10 Inspiring Europe Itinerary & Trip Ideas

Immerse Yourself in the Culture and History of Europe in one of these Amazing Itineraries

Europe Itinerary

There’s something special about planning a trip to Europe.

​Great food, stunning architecture, fabulous culture, and amazing memories await you.

To help you plan your trip to Europe, we’ve put together 10 amazing Europe itinerary options for you to consider.

These Europe trip ideas are meant to serve as a jumping-off point for your next European getaway, and leave room for you to fill in some of the details to tailor each Europe itinerary to suit you.

Have a look at these 10 trip ideas and you’re sure to leave here inspired to visit Europe. I’ve included five 10-day Europe itineraries, and five 7-day Europe itineraries.

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7 Day Europe Itineraries

These one week adventures will take you to some of the most famous sites and cities in Europe to experience the food, culture, art, architecture, and nightlife of the world’s most exciting continent.

10 Day Europe Itineraries

Spend a full ten days touring Europe and you’ll be able to see more countries and truly immerse yourself in the culture and history of each historic city and attraction you visit.

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7 Days in Europe

Paris, Burgundy, The Alps, Amsterdam & Bruges

Paris, France
Start this itinerary in Paris
Burgundy Region, France
Sip wine in the Burgundy region
Scenic Swiss Alps
Train ride through Swiss Alps
Rhine River Boat
Enjoy a Rhine river boat ride
Amsterdam Canals
Dinner on the Amsterdam canals
Bruges, Belgium
End in Bruges with a Belgian Ale

Trip Overview

  • Day 1: Arrive in Paris, see the french capital. Tour the Eiffel Tower.
  • Day 2: Visit a Parisian cafe, and your choice of Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, or the Louvre.
  • Day 3: Take a bus or train to Burgundy. Once there, sample some of the best wines in the world.
  • Day 4: Enjoy a train ride through the Swiss Alps! Finish the day indulging in Swiss Chocolate.
  • Day 5: Head to the Rhine Valley and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime riverboat experience (while sampling local wine). This is a truly beautiful region, so expect to fall in love.
  • Day 6: Take the train to Amsterdam to discover how cheese is made. Take a ride through Amsterdam’s canals while enjoying dinner.
  • Day 7: Finish out your whirlwind tour of Europe in Bruges with beer, waffles, and chocolate.

What You’ll Enjoy Most About This Trip

If you’ve ever wanted the “Grand Overview” of Europe, this is the trip for you. You’ll see a plethora of cities, monuments, and mountains all while enjoying some of the finest delicacies in the world with beers, wines, cheeses, and chocolates.

This itinerary will send you to London, Paris, Burgundy, the Swiss Alps, Rhine Valley, Amsterdam, and Bruges. But don’t worry, you’ll have more than enough time to take pictures, eat until your full, and even take a few cruises too!

7 Days in Europe

Croatia, Slovenia, and Austria

Split, Croatia
Sun-bathe on the Adriatic Sea in Split, Croatia
Lake Bled, Slovenia
Ride the train to stunning Lake Bled, Slovenia
Garden Palace in Vienna, Austria
Discover the Garden Palace in Vienna, Austria

Trip Overview

  • Day 1: Ride the train to Split, Croatia. Once there, explore the ruins of the largest city on the Adriatic coast.
  • Day 2: Visit Diocletian’s Palace and soak up the sun at Bacvice Beach.
  • Day 3: Ride the train to Karlovac. Once you arrive, get outdoors and enjoy the scenery of the Kazjaca Woods.
  • Day 4: Enjoy a relaxing canoe ride on the stunning Mreznica River. It’s important to break up a trip to Europe by doing some fun things outside of the cities.
  • Day 5: Ride the train to Lake Bled (one of our favorite places). Visit Bled Island and the Churge of Assumption.
  • Day 6: Ride the train to Vienna, Austria. Visit Belvedere Garden Palace and Old Town Vienna.
  • Day 7: Visit the Museum’s Quartier and take in a show at the Vienna State Opera.

What You’ll Enjoy Most About This Trip

It’s time to see what “old” Europe was about. This 7-day tour of Europe will send you to Split and Karlovac (Croatia), Lake Bled (Slovenia), and Vienna (Austria) for a look at what Europe was before the 21st century.

