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Europe has been our favorite continent of travel. The cobblestone lanes and the unparalleled history just pulls us to visit this continent time and again. In this post – One week in Europe Trip Itinerary – we have curated 27 itineraries that you can explore in a week.

We understand vacation days are limited, so why not make the most of your time and combine a city or two (or a country to two). Use our handpicked destinations and tours in Europe Itinerary 7 days to live that life of wanderlust one week at a time.

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So far we had made it to 25+ European countries – some big and some small – all the way from North America (Canada). We also have a few more countries on our bucket list that we are hoping to check off in the coming year or two. This post has all the research, resources, and trip combinations we had taken. 

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27 One Week in Europe Trip Itinerary Ideas

One Week in Europe Trip Itineraries
One Week in Europe Trip Itineraries

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We have included recommended and popular tours and hotel options in this post. In this one week European itineraries, you will find additional tips for preparing your trip to Europe, including Schengen Visa information, packing lists, and more.

Travel Tips – Preparing for the Perfect One Week in Europe Itinerary

Here are quick tips and resources for planning your trip to Europe

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Europe Planning 101 Travel Guide – New to Europe travel? Read this extensive post on planning your first trip to the European Continent

Schengen Visa – Traveling to Europe for visa-required countries/passport holders is only possible with Schengen Visa. It is not a visa on arrival. But the good thing is we have this detailed guide to applying for Schengen Visa – we did and were successful each time. Visa processing although a hassle, but it’s worth it when you can visit multiple countries. 

Travel Insurance – Always insure your trip. We do. For one week, typically it shouldn’t cost you more than $30 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 World Nomads here.

Accommodation Planning –  You can stay in a hotel, hostel, or Airbnb. In this post, we have provided hotel prices through Booking.com.

Tours –  We like to take day tours to nearby cities and guided tours with a local. For a short trip for one week, avoid renting a car and the hassles of parking or directions. Use tours or hop on hop off style transport in the city. GetYourGuide is a leader in Europe tours, we just LOVE them. 

Rail and City Pass – Depending on how many days we staying and what sightseeing ideas we have in mind, we use a combination of city pass (which gives free museum entrances and transit tickets) and use trains for country travel.

Train travel is great in Europe. If you book tickets early, look for high-speed trains if possible and they can be booked online. We use Rail Europe to book train tickets. 

Europe Packing List – No matter what time of the year, we have an ultimate PACKING list for Europe

Three countries exploration – One Week Europe Itinerary 

Benelux Itinerary – Brussels (Belgium), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Luxembourg City (Luxembourg)

No of countries:

Cities Covered: Brussels (Belgium), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Luxembourg City (Luxembourg)

Stay in: Brussels or Amsterdam or both 

Benelux – Benelux comprises the countries of Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg. Train, buses, and tours connectivity to these countries are so amazing that you can choose any mode of transport to explore these areas.

Day 1 – Arrive and stay in Brussels city center. Depending on when you arrive you can explore the Grokt Markt, the medieval town square with Grand Place, visit the City of Brussels Museum, Saint-Hubert Royal Galleries and explore the old town/city center area. READ: One day in Brussels Itinerary

Day 2 – Explore more of Brussels. This sightseeing day, head to the Atomium in the morning, visit the Royal Palace of Brussels (exterior), comic strip museum, downtown area – EU Park, fleu market, and the lift. An easy way to visit all these locations is by taking a hop-on and hop-off sightseeing bus. BOOK YOUR HOP ON HOP OFF BUS HERE.

When in Brussels, don’t forget to eat fries with sauce, Belgian beer, and waffles!

Where to stay in Brussels Belgium
Brussels Belgium

Day 3 – On day 3 of your trip, take a day trip from Brussels to explore Bruges or Ghent and back to Brussels. You can either drive to these cities (1-2 hours one way) or take a local SNCB train (50 minutes to 1 hour one way) – both are convenient.

You can explore a lot in a day in Bruges or Ghent – hit the market square and admire the heritage buildings surrounding it. Take a walking tour to learn about the history. 

You can also do a FULL DAY tour from Brussels and back, with a guided walking tour all in one, without the hassle. BOOK A DAY TOUR TO BRUGES AND GHENT

Want to explore something different on a day trip from Brussels? Read our 18+ day trips from Brussels post here

Day 4 – Head to Amsterdam in the Netherlands today. You can do this as a day tour as well (check out the tour here). But we recommend taking the high-speed train to Amsterdam and here’s why.

If you plan to return to Brussels, taking the train is a good idea. If you plan on staying in Amsterdam, trains are great too. Don’t drive to Amsterdam, you will be stuck in traffic for hours and not worth for a week’s stay in the region! 

So day 4, start bright and early and arrive in Amsterdam by 10:00 am – at the Amsterdam Centraal, which is a central station. From here all the sightseeing attractions are pretty close by. Explore the Dam Square, Royal Palace, Madame Tussauds museum, shop a little at the Damrak shops. 

Take a stroll by the canal side and then have lunch by the Amstel River.

Amsterdam Itinerary 2 Days
Amsterdam Itinerary 2 Days

In the afternoon, enjoy some time at the Heineken Experience. This was an active brewery once upon a time and today it is a museum. Explore the fleu market – this is a MUST if you are not visiting Amsterdam for the tulip season.

In the evening, take a dinner cruise on the canal – perfect day to end the day. Take a canal cruise tour

Day 5 – Day 5 of your One week in Europe Itinerary is dedicated to exploring Amsterdam in-depth. Head back to the city center to visit Anne Frank’s museum. It is required that you book tickets in advance and online. Here is a walking tour of Anne Frank’s life and history

Check off another museum or two in the afternoon – choose from Van Gogh museum (for arts) and Rijksmuseum. Take a stroll at the Red Light district, which is now a heritage site. 

In the evening, relax in the park – Vondelpark. 

Day 6 – On day 6 of your trip, take a 4-hour tour to Zaanse Schans to explore the windmills of Netherlands. 4 hours is a good time to explore the windmills village, make a pit stop at a cheese farm, and head back to Amsterdam. Zaanse Schans to Amsterdam is a 45-minute drive away (one way). Book a half-day tour to Zaanse Schans

For the second half of the day, we recommend traveling back to Brussels (this is a good idea if you have a return flight booked to/from Brussels to your home country).

Beautiful River Valley of Luxembourg
Beautiful Luxembourg

Day 7 – Explore Luxembourg City. You can take a day tour from Brussels to Luxembourg City or the train to explore the city’s main highlights.

Visit the Golden lady, Presidential palace, Arms Square, and return to Brussels in the evening to catch a flight the next day. READ: One day in Luxembourg Itinerary 

Budget and Trip planning resources

This budget is based on the suggested itinerary above.

  • Hotel –Brussels ($) 2- 4 nights – $100 USD average per night
  • Hotel – Amsterdam ($$) 2 nights – $ 250+ USD average per night
  • Sightseeing & transport (not flights) – $300+ USD average per night
  • Food – $500 USD approx
  • READ: One day in Bruges Itinerary

Note: You can also stay in Brussels for the entire week and take a day tour to Luxembourg City. To reach Amsterdam, there are day tours from Brussels. Or take a high-speed train to Amsterdam and back.

The Key is to book high-speed trains ahead of time to score a good deal. We booked tickets for 20 euros per person (one way) and that was 4 months in advance. 

Bucharest (Romania), Sofia (Bulgaria), Belgrade (Serbia)

No of countries: 3

Cities Covered: Bucharest (Romania), Sofia (Bulgaria), Belgrade (Serbia)

Stay in: Bucharest, Sofia, Belgrade

Visit the 3 stunning capital cities of Romania, Bulgaria, and Serbia in one week in Europe Itinerary. Walk the lanes of communist-era boulevards, squares, and churches. 

