Best 10 days in Europe Itinerary: Ideas & Trip Planning
If you are looking for a memorable travel experience, then these eighteen 10 days in Europe itinerary samples will come in handy! From vibrant cities like Paris, London, Amsterdam, and Zurich to picturesque towns such as Siena, and Bruges, there is something here for everyone.
Truth be told, there is so much to explore, it’s hard to fit it all into 10 days! But with careful planning and an itinerary, you’ll be able to make the most out of your trip.
Read on for ideas on how to spend 10 days in Europe and make your visit one to remember!
Europe Travel Tips – 10 days in Europe itinerary planning
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We have included travel resources for each country and 10 day Europe itinerary samples below. But before that here are some essential tips for planning your trip to the European continent
Schengen Visa – Traveling to Europe for visa-required countries/passport holders is only possible with Schengen Visa. Here is a detailed guide to applying for Schengen Visa.
We have traveled to Europe both on a Schengen visa and without, and have outlined all of our experiences and tips in this post.
Accommodation Planning – You can stay in a host of accommodation options in Europe from luxury hotels, hostels, or apartments. Check options on Booking.com
Travel Insurance – Always insure your trips. We do. For 10 days in Europe, it shouldn’t cost you more than $60 USD with trip cancellation and medical emergencies.
We understand everyone’s situation is different – you can get an insurance quote customized to your needs from Safety Wing here
Tours – Add guided walking tours or day trips in Europe to nearby cities by keeping 1-2 cities as a base when planning your perfect 10 day Europe trip. GetYourGuide is a leader in European tours, we just LOVE them.
Rail and City Pass – Train travel is great in Europe. And you don’t have to rent a car and drive – if you don’t want to.
If you book train tickets early, you can save money and also plan everything in advance prior to your trip. We use Rail Europe to book train tickets.
Discover Cars – If you do need a car rental, you can check vehicle options and rates on Discover Cars here.
Europe Travel Checklist – From transportation, and tourist visas to sightseeing and budgeting, here is an extensive post on planning your first trip to Europe.
Europe Packing List – No matter what time of the year, we have an ultimate PACKING list for Europe.
Ways to spend 10 days in Europe: Itineraries
We will share multiple country Europe trip itineraries first, and then list single-country sightseeing ideas.
Paris Brussels and Amsterdam 10 day itinerary: Top cities to explore
Head to Europe and explore its vibrant cities, picturesque landscapes, and unique cultures. This 10-day trip will take you through some of the most beautiful places in Europe including Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, and Versailles.
Day 1 – 2: Arrive in Amsterdam. Stay at Ambassade Hotel
Kickstart your 10 day European adventure in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Spend 2 days in Amsterdam exploring the city on foot and taking in all of its unique sites such as the Canal Ring, Anne Frank House, Royal Palace, and many more attractions.
Set aside time (and book tickets) to the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum.
Day 3: Day trip to windmills Zaanse Schans
Take a day trip to Zaanse Schans, and explore cute villages along the way. Visit an old cheese farm and beautiful windmills.
Rent a bike and ride around the town before tasting some local seafood.
Day 4: Travel from Amsterdam to Brussels
On day 4 travel to Brussels from Amsterdam. You can ride the high-speed train (Thalys) or rent a car to get there. Settle in the city centre area and check in to your hotel – Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place
Day 5: Explore city highlights in Brussels
Stroll through the Grand Place, visit Mannekin Pis, and take a delicious food tour of the city. Visit the Atomium, and the Comic Strip too.
Day 6: Day trip to Bruges
Take a day trip to Bruges, Belgium’s most beautiful town. Explore its cobblestone streets, canals, and medieval buildings. Stop for lunch at one of the local cafes and sample some Belgian beers.
Day 7: Travel from Brussels to Paris
Next, travel to Paris, the capital city of France from Brussels. Ride the Thalys high-speed train or drive there. You will be in Paris by the afternoon.
Plan to check in to your hotel – Hôtel San Régis and then join an evening sightseeing tour on the Seine!
Day 8 – 9: Check off iconic landmarks in Paris for the next 2 days. Get the Paris Pass for sightseeing.
Explore the major attractions such as The Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Champs Elysées. Enjoy a night out in the Latin Quarter and Montmartre the next day
Day 10: Versailles (half day) – fly out
Take a day trip to Versailles from Paris and visit the iconic palace that once belonged to Louis XIV. Enjoy strolling through the sprawling gardens, taking in all of their beauty.
Central Europe 10 day itinerary with Prague, Budapest, Vienna, and Salzburg
From discovering the rich history of Vienna to unwinding at the New York Cafe in Budapest there’s something for everyone in this Central European itinerary for 10 days. Get ready for an unforgettable vacation filled with exciting activities and breathtaking scenery.
Day 1 – 2: Arrive in Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic. Stay here for the next 2 days in Prague.
Explore Prague city highlights. Wander its winding cobblestone streets and visit remarkable architecture. Don’t miss must-see attractions such as Prague Castle, Old Town Square, and Charles Bridge.
Make sure you set aside time for some traditional Czech beers!
Day 3: Take a day trip from Prague to Kutna Hora or Cesky Krumlov
Day 4 – 5: Arrive in Vienna. Travel from Prague to Vienna. Check in to your hotel – Boutique Hotel am Stephansplatz and explore the city’s glamorous boulevards.
Visit Hofburg Palace and its museums, Schönbrunn Palace, and take a stroll through Belvedere Gardens for some amazing views of the city.
Day 6: Take a day trip to Wachau Valley from Vienna
Visit the ancient towns of Dürnstein and Melk, passing through the stunning landscapes along the Danube River.
Day 7 – 8: Head to Salzburg, and stay here for the night. Spend 2 days in Salzburg – visit the Hohensalzub Palace, join a Sound of Music tour, and learn about Mozart!
Day 9 – 10: Arrive in Budapest, and explore the main highlights.
Travel to Budapest from Salzburg by train or car.
Check into your accommodation – Danubius Hotel Astoria City Center and explore this vibrant city with its grand boulevards, thermal baths, and interesting history.