Explore the ruins of some of the most famous cities in Europe and enjoy the matchless scenery of Croatia and Lake Bled, including a visit to an island in the middle of the Lake. You’ll be able to see one of the most famous churches when you stop by the Church of Assumption and see architecture that has withstood the test of time.

And finally, you can’t miss out on a visit to the Belvedere Garden Palace or Old Town. Don’t forget your camera because the artistry, the architecture, and the memories you’ll make in Vienna will be hard to replicate anywhere else.

7 Days in the UK

London, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Bath & Stonehenge

London England
Begin your trip in London, Cambridge, and York
Hadrian's Wall
Take photos as you explore the history of Hadrian’s Wall
Edinburgh Scotland
Spend a day exploring historic Edinburgh, Scotland
Urqhart Castle, Loch Ness
Tour Urqhart Castle and Look for the Monster of Loch Ness
Liverpool England
Dine and Drink in the charming city of Liverpool, England
Enjoy a tour of historic Stonehenge before departure

Trip Overview

  • Day 1: Depart London with a stop in Cambridge on the way to York where you’ll finish the day in a local pub.
  • Day 2: Drive to Hadrian’s wall and visit Jedburgh and Abbey Ruins. Drive through Scotland to Edinburgh.
  • Day 3: Edinburgh on your terms! See the city, castle, visit art galleries, ride a bike, or stroll the cobblestone streets.
  • Day 4: Drive to Loch Ness to snap a photo of the elusive monster. Explore the Scottish Highlands by car, and sip whiskey and wine at Fort William.
  • Day 5: Cross back across the border to Liverpool and enjoy lunch at the Lake District. Walk the city until dinner, and enjoy the pubs and nightlife of Liverpool before returning to your hotel.
  • Day 6: Take a tour bus ride through Liverpool and then head to Stratford-Upon-Avon where you’re free to tour the village and discover where William Shakespeare once lived!
  • Day 7: Head to Bath, then Stonehenge, on the way back to London for your return flight from Heathrow Airport.

What You’ll Enjoy Most About This Trip

Whew! Somehow we managed to pack in TWELVE different cities and locations into ONE all-inclusive trip. If you’ve ever wanted to see Great Britain in all of its splendor, this is the week-long itinerary for you.

Words can’t even begin to describe the atmosphere of Great Britain. However, when you leave, you’ll be left speechless by all the famous sites and historic cities you enjoyed during your week in the UK. From the local history and unique cultural flavor of each great city, to the amazing rugged landscapes you’ll pass through on your tour, you’ll definitely be left with an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience that you will never forget.

7 Day Trip Across Europe

London to Rome

London England
Start your adventure in London, England
Paris, France
Take the train to enjoy 24 hours in the “City of Lights”
Interlaken, Switzerland
Relax in the alpine sanctuary of Interlaken, Switzerland
Rome Italy
Wrap up your trip with a tour of historic Rome, Italy

Trip Overview

  • Day 1: Arrive in London and spend the day touring a few of the city’s most memorable attractions before taking the train to Paris after dinner.
  • Day 2: Spend a full day in the City of Lights. Enjoy lunch in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. Hop a Seine river cruise in the afternoon, and splurge on an upscale dinner out in this romantic city.
  • Day 3: Board your train to Interlaken. Enjoy stunning views of France as it rolls into the Swiss Alps. Enjoy the sight of alpine peaks and wildflower meadows on your journey to Interlaken, where you can enjoy a casual dinner and rest for the busy days ahead.
  • Day 4: Explore the city of Interlaken. Consider white water rafting, and a visit to the glaciers for a change of pace, and end the day with a refreshing local brew.
  • Day 5: It’s time to enjoy all that this lakeside village has in store. Take a swim in the crystal-clear waters, pack a picnic lunch and go for a hike, and end with an evening of fine food and wine at a local pub in Interlaken.
  • Day 6: Rise early and board a train to Rome, Italy. You’ll enjoy a day of stunning views as you head south through the mountains of Northern Italy. When you arrive in Rome, don’t delay! Visit the Colosseum, the Vatican, or the Pantheon on your first day in Rome. Finish with a fine Italian meal and a bottle (or two) of Chianti.
  • Day 7: Spend the day however you wish, exploring Rome. If you choose to, you can extend your trip for a few more days (there’s so much to see and do here), but if you do depart on Day 7, take our advice and book a late flight from Fiumicino Airport so you have a full day to explore the historic city of Rome before you return home.