Day 1 – 2 Fly to Bucharest in Romania to experience beer and Dracula fear! Make Bucharest your home for the next 2 nights. Visit the iconic landmark the communist-era Palatul Parlamentului government building, neo-classical Romanian Athenaeum concert hall, National Museum of Art of Romania, and the Royal Palace in Revolution Square. Here is a 3-hour walking tour of Communist Bucharest 

You can also take a full-day tour to see Dracula’s Castle. BOOK HERE

Day 3 – 4 Drive to Sofia in Bulgaria and capture the highlights of the Romanian city. Drive from Bucharest to Sofia is 5.65 hours. Definitely start early and that way you will have half a day of sightseeing. And full the next day.

Here are some of the attractions to check off in Sofia – the stunning Bulgarian Orthodox cathedral St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, and another smaller orthodox church Boyana Church, National Historical Museum (Bulgaria’s largest museum), Ivan Vazov National Theatre.

And don’t forget to shop at Vitosha Boulevard. Check off everything in historical Sofia with this full day tour 

Note: If you feel that you need to slow down and explore more of the 2 countries, just add an extra day for the 2 cities each.

If you are feeling adventurous, then on day 5 drive to Belgrade in Serbia. Drive from Sofia to Belgrade is 4.50 hours.

Day 5 -6 (or extend to 7) – Arrive in Belgrade and spend the next 2 days here.

Best of Balkans Itinerary 2 weeks in Belgrade Serbia
Belgrade Serbia

Explore the Belgrade Fortress a beautiful monument with an old citadel and Kalemegdan Park, visit the Serbian Orthodox Church of Saint Sava and enjoy some time at the historic square – Republic Square and dine at the prime shopping district – Knez Mihailova Street (Kneza Mihaila). Here is a 3-hour sightseeing tour of Belgrade

Note for return flight: Driving time from Belgrade to Bucharest is close to 9 hours. So consider taking a return flight from Belgrade to your home country. If that is not an option, flying to Bucharest might be more convenient and then catch your return flight. Guide to spending 2 weeks in Balkans 

Barcelona (Spain), Andorra de la Vella (Andorra) and Ax Les Thermes (France) 

No of countries: 3

Cities Covered: Barcelona, Andorra de la Vella, Ax Les Thermes

Stay in: Barcelona and Andorra de la Vella or Barcelona itself

This is ONE of the easiest and convenient ways to explore Barcelona in-depth and add 2 more countries to your passport stamps – the tiny country of Andorra and explore French villages on the way. 

Day 1 – 3 Explore Barcelona in depth. Visit the Sagrada Familia, Guell Park, Gothic quarters, Barcelona Cathedral – all of the prime city highlights. On day 2 explore some of the offbeat Barcelona attractions starting with the del la bunker, museum – and ending the night with fountain of colors (free) show. Here is a hop on and hop off sightseeing tour of Barcelona

Park Guell Views
Park Guell

Day 3 takes some cultural and food tours to experience more of this city – food tour, flamenco tour

Day 4 – 5 Venture outside of Barcelona and take a full day trip to Costa Brava. Explore the sandy beaches, relax, eat delicious tapas and medieval lanes. You can also book a full-day tour to Costa Brava from Barcelona. Book here

Another day trip option to make the most of your Barcelona trip is to head to Montserrat. The views of the monastery on a cliff, with the stunning coast, is a delight to many. Montserrat is only 1.50 hours away from Barcelona. Making it a perfect day trip idea – for a half-day or full-day. Here is a half-day tour to Montserrat. 

Day 6 – 7 Explore the countryside of Barcelona and then cross the border to Andorra – a tiny principality tucked between Spain and France. You can stay in Andorra de Vella, it’s the capital city for a day or two (or 1.50 days and then returns on day 7 to catch a flight back).

An alternate option is to take a day trip to Andorra from Barcelona for a full day and explore France – Ax Les Thermes and Andorra de Vella. Here is the full day tour to explore Andorra and France

Lisbon (Portugal), Seville (Spain) and Gibraltar

No of countries: 3

Cities Covered: Lisbon, Seville, Gibraltar

Stay in: Lisbon and Seville 

Day 1- 2 – Arrive in Lisbon, the stunning Portuguese capital. Explore the city’s highlights – gorgeous lanes of Alfama, ride tram 28, hear all about the Portuguese history earthquakes and survival. Lisbon nightlife is killer – so definitely venture out and have fun. Book a walking tour of Lisbon

At the Commerce Square Lisbon 2 day itinerary guide
At the Commerce Square Lisbon 2 day itinerary guide

Day 3 –  Take a day trip to Sintra to visit the Moorish Castle and the beautiful Pena Palace. Cycling tour is very popular here or you can take a train or bus to arrive in Sintra for a day. Day tours are also available to Sintra from Lisbon.

Once you return to Lisbon in the evening, take an overnight bus or train to Seville, Spain.

Day 4 – 5 – Arrive in Seville Spain. Explore the city centre and other city highlights like the Alcazar palace, Seville Cathedral. Join a Tapas food tour in the evening. 

Day 6 – 7 – Day trips from Seville. Explore Gibraltar in a day and check out the rock of Gibraltar and gardens. If you are feeling adventurers, on day 7 head to Tangier, Morocco Africa for a day!

Copenhagen (Denmark), Stockholm (Sweden) and Helsinki (Finland) Europe Itinerary 7 days

No of countries: 3

Cities Covered: Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki

Stay in: Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki

Day 1 – Arrive in Copenhagen – the capital of Denmark. Visit some of the city highlights in a half-day (or full-day itinerary or tour). Key attractions for the day are the Royal Amalienborg Palace and the Christiansborg Palace. In the evening, visit the Tivoli Gardens
 
 
Day 2 – On day 2, explore more of Copenhagen. Today hit the canals and harbor of Copenhagen – Nyhavn.  During this trip also admire the Little Mermaid – one of the iconic landmarks of Copenhagen. 
 
In the afternoon, explore the Rosenborg Castle, before making your way to Stockholm Sweden. The train journey from Copenhagen to Stockholm is 6 hours long. You can start in the evening or late at night to arrive in Stockholm for day 3. Here are itinerary ideas for Stockholm
 
Day 3 – Stockholm sightseeing starts with royalty. Explore the Royal Palace and the City hall in the morning. Take time to relax afterward for lunch at Gamla stan and just wander through the city and admire the bridges. Kungstradgarden – the royal gardens.
 
 
Day 4 – Today explore a museum or two in Stockholm. Nordiska Museet – this museum is learning about Swedish cultural history, Vasa Museum – maritime museum, or Fotografiska – a photography museum. OR You can also take a cruise to explore the Stockholm Archipelago.
 
Late evening, you will be taking a cruise to reach Helsinki.
 
Pro tip: If you would like to avoid the ferry ride, then extend your stay in the 2 countries, they are many things that you can do in both Copenhagen and Stockholm. But if you are taking the ferry, you will arrive in Helsinki in 17+ hours. So that will be arriving on day 5. 
 
Day 5 – Arriving in Helsinki and take it easy today.
 
Day 6 – Start the day with the historic market square of Helsinki. Visit the Finlandia Hall, the Senate hall, and the domed shaped Russian church – Helsinki Cathedral. BOOK: Book Helsinki city tour here
 
In the evening, spend some time at the Esplanade – eat, drink, and relax for the night.
 
Day 7 – On day 7 visit the National Museum of Finland and learn about Finnish history and culture. Add the Sibelius Monument, if you have extra time. 
 
Pro Tip 2: You can either fly out from Helsinki or fly to Copenhagen from Helsinki to catch your return flight. Flights from Helsinki to Copenhagen is less than 2 hours long and averages $200 USD.

Barcelona (Spain), French Riviera (France) and Monaco – 7 days in Europe Itinerary

No of countries: 3

Cities Covered: Barcelona, French Riviera, Monaco

Stay in: Barcelona, French Riviera, Monaco 

God, I love Barcelona. You probably know this by now. So this itinerary captures Barcelona in Spain, French Riviera, France, and Monaco – a tiny principality nation.