Visit the Szechenyi Spa, enjoy a relaxing soak, and explore its therapeutic waters. Then take a stroll through Buda Castle and Heroes Square.
Hit the New York Cafe, try different foods in Budapest like ruin bars, and more.
Spain and Portugal with Gibraltar in 10 days: Best of 3 countries
Visit the highlights of the Iberian peninsula on a Spain and Portugal itinerary of 10 days, with Gibraltar. This Europe trip itinerary can be extended to include Morocco in North Africa!
Start your vacation in Barcelona in Spain and spend the first 3 days of your trip there. Then fly to Lisbon and explore. Touch down Seville in southern Spain and go on a day trip to Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory before wrapping up your trip!
Fly: Fly to Barcelona (Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport)
Day 1: Arrive in Barcelona
Arrive in Barcelona, and check in to your hotel.
Barcelona is a city that never sleeps, so you’ll always find something fun and exciting to do. On your very first day head over to La Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter.
Walk the leafy promenade, stop at La Boqueria market for a bite to eat, and then enjoy stories in one of the oldest areas in Barcelona (the Gothic Quarter).
Enjoy an amazing sunset view from Bunkers del Carmel – a free attraction in Barcelona. Bring a small picnic spread and soak in the city under the night lights.
Day 2: Barcelona
On 2 days in Barcelona, go on a guided tour of Gaudi’s landmark attractions like La Sagrada Familia, Casa Battlo, and Casa Mila in Passeig de Gràcia, and then sign off for the day from Park Guell.
All the Gaudi sites in Barcelona are extremely popular, and tickets need to be purchased ahead of time!
Day 3: Barcelona
If you are a history fan, pick a few museums for the third day in Barcelona such as MNAC, stop by Camp Nou, then visit Fundació Joan Miró and Barcelona City History Museum.
Enjoy the iconic water fountains of Montjuïc in the evening!
If soaking in the sun from a beach is on your list, then head to Barceloneta Beach, and then enjoy a stroll along Port Vell.
In the evening go on a Catamaran cruise with dinner, or sit down at one of the fine dining restaurants to enjoy Catalan cuisine with a glass of cava (sparkling wine).
Day 4: Lisbon
From Barcelona, fly to Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal. Spend this day exploring the historic old town, and various squares.
Lisbon’s center is filled with cobblestone streets, trams crisscrossing each other with colorful buildings, and amazing viewpoints.
You can opt for a walking tour of the oldest neighborhoods of Alfama, Baixa, and Chiado. Stop at Time Market for dinner! Don’t forget to try Pastel de Nata (Portuguese custard tarts)!
Day 5: Lisbon
Explore the cultural delights of Belem on day 5. Visit the Jerónimos Monastery with a local guide and then check out Maritime Museum.
Then stop at the Belém Tower which was built by King Manuel I in 1515 as part of a defense tower. The location is perfect to spend a few hours soaking in the views of the Tagus River estuary, the April 23 bridge, the Age of Discoveries monument, and more.
In the evening enjoy a show of fado in the heart of Lisbon.
Day 6: Sintra & Cascais
Go on a full-day trip to Sintra and Cascais from Lisbon. Visit the Pena Palace, Moorish Castle, and the beaches of Cascais. Many tours also stop at Cabo da Raco, the westernmost part of the European peninsula.
Day 7: Seville
From Lisbon, take an overnight bus ride to Seville, or fly there.
The stunning of Seville in Andalucia is amazing for art and history lovers. Visit the beautiful Real Alcazar Palace, and Seville Cathedral on day one in Seville, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Stop for lunch or dinner at Barrio Santa Cruz.
Day 8: Seville
Explore the iconic Plaza de España next. Then head over to the Tower of Gold, and visit the small military museum.
Located nearby is the Guadalquivir River, and you can go on a sightseeing cruise there.
In the afternoon, wander the neighborhood of Triana, admire its houses, and bridges, and enjoy delicious tapas.
Day 9: Gibraltar
Go on a day trip from Seville to Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory. Gibraltar is best explored from Spain, or by flying down from the UK.
On a day trip, you can admire the Rock of Gibraltar which is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world. Spend time at the Moorish Castle, Plaza de Armas, St. Michael’s Cave, and the Apes Den.
If you are not keen on Gibraltar, then you can visit Granada, Cordoba, or Ronda on a full-day trip.
Day 10: Seville
Spend a few hours in Seville before flying out to Barcelona. On this day, you can visit the Archeological Museum of Seville, or check out Setas de Sevilla (“Mushrooms of Seville”) and go shopping!
Balkan road trip itinerary 10 days: See more in less time, also one of the offbeat
Here is a mini 10 day Balkan road itinerary to cover 4 countries!
Day 1: Arrive in Zagreb, Croatia
Explore the city center of Zagreb for a day. Go on a walking tour of the city, and visit the highlights of Upper Zagreb. The iconic St Mark’s Church and the Zagreb Cathedral are located here.
While you are there, don’t forget to drop by the Dolac Market, Lotrščak Tower, and the Museum of Broken Relationships.
You can also hop on the shortest funicular ride and get to the lower Zagreb area.
Day 2: Lake Bled, Slovenia
Start for Lake Bled, the next day. Slovenia is easily connected to Zagreb by road. If you are driving, you will enjoy the ride of 2.25 hours.
You can spend an entire day in Lake Bled from hiking to exploring the Lake Bled Castle, going on a cruise, day camping, picnics, etc.
In the evening, you can travel to Ljubljana and stay there overnight.
Day 3: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Spend one day in Ljubljana, exploring Prešeren Square, and Dragon’s Bridge, and then make your way to the Ljubljana Castle.
Next visit the St. Nicholas’s Church, or the Ljubljana Cathedral – a Gothic church. It is one of the most recognizable attractions of the city with its green dome and twin towers.
If you have time go cruising on the river Ljubljanica and see the many bridges.
Day 4 – 5: Belgrade, Serbia
Depending on how and when you arrive in Belgrade in Serbia, you set aside a day to explore the historic city center, and the museum and forts nearby.