What You’ll Enjoy Most About This Trip

While not nearly as expansive as some of our other European trip itineraries on this page, that’s what I like most about this adventure. It leaves room for you to personalize the journey. You can slow down and enjoy each unique stop along the way while traveling across Europe from England to Italy in 7 days.

This trip from London to Rome manages to send you to four MAJOR locations (London, Paris, Interlaken, and Rome), which are (in our view) some of the most romantic cities in all of Europe.

If you’re looking for an experience and want the freedom and flexibility to pick and choose your favorite activities in each destination along the trip’s route, this is the Europe itinerary for you. Don’t just see Europe – experience Europe.

7 Day Tour of Europe

The Life of Caesar Tour

Rome Colosseum
Begin your Caesar-inspired trip in Rome, Italy
Vatican City
Tour the Vatican and more of Rome on Day 2
Florence Italy
Hop a train to Florence for a day in Northern Italy
Lucerne Switzerland
Take a train to stunning Lucerne, Switzerland
Paris France - Eiffel Tower
From Lucerne, enjoy a scenic train ride to Paris, France
City of London
Enjoy the final day of your trip in London, England

Trip Overview

  • Day 1: Start your adventure in Rome, as Caesar did. Visit the oldest open-air museum in the world, basque in the sun on the Spanish Steps, and marvel at the glory of the Colosseum.
  • Day 2: Enjoy a trip to the Vatican, shop the Via Condotti, and finish your sightseeing on Capitoline Hill with some breathtaking views of the city.
  • Day 3: Take a train to Florence where you’ll indulge in Gelato and fine Italian coffee. There’s so much to see and do in Florence, and be sure to try some local wines when you treat yourself to a meal in the city.
  • Day 4: Hop a train to Lucerne, Switzerland. Leave early, so you have time to visit the Lion Monument, and the Glacier Gardens before a nightcap in this beautiful Alpine oasis.
  • Day 5: After breakfast in Lucerne, board a train for Paris, France. This is a beautiful ride through the heart of Europe … you’re sure to enjoy every minute of it! When you arrive in Paris, visit the Eiffel Tower before dinner out in the City of Lights.
  • Day 6: Enjoy a slow day in Paris, taking in the attractions you’ve always wanted to see. Consider doing something unconventional too, like a bike ride through the city, or a Seine river cruise. You have a full day to enjoy yourself in Paris, France. Make it your own!
  • Day 7: The final day of your trip will be spent in London. It’s up to you if you’d like to leave Paris first thing in the morning, or take a red-eye to close Day 6 of your itinerary so you can tour London right after breakfast. You’ll have a full day to take a bus tour of the city, or visit the monuments you’re most excited about. Feel free to extend your trip a few days if your budget allows. There’s plenty of fun things to do in this lovely city.

Why You’ll Love This Trip

We’ve all studied the life of Julius Caesar, but not many can say they’ve walked where he walked. On this trip, that’s exactly what you’ll do.

You can visit the same places he would have visited when he was alive. Your trip will take you north across Europe, mirroring Caesar’s expanding empire. For all you history buffs, this will be a time of indulgence. You’ll experience the culture, the architecture, and the atmosphere of a continent that hasn’t forgotten its roots.

Try to enjoy some Caesar-themed history and tourist attractions throughout your journey from Rome to London. It is sure to enrich this Roman Empire inspired Europe itinerary.