Day 1 -2 – Arrive in Barcelona and explore the Spanish city’s historical and architectural delights for the next 2 days. If you are arriving in the afternoon, head to the city centre area, stroll La Ramblas, grab a bite to eat and watch the sun go down at the El Bunkers.

For your day 2 itinerary, visit Barcelona’s iconic landmarks like the Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Gothic Quarter, Casa Ballto, Barcelona City Museum, and more. In the evening enjoy some time at the Magic of Fountains show (free). 

Day 3 – Take a day trip/day tour to Costa Brava to enjoy some sunshine and beach. Book a day tour here to Costa Brava with snorkeling activity

Day 4 – Day 4 is a travel day as you will head to the French Riviera and stay in Cannes for the next 2 nights. Barcelona to Cannes, French Riviera is 6.50 hours drive.

Day 5 –  Today is sightseeing time for Cannes. Explore the French Riviera in a day

Day 6 – Travel to Monaco – a small principality nation. French Riviera to Monaco is less than 2 hours drive – one way. You can either spend the night here, to take a day trip and return to French Riviera. A full day is enough to explore Monaco. 

Day 7 –  Is travel day to return back to Barcelona from either French Riviera/Monaco. 

Prague (Czech Republic), Budapest (Hungary) and Bratislava (Slovakia) – 7 days Eastern Europe Itinerary

No of countries: 3

Cities Covered: Prague, Budapest, Bratislava

Stay in: Prague, Budapest, Bratislava 

Visit the capital cities of Central Europe in this one-week itinerary, learn about their history and struggles from the Communist era. 

Day 1 – 2 Arrive in the classic city of Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. Settle yourself in a hotel in the city center. More about where to stay in Prague for all budgets here.

Take a walking tour of the old town square and check off the world-famous astronomical clock, Kinsky Palace, Charles Bridge, Lennon Wall and in the evening take a boat ride over the Vltava River. Don’t forget to try some Czech cuisines like goulash and chimney cake or tradnlk.

For day 2 in Prague, visit the beautiful Prague Castle grounds and admire the city and its rivers from afar. Walkthrough the Golden Lane and stop by local vineyards. In the afternoon head to take a peek at the Dancing House – an architectural frenzy and the Head of Kafka.

In the evening (before heading to your central location hotel) take a ghost tour or an evening food tour.

The best sightseeing guide for your trip to Prague - a day by day activities guide, with travel tips and experiences for your Prague 2 day travel Itinerary
Prague

Day 3 – Take a day trip to Kutna Hora or Český Krumlov.

Kutna Hora can be easily done as a half-day tour from Prague. It is a UNESCO world heritage site. You can explore the church of bones (one of the popular tourist attractions) and just relax and wander through the city centre area. If you prefer a day tour – here is a recommended one.

Český Krumlov is another popular day tour option from Prague. You will need the full day for this one, as Český Krumlov is located 2.50 hours from Prague one way. Cesky Krumlov is like a fairy tale town with beautiful cobblestone lanes and vintage houses.

Don’t forget to visit the second largest castle here. Book this tour to Cesky Krumlov with lunch. 

Day 4 – Travel to Bratislava from Prague. Travel time is 3.50 hours. The main highlights of Bratislava can be explored in a day. This city is the capital of Slovakia and has a quirky side to it.

So start from Prague, when it is comfortable, and arrive in Bratislava. Head to the Bratislava Castle for the day and be mesmerized by the city views from the castle top. This sightseeing venture will give you a bird’s eye view of the city. In the evening, choose to dine at a restaurant close to the Space Tower and bridge.

Day 5 – Spend the morning (or first half of the day) in Bratislava. Here is what you can visit – iconic Michael’s Gate, Old Town Hall, Blue Church, classist palace – Primate’s Palace.  In the late afternoon or evening, travel to country number 3 – Budapest, Hungary.

2 days in Budapest Itinerary
2 days in Budapest Itinerary

You can leave early morning too if you prefer to maximize the time in Budapest and make travel arrangements to Prague on Day 7 for your return flight. (Budapest to Prague is 7 hours by train or around 6+ hours drive)

Day 6 – 7 – Spend the next 2 days in Budapest – the capital city of Hungary. Budapest is also known for its bridges and river cruises over the Danube River. Visit the Hungarian Parliament, Jewish synagogue, Shoes on the Danube memorial, and the Heroes Square on day 1 of Budapest trip.

Finish the day with a thermal spa/dip at the Széchenyi Medicinal Bath. Thermal Spas in Budapest are quite popular for the medicinal properties it contains. Entry at the spa is not very expensive either. Check out prices for the Széchenyi Medicinal Bath.

For your last day in Budapest, explore the Buda Castle complex. Admire the castle, Fisherman’s Bastion, St Matthias Church, Hungarian History Museum, and shop at their souvenir stores. The views from the Buda Castle are so gorgeous. Get a Buda Castle walking tour with a historian. 

If you are planning to stay in Budapest and fly out from there on day 8, then take a Danube dinner cruise in the evening. If not, then start for Prague in the afternoon to arrive in Budapest at night. 

Two countries exploration – One Week Europe Itinerary 

Paris and Versailles (France), Brussels and Bruges (Belgium) – 7 days in Europe Itinerary 

No of countries:

Cities Covered: Paris and Versailles (France) and Brussels and Bruges (Belgium)

Stay in: Brussels or Paris or both 

Day 1 and Day 2 – Arrive in Paris and explore the city’s main highlights. If you arrive in Paris by noon, then utilize your first day by exploring the Montmartre neighborhood. Book a walking tour in Montmartre

In the evening, take an evening cruise on the Seine River or a dinner cruise.

Paris Eiffel Tower Girl in Red Dress
Paris France

The next day, explore all the Parisian highlights. Start with the Trocadero Gardens, Eiffel Tower, Latin Quarters, Petit and Grand Palais, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Louvre Museum. Take a hop on and hop off bus tour to explore the city. 

Day 3 – Take a full day trip (or a day tour) to Versailles. Explore the Palace of Versailles, take a guided tour of the palace and the gardens. Here is a day tour to Versailles.

Day 4 – Visit Brussels, the capital of Belgium. Hop on a high-speed train and arrive in Brussels. Take the day to explore the old market square – Grokt Markt, Grand Place, Manneken Pis, Saint-Hubert Royal Galleries, and the Royal Palace of Brussels.

Day 5 – Explore more of Brussels. Head to the Atomium in the morning, visit the Royal Palace of Brussels (exterior), comic strip museum, downtown area – Mini Europe – EU Park, fleu market, and the lift. An easy way to visit all these locations is by taking a hop-on and hop-off sightseeing bus. Book a hop on and hop off sightseeing tour here

Day 6 – On day 6 of one week Europe Itinerary, take a day trip from Brussels to explore Bruges and back to Brussels. You can either drive to Bruges (1-2 hours one way) or take a local SNCB train (50 minutes to 1 hour one way) – both are convenient.

You can explore a lot in a day in Bruges – hit the market square and admire the heritage buildings surrounding it. Take a walking tour to learn about the history. You can also do a FULL DAY tour from Brussels and back, with a guided walking tour all in one, without the hassle. Book yours here.

Day 7 – Take a train back to Paris (to fly back, return trip). If you arrive early, you can explore a bit more of Paris city or shop at the Champs Elysees.

Budget and Trip planning resources

London (United Kingdom) and Paris (France) in One Week in Europe Itinerary

No of countries:

Cities Covered: Paris, Versailles (France) and London, Bath (UK)

Stay in: London and Paris 

One of the easiest and classy European country combinations is London – Paris – London Itinerary. With the great options for flights (including flights to London Gatwick from Canada WestJet), you can easily score a good return trip for less than $500.

Day 1  Arrive in London and explore the city highlights in the next 3 days. Start your day with the Tower of London.