Hit the Republic Square, Belgrade Fortress, Old Palace Belgrade and Knez Mihailova Street.
On the second day, choose to venture outside of the city center to the Saint Sava Temple area, The Museum of Yugoslavia and the Jemun Area.
Day 6 – 7: Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
On day 6, start for Sarajevo. Driving time is 4.50 hours from Belgrade to Sarajevo, and you will have 1.50 hours of sightseeing time in the capital city.
As you explore the city, you will find Turkish/Ottoman markets and culinary traditions, various Austro-Hungarian architecture and buildings like the City Hall – 18th- early 20th century (including the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand), and more.
Day 8: Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Day 8, head out to visit Mostar, located in the warm Herzegovina region. You can go on a day trip from Sarajevo to Mostar as well, or stay in the city.
Spend one day in Mostar admiring the old town from the iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge), visiting the Museum of the Old Bridge, The Neretva, and other attractions like the Kriva ćuprija (stone bridge), Crooked Bridge, Mostar Peace Bell Tower.
Day 9: Kravice Waterfalls, Bosnia & Herzegovina
The next day, start for Dubrovnik – back in Croatia. But not before exploring some of the hidden gems in Bosnia Herzegovina.
Day 9 has a relaxed itinerary, where you will stop by attractions while driving from Mostar to Dubrovnik.
From the waterfalls towards Dubrovnik, you can stop by nearby sister towns.
Day 10: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Set aside one day for Dubrovnik Old Town attractions – walk the city walls, ride the Dubrovnik cable car ride, and take in the views of the city from above!
As you wander the old town do stop at the Old Pharmacy Museum in the Franciscan Monastery, Sponza Palace, Rector’s Palace, and the Old Port City Dubrovnik.
United Kingdom Itinerary 10 days: On every Europe bucket list
UK (England x Wales x Scotland)
UK Itinerary 10 days
From vibrant cities like London, Edinburgh, and Bath to picturesque landscapes in the Cotswolds and the Scottish Highlands, there is the perfect 10 day UK itinerary.
You can also explore the iconic cities and its popular museums, and then relax a bit in the lap of nature. You can travel via coach or bus ride, rent a car or use a combination of trains and tours.
Day 1 – 3: London and Windsor
Start your 10 day United Kingdom itinerary with a bang by exploring the vibrant city of London. Take in top attractions such as Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, and Westminster Abbey.
Don’t miss out on shopping at the bustling Oxford Street and having a traditional English afternoon tea.
Visit Windsor Castle for a glimpse of royal life and explore the stunning grounds of Hampton Court Palace (on day 3).
Day 4: Wales day trip
Take a day trip to Wales and explore the quaint towns of Snowdonia National Park. Drive through rolling hills, stunning coastline, and small fishing villages.
Day 5 – 6: Cotswolds
Spend 2 days in the picturesque Cotswolds region. Visit charming towns such as Bath, Oxford, and Stratford-upon-Avon.
(Start for Edinburgh overnight by coach, or drive there the next day. You can be quite flexible for the remainder of your 4 days in Scotland).
Day 7: Edinburgh Scotland
Head up to Scotland and explore the city of Edinburgh for 1 day. Soak in the stunning architecture, take a stroll through Princes Street Gardens, and visit attractions such as Edinburgh Castle and St Giles’ Cathedral.
Day 8 – 10: Scottish Highlands and beyond
Spend your last 3 days exploring the Scottish Highlands. Drive along beautiful glens, lochs, mountains, and villages.
Visit iconic attractions such as Loch Ness, Glen Coe, and Oban.
Ireland and UK 10 days: Perfect for solo and first time travelers to Europe
Ireland x UK (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland)
This 10 day UK and Ireland itinerary is a modified version of the tour above.
Day 1 – 2: London
Begin your ten-day United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland journey with a visit to the lively city of London. Marvel at its most famous sites such as Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, and Westminster Abbey.
While there, make sure you take advantage of some shopping on Oxford Street or enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea cruise— don’t miss out!
Day 3 – 6: Dublin and Ireland
Afterward, set off for four days in Dublin for more exciting sights! You will have to fly to Dublin to explore (use RyanAir for flights).
Spend 4 days in Ireland visit the vibrant Temple Bar, sample some delicious Irish whiskey, and take in the unique atmosphere of Trinity College.
Take day or road trips out to nearby attractions such as Glendalough, Galway, Cliffs of Moher and Kilkenny Castle.
Day 7: Belfast
On day seven, head up north to Belfast for a glimpse into Northern Ireland. While there, explore the city’s political murals, visit the Titanic Belfast museum, and enjoy a traditional fish & chips dinner.
Day 8 – 10: Scotland
Next, head to Edinburgh in Scotland for three days of exploration. Experience its unique culture, take a tour of the city’s iconic attractions such as Edinburgh Castle and St Giles’ Cathedral, or just simply stroll through Princes Street Gardens (on day one).
Finally, spend your last two days in the stunning Scottish Highlands. Drive through awe-inspiring valleys, lochs, and mountains — don’t forget to visit iconic attractions such as Loch Ness, Glen Coe, and Oban!
Croatia and Slovenia Itinerary 10 days: Best of 2 Balkan countries
Croatia x Slovenia
Experience the best of Croatia and Slovenia in this 10 day itinerary. From exploring ancient architecture to relaxing at picturesque beaches, you’ll have an unforgettable journey in this amazing corner of Europe.
Day 1: Zagreb Croatia
Arrive in Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia. Check in to your accommodation – Esplanade Zagreb Hotel and explore the city’s vibrant streets and lively bars.
Day 2: Plitvice Lakes National Park
Drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park, one of the oldest national parks in Southeast Europe. Spend the day exploring turquoise lakes and waterfalls set amid lush evergreen forests.
Day 3: Ljubljana Slovenia
Travel from Zagreb to Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia. Check in to your hotel – Grand Hotel Union and explore its medieval-style architecture and lively bars.
Make sure you don’t miss out on visiting Dragon Bridge which stands as a symbol of unity between two nations.
