3. Hi
    I love your detailed itineraries.
    I am planning to travel in August to Europe but a little hesitant in choosing the places as my daughter who is 18 months will be travelling with us. So could you suggest places that are kids friendly with min travel time.

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      I would pick the London Paris itinerary (although you could really also just do 2 European cities). You will only have to transfer one time and the Chunnel is fast and convenient. Plus, you will have time in each city to allow for naps and to work around your child’s schedule. As far as “kid friendly,” most of the destinations in these itineraries are similar. However, the French Riviera is the least kid friendly, in my opinion. Cheers, Julie

  4. Hi again Julie,

    I’ve read your suggestions and thought about it, but I just can’t seem to cut out anything. I totally understand about being jet lag and although I think I’m superwoman I know I will be exhausted the first day after the excitement kind of wears off… I know you suggested 3 days in Paris but actually if you count my last day I will be there a total of 3 days but not consecutively… I’m really okay with eliminating Rome, but who goes to Italy and not visit Rome!?! I’m also kind of okay with eliminating Venice, but want d to experience the gondola. What I don’t think I can eliminate is the Amalfi Coast. The views are break taking. I can be okay with skipping over Nice😳 I think🤔.

    Okay here are my 2 options. Please let me know if you were me which would you choose. Thanks for helping me I really appreciate it.

    Option A: OptionB:
    Paris-Arrival day. Paris. Paris. Paris
    Paris. Paris
    Venice. Nice
    Venice. Nice
    Rome. Rome
    Rome. Rome
    Amalfi. Amalfi
    Amalfi. Almalfi
    Paris-arriving frm Italy. Paris

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      I would pick option A. So, Venice instead of Nice. Nice and the French Riviera would make a nice future trip, or you could even combine it with Barcelona. Have fun on your trip! Cheers, Julie

  5. Hi Julie,

    I Loveeeee your site. So glad that I stumbled upon it.

    I need your brutally honest opinion. Help me!!
    I will be taking my daughter in July to Europe and she will be bringing a friend for her Sweet 16. My daughter wants to visit Italy and I would like to visit France in addition to Italy(since it’s my trip too lol). I booked a round trip flight for is arriving and departing Paris because it was 1k cheaper pp. I know we probably should cut out a few places but I don’t know which ones. Please help! Thank you!!

    DAY 1:PARIS-arrive that morning-sightsee
    DAY 2: PARIS- full day
    DAY 3: NICE- arrive by plane that morning
    DAY 4: NICE full day
    DAY 5: VENICE- arrive by plane that afternoon
    DAY 7: VENICE- full day
    DAY 8: ROME- arrive that morning by train
    DAY 9: AMALFI COAST arrive that morning by train
    DAY 10: AMALFI COAST- full day
    DAY 11: PARIS- arrive by plane mid morning
    DAY 12: Fly back to the US of A

    Okay now you can sock it to me lol 😏

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      Hello Kiki. Your comment put a big smile on my face. 🙂 Here is my brutally honest opinion: you have one too many cities in your itinerary. I guess you realize that you will be traveling a lot (spending a lot of time on planes and trains). The hard part is what to eliminate. I can’t make that decision for you but I will give you a few suggestions.

      I think you should have one more day in Paris. Unless you rock at handling jet lag (and/or sleeping the entire flight), it’s hard to see and do a whole lot just getting off the plane. Almost every time we do it, we walk around like zombies on day 1. So, one more day in Paris would be great, plus, I think 3 days in Paris is perfect if this is your first time. Two days in Nice is fine (one day for Nice and one day for a French Riviera day trip). Really, you just need one day and one night in Venice to see a few highlights and wander the canals. I think that Rome needs 2 days. So, if you eliminated the Amalfi Coast, you could do your itinerary with an extra day in Rome and Paris.

      If you can’t give up Amalfi, you will have to also keep Rome, because Rome will be your transportation hub for later getting back to Paris. Here is one more option. Skip Rome and Amalfi. From Nice, go to the Cinque Terre by train. Then, go to Venice by train. Then, fly from Venice to Paris. If you have extra time, you could add it to Nice or day trip to Pisa or maybe even Florence.

      So think about it. If you have more questions, feel free to write in again! Cheers, Julie

  6. Hi! Thank you so much for your article. Very helpful. We are thinking to go Europe this September with our 7month old and 14yr. We have a bout 2.5 weeks. Is this itinerary okay?
    London, Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, florence and Italy. Should we bring stroller or carrier? Also, is London a must see? Thank you!

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      Hello Johanna. For London, Amsterdam, Paris, I recommend having 10 full days. For Rome, Florence, and more of Italy, I recommend another 10 full days. That puts you at 3 weeks. So, this is a bit much to do with two and a half weeks, especially with traveling with a toddler (but you could do just London, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome and Florence). In my opinion, London is a must-see. You could easily spend your entire time in Italy (check out our two weeks in Italy article). Or, spend 10 to 14 days in Italy and add on one more European city. Whether you bring a stroller or carrier is up to you and your traveling style. Having a stroller might make it easier for your toddler to nap during the day while walking through the cities, but it could be a hassle in crowds and on cobblestoned streets. It will be easier to get around with a carrier but your toddler might not nap as well. At that age, we tended to use a stroller, but we didn’t travel to Europe when our kids were that young (but I wish we had). Let us know if you have any more questions. Cheers, Julie

  7. Hi! My parents 50th wedding anniversary is in August and they want to spent it in Barcelona. We then said, let’s travel around Europe if we can and thought about Barcelona, Paris and London over 10 days. Are we crazy? Should we do just two major cities and then do day trips from there? Also, would you travel by train or flight? Our 7 and 4 year will be traveling with us. Any thoughts are much appreciated.

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      Yes, I think that 2 major cities with day trips would be perfect. We have a 3 day Barcelona itinerary and from Barcelona you can take a day trip to Montserrat and a day trip to Girona. Then pick Paris or London. I believe you can travel from Barcelona to Paris by high-speed train in 6 hours but you should double check that. Flying might save you some time. It definitely would if you pick London. There’s more to do in London but your kids might like Disney Paris. Cheers, Julie

  8. Hi Julie, sorry I’m here to disturb you again. I have chalked out a plan for August and need to finalize the itinerary before applying for the visa; so wanted to have some advice. Let me know if its doable and would to recommend to add or drop anything?

    16th – arrive in Milan (Milan night stay)
    17th – Milan sightseeing (Milan night stay)
    18th – travel to Vienna (leave Milan @17:30 – overnight travel)
    19th – Vienna sightseeing (Vienna night stay)
    20th – visit Hallstatt and return to Vienna (Vienna night stay)
    21st – travel to Prague (Prague night stay)
    22nd – travel to Dresden (Dresden night stay)
    23rd – travel to Amsterdam (leave Dresden @20:15 – overnight travel)
    24th – Amsterdam sightseeing (Amsterdam night stay)
    25th – Amsterdam sightseeing (Amsterdam night stay)
    26th – fly/take train to Barcelona (Barcelona night stay)
    27th – Barcelona sightseeing (Barcelona night stay)
    28th – Barcelona sightseeing (Barcelona night stay)
    29th – Travel to Milan (leave Barcelona @21:30 – overnight travel)
    30th – fly from Milan

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      Yes, that all looks good. The only thing I question is the visit to Dresden. There’s a lot to do in Prague, so I wonder if your time would be better spent with another day in Prague (skip Dresden), and at the end of the 23rd, take an overnight train to Amsterdam or fly to Amsterdam. Just a thought, but if there is something you really want to do in and around Dresden, go for it. Cheers, Julie

      1. Thank you for the reply.

        Yes, you’re right. I too, was thinking that time in Prague is not enough and no, we don’t really need to see Dresden that badly. Just wanted to add one German city as well and Dresden was the closest to Prague so picked that.
        So, would you recommend adding another day in Prague or propose any other German city?

        Cheers, Rafay

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  9. Hi Julie – My sister and I are doing a month long program abroad in Grenoble, France for all of May and then we are planning to take 10 days after to explore a bit of Europe. We are having difficulty narrowing down our plans. On one hand we could go up to Paris, London, Amsterdam area, or we could head down and try for Rome, Florence and Nice/Barcelona. Looking at all these itineraries has made us so excited! We don’t want to spend all of our time travelling, and love to be outdoors – so that said – do you have any recommendations or things to consider when we make our decisions? As well, do you have any recommendations for weekend trips from Grenoble? We were thinking Nice, Geneva, and possibly Paris if we don’t head there on our 10 day.

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      Hello Tyson. For more day trip ideas from Grenoble, take a look at Chamonix and Lake Annecy. Paris is too far away for a day trip (and Paris is worth a minimum of 2-3 days). We have 10 day French Riviera/Provence itinerary that would work well with your travel plans, since you will be so close. May is a great time to visit the French Rivierara…warm but not packed with visitors yet. But you could also do 10 days in Italy or the Paris, London, Amsterdam trip like you mentioned.

      It can be very difficult figuring out where to go, there are so many great options in Europe. My advice is to pick a city or a region you have always dreamed of visiting, and add on from there. Also, take a look at our First Time in Europe article so you can get an idea of how much you can actually visit in 10 days without overloading your itinerary. If you narrow things down, write back into us and I can give you some more tips if you like. Cheers, Julie

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