10 Day Trip Across Europe

The “Everything Europe” Tour

London Tower Bridge
Begin your trip with a day in London, England
Paris at Night
Spend Your First Evening under the lights of Paris, France
Burgundy France Wine Cave
After a full day in Paris, head to wine country
Lake Geneva Steamboat
Enjoy a steamboat ride across stunning Lake Geneva
Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy
Take the train to Pisa, Italy and prep for a Tuscan drive
Tuscany, Italy
Drive yourself through iconic Tuscany, traveling from Pisa to Florence and on to Venice, Italy
Canals in Venice, Italy
Spend the night in Venice in a room overlooking the famous canals. There’s no better way to fall asleep!
Castle in Bavaria
After a stop in Innsbruck, drive north through Bavaria
Rhine River Riverboat Cruise
Enjoy a short riverboat cruise on the Rhine River
Amsterdam at Night
End your trip aboard a dinner cruise through Amsterdam

Trip Overview

  • Day 1: Start this European itinerary when you arrive in London, England. Spend the day in London and when you’re ready, cross the English Channel for dinner and an evening stroll in Paris, France.​
  • Day 2: See the sights in Paris including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Arc de Triomphe. Enjoy a budget-friendly light lunch at the first cafe that strikes your fancy, and take in a show or paint the town red by enjoying Parisian nightlife.
  • Day 3: Depart the city of lights after breakfast in a Parisian cafe. Hop a train to Burgundy where you’ll enjoy local wines with lunch before a bus ride into the Swiss Alps, ending the day in Geneva, Switzerland for dinner (and a dessert with fresh Chocolate).
  • Day 4: The hills are alive! Enjoy a steamboat ride across crystalline waters of Lake Geneva, and breathe the fresh mountain air with views of the Swiss Alps. This is a day where you’re free to take an outing into the Alps and enjoy the slower pace of alpine Europe.
  • Day 5: Depart Geneva early and take the train to Pisa, Italy! Take some photos in front of the Leaning Tower, and head to Tuscany for lunch. You can rent a car and drive from Pisa through Tuscany to Florence where you’ll get a room for the night.
  • Day 6: Rise early to explore the art, culture and cuisine of Florence! If you time it right you can take your car to nearby Venice where you’ll drop it off and explore the city on foot and/or by boat (there’s no driving in the city). Spend the night in romantic Venice in a room overlooking the canals.
  • Day 7: Take a train or drive a car north to Innsbruck, Austria where you’ll start your tour of Bavaria (Innsbruck to Munich). Even if you spend most of your day traveling, this is truly beautiful country to drive through and you’re certain to discover a new favorite restaurant, shop, or fairy-tale castle along the way.
  • Day 8: Take the train or drive to the Rhine Valley for a riverboat guided tour. Finish the night with a few glasses of local wine from a restaurant overlooking the Rhine.
  • Day 9: North to Amsterdam! Walk or bike the city during the day and enjoy an evening dinner cruise. These are fun because you’ll see Amsterdam’s famous nightlife from a boat slipping through the city’s canals.
  • Day 10: Wake early and head to Bruges, Belgium for a breakfast of chocolate waffles. Work off breakfast by walking this charming city. When you’re ready, take a train to Paris or London to catch your flight home.

Why You’ll Love This Trip

Don’t miss anything with this 10-day excursion through Europe. Most trips leave something out, but that’s not going to happen this time. When you leave here, you’ll have photos, memories, and experiences that most everyone else only wishes for. If you want to see ALL of Europe, then you cannot skip out on this once-in-a-lifetime trip.

10 Days in Europe

Life in the UK and on the Emerald Isle

London Morning
Arrive in London and explore this historic city
Stratford Upon Avon
Start Day 2 by exploring Stratford-Upon-Avon
Bradford England
Finish your second day in historic Bradford, England
Glasgow Scotland
End Day 3 in one-of-a-kind Glasgow, Scotland
Edinburgh Castle
End Day 4 at dinner in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle
Belfast Castle in Northern Ireland
Take the ferry to Belfast in Northern Ireland
Temple Bar in Dublin, Ireland
Travel by train or car to Dublin for a full day
KilKenny Castle in Ireland
Continue your tour of Ireland with a stop at beautiful KilKenny Castle
Cardiff Castle in Wales
Take the ferry to Cardiff, Wales to explore the castle
Bath, England
Feel the influence of the Roman Empire in historic Bath
Windsor Palace
Make Windsor Palace the final stop of your epic tour