Head there in the morning to beat the rush. Tower Bridge is located close by. Spend some time visiting the tower bridge exhibition. Up next, explore the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and The Shard.

You can leave Shard for the late evening so that you can see the city of London covered in night lights. Shard is the tallest skyscraper in London. An alternative option is to take a cruise on river ThamesBook your Shard entry ticket

BOOK: A vintage open-top bus tour of London – expressway to see London

Day 2 For Day 2, head to everything royal! First off is the Kensington Palace. Visit the staterooms at the Kensington Palace and take a stroll in their gardens. Here is an entry ticket and guide to Kensington Palace

Royal Albert Hall is up next. Although it was built as an auditorium/events hall, you can explore the complex to see the architecture, before making your way to Buckingham Palace.

Sightseeing London Bridge and London Tower - Day tour to London from Paris
Day tour to London from Paris

Arrive at Buckingham Palace in the later afternoon to spend time at the gardens relaxing and signing off your London 2nd day visit. During summers, Buckingham Palace has guided tours that are offered to visitors. BOOK – Buckingham Palace Tours

Day 3  Take a day trip to Bath to explore the Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and Roman Baths. Book this awesome day tour here

Day 4  Head to Paris in the high-speed train from London and arrive in Gare du Nord. Exchange trains and then if you like you can start exploring right away.

Walk the Montmarte neighborhood and visit the Sacré-Cœur or the Sacred Heart basilica, go café hopping, and capture painters at work. In the evening, watch a show and dinner at Moulin Rouge

Day 5 Bright and early today, head to the Trocadero Gardens to get some amazing views of the city and the Iron Lady herself. Walk over to reach the Eiffel Tower grounds and take quick access to the second floor for some scintillating views of Paris. Book your Eiffel Tower access ticket here

In the afternoon, explore Champs Elysee and the Arc de Triomphe. 

Spend some time at the Latin Quarter and in the evening take a Seine River cruise to see the city covered in lights. You will also see more Parisian landmarks this way. READ:  15+ Paris photo Spots 

Day 6 Take a full-day tour to Versailles. Book this day tour to Versailles. 

Day 7 You only have half a day in Paris today. If the Lourve museum is a MUST for you on this trip, then head there in the morning, capture some great shots and explore the museum. Get this Lourve – Skip the Line guided tour. 

(Keep in mind, you can carry your BIG luggage inside the museum, so will have to find a place to keep your bags/suitcase. Or leave them at the hotel reception. Pro tip: Look for a hotel near a train station so that travel back to London without wasting any time.) 

After Lourve, time to head back to London

Reykjavík and the southern coast of Iceland, Kulusuk in Greenland

No of countries: 2

Cities Covered: Reykjavík and the southern coast of Iceland, Kulusuk in Greenland

Stay in: Reykjavik and Kulusuk

Day 1 – Arrive in Reykjavík – the capital of Iceland. Day 1 starts with a dip at the beautiful thermal waters of Blue Lagoon, located only 15 minutes from the airport.

(Keflavik International airport is located 45 minutes from Reykjavík and shuttle buses are available to take you to the city center or the Blue Lagoon, no trains in Iceland. Book your airport transfer to Reykjavik). 

Book your tickets to the Blue Lagoon ahead of time – to secure your preferred time slot entry.

After spending some time at the Blue Lagoon, take a bus transfer to Reykjavik city. You can choose your hotel as a drop off location. Rest or get out for a stroll at the City Hall area and the Pond. Book your stay at our favorite hotel – Room with a View in Reykjavik 

If you are visiting Iceland from late September to February, book a Northern Lights tour or if you are driving head to a secluded place outside of Reykjavík to chase the northern lights.

Day 2 – Learn about the history of Reykjavik and dynamic Iceland. Visit the tallest church – Hallgrímskirkja church, capture beautiful street art, explore the Perlan – Wonders of Iceland, Sun Voyager, and the hip Laugavegur lanes. And enjoy a food tour in the evening.

Get the 20+ free things to do in Reykjavik, perfect for a stopover for one day in Reykjavik Itinerary or more. A budget friendly way to see more of Iceland. #icelandtravel

READ: Free things to do in Reykjavik Iceland

Day 3 – Venture outside of Reykjavik and explore the popular Golden Circle route on a tour. In this full-day tour or trip, visit the Pingeviller National Park (where the first parliament althingi of Iceland was set up by the Vikings), geysers and the stunning Gulfoss falls. 

BOOK: Golden Circle tour with Secret Lagoon entry

Day 4 – More of the southern coast of Iceland with even more waterfalls. Seljalandsfoss,  Skógafoss falls and all the way to the southern tip of Vik. This route can be done as a day tour as well. Day tours in Iceland are very convenient as the tours are not very intrusive. You can add a glacier walk or a horse riding tour as well. Book this South Iceland Coast Tour 

Day 5 – 6 –  Head to Greenland. There are daily flights available from Reykjavík domestic airport to Kulusuk (Reykjavík domestic airport is different from Keflavik airport). At Kulusuk, you can explore glaciers and the tiny fishing village and red houses. Check this day tour to Greenland from Iceland 

Day 7 – Depart from Greenland and back to Iceland. READ: Our 3 days in Iceland Itinerary 

Munich and Nuremberg (Germany) and Salzburg and Vienna (Austria) in One Week in Europe Itinerary

No of countries: 2

Cities Covered: Munich and Nuremberg (Germany) and Salzburg and Vienna (Austria)

Stay in: Munich, Salzburg, and Vienna 

Day 1 and Day 2- Explore the historic Bavarian city of Munich. Visit the city centre, take in views from the Old Pete church, explore the Munich Residenz and the Royal brewery – pretty much all of Marienplatz or Mary’s Square. 

READ: Free things to do in and around Marienplatz Munich

The next day, explore the English Gardens or take a day tour of Dachau (half-day itinerary). A food or a beer tour is a great way to experience Bavarian schnitzels and other delicacies.

Day 3 – Take a day trip to Nuremberg. Spend the day at the canals and the old market square. Admire the church of our lady and Nuremberg Castle.  Visit the doll museum, relax, and buy goodies at the market square. Here is our post on – one day trip to Nuremberg from Munich

BOOK: Day tour to Nuremberg from Munich

Day 4 – Drive or take a train to Salzburg Austria. Salzburg is only a 2-hour drive away from Munich. If you plan to take the train in the morning, you will be in town, just in time for lunch. Get down the train and head to the old town for some lunch.

Perfect Salzburg Itinerary 2 days - explore the old town including Mozart's birthplace, amazing views from Hohensalzburg Castle, Furst chocolates & more.

Walk the lanes of the old town, eat 3 euro chilly pretzels or have a full course meal. For a half-day in Salzburg today, explore the Hohensalzburg fortress. Hike to the top and explore the fortress grounds (museum and church inside) and capture some amazing views of the town below. In the evening enjoy a quiet romantic dinner.

Day 5 – Explore Salzburg intimately. Start the day at Mozart Square – this square has a statue of Mozart, the music genius. Take a tour of the sound of music movie locations, visit the Mirabell gardens and Nazi rally grounds. Book this city tour of Salzburg and Mozart Square

Day 6 – 7 – Depart for Vienna. Salzburg to Vienna is a 2-hour drive away (or train). Once you arrive in Vienna – head to the inner city, where the Hofburg Palace is located.

In Vienna, you will be checking off beautiful palaces like the Hofburg and the Schonbrunn in 2 days, as well as exploring some finest monuments like the St Stephens Cathedral, Vienna Opera House, Giant Ferris Wheel and more. READ:  Vienna 2 day itinerary

Copenhagen (Denmark) and Malmo (Sweden) in One Week Europe Trip Itinerary

No of countries: 2

Cities Covered: Copenhagen Denmark and Malmo Sweden

Stay in: Copenhagen and/or Malmo 

Day 1 Arrive in Copenhagen and spend the 3 days exploring the capital city of Denmark. Because you are staying in Copenhagen for the most part of your trip, consider booking this city pass

In Copenhagen, visit the Royal Palace, Opera house, Frederiksberg Castle, the Liberty Monument, and in the evening head to the Tivoli Gardens on day 1. 

