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10 Days in Europe: 5 Amazing Itineraries

Julie Itinerary, Travel Inspiration 186 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 Days in Iceland: 4 Amazing Itineraries
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 186

  1. Hi Julie! I just love your recommendations for 10-12 days trip to Europe. I was planning for a trip to Europe from London, I am planning to travel to Budapest, Vienna, Prague, Munich(or some other German city), Brussel, Paris for 10-12 days during Christmas & New Years time. Am I being too ambitious to plan too many countries in one go? I was planning to visit these to see the Christmas markets and to experience the festive cheer in Europe. Could you tell me whether I should stick to this or cut down on a few places?

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      It is exciting to hear that you are planning some European travel! I do think this is too ambitious. We have an article here (https://www.earthtrekkers.com/how-to-plan-your-first-trip-to-europe-itinerary/) that offers some tips to consider. And we provide a 10 day Budapest, Vienna, Prague itinerary here: https://www.earthtrekkers.com/10-day-central-europe-itinerary-budapest-vienna-prague/ So I would suggest making Brussels, Paris, and a city in Germany its own 10-12 day trip the following year. Happy Travels! Tim

  2. Hello,

    My Fiance and I are planning to go driving around Europe at the end of December and beginning of January. We are planning to land in Barcelona as a starting point but we don’t intend to tour around because we plan to do that trip another time. We will spend 1 night in Barcelona and then start driving through Montpelier all the way to Nice. We plan to spend 1 night in Nice and then continue driving to Milan where we will spend 2 nights there. Then we will head to Lucerne for 3 days to spend some relaxing time there and enjoy some outdoor spas. Once we finish we will make a move to Amsterdam to spend NYE there, we will spend one night in Frankfurt since the drive might be a bit too long. We will spend 3 nights there then we will head to Paris for 2 nights before we head home.

    I wanted to ask you for any recommendations with regards to our trip and if you have any advice or any way we can improve our itinerary. We are both looking forward to driving around Europe but I am a bit concerned about the weather and whether it will be a problem for us during that time. We are about to start booking our hotels in the main cities but I would like to hear back from you before we proceed.

    Thank you and hope to hear from you soon 🙂

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      Looks like a nice road trip! We have not been to Europe in December so I don’t have firsthand experience with the weather at that time, but from what I know, in most places you are visiting snow should not be much of an issue. The most likely place to get snowfall is in Switzerland. You will just have to keep an eye on the weather forecast. The drive on Route 2 through Switzerland to Lucerne is a highway that’s relatively flat with one very long tunnel. As long as there isn’t a big snowfall you should be fine because I imagine that they keep the roads plowed should it snow while you are there.

      When you drive from Lucerne to the Netherlands, you also have the option to stay in the Alsace wine region. This doesn’t get you very far north from Lucerne but it’s something worth looking into. Or you could just detour to the region, have lunch in one of the small towns, and keep traveling north. A lunchtime stop in Cologne, Germany might be nice the next day with a visit to the cathedral. This area, particularly Basel, the Alsace, and parts of Germany, are well known for the Christmas markets. I don’t know if they will still be open when you travel, but this would be something worth looking into.

      Have fun planning your trip and let us know if you have more questions. Cheers, Julie

  3. Hello,

    I just found your website through Pinterest and love all of the tips that you provide! My husband and I will be traveling to Barcelona at the end of August for our honeymoon. This is both our first time traveling to Europe and we will be there for a week. I would like to get your thoughts on whether we should just stay in the Barcelona area the entire time or try to see another city? We wouldn’t mind going to France to see either Paris or Nice but not sure if a week is too tight to do both. Or if you have any suggestions on a second city to add to see while we are over there that would be great! Also, would flying be the best way to get to Nice? Thanks for your help 🙂

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      Hello Shannon. There is enough to do in and around Barcelona that you could stay here for one week and day trip from here. There are many day trip options from Barcelona…we only did Montserrat and Girona but a google search would let you know your other options. If you want to add in a popular beach destination and not travel too far from Barcelona, look into Costa Brava.