Trip Overview

  • Day 1: ​Arrive in London and check in to your hotel. Once that’s done, spend the balance of your day getting to know the city. Take a double-deck bus tour of the city. Visit Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, and get a good night’s sleep to avoid jet lag.
  • Day 2: Enjoy breakfast in London before hopping a tour bus to Stratford-Upon-Avon. Learn about Shakespeare’s life and grab a few literary souvenirs before taking a walking tour of York. Head to Bradford where you’ll spend the night and enjoy dinner in a classic English pub.
  • Day 3: Rise early and travel to the Lake District to visit the largest lake in England. Jump over to Gretna Green, home of the Anvil, and then rent a car or take a train to Glasgow. In Glasgow you will check out George Square and River Clyde. Enjoy dinner and spend the night in Glasgow, Scotland.
  • Day 4: From Glasgow to Edinburgh (take a train or hire a car)! Stroll through the city and check out the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and the stunning Scottish Parliament building. Take a bus to get a sense of the city, or book a local tour of some of the most interesting attractions in Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Day 5: Return to Glasgow to catch the morning ferry to Belfast, Northern Ireland. Once you arrive visit City Hall and the Queen’s University. History buffs can also make a trip to the harbor where the Titanic was built or tour Belfast Castle. As evening approaches, hire a car or hop a train to Dublin – it’s less than 2 hours away.
  • Day 6: Spend the day exploring some of the most famous landmarks in historic Dublin, Ireland. Visit Dublin Castle, the Georgian Squares, and have a pint at the Guinness storehouse. Leave time for a picnic lunch on the green at Trinity College and finish your busy day at an Irish Pub (ask a local for recommendations).
  • Day 7: On day seven of your trip hire a car in Dublin and drive to Kilkenny. Visit a castle and enjoy lunch here before driving to Waterford for a tour of the Waterford Crystal facilities. Spend the evening at a B&B in Waterford to rest up for the next few days.
  • Day 8: Depart Waterford early to catch the nearest ferry to Cardiff, Wales. Here you’ll spend the afternoon on a tour of stunning Cardiff Castle before enjoying a nightcap (or two).
  • Day 9: Take the train across the harbor to Bath (it’s about a 2 hour trip), where you’ll enjoy some stunning architecture (left by the Romans when they occupied this part of England during the days of the Roman Empire). From Bath it’s another few hours by train to Windsor. There you can enjoy a tour of Windsor Palace before returning to London to stay the night at an upscale hotel.
  • Day 10: Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and late check-out in London before making your way to Heathrow for your flight home. If time allows and it’s a nice day, book a late flight and hire a driver to take you to a few historic landmarks around the city with your luggage packed and ready for your evening flight.

Why You’ll Love This Trip Across the UK and Ireland

Take a step back in time with this trip through Britain and Ireland. Visit some of the most iconic cities in Europe while you see some of the most breathtaking scenic views in all of the world. You’ll be going to a lot of places, so bring plenty of memory cards, camera film, batteries, and an explorer’s heart.

10 Day Tour of Europe

From Rome to London

The City of Rome, Italy
Begin your tour of Europe in beautiful and historic Rome, Italy. A great way to start!
The Colosseum in Rome, Italy
Spend a full day visiting the Colosseum, and other historic attractions and sites in Rome
Siena, Italy
Take the train from Rome to sunny Siena, Italy
Venice, Italy
After lunch in Siena, depart for romantic Venice
The city of Venice, Italy
Spend the night in Venice, then explore the city the next day
Photo of the Swiss Alps
Depart Venice by train and marvel at the Italian, French, and Swiss Alps on an unforgettable ride
Zurich, Switzerland
Stay in your choice of Swiss cities. Zurich is a great choice an a destination we recommend!
Black Forest, Germany
Rent a car and drive through the Black Forest of Germany
Vineyards along the Rhine River
Finish your day with a glass of wine in the Rhine River Valley
Amsterdam Canal
Visit Amsterdam before ending your trip in London