Day 4: Piran
Take a day trip from Ljubljana to the charming town of Piran. Stroll through its cobblestone streets, take a dip in the Adriatic Sea, and enjoy some delicious seafood dishes with a beautiful view.
Day 5 – 6: Ljubljana to Split, and explore
Drive from Ljubljana to Split. Walk the Riva promenade and explore this historic city’s vibrant streets, Diocletian Palace, and Marjan Hill for some remarkable views of the city.
Day 7: Trogir
Take a day trip from Split to Trogir. Explore its cobblestone streets, and Venetian towers and enjoy some amazing seafood dishes in its many restaurants.
Day 8 – 10: Dubrovnik
Drive towards Dubrovnik, Croatia’s most famous city. Explore the city’s many attractions such as walking along the City Walls, visiting Rector’s Palace, and soaking up the sun at Sunset Beach.
Next day or two take a day trip from Dubrovnik to Mostar in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Visit its iconic Old Town, with its stunning Ottoman architecture, stalls, and the iconic Stari Most bridge. Or take a 3 Islands tour.
Day 10: Fly out of Zagreb Airport in the evening
10 days in Eastern Europe itinerary
Czech Republic x Austria x Slovakia x Hungary x Poland
Eastern Europe is a region full of unique culture and history, and exploring it over the span of 10 days can be an incredible experience.
From vibrant cities like Budapest and Krakow to quiet countryside towns, and from ancient castles to picturesque lakes, there’s plenty to discover in this part of the world.
Day 1: Prague
Start your ten-day Eastern European tour in Prague, the vibrant capital city of the Czech Republic. Take a stroll along the Charles Bridge and don’t miss out on the breathtaking views from Prague Castle.
Day 2 – 3: Vienna
After two days of sightseeing, head south to Vienna for more cultural attractions such as Schloss Belvedere, Kunsthistorisches Museum, and Hofburg Palace.
Day 4: Bratislava
On day four, make a stop in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia — visit its iconic castle and take in views from the UFO Bridge.
Day 5 – 7: Budapest
Then off to Budapest for three days! Take a walk down the cobbled streets of Castle Hill, marvel at views from Fisherman’s Bastion, and enjoy some delicious Hungarian cuisine.
Day 8 – 9: Krakow & Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum
On day eight, venture south to Krakow for a memorable historical experience at Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum.
Day 10: Fly out of Krakow
End this journey with a flight out of Krakow on the tenth day.
Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Helsinki Europe Itinerary 10 days
Denmark x Sweden x Finland
Spending 10 days in Northern Europe will allow you to soak in the views of the breathtaking fjords, unique culture, and stunning scenery that Scandinavia has to offer.
You can visit magnificent cities like Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen, and Helsinki for incredible views and activities. Then take the majestic beauty of Norway’s fjords from Bergen or take a scenic train ride between countries.
Day 1: Copenhagen
Arrive in Copenhagen. Check in to your accommodation and explore this charming city, known for its colorful buildings, canals, and cobblestone streets.
Visit Tivoli Gardens, Nyhavn, and the Little Mermaid Statue.
Day 2: Day trip from Copenhagen
Take a day trip from Copenhagen to nearby attractions such as Roskilde, or Helsingor.
Day 3: Stockholm
Travel from Copenhagen to Stockholm. Check in to your hotel – Hotel Skeppsholmen and explore the city’s unique culture, vibrant nightlife, and interesting architecture.
Visit attractions such as Gamla Stan, Skansen Open-Air Museum, and City Hall.
BOOK: Old town Stockholm Walking tour
Day 4: Take a day trip from Stockholm to Uppsala.
Day 5: Helsinki
Travel to Helsinki from Stockholm by ferry. Check in to your accommodation – Hotel Kamp and explore this vibrant city with its Art Nouveau architecture, market squares, and eclectic cafes.
Visit attractions such as the Senate Square, Sibelius Monument, and the Rock Church.
Day 6: Take a day trip from Helsinki to Suomenlinna Sea Fortress. Enjoy its stunning views of the Baltic Sea.
Day 7: Spend a day at one of Helsinki’s many parks, such as Kaivopuisto Park or Seurasaari Island.
Day 8: Take a day trip from Helsinki to Porvoo, or Turku (2 hours)
Day 9: Explore the city of Helsinki on foot and make sure you visit its many museums such as the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art and Ateneum Art Museum.
Day 10: Fly out of Helsinki Airport.
London Paris 10 day Europe itinerary: Best of the European cities, perfect for a girl’s trip
UK x France
London Paris trip is great if you only have 10 days in Europe. From classic sights and attractions to delicious food, amazing shops, fascinating culture, and more, this itinerary will help ensure that you make the most of your time in these iconic cities
Day 1 to 6: London and nearby
In London, start off with a bang by exploring the city’s most iconic sights, like Big Ben and Buckingham Palace.
Take a stroll through Hyde Park, or take in spectacular views of the city from atop the London Eye.
For an afternoon of art appreciation, head to the Tate Modern and National Gallery.
On day two, explore London’s diverse neighborhoods—from Chinatown to Soho—to experience the city’s unique cultures and flavors. If you’re in town on a Sunday, don’t miss a trip to Borough Market for some of the freshest food around.
Set aside a day for visiting Windsor Castle and Stonehenge. Followed by another day or two in Bath, and the Cotswolds.
Day 7 to 10: Paris
When it’s time to move on to Paris, begin your exploration with a tour of the Louvre Museum and Musée d’Orsay. Then, take a stroll along the Champs Elysees and marvel at the grandeur of the Eiffel Tower.
On day 8, meander through Montmartre to explore its winding streets and enjoy the creative atmosphere. Don’t forget to make time for some of Paris’ iconic cafes, like Le Consulat.
For the remainder of your trip, get outside to enjoy some of Paris’ best parks, or take a day trip to nearby Versailles for an elegant afternoon of sightseeing.
Spending 10 days in London and Paris is an excellent way to experience the best of Europe. It is great for first-time visitors to Europe, for solo trips, or a girl’s trip, and is also perfect for those not renting a car.