      With a week, you could add in Nice or Paris. Your itinerary would get busier but it would still be a nice time. Yes, I would fly to either city since that is the faster option. Two to 3 days in Nice or Paris would be nice. Ideally, spend 3 to 4 days in Barcelona.

      So, look through your options. If you like the day trip options from Barcelona, spend your entire time here. But if Paris or Nice looks more appealing, you can do that instead. Both choices make a very nice honeymoon destination so you can’t go wrong.

      Cheers, Julie

  4. Hello,
    I just found your website. My husband and I are planning our first ever trip to Europe next year to celebrate our 40th anniversary. I have always wanted to go to Ireland but would like to see more than just one country. I have seen trips that include Ireland, London and Paris. Is this too much for 10 days? I love your website and I want to plan the best way possible as I have planned many trips but none outside of the US. Any tips you can offer are greatly appreciated.
    Cindy

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      Hello Cindy. That’s very exciting that you are planning your first European trip to celebrate your 40th anniversary (Tim and I just celebrated our 20th). In my opinion, London, Paris and Ireland is a LOT for 10 days. You could spend 10 days in just London and Paris. But yes, you can do all three, but you will be in London and Paris just long enough to see the highlights, visit Dublin, and maybe do one or two day trips from Dublin. We have a 10 day Ireland itinerary and 10 day London Paris itinerary. You can look at both of these to get an idea what you can do with this time. If you like the idea of London and Paris and want to see more, consider adding Amsterdam or Brussels. Ireland makes a very nice 10 day trip so maybe you can come back to Europe in the future and do this one next. 🙂 Cheers, Julie

  5. Stumbled across your website while searching trips to Europe and fell in love with your articles! My adventurous mother and I are planning our first trip to Europe in December/ January. We were thinking London/ Paris/ Italy for 12 days. Is it possible without feeling too rushed and what would be the most effective route and schedule in doing so? Also how is the weather during the end of December start of January? We want to be the most prepared so we can enjoy our vacation without a hassle! Thanks so much : )

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      Hello Heather. I’m glad you like our website. Yes, I think that London Paris and Italy is a lot for 12 days. You could do a London Paris + one Italian city as a trip. You could choose Rome, Florence, or Venice and with any extra time, day trip from here. The weather will be chilly but generally snow is not an issue, but you will still need to dress warm. And be prepared for crowds since you will be traveling over the holiday season (book your attraction tickets in advance). Have fun! Cheers, Julie

  6. hi juli
    i m sanji from malaysia planning on a euro trip in october from 8th to 20th with my 3 kids aged 1 and half,8 and 10 years.
    we would like to visit amsterdam brussels and paris , i m still contemplating to add swiss alps towards the end like traveling from paris to lucerne and to do a day trip to alps then travel to zurich to fly back home.
    will it be too much with 3 kids ?
    Please advise on things to do in paris more interesting for kids any suggestions? will visit to ZOO will be fun?
    i ve added disney world one day as well
    hope u can help me out
    thank you

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      Hello Sanji. We just finished up a 2.5 week trip through Switzerland and it was amazing, especially the Alps. If you want to add the Alps to this trip, I recommend that you give it a little more time. Or, don’t go to Switzerland this year, maybe come back next year and make it an all Swiss trip.

      But if you really want to add it, you should make sure that you have one full day for Lucerne/Mt Pilatus and at least one full day for the Alps. Two is better here, just in case you have bad weather. Interlaken would be a great place to base yourself for the Alps because it’s so easy to get up into the mountains from here. Lauterbrunnen also makes a great home base. If you add in travel time to get to Switzerland, you will need a total of 3 to 4 days. If you need to eliminate something earlier in your trip, I recommend Brussels. For Paris, we have a post about what to do with kids. We haven’t been to the Paris Zoo but I think that there are enough recognizable monuments and attractions to keep kids entertained in Paris. Cheers, Julie

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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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