Trip Overview

  • Day 1: Arrive in Rome and check into your hotel. After dropping your luggage in the room, jump on a guided tour of the city for a taste of the unique history Rome is renowned for.​
  • Day 2: Take the day to explore Rome’s most famous landmarks. Visit the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, the Roman Forum, and the Colosseum. If you have time, visit The Vatican. A busy day, but you’ll be energized by this iconic city (and the great Italian food you’ll eat!).
  • Day 3: Rise early and take the train to Siena where you’ll enjoy a more relaxed pace. Enjoy a slow lunch before making the trip to Venice where you’ll check in to your hotel and then enjoy a memorable dinner overlooking the world-famous canals.
  • Day 4: Enjoy Venice at your own pace! Relax aboard a gondola ride, visit St. Mark’s Square and the Bridge of Sighs. Venice is a beautiful city and you’re free to enjoy a full day there wandering this one-of-a-kind romantic gem.
  • Day 5: Take the train to the Swiss Alps! You’ll travel through stunning mountains in Northern Italy and Southern France on the way. This is a one-of-a-kind ride, so have your camera ready! Where you choose to stay in the Alps is up to you, leaving room for you to put your own twist on this fabulous 10-day itinerary. Lucerne, Zurich, and Geneva are all fantastic choices.
  • Day 6: Explore the alpine city of your choice and immerse yourself in the fresh air of the alps. This is a great day to take a hike and picnic, or enjoy a steamboat cruise of a nearby lake to get some fresh air and recharge during your 10-day trip.
  • Day 7: From Switzerland it’s on to the Black Forest of Germany. You can take a train, or rent a car one-way for this leg of the journey (whichever your budget and comfort-level allows … my preference is a car, but it can be more expensive). Finish the day in the Rhine Valley, where you can book dinner aboard a riverboat or overlooking the Rhine River.
  • Day 8: From the beautiful Rhine River Valley, take a train to Amsterdam. This is another beautiful travel day where you’ll experience the beauty of Germany and the Netherlands. Once you arrive in Amsterdam, check into your hotel then head out for a guided tour of the city. Do this via the canals if you can!
  • Day 9: This day is flexible. You can spend the entire day exploring points of interest in Amsterdam, or you can rent a car for the day to visit famous windmills or fields of tulips (season dependent). There are many nearby cities you can also visit for half of day 9 via car or train. However you choose to spend the day, enjoy dinner back in Amsterdam overlooking the canals. There are even dinner cruise boats. These offer a fabulous dining experience while enjoying the sights and sounds of Amsterdam’s (in)famous nightlife.
  • Day 10: Your final day has arrived. Eat an early breakfast then take the train through Paris to London. You can travel directly to London, or spend the morning in Paris, and finish the day at a London landmark you’ve always wanted to visit. If your budget allows, this itinerary offers the opportunity to extend your trip by a few days (both Paris and London are well worth the extra time).

Why This is the Perfect 10 Day European Adventure

Start low and head high with this trip from Rome to London. Check out the cities of Rome, Siena, Venice, the Swiss Alps, Black Forest, Rhine Valley, Amsterdam, and London. See the largest glacier in Europe, learn how cheese is made, indulge in the best wines, and consume the finest chocolates in the world.

10 Day Discover Europe Itinerary

Venice, Munich, Prague, Berlin, Amsterdam, London

Venice Basilica
Begin this epic 10 day European itinerary in the charming and beautiful city of Venice, Italy
Venice Gondolas
Spend all of Day 1 & 2 exploring Venice at the pace which suits you. Take your time – it’s Venice!
Munich Skyline in Germany
Breakfast in Venice, then travel by train to Munich, Germany where you’ll spend the night. On Day 4 explore Munich
Prague in the Czech Republic
Travel to Prague, Czech Republic by train and take a day to tour this stunning city
Berlin Cathedral in Germany
Breakfast in Prague, then back to Germany (Berlin) by train to enjoy a half day exploring
Scenic Canal in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Travel to Amsterdam on Day 8
Paris Eiffel Tower in the Morning
Spend a night in Paris on Day 9
Big Ben in London, England
End your amazing trip in London