10 day Europe trip: One country sightseeing
Classic Italy Itinerary 10 days with Rome Venice Florence Milan and Amalfi Coast
Italy is a timeless destination that has something for everyone! With its stunning architecture, delicious cuisine, and warm hospitality, it’s no wonder why so many travelers are drawn to explore this beautiful country.
If you’re looking for an unforgettable 10-day itinerary in Italy, here are some of the top attractions to consider visiting:
Day 1: Rome
Fly to Rome, the capital city of Italy.
Check off the iconic Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and Roman Forum. You will need full 3 hours for an in-depth guided tour to appreciate the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here is the tour we took, and recommend
Relax by a piazza in the evening, a lovely dinner after!
Day 2: Rome
Explore other Rome attractions, starting with the Pantheon. Ensure you are there first thing in the morning so that you can enter the stunning Roman temple before it gets too crowded.
Then visit Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Villa Borghese, and gardens. Finish sightseeing at the Terrazza del Pincio soaking in the sunset views.
Day 3: Venice
On day 3 start for Venice and travel via high-speed train. Spend the day wandering the old town, and visit St Mark’s Basilica and Doge Palace by afternoon.
Enjoy the sunset by the Rialto Bridge, and dinner by the canal side.
Day 4: Venice
Head to the Venetian Islands on a quick day trip and check out Burano and Murano. Plan to explore for 5-6 hours, and ensure you are back by evening in Venice.
Then hop on a high-speed train to Milan.
Day 5: Milan
Spend one day in Milan, exploring the iconic Cathedral. Head to the rooftop terrace for an amazing view of the city. Then stop by the Emanuele Vittorio Galleria, shop, and hang out.
If interested book a ticket for The Last Supper (book it online prior to your trip)
Pro tip: You can combine a 10 day Italy and French Riviera itinerary by visiting Nice, Menton, and Monaco after exploring Milan (instead of Tuscany and Amalfi as listed below).
Day 6: Florence
On the next day, move to Florence by train. Start exploring the city with the Statue of David and then head to the Uffizi gallery.
Wander the old town and check off the Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria.
End your day with a romantic dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 7: Florence
Day 7 is all about exploring Florence’s iconic Duomo. Spend 1-3 hours visiting the entire complex.
Next, check out the local markets, and later hike to Piazzale Michelangelo and soak in gorgeous views of the city.
In the evening take a high-speed train to Rome.
Day 8: Vatican City
Set aside day 8 to explore St Peter’s Basilica, and Sistine Chapel, and take a guided tour of the Vatican Museum in Vatican City.
Add a stop at the Castel Sant’Angelo too.
Day 9: Amalfi Coast – Vietri sul Mare
Spend the last 2 days of your 10 day Italy itinerary on the Amalfi Coast. Start off with visiting Vietri sul Mare and exploring its streets and trying some traditional dishes!
Day 10: Amalfi Coast – Amalfi town
Spend your last day in Italy exploring the old town of Amalfi and later visit Positano. Take a walk around the picturesque town of Amalfi, and explore its historical monuments and the iconic Duomo.
Enjoy some Italian gelato, and soak up the incredible views of the Mediterranean by laying on the beach.
Switzerland Itinerary 10 days: Scenic train rides, epic cities, and charming towns and villages
Switzerland is an ideal destination for a 10-day stay, offering something unique and exciting for every type of traveler. From Zurich to Bern, Basel to Zermatt—not to mention the picturesque Swiss Alps—there are numerous attractions that are sure to delight you.
Day 1 – 2: Zurich
Begin your journey by exploring Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city. This is also the best city to fly into from North America.
In Zurich, visit the historic Old Town, where you can enjoy its many cafes, restaurants, and shopping opportunities. Take part in a tour of the Grossmünster Church, renowned for its twin towers that have become a symbol of Zurich.
Spend time exploring museums such as the Swiss National Museum, and FIFA Museum, and enjoy the Lake Zurich embankments or enjoy a cruise.
Day 3: Bern day trip
On day 3, travel to Bern, Switzerland’s capital city. Start at the Clock Tower in the Old Town, and then take a walk along the cobblestone streets.
Visit the Zentrum Paul Klee museum to appreciate some of Switzerland’s finest artworks, or take the funicular up to Gurten Mountain for stunning views of Bern and its surrounding area.
Day 4 – 5: Basel
Make your way to Basel from Zurich by train to take in its many attractions. Visit the Basel Cathedral and its Gothic architecture, then explore the Tinguely Museum for sculptures created by Swiss artist Jean Tinguely.
Day 6: Zermatt
From Basel, head to Zermatt for a unique mountain experience. Here you can enjoy skiing or snowboarding throughout the winter months, or hike to the summit of Gornergrat for stunning views across the Alps.
Use the Swiss Travel Pass to travel to all the places by train.
Day 7: Glacier Express train
Enjoy 5.5 hour Glacier Express from Zermatt to Chur and then return to Zurich by evening.
Day 8 – 10: Interlaken
Start for Interlaken from Zurich for the next leg of your Switzerland itinerary. Spend a day exploring Interlaken, located between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz.
Take in breathtaking views of the Jungfrau-Aletsch region, visit Schynige Platte Mountain resort, or take part in some of the thrilling mountain sports Interlaken has to offer.
Set aside one day to explore the Lauterbrunnen Valley, one of Switzerland’s most scenic regions.
Enjoy picturesque waterfalls and a serene atmosphere, or go on a cable car to Schilthorn for panoramic views of the entire valley.
With an itinerary like this, you are sure to have an unforgettable Swiss experience!
10 days in Portugal itinerary: Affordable European destination with lots of do and see
Experience the best of Portugal in 10 days. This itinerary covers both the northern and southern parts of the country and focuses on city and cultural sightseeing.
Day 1 – 3: Lisbon and Sintra
Arrive in Lisbon on day 1, the capital city of Portugal. Check into your accommodation and explore the city’s vibrant culture.
Wander the historic city centre, ride Tram 28, and enjoy some delicious Portuguese cuisine in one of Lisbon’s traditional restaurants.
Spend a day exploring Lisbon’s many museums such as the National Tile Museum or the Fado Museum. In the second half of the day visit Belem and its attractions such as Jeronimos Monastery, and Belem Tower.
On day 3, take a trip to Sintra, one of the most picturesque towns in Portugal. Explore its colorful streets, visit attractions such as the Quinta da Regaleira Palace and the famed Pena Palace, and the Moorish Castle.
Day 4 – 6: Porto, with a stop in Coimbra
Take a train from Lisbon to Porto, the second largest city in Portugal. On the way make a stop on Coimbra to explore the prime attractions such as the Monastery of Santa Cruz and Jardim Botânico, before arriving in Porto by evening.
Use high-speed Alfa Pendular bullet trains to get to the cities.
On day 5, explore the colorful Rebeira – the riverfront, go on a 6 bridges cruise, and visit attractions such as Clerigos Tower, Porto Cathedral, and Livraria Lello bookshop.
The next day, take it easy and visit the Bolsa Palace in the morning, followed by wine tasting in Villa Nova de Gaia.
Day 7: Douro Vally wine tour
Take a day trip from Porto to Douro Valley, one of Portugal’s most beautiful wine regions. Explore the area’s many vineyards and enjoy some delicious port wines.
Don’t forget to try the region’s traditional dishes such as bacalhau or Francesinha when you return to Porto.
Day 8: Braga day trip
Take a day trip from Porto to the city of Braga. Explore its cobblestone streets, visit attractions such as the Sé de Braga Cathedral, and admire the stunning views from Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary.
Day 9: Guimaraes day trip
Take a day trip from Porto to Guimaraes, the birthplace of Portugal. Explore its cobblestone streets and visit attractions such as Castelo de Guimarães and Paço dos Duques de Bragança.
Enjoy some delicious Portuguese food in one of the city’s traditional restaurants.
Day 10: Aveiro and Costa Nova beach day trip
Take a day trip from Porto to Aveiro, the Venice of Portugal. Explore its canals and visit attractions such as Museu de Aveiro and Igreja de Sao Domingos.
Spend some time relaxing on the beaches of Costa Nova before returning to Lisbon in the evening!
Croatia itinerary 10 days: Public transportation or road trip
Enjoy 10 days in Europe with unforgettable memories of Croatia’s stunning natural beauty and vibrant cities.
Day 1 and 2 of Croatia itinerary: Arrive and explore Zagreb
Stay here for 2 or 3 nights. Visit attractions such as the Cathedral and the Stone Gate, explore Zagreb’s beautiful parks, take a stroll through its vibrant streets, and visit museums and lively bars.
Day 3: Day trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park
Spend the day at Plitvice Lakes National Park (day trip or day tour). You can also book a one way transfer to Split after visiting Plitvice Lakes
Day 4 of Croatia itinerary: Explore Split
Explore the town of Split attractions such as Diocletian Palace, Marjan Hill, and many more. Enjoy the lively Riva promenade and soak in the ambiance.
Day 5 of Croatia itinerary: Day trip to Zadar
Take a day trip from Split to the coastal city of Zadar. Explore its Roman and Venetian architecture, take a ride on an electric bike tour, visit St Donatus’ Church, and explore the Sea Organ with its unique sounds.
Spend some time relaxing at Zadar’s picturesque beaches and enjoy some delicious Croatian seafood dishes.
Day 6 of Croatia itinerary: Take a day trip from Split to Krka National Park
Enjoy the spectacular sights of this natural wonder, with its magnificent waterfalls and lush forests along its winding pathways.
Visit Roški Slap and Skradinski Buk, two of the most popular attractions at Krka National Park. You can also try some local delicacies such as smoked ham, cheese, and honey at the various restaurants in the park.
In the evening, take a boat trip to Visovac Island, home to an ancient Franciscan monastery and nature reserve. Marvel at its serene landscapes and make sure you don’t miss out on visiting its 15th century cathedral.
End your day with a stunning view of the sunset over Visovac Lake.
Day 7 – 10 of Croatia itinerary: Travel to Dubrovnik, and explore
Travel to Dubrovnik and explore this magnificent city. Start your day by exploring the old town centre, and walking through its cobblestone streets lined with shops and cafes.
Stop at the Rector’s Palace, Sponza Palace, and soak in the vibes of the Stradun.
In the afternoon walk the city walls that have been preserved for so long. Late evening ride the funicular to enjoy stunning views of the city of Dubrovnik from above!
The next day enjoy some beach time or go kayaking. Visit Banje Beach, a stunning beach with crystal clear waters, perfect for swimming and sunbathing. After the sun sets, try some of Dubrovnik’s delicious cuisine and enjoy its nightlife.
Spend the next two nights in Dubrovnik and enjoy day trips to the Mljet National Park, and the Lokrum Island or embark on wine-tasting tours.
10 days in Iceland itinerary: 10 days in Europe road trip (or tours)
Spend 10 days in Iceland and explore its stunning landscapes, vibrant culture, and fascinating history.
Day 1 in Iceland: Arrive in Keflavik Airport and enjoy the Blue Lagoon
Arrive at Keflavik International Airport in Iceland and enjoy the Blue Lagoon. Spend the day at this geothermal spa and relax your body and mind. After you’re done, drive to Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital city.
Visit Hallgrímskirkja Church, one of the city’s most iconic attractions. In the evening, explore Reykjavik’s lively bar scene and go out for a memorable night. Try local delicacies such as smoked puffin and dried fish.
After your dinner, enjoy a show at the iconic Harpa Concert Hall.
After your night out, relax in your hotel and get ready for an adventurous day tomorrow. Stay overnight in a Reykjavik apartment hotel.
Day 2 in Iceland: Explore Reykjavik. Optional northern lights tour
Wake up early and explore Reykjavik’s many attractions such as the Sun Voyager sculpture, Perlan Museum, Reykjavik City Hall, and Tjörnin Lake.
When visiting in the winter, add a northern lights tour!
Day 3 in Iceland: Take a day trip to the Golden Circle highlights
Drive from Reykjavik to the Golden Circle highlights or join a day tour. Start your day with a visit to Thingvellir National Park and take some stunning photos of its dramatic landscape.
Then, drive to Geysir geothermal area and watch Strokkur erupting every few minutes. Lastly, stop by Gullfoss Waterfall and marvel at its majestic beauty.
After your day trip, continue driving from the Golden Circle to Vik. Check in to your hotel and get ready for an exciting day tomorrow. Overnight in Vik.
Or you can return to Reykjavik and then explore Vik the next day.
Day 4 in Iceland: Check off south Iceland waterfalls and Vik
Wake up early and enjoy the breathtaking views of Vik’s black sand beach. Head down to Reynisfjara Beach, the most famous black sand beach in South Iceland, and take some stunning photos of its basalt columns.
Next, check off some of the South Iceland waterfalls. Drive to Seljalandsfoss, and Skógarfoss for a memorable experience.
Then, take an optional trip to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon to make your day even more special. Explore its crystal-clear waters and photograph its floating icebergs.
Day 5 in Iceland: Visit the Snaefellsnes peninsula
Start your day with a visit to the Snaefellsnes peninsula. Drive along its dramatic coastline and get ready for some stunning views of its cliffs, mountains, and caves.
Don’t miss out on a visit to the iconic Kirkjufell Mountain.
Day 6 in Iceland: Silver Circle
Drive from Reykjavik to the Highlands. Make sure you don’t miss out on the opportunity of learning about Icelandic sagas and their unique culture.
Stop by Snorri’s Pool, chase waterfalls, and see a lava cave.
Day 7 in Iceland: Activity day
Enjoy a full day of adventure – you can join a guided volcano hike, snowmobile tour, glacier walk, or an ice caving tour from Reykjavik.
Day 8 in Iceland: Travel to Akureyri in north Iceland
Start your drive from Reykjavik to Akureyri in north Iceland. Take the opportunity of exploring some of its picturesque villages, such as Borgarnes.
Then explore the charming town of Akureyri for a few hours. You can also fly to Akureyri instead of driving to maximize your time.
Day 9 in Iceland: Day trip to Myvatn Lake area and waterfalls
Enjoy a day trip to the Myvatn Lake area and explore its astonishing scenery. Visit the incredible waterfalls of Goðafoss, Dettifoss, Aldeyjarfoss, and Selfoss for a unique experience.
Take some stunning photos of each waterfall and admire its beauty.
Make sure you don’t miss out on the opportunity of visiting Grjótagjá Cave, a stunning hot spring, and Dimmuborgir Lava Labyrinth for some interesting insights about Iceland’s fascinating geology.
Day 10 in Iceland: Return to Reykjavik and soak in Sky Lagoon
Finish off your trip with an experience of a lifetime – soak in the magical Sky Lagoon, located just a 15 minute drive away from Reykjavik.
Enjoy the opportunity of soaking in geothermal waters designed while keeping Icelandic bathing traditions in mind!
England itinerary 10 days: Europe 10 day itinerary by train and coach
London x Cotswolds x Bath
England is a country full of culture, history and attractions. A perfect destination for a 10-day itinerary! Whether you’re looking to explore some of the world’s most famous landmarks or just have an action-packed holiday with your family, England has something for everyone.
Plan to fly to one of the two popular international airports in London, as these will give you enough window to explore with ease and also find direct flights from North America.
Day 1 to 4: Sightseeing in London
Start your 10-day journey in England by exploring the vibrant city of London. Spend at least 4 days visiting museums, wandering through different neighborhoods, go shopping, and more.
Set one day to take a guided tour of this bustling metropolis, visiting some of its most iconic attractions, such as Buckingham Palace and Big Ben.
Make sure to make time for a leisurely stroll through Hyde Park or take a sightseeing river cruise on the Thames. Lastly, don’t forget to sample some traditional fish and chips or enjoy a pint at one of the city’s famous pubs.
Day 5: Windsor day trip
Take a day trip to Windsor on day 5. Visit its world-famous castle – home to the British Royal Family – and marvel at its impressive architecture.
Stroll around the castle grounds or take a boat ride down the River Thames. After taking in the sights, grab a bite to eat at one of Windsor’s many restaurants before heading back to London.
Day 6 to 8: The Cotswolds
Experience life from a storybook in The Cotswolds, by spending 3 days here. This area is full of charming villages, gardens, and idyllic countryside.
There are many pretty villages that you can choose to fill out your 3 days in the Cotswolds. Our top options include Castle Combe, Bilbury, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, and Broadway.
On one of the days, you can also head out to explore some of its famous castles, such as Blenheim Palace. Stop for lunch at one of the local pubs and sample some traditional English dishes, such as roast beef with Yorkshire pudding.
Day 9: Bath
Spend the day exploring Bath’s rich Roman history on day 9. For an overnight stay, you can either stay in Bath or return to London.
Enjoy a guided tour to learn about its fascinating history and explore the city’s impressive architecture, including the famous Roman Baths. Soak in the thermal baths before continuing on your journey.
Opt for a relaxed afternoon, soak in the sun at various parks, and take in the view of the River Avon.
Day 10: Stonehenge and London
Once in London, you can squeeze in a trip to the UNESCO-listed city of Stonehenge. The ancient Neolithic site is a must-see when visiting the U.K., and a few hours will be great!
In the evening you can enjoy shopping before catching your flight the next day.
10 day Bavarian itinerary (Germany): 10 day Europe road trip
See the best of Germany’s Bavaria region on this 10 day Europe trip.
Day 1 to 3 in Bavaria: Explore Munich’s Old Town
Located in the heart of Bavaria, Munich is a bustling and vibrant city that has something to offer to everyone.
Spend 3 days exploring Munich’s many attractions like Marienplatz, the cathedral, and the Viktualienmarkt food market.
Take a deeper dive into Munich’s cultural heritage, from royal palaces to art galleries. Visit the art district for a close-up look at Munich’s stunning collection of modern art, artifacts, and paintings.
There are many great restaurants in Munich to try traditional Bavarian cuisine as well as a vibrant nightlife.
Day 4 in Bavaria: Day trip to Neuschwanstein Castle
No trip to Germany is complete without visiting one of its most iconic landmarks, Neuschwanstein Castle. This 19th-century castle has become an iconic symbol of Bavaria and its beautiful architecture will surely leave you in awe.
Arrange a day trip to this fairytale castle and experience its breathtaking views from Marienbrücke Bridge or explore the grounds for some magical photos.
Day 5 in Bavaria: Eagle’s Nest
Head over to Eagle’s Nest to learn about the lives of Adolf Hitler and his party members. The Berghof has some of the most stunning views of the Alps.
Day 6 in Bavaria: Dachau
Take the opportunity to visit Dachau, one of the most notorious concentration camps of World War II. Learn about the tragic history and gain a deeper understanding of the events that took place there during WWII.
After your visit, take some time to reflect on this somber reminder of the past as you make your way back to Munich.
Day 7 in Bavaria: Augsburg
Take a day trip to Augsburg, a city located about an hour away from Munich (30 minutes by train). This charming town has plenty of attractions to explore such as its quaint old town and the Fuggerei, the world’s oldest social housing complex.
Day 8 – 9 in Bavaria: Nuremberg
Spend two days in Nuremberg, one of Germany’s oldest cities with a rich history dating back to the 11th century. Among some of its famous attractions are the Imperial Castle, Schöner Brunnen, and Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds.
There’s also plenty of shopping opportunities in Nuremberg’s city center or enjoy some of its many delicious restaurants.
Day 10 in Bavaria: Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Get a glimpse of Germany’s Romantic Road in the picturesque town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Then return to Munich to fly home on day 11!
Rome and Tuscany Itinerary: 10 days in Europe by train
Rome x Florence x Siena x Lucca
Here is the perfect Europe itinerary covering the capital city of Rome and the region of Tuscany in Italy. This itinerary can be done as a road trip or by using public transportation.
Day 1 – 3: Rome & Vatican City
Arrive in Rome and stay here for the next 3 days with sightseeing in the Vatican.
Rome is a city of history, art, and culture. It’s the capital of Italy, home to some of the world’s most famous landmarks, including the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and St. Peter’s Basilica.
The Vatican City is an independent state within Rome that is home to the Pope and its spiritual center.
A three-day trip to Rome would provide enough time to explore the major landmarks as well as take side trips to local attractions like Catacombs, Capitoline Hill, and Borghese Gardens.
Day 4 – 5: Florence
Spend 2 days exploring Florence, and use it as a base to see Tuscany for 7 days. You can use trains, and tours or rent a car for embarking on an Italian road trip itinerary.
Florence is known for its Renaissance art, architecture, and culture. It was once the center of the Italian Renaissance and is home to centuries-old monuments like Michelangelo’s David, Giotto’s Bell Tower, and Uffizi Gallery.
A two-day trip to Florence would give you plenty of time to explore these iconic landmarks like Palazzo Vecchio and Pitti Palace.
Day 6: Pisa day trip
Pisa is a city located about an hour away from Florence and is most widely known for its iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa.
A day trip to Pisa would allow visitors enough time to explore the prominent attractions like the church of Santa Maria della Spina, Baptistery of San Giovanni, and Campo dei Miracoli.
Day 7 – 8: San Gimignano and Lucca
You have the option to stay in San Gimignano and explore Lucca the next day (day 8). It is also possible to visit San Gimignano on a day trip from Florence.
San Gimignano is a beautiful hill town and UNESCO World Heritage Site located near Florence. It’s known for its medieval towers, quaint cobblestone lanes, and stunning views over the Tuscan countryside.
In San Gimignano, you can explore its historic churches, enjoy its traditional delicacies, and take in beautiful views from the city walls.
Day 9: Explore Siena for a day
Siena is a beautiful Tuscan city known for its Gothic architecture and medieval buildings. Its famous attractions include Piazza del Campo where the Palio di Siena takes place, the Torre del Mangia bell tower, and Duomo di Siena.
In one day in Siena will allow you enough time to explore iconic landmarks as well as join a cooking class or a food tour.
Day 10: Chianti wine tour
One of the must-dos on a trip to Tuscany is a visit to a Chianti wine region for tastings and tours. The most iconic vineyards are located in the rolling hills between Florence and Siena, with several offering tours, tastings, and even lunch or dinner menus prepared using local ingredients.
A tour through the picturesque countryside and stops at some of the best vineyards in the region will provide a great insight into Tuscan wine culture.
Additional travel tips: Perfect Europe itinerary 10 days
Here are some additional tips for planning your 10 days in Europe!
10 days in Europe will allow you to explore some of the amazing countries on the continent. It is possible to visit 3 countries with 3 nights each in 3 epic cities such as Paris x Brussels x Amsterdam OR Prague x Budapest x Vienna. 3 days are enough for each European city to check off the iconic landmarks and even go on day trips if interested.
A minimum of 7 days or one week in Europe is a great time to explore one country intimately focusing on 1-2 cities and day trips nearby. This is true for most European cities and popular countries.
For citizens of the United States and Canada, a stay in the Schengen area must be no more than 90 days in every 180 days. This 180-day period keeps rolling. However, it doesn’t include the number of countries you visit.
Yes, a thousand euros is good to explore 1-3 prime cities in Italy (Rome, Venice, and Florence). We recommend booking accommodation ahead of time and also using online/discounted passes to secure your entry to popular attractions.
Late fall, winter, and spring months from November through March are the cheapest times to fly to Europe and also find good accommodation deals and beat the crowds (the Christmas season/December could be busy).
For us, jet lag is not an issue. We fly from Canada in the late afternoon or evening to arrive in Europe by early morning. We start exploring immediately after leaving our bags at the hotel storage room.
If you want to avoid jet lag, then plan for an evening arrival so that you can relax with dinner, check in to your hotel, and sleep. This way you will be rested for sightseeing the next day.
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