On days 2 -3, explore the famous Little Mermaid and the stunning Black Diamond building, home to the Royal Library, Denmark’s national library, and wander through the streets of Freetown Christiania. Other than attractions, you can opt for bike and culinary tours as well. 

Here is an AWESOME 48-hour tour of Copenhagen city highlights with a boat ride

Day 4 Take a day trip to Hamlet’s Kronborg & Frederiksborg castles

BOOK: Book this tour to hamlet castles here

Copenhagen One week in Europe Itinerary
Copenhagen One week in Europe Itinerary

Day 5-6 Take a quick trip across the Oresund Bridge and arrive in Sweden. Yes to Malmo, the southern city in Sweden and the third-largest too. Stay here for 2 days and explore more of the city.  

Note: The trip from Copenhagen to Malmo is only 45 minutes drive. So this can be taken as a day tour as well. Here is one that combines the exploration of Lund and Malmo in a full day tour

In Malmo, you can explore the 16th-century Malmo Castle and relax/stroll through their market square. The square is delightful with half-timbered houses, cafes, and restaurants. Perfect for a rejuvenating weekend getaway.

Helsinki Finland and Tallinn Estonia

No of countries: 2

Cities Covered: Helsinki Finland and Tallinn Estonia

Stay in: Helsinki, Tallinn 

Day 1-2 Arrive in Helsinki and spend the next 3 days exploring the capital city. 

Helsinki is the capital of Finland. It is characterized by a vibrant seaside with stunning islands and green parks. 

On day 1-2, explore the Helsinki market square, take a canal cruise to see the city highlights like Helsinki Cathedral, Sibelius Monument, and the neoclassical Finnish Parliament House. 

You can also book a private tour with a local on one of the days. Find more about local Copenhagen tours here

On your second day (of the half-day on your 1st day), visit the beautiful islands of Suomenlinna – it has green parks and trails and it is located only a 15-minute ferry ride away from Helsinki Market Square.

Day 3 Take a full day trip to Nuuksio National Park. At the Nuuksio Park, you can experience the Finnish wilderness with rare fauna, tall trees, and the rarest corners of Nuuksio Lake. You can also do it as a day tour with a guided hike 

Talinn In 7 days in Europe trip itinerary
Talinn In 7 days in Europe trip itinerary

Day 4-5 Take the ferry ride to Tallinn in Estonia and you will arrive in Tallinn in 2 hours from Helsinki (fast ferry). 

You can also do a return day tour to Tallinn from Helsinki. BOOK Return Ferry ride to Tallinn from Helsinki

Tallinn is the capital of Estonia. The capital city is one of the off-beat places to visit in Europe. Tallinn is characterized by walled, cobblestone lanes, Gothic Town Hall, and pretty cafes and shops in their market square.

For your sightseeing in Tallinn for the next 2 days- explore the market square and the old town, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, St. Nicholas Church – a 13th-century church, Kadriorg Palace – art museum, Tallinn TV Tower – with glass-floored viewing options. 

Opt for a guided tour of Tallinn with a guide and learn all the stories and history of the city. In the evening take a craft beer tour 

Day 6 On day 6, take a day trip to Prangli Island. Islands of Prangli is a fishing village dating back over 600 years. On this day trip, you can enjoy the natural beauty of the Baltic Sea. You can also book a day tour to Prangli Island here

Day 7 Another day trip. This time it is a sea voyage to Naissaar Island. Naisaar Island speaks volumes of Estonia’s past with stunning Lighthouse views, overgrown fortress ruins and, secret underground tunnels. Take a day tour to Naissar Islands 

Budget and Trip planning resources

Berlin Germany and Warsaw, Krakow in Poland

No of countries: 2

Cities Covered: Berlin Germany and Warsaw & Krakow Poland

Stay in: Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow 

In this one week in Europe Trip Itinerary, you will explore two of the historic cities of Europe that had shaped (or was shaped) by the World Wars. 

Day 1-2 Arrive in Berlin and spend the next 2 days exploring the capital city of Germany. If you are arriving late in the afternoon, consider spending day 3 in Berlin and take an overnight train to Krakow (9.25 hours) or Warsaw (6.25 hours).

For 2 days (or 3) in Berlin itinerary, visit the glass dome of Berlin’s Reichstag and see the stunning city views, Berlin Cathedral, learn about its dark history and facts in a Berlin walking tour, and visit tons of museums. Here is a MUST buy 3-day access to over 30 museums in Berlin, if you are a history geek. Buy this 3 day Museum Pass Berlin.

Also, take this walking tour of the Third Reich and the Cold War 

Day 3 On day 3 travel to Poland. Both Warsaw and Krakow are great options to travel via train or car from Berlin. Day 3 should be assigned to travel/transit time. You can save time by taking overnight trains.

Day 4 Start your exploration at the capital city of Poland – Warsaw. Visit the Royal Castle, St. John’s Cathedral, Market Square, and the defensive city walls in the Old Town of Warsaw – they are perfect photo spots to capture the city’s beauty.

Explore the Presidential Palace and city center – which was rebuilt by the Communists after World War II. You can do all this in a day tour as well.

This recommended tour below will take you to the 18th-century history of Poland and bring to contemporary times such as WWII and Communism to the present day. BOOK – Full day guided tour of Warsaw with a history walking tour.

Day 5 – This day take a day tour to Auschwitz – Auschwitz concentration camp was a site of 40 concentration and extermination camps built and operated by the Nazis in occupied Poland during World War II and the Holocaust. BOOK: Day tour to Auschwitz here

Day 6 – 7 Head to Krakow, located only 3.25 hours away from Warsaw. You can visit Krakow as a day trip (or day tour) and return to Warsaw for the night. Or spend 2 days in Krakow and then return to Berlin overnight train or fly to catch your return flight back home.

Krakow is a beautiful little town in Poland known for its colorful market square – Rynek Glówny.  The old town square is filled with and remnants of the city’s medieval walls, and is the site of the Cloth Hall (a Renaissance-era trading outpost), and St. Mary’s Basilica.

Here is a 3-hour city tour of Krakow. A day tour to Auschwitz and a guided salt mine tour of Wieliczka is also popular. 

Budget and Trip planning resources
  • Hotel – Berlin ($+) 2 nights – $110 USD average per night
  • Hotel – Warsaw ($+) 2 nights – $110 USD average per night
  • Hotel – Krakow ($+) 1-2 nights – $150 USD average per night
  • Sightseeing & transport (not flights) – $400+ USD 
  • Food – $550 + USD approx. Get the food guide to Berlin

Zurich, Bern, Zermatt (Switzerland) and Liechtenstein

No of countries: 2

Cities Covered: Zurich, Bern, Zermatt 

Stay in: Zurich or Zurich and Zermatt 

Explore the stunning cities of Switzerland and head to Liechtenstein on a day trip. 

Day 1-2 Arrive in Zurich and spend the two days of your trip exploring the cute Swiss city – old town, Zurich Lake, Rhine falls, take a walking tour of the downtown area, learn about the country’s history and wander the streets of the medieval town of Stein am Rhein.

Zurich old town restaurant
Zurich old town restaurant

Here is a full-day tour to Zurich city with the Rhine fall exploration

Day 3 – Take a day trip to explore the capital of Switzerland, Bern. Explore the city’s downtown – a UNESCO protected area and museums. You can also book a day tour to Bern.

Day 4 – 5 – Spend 2 days in Zermatt, located 3.50 hours away from Zurich.

Zermatt is a mountain resort known for skiing, climbing, and hiking. The town is famous for the pyramid-shaped Matterhorn peak and its street, Bahnhofstrasse is lined with boutique shops, hotels, and restaurants, and also has a lively après-ski scene.