Trip Overview

  • Day 1: Your plane arrives in Venice, Italy and you check into your hotel (ask for a room overlooking the canals). Spend a relaxing day walking Venice and enjoy your first meal in Europe: classic Italian with plenty of Chianti.​
  • Day 2: Start your morning with a gondola ride where you’ll be immersed in the sights and sounds of Venice as you float through its famous canals. Enjoy an espresso and pastry before hitting St. Mark’s Square and snapping photos on Academia Bridge. You have flexibility to set your own schedule on Day 2 … if you like to see and do a lot, pack your day. If you want to ease into your tour of Europe, take it slow and enjoy every minute!
  • Day 3: After breakfast in Venice, board a train to Munich, Germany! This is a six or seven hour ride through some of the most beautiful parts of Europe, and you’ll arrive in time to check in to your hotel, stretch your legs, and unwind with a hearty meal and a pint of local brew.
  • Day 4: Spend most of this day exploring Munich’s historic sites. Alte Pinakothek, and the Munich Residenz are recommended, and Dachau (a former concentration camp) will be a sobering but memorable stop. After lunch board a train for Prague, where you can check in to your hotel before dinner and attending a performance at the opera (if that’s your thing).
  • Day 5: This is a day for exploring Prague. Take in the Communist Museum, enjoy some street food, and get to know the Czech Republic. This is a beautiful city with stunning architecture where just taking a walk offers a lesson in history.
  • Day 6: Rise early and board a train to Berlin where you’ll visit the Berlin Wall and Brandenburg Gate. There are some excellent restaurants in this city, and we recommend treating yourself to an upscale dinner while here. You’ll be spending Day 7 in Berlin as well, so don’t be afraid to indulge in a bottle of German wine or several pints of a local specialty. You’re on vacation, after all!
  • Day 7: There’s nothing like exploring a European city at a pace that suits you, and on Day 7 you have the freedom to tour Berlin however you like. Tempelhof Airport is a pretty cool place to visit … it’s a former airport that has been converted into a public part. A quirky place to enjoy a picnic lunch.
  • Day 8: After breakfast in Berlin, it’s off to Amsterdam by train or rental car (your choice – train will be simpler and cheaper). Day 8 is dedicated to cheese, and after checking in to your hotel you’ll tour a few cheese farmhouses to learn the art of cheese making, and sample a few of the delicacies this part of the world is known for. Finish the day with a few beers overlooking Amsterdam’s gorgeous canals.
  • Day 9: Rent a bicycle in the morning before the city gets busy, and travel the city the way the locals do. If you like, you can book a guided bike tour, which gives you some direction and ensures you’ll see some of the most interesting parts of Amsterdam. In the afternoon visit the Anne Frank House, and then board a train for London via Paris. You have the option to spend the night in either city. I recommend spending the night in Paris (how romantic!), but it’s up to you!
  • Day 10: If you spent the night in Paris, wake early for breakfast at a Parisian cafe, then a quick visit to the Eiffel Tower before boarding your train to London. Spend the afternoon visiting a few of your bucket-list landmarks in England’s capital city before catching your flight. Don’t be afraid to extend your trip by a few days to give yourself some extra time in Paris and/or London as well!

Why This is the Trip You Should Choose

If you ever wanted to know the heart of Europe, then this is the trip for you. You’ll start out in Venice and end up in Munich, Prague, Berlin, Amsterdam, and London. During your trip, you’ll experience guided tours designed to maximize your time and enjoyment. Ready to experience the heartbeat of Europe?

10 Day Trip to Europe

“The Imperialist Trip”

Munich Marienplatz
Begin your trip in Munich with a visit to the Marienplatz on Day 1 of your Imperialist adventure
Munich's English Garden
Take a morning walk in the English Garden before departing Munich on the second day of your trip
After a lovely 2-hour train ride, explore medieval Regensburg. Have lunch and take a break before continuing to Prague
Prague in the Czech Republic
Enjoy 1 day and 2 nights in historic Prague, Czech Republic
Budapest, Hungary
Next you’ll spend an unforgettable 1 day and 2 nights in Budapest, Hungary – one of our favorite cities in Europe (you’ll love it too)
Downtown Vienna, Austria
Spend a full day and a half in Vienna, Austria – amazing city!
Wachau Valley in Austria
Drive Austria, pausing in Wachau Valley (incredible views)
City of Salzburg
Explore Salzburg before returning to Munich, Germany

Trip Overview

  • Day 1: Arrive in Munich, Germany and take a taxi or shuttle to your hotel to check in and drop your luggage. After you settle in, take a tour of the city and enjoy a casual, budget-friendly lunch. Ask a local for a recommendation. In the afternoon, visit the Marienplatz, and treat yourself to an upscale dinner to kick off your trip to Europe in style!
  • Day 2: After breakfast in Munich, hop a train for a 2-hour ride to Regensburg. