Europe is a dream destination for most people who like to travel. There is a lot of history, culture, food and sights to explore that make each trip memorable. Are you planning your first trip to Europe? If you are, then you’ve come to the right place as this list will show you the best European itineraries to follow to make the most of each day you spent at your favorite European destinations.
Check out these itineraries that you can do within only 7 days!
Paris – Bruges – Amsterdam
Paris could easily be the most popular city in Europe. It is not just the Eiffel Tower that is drawing people to this romantic French city – the allure of the French cuisine, the beautiful scenery and the overall charm of Paris is simply too hard to resist. But while you’re in Paris, you can also transit to other equally romantic cities in Europe close to France, such as Bruges in Belgium and then head straight to Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
Trains also make it easy and convenient to get from one city to another. And if you are a lover of culture, you will be in awe by the amount of history and culture that each of these cities has to offer. From the quintessential European architecture, to the cobblestone streets and the al fresco diners, you will experience the penultimate European getaway by transiting through these cities.
If you picture your European adventure to be something more outdoorsy, this next destination should be on your itinerary.
Nice – Provence – Monaco
Live life in the lap of luxury. That is exactly what you’ll feel when you take a trip to these beautiful and picturesque European cities. You will start off in the laid back Nice wherein you can smell the fresh air and immerse yourself in the well preserved culture of the city. Meanwhile, explore the lavender fields in Provence and discover a few unbeaten paths along the way.
In Monaco, you will get a chance to experience the French Riviera, which is one of the most popular destinations in this part of the world. Go on a yacht, take a swim or go fishing – whatever your idea of fun is at the French Riviera, it’s guaranteed to be an unforgettable vacation!
If the charm of an old town is more like your ideal vacation, then this next one is guaranteed to be on your next European itinerary. Are you ready to find out where you’re headed next?
Munich – Salzburg – Halstatt
Munich might be best known as the capital of Oktoberfest but there is more to see and do around this city. Of course, the beer-infused fun fest is the highlight of your trip and yet it is also a city rich in history and culture. You can walk around the city of Munich to experience for yourself the beauty of German architecture. Moreover, you can take the train ride to Salzburg, another German city. Although Salzburg is not as popular as Munich, Cologne or Berlin (all major cities of Germany), you will love the old town charm and feel of this city. To get start with, Salzburg is the home of Mozart. Therefore, you can recount the very same place that started The Sound of Music.
For your last stop in this trip, head to Hallstatt. This small lake village is definitely worth a visit. It is like a hidden paradise waiting to be discovered! If you visit this village, you won’t ever want to go home – be warned!
If you’re a Harry Potter fan, this next European itinerary is sure to excite you!
London – Oxford
London is one of the most popular cities in the world. Therefore, you cannot visit Europe without stopping by this famed city. There is also a reason why London is highly favored by tourists and one of them is its vibrancy in culture and atmosphere. You can try out the famous English teas at Camden Town where you can also enjoy fantastic food across various cuisines.
When you are done enjoying your tea, hop on a train and go to Oxford, which is one of the oldest universities in the world! You will be able to participate in tours to the set of the Harry Potter films. Or, you can explore the alleyways or town center on foot. You will never know what you are going to stumble into in London!
Are you loving where this is headed yet? Wait until you see where the next European stop is, it’s another classic you shouldn’t miss!
Seville – Granada
Oh, the good old Spain! When it comes to vibrant culture and history, nothing comes close to Spain. A visit to the Andalusia region of Spain has plenty to offer. You can start your one-week trip in Seville. This is where you will find the third largest town in Europe. While there, get lost in the narrow streets as you explore the beautifully preserved architecture. When you are done, sit down to one of the famous authentic Spanish restaurants and have a glass of sangria.
The following day, schedule a trip to Ronda, which is a popular destination for tourists looking for a summer escape. You can go hiking and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the land. When you head back to civilization, enjoy some churros with hot chocolate in a traditional Spanish café.
When you step into Granda, don’t forget to check out Alhambra, a UNESCO site. This is considered as one of the most spectacular structures the world has ever seen. Whether you like culture, food, nature or a little bit of everything, this one-week itinerary will no doubt be memorable. Are you ready for another European adventure?
Prague – Vienna
Prague, many travelers and writers would claim, is one of the prettiest and most romantic cities in the world (not just in Europe!). Make sure you visit the Old Town of Prague because this is where you will find mostly what everybody else is raving about the city. The pedestrian alleys are like an enchanting maze with one surprise after another. Of course, the notable Prague Castle and the St. Vitus Cathedral both offer a different kind of architectural awe. And don’t forget to stop by Charles Bridge or take photos of the bridge, especially during sunrise or sunset – you will discover unparalleled beauty in quite possibly one of the most famous bridges!
When you’re done exploring Prague in Czech Republic, hop over a train to Vienna in Austria.
Florence – Pisa – Cinque Terre
Italy is one of the most visited countries in Europe; hence, this could pass as an excuse to feature Italian cities more than once in this list. Visit Florence to enjoy some of the best gelatos in the world. You can also visit museums to see the famed artwork by some of the best artists and painters the world has ever seen. For the culture enthusiast, it is magical to experience the birthplace of the Birth of Venus and David.
Another must-see site in Pisa is the Leaning Tower. While there, don’t forget to do the traditional hold-up-the-tower shot – all tourists do it!
And lastly, Cinque Terre is a must-visit coastal town. It is one of Italy’s best kept secrets. And everyone who has been to Cinque Terre only dream of coming back! It features beautiful footpaths, awe-inspiring cliffs, and a picturesque town that will please photography and culture fanatics!
Which of these itineraries would you like to explore in your next trip to Europe?