Day 6 – Spend half a day in Zermatt and then drive back to Zurich. If you do not like winter activities like skiing and prefer to stay in Zurich, then take these day tours instead.

Day 7Take a day trip from Zurich to Liechtenstein and back. Liechtenstein is a small country and the entire nation can be pretty much explored in a day. Did you know you can rent the country for 70,000 USD a night? Yea, you can!

Budget and Trip planning resources

This budget is based on the suggested itinerary above. Staying in Switzerland is expensive. So book early. Even hostels average $145 USD a night in Zurich in peak seasons.

  • Hotel – Zurich ($$) 4 nights – $300+ USD average per night. Here is a hotels guide to Zurich
  • Hotel – Zermatt ($$) 2 nights – $360 – 460 USD average per night
  • Sightseeing & transport (not flights) – $400+ USD 
  • Food – $700 + USD approx
  • Read: An ultimate 7 days in Switzerland guide 

London (England) and Glasgow, Scottish Highlands, Edinburgh (Scotland)

No of countries: 2

Cities Covered: London and Glasgow, Scottish Highlands and Edinburgh

Stay in: London and Edinburgh 

Day 1 -2 Explore the highlights of the city of London in the first 2 days of your trip. Visit the Tower Bridge of London, Kensington Palace on one day. Take a cruise on the river Thames – book this Westminster to Greenwich River Thames cruise

Here is an entry ticket and guide to Kensington Palace

Day 2 Check off the Buckingham Palace and see the change of guards’ ceremony in the afternoon. 

Day 3 – 4 Take a high-speed train to Glasgow. London to Glasgow is 4 hours by train. Spend the next 2 nights in Glasgow and explore the riverside city museum and soak in the vibes. BOOK: A walking tour of the city centre of Glasgow 

Day 5 – 7 You can either take a tour to the Scottish highlands or visit Edinburgh. We will highlight the available options for both. Click to view this tour from Glasgow to the Scottish Highlands.

Scottish Highlands – Take a one day tour to the Scottish Highlands or drive and return back to Glasgow. You can still visit Edinburgh on day 6 and fly out from there on day 7. Click here to view a day tour to the Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh

Edinburgh – Edinburgh is only an hour away from Glasgow. Makes it perfect for a day trip to the city and back or you can stay in Edinburgh and fly out from there on day 7.

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Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina Europe Itinerary One week 

No of countries: 2

Cities Covered: Zagreb, Sarajevo and Dubrovnik

Stay in: Zagreb, Sarajevo and Dubrovnik 

Day 1 – 2 Arrive in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, and experience the high quality of life, the Austro-Hungarian architecture, and the colorful cobblestone lanes. 

Check off the Upper Town once you in town, start with breakfast or lunch and explore the historical city on the hillside. Take the funicular to see stunning views of the capital city of Zagreb. BOOK: Walking tour in Zagreb with a funicular ride

On your second day in Zagreb, visit the Cathedral of Zagreb – the tallest building in Croatia, Ban Jelačić Square – the central square, Mimara Museum (art museum), and the Grič Tunnel, which was used once as a bomb shelter.

St Mark's in one day in Zagreb itinerary
St Mark’s in one day in Zagreb itinerary

There are many museums that you can explore in Zagreb including the Technical Museum, Museum of Arts and Crafts, Strossmayer Gallery of Old Masters, and Klovićevi Dvori Gallery. 

BOOK: 3 hour history tour and learn about socialism in Croatia 

In the evening, don’t forget to hit the British Square or the Hrelic (flea) markets. 

Day 3 Start for Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina in the morning. Drive from Zagreb to Sarajevo is 5 hours. You can also fly there for under an hour’s flight time.

Use the evening to relax and unwind at Ferhadija – Sarajevo’s prime shopping district, with tons of restaurants and bars to choose from.

Day 4 is to explore Sarajevo’s history. Start with the Baščaršija i- Sarajevo’s old bazaar and historical and cultural city center. You can also start with breakfast here. BOOK: Walking tour of Sarajevo and a cable car ride to explore the city

After some time at the old square, explore Sarajevo City Hall (known as Vijećnica), Sarajevo Tunnel (Tunel spasa and Tunnel of Hope), Latin Bridge (site of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria), and (must visit) Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

Day 5 Take a day trip to Mostar from Sarajevo and admire Stari Most, also known as Mostar Bridge over the river Neretva. BOOK: Day tour to Mostar from Sarajevo 

Day 6 Leave Sarajevo and arrive in Dubrovnik – back to Croatia. Drive from Sarajevo to Dubrovnik is a little over 4.50 hours. Guide to one week in Croatia

If you start in the morning, you will be in town by afternoon, leaving you some time to admire the Adriatic Sea from the Fort Lovrijenac or St. Lawrence Fortress (a theatre fortress also called “Dubrovnik’s Gibraltar). They are open till 7:30 pm. This fortress is great for admiring the city and the sea views. BOOK: Dubrovnik city tour and war learning

Or just hit the beach and relax in the evening (Lokrum is a popular beach and a historic site, about 600 metres from the city of Dubrovnik). 

Day 7 You only have day time here at Dubrovnik and then in the evening drive to Zagreb (Dubrovnik to Zagreb is 5.50 hours long). 

Visit Rector’s Palace, walk the fortified walls of Dubrovnik, King’s Landing Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik Cathedral, and the Old town. In the evening stroll the Stradun – the main street of the city.

Munich (Germany) and Zurich (Switzerland) in 7 day Europe Itinerary

No of countries: 2

Cities Covered: Munich, Zurich

Stay in: Munich and Zurich 

Day 1 – 2 Arrive in Munich, the capital city of Bavaria – home of Oktoberfest and BMW. Explore the Marienplatz and little gems in and around the old Munich Square for the day. In the evening enjoy beer and schnitzels. Book hotel in Munich City Centre

On day 2 visit the Englisher Gardens in the morning and relax. In the afternoon take a day tour to the Dachau Memorial Grounds.

Day 3 Take a day tour to the Neuschwanstein Castle and the Romantic Road of Germany. If you take a tour, you will visit a cheese factory, get a guided tour of the castle (which is required if you are visiting the castle interiors) and also stop by beautiful Bavarian churches which are also UNESCO World Heritage sites.

BOOK: Day tour to Neuschwanstein Castle 

READ: Our day trip to Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich

Driving towards Neuschwanstein Castle
Towards Neuschwanstein Castle

Day 4 Travel to Nuremberg for a day. Explore the old town including the Church of Our Lady, market square (this is amazing and known for its Christmas Markets in December), the Nurnberg Townhall, and the Castle.

There are a few Nazi-era-related museums and documentation centres including the Nazi Rally grounds that are worth visiting. 

Day 5 – 6 Head to Zurich in Switzerland today. If you are driving you can arrive in Zurich in less than 4 hours. A train ride will be close to 6.50 hours one way.

Try to leave early or take the earliest train, that way you can have some time in the afternoon or evening for relaxing at the Zurich downtown area or market square.

The next day explore Lake Zurich, take a walking tour to learn about the country’s and Zurich’s history.

BOOK: Full day tour of Zurich, Rhine Falls, and Stein am Rhein – make the most of your trip explore the old town, and more. 

Day 7 – Utilize some sightseeing time in Zurich in the morning before making a move to Munich Germany.

One country in-depth exploration – 7 days Europe Itinerary 

Best of Spain in One Week in Europe Itinerary

No of countries: 1

Cities Covered: Barcelona, Madrid

Stay in: Barcelona, Madrid 

Spain is a great destination to enjoy good weather, TONS of history, and a great time.

READ: Our in-depth 7 days in Spain itinerary 

Day 1 – 2 Arrive in Barcelona and if you are in town by afternoon – walk the popular but busy city centre La Rambla street. Eat and head to the  Bunkers del Carmel, El Turó de la Rovira or the Bunker to view the city underneath in stunning lights.

Sagrada Familia - One week in Spain Itinerary

For day 2, this is your major sightseeing day – check out the Sagrada Familia and spend 1-1.50 hours there. Here is a guided tour of Sagrada Familia. Visit Park Guell, Casa Milà, Casa Batlló, Cathedral of Barcelona. 

In the evening, enjoy the Magic Fountains (light show) for free. BOOK: 1-2 day hop on and hop off tour in Barcelona 

Note: These areas are super crowded, but ensure you carry your most required essentials in an anti-theft backpack.

Day 3 Spend the first half of your day at the Gothic quarter and then in the afternoon take a tour of Montserrat. BOOK: Montserrat half-day tour from Barcelona

Day 4 Explore Costa Brava coastline, in a full-day tour. Activities include snorkeling and kayaking. BOOK: Full day tour of Costa Brava

Day 5 -7 Head to the capital city of Spain – Madrid. Barcelona to Madrid is 3+ hours drive away. Arrive in the city and explore the Royal Palace, experience a flamenco performance, take a tapas tour for the next 3 days. 

 

Spain’s Top Highlights in One Week in Europe Itinerary

No of countries: 1

Cities Covered: Barcelona, Madrid, Seville 

Stay in: Barcelona, Madrid, Seville

Day 1 – 2 Arrive in Barcelona and explore the city for the next 2 weeks. Visit the Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, La Rambla, Gothic Quarter, (so pretty much the same as above for Barcelona day 1-2).

BOOK: 1-2 day hop on and hop off tour in Barcelona 

Day 3 – 4 Take a train to Madrid from Barcelona in the morning. Explore the capital city of Spain today and tomorrow

Day 5 -6  Let’s explore the beautiful city of Seville. Depending on when you arrive, today you can take it easy and maybe take a food tour to start enjoying the flavors of Seville

On day 6, start your exploration with the Royal Alcazar Palace, Seville Cathedral, and Giralda Tower. Here is a 3 hour guided tour of Seville’s highlights

Day 7 You can stay in Seville and fly out from here. Or travel to Barcelona on day 6 via overnight train to catch your flight on day 7.

Plaza de Espanya in Seville
Plaza de Espanya in Seville

Tip: If your flight is booked for day 8, and you are in Barcelona on the morning of day 7, you can opt for an afternoon Montserrat tour and be back in the city (on day 7), in time for your return flight.

Budget and Trip planning resources
  • Hotel – Barcelona ($+) 3 nights – $160+ USD average per night
  • Hotel – Madrid ($+) 2 nights – $100+ USD average per night
  • Hotel – Seville ($+) 2 nights – $120+ USD average per night
  • Find vegan hotels in Spain 
  • Sightseeing & transport (not flights) – $350+ USD 
  • Food – $550 + USD approx. Get the guide to best tapas in Seville

Italy’s Coastal Towns

No of countries: 1

Cities Covered: Rome, Minori, Amalfi Coast, Sorrento and Positano 

Stay in: Rome, Minori, and Sorrento 

Italy is one of those countries where a week may not even be enough. Tons of things to do and distances to be covered. This 7-day itinerary can also be used as a road trip guide.

Day 1-2 Arrive in Rome on your first day and explore the city’s highlights for the next 2 days.

Visit the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, Saint Peter Basilica, Vatican Museum, and Sistine Chapel. 

Here are priority tickets for Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, valid for 2 days

Day 3 – 4 Travel to Minori and explore Minori and Amalfi Coast. Travel time from Rome to Minori is 3+ hours. Allot one full day to Amalfi Coast. Both Minori and Amalfi Coast are recognized as UNESCO World Heritage sites. 

Amalfi Coast one week europe trip itinerary
Amalfi Coast one week Europe trip itinerary

You can extend your stay in Minori to day 5 and drive to Sorrento late in the evening. 

Day 6 -7 Explore Sorrento and Positano in the final leg of your vacation.

Tip: You can stay in Sorrento for the whole time instead of Minori and then take day tour to Amalfi Coast. Hotels in Sorrento are cheaper as compared to Minori/Amalfi Coast. Here is a recommended tour – Amalfi Coast Tour with lunch. 

Note: If you are planning to fly back from Rome, then consider skipping day 5 and visit Sorrento/Positano and then keep day 7 to get back to Rome.

For a more relaxed trip, you can also fly to Naples, and then head to Minori, Amalfi Coast, Sorrento and Positano and back. On your return to Naples, you can explore the city for a day (or two – time permitting)

Best of Iceland in One Week in Europe Itinerary

No of countries: 1

Cities Covered: Reykjavik

Stay in: Reykjavik 

Iceland is also one of those countries where a week is apt to cover the length and breadth of destination.

Day 1 Your starting point is Reykjavik as flights are awesome there. Hit the Blue Lagoon in the early hours and then use half a day to explore Reykjavik highlights like the tallest church, Perlan, Harpa concert hall, the Pond. Try some delicious lamp soup!

Day 2 Take a day tour or a day trip to explore the Golden circle route – Thingvellir National Park, geyser, and the stunning Gulfoss Waterfalls. You can also take a half-day tour and use the second half of your day to relax in Reykjavík or the Secret Lagoon. BOOK: Day tour to Golden Circle with Secret Lagoon entry

Iceland

Day 3 Enjoy the South Coast of Iceland and visit Skogafoss and Selandjafoss waterfalls, take a glacier hike, visit Vik – the southernmost tip of Iceland and go horse riding or go outlet shopping. BOOK: Day tour to South Coast of Iceland from Reykjavik 

Day 4 On day 4, drive to Akureyri, which is less than 5 hours away. If you have some time on hand, go whale watching for the day. Stay here for the next 2-3 days. 

Day 5-6 Visit the northern side of Iceland and explore Lake Mývatn fields and soak in their mineral baths. Here is a tour of the Myvatn shore excursion from Akureyri.

Day 7 Return to Reykjavik. You can also take a tour if that is more convenient for you. In this tour, accommodation and guided tours are included. BOOK: 6 Day tour of Iceland (South, North, and East)

READ: Guide to Iceland Tours. If you are visiting Iceland in winter, book these Iceland Winter Tours instead. 

Best of Greece in One Week

No of countries: 1

Cities Covered: Athens, Mykonos, Santorini

Stay in: Athens, Mykonos, Santorini 

Day 1 Arrive in Athens and make yourself comfortable for the next 2 nights here. If you are arriving in the afternoon, explore the Athens central market square, and make yourself at home in this new country. 
 
In the evening, enjoy some fine dining (Greek food is to die for) and cocktails. 
 
Day 2 Capture the mightiness of Athens and visit the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Don’t forget to spend time at the Acropolis museum. This day is filled with more sightseeing attractions like the temple of Zeus, Panathinaiko Stadium, Roman Agoda, Theatre of Dionysus, and the Hadrian Arch. BOOK: Acropolis and Acropolis Museum guided tour 
 
Late afternoon, pick a neighborhood to enjoy some music and great food. Monastiraki is a popular landmark filled neighborhood. Sit and relax here in the evening after a busy day of exploration.
 
One week in Europe Itinerary
One week in Europe Itinerary
Day 3 Head to Mykonos on day 3. Mykonos is located 5 hours away from Athens. Once you arrive in Mykonos relax in the evening. Choose a beach hotel-resort for your stay and be mesmerized by the beautiful islands.
 
If you are staying in the town, take a stroll at the Old town and enjoy your dinner. 
 
Day 4 On day 4 you will be exploring the city of Mykonos. Visit the ancient Greek ruins of Delos and their museum. Include some exploration time at the Aegean Maritime Museum, and the archaeological museum of Mykonos. Book a guided tour of Delos. 
 
 
In the evening, head to Little Venice and enjoy a nice dinner (and ambiance). 
 
Day 5 Arrive in Santorini – one of the romantic islands in Greece. Mykonos to Santorini is 6.50 hours distance away. Most likely you will arrive in the evening, unless if you are flying to Santorini. Flights are less than an hour in duration.
 
Day 6 you will be exploring Santorini. Start by taking an early morning walk at Oia. Visit the ancient mountain top city – Thera. Enjoy the cliffside Fira trail by taking a hike and stopping and admiring the city along the way. Fira is also great for nightlife and bars hopping. 
 
Oia is wonderful for its sunsets. So take your pick for the evening! BOOK: Sightseeing in Santorini and Oia sunset
 
Day 7 Enjoy the first half of your day at the Pyrgos Castle. Climb the steps to reach the hilltop of the village of Pyrgos before bidding adieu to Santorini. In the evening take a flight back to Athens from Santorini (flight duration is less than 1 hour) and then make connections to your home destination. 

Best of France in One Week 

No of countries: 1

Cities Covered: Paris and nearby areas in day trips

Stay in: Paris 

Paris is heavenly and any first time visitor to the French capital will be mesmerized and happy to check this beauty off their bucket list. You can easily capture the Parisian beauty, relax, shop, eat, and also admire the country in 7 days in Europe Itinerary for Paris.

Day 1 – 2 In the first 3 days, explore the heart of Paris. Visit the Trocadero Gardens, Eiffel Tower grounds, Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe on day 1. Take a Seine River cruise in the evening.

On day 2, reserve some time for the outstanding museums’ Louvre and the Grand/Petit Palais. Explore the Montmartre district in the evening, dine or head to the Moulin Rouge.

Day 3 Pick another neighborhood like the Latin Quarter and see a different side of Paris. Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and don’t forget to take a stroll along the beautiful bridges over the Seine. BOOK: 1,2,3 Days Paris Sightseeing hop on and off tour 

Versailles Day Trip
Versailles Day Trip

Day 4 Take a full-day tour to Versailles and visit the palace grounds and the gardens. Spend some time in this luxurious town, shop, and stroll around. BOOK: Versailles day tour via train

Day 5 For day 5, explore the historical side of France by taking a day trip to Normandy. You can also take a day tour to Normandy from Paris. BOOK: Day tour to Normandy from Paris 

Day 6 Head to the Loire Valley to experience some of the finest wines in the region. You can drive or take a day tour – a day tour to the Loire Valley includes pick up and drop up, with multiple wine tastings and lunch. Book this day tour to Loire Valley 

Day 7 Visit Disneyland Paris. Or if Disneyland is not your jam, then spend some time shopping (or window shopping) in the city. Other attractions to check out on your final day include the Catacombs of Paris, fine dining at a Michelin restaurant. 

Need more day tour options? READ: Perfect day tour ideas from Paris 

Best of Netherlands – One week in Netherlands Itinerary 

No of countries: 1

Cities Covered: Amsterdam

Stay in: Amsterdam 

Day 1 – 2 Explore the best of Amsterdam in 2 days. Take a stroll along the canals, dine, and soak in all the ambiance. Visit Dam Square, Madame Tussauds Museum, the Royal Palace, and the Red Light District.

In the evening, take a dinner cruise on the Amstel River.

For day 2 in Amsterdam, visit Anne Frank’s house (allot 2 hours for that) and then visit the 2 popular museums – Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum – located very close to each other. Late afternoon, take a break at the Heineken Experience and explore the beer museum and finish the day by relaxing at the City Park.

Best one week in Europe Trip Itinerary ideas to spark your wanderlust. Guide includes indepth activities and planning tips to make the most of your trip.
Amsterdam

Day 3 Explore all the windmills of the Netherlands. You can either take this hop on and hop off along the windmill route that includes – Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Edem 

Day 4 Time to move away from the capital city and explore Hague in a day. Hague is the seat of many UN buildings and offices. 

Day 5 Visit Utrecht for a day. Known as the town for students, this lively yet laid back town is perfect for a relaxing day out from the hustle-bustle of Amsterdam. Take a bike ride across town, visit the Dom Tower, and the De Haar Castle on your visit.  

Day 6 Visit Rotterdam and explore the cube houses, skyscrapers, and the stunning coastline. You can explore Rotterdam as a day tour as well. BOOK: Day tour to Rotterdam and Deft with free cruise 

Day 7 Last day in the Netherlands is reserved for Maastricht. It is a university city, characterized by medieval-era architecture and cobbled old town, and stunning Maas River. 

Pisa, Florence and Cinque Terre Itinerary

No of countries: 1

Cities Covered: Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre

Stay in: Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre 

Spend one week in Italy and explore these stunning resort towns. 

Day 1-2 Arrive in Florence Italy. Florence is the site of Italy’s most iconic sights including the Dumo – a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome, Pitti Palace, Palazzo Vecchio – Florence town hall, Piazza Della Signoria Square, and many Renaissance arts and museums for the next 2 days. 

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Day 3-4 Head to Pisa to check off some of the other Italian gems. Florence to Pisa is only 1.50 hours away. 

When you arrive in Pisa on day 3, head to Campo Santo – a historical edifice at the northern edge of the Cathedral Square and then relax at the Square for the evening. Sleep early today as on day 4, visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa in the morning. 

Along with the Leaning Tower, explore Piazza Dei Miracoli – which supports the historic tower, then check off Pisa Cathedral and the Cathedral Museum. Day tour to Pisa and nearby areas from Florence

Day 5-6 On the 5th day of your one week in Europe Itinerary, head to the dreamy seaside town of Cinque Terre. This picturesque Italian Riviera town is filled with colorful houses, fishing boats, cafes, vineyards, and steep terraces that oozes gorgeousness and beauty! 

One week in Europe Itinerary Ideas
One week in Europe Itinerary Ideas

Pisa to Cinque Terre is less than a 2-hour train ride away. Visit the Castello di Riomaggiore (castle) and relax at any (free) beach in Riomaggiore. Eat, drink, and relax for the evening. Or go hiking in Cinque Terre

On day 6 explore the stunning 14th-century San Giovanni Battista church, Doria castle, and of course the coastal Parco Nazionale Delle Cinque Terre. 

Day 7 Spend half a day in Cinque Terre. Head to La via dell’Amore or The Way of Love – a pedestrian street overlooking the sea, before bidding adieu to Cinque Terre. Drive or train from Cinque Terre to Florence is 3+ hours, to catch your return flight! 

Turkey Highlights in One Week in Europe Itinerary

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Cities Covered: Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia

Stay in: Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia 

Day 1- 2 Arrive in Istanbul, the capital of Turkey. Explore the Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar. Eat and shop in the city, before making your way to Ankara for the next 2 days.

Full-day Istanbul tour with palaces, monasteries, and cruise

Day 3 – 4 Take the speed train from Istanbul to Ankara and arrive in 4 hours (buses take up to 7 hours). Depending on when you arrive in the city, you can take it easy for the day and relax to begin sightseeing on day 4.

Ankara city highlights include the remnants of the Anatolian civilization and the Ataturk’s Mausoleum.

Best one week in Europe Trip Itinerary ideas to spark your wanderlust. Guide includes indepth activities and planning tips to make the most of your trip.
Turkey Highlights in one week in Europe

Day 5 -6 Spend the next 2 days in Cappadocia. To arrive in Cappadocia, trains, buses, and cars are the few options. No direct flights are available. Full day tour in Cappadocia

Once you arrive in Cappadocia, visit the Red Valley, stay at an amazing resort to capture the sunrise over the stunning landscape. And not to forget the Instagrammable hot air balloon ride. Book your hot air balloon ride

Day 7 Arrive back in Istanbul to catch your flight back.

We hope you enjoyed our one-week itineraries in Europe! This post is very dear to our hearts. When we started our professional lives, we started with 2 weeks of vacation and then 3 weeks. We wanted to make the most of our vacation days and that’s where we came out with these interesting city combinations.

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2 Comments

  1. WOW! So many awesome itineraries. I’ve got some major wanderlust! We’re in Prague for the year and will definitely need to get to Budapest and Bratislava. Bookmarking this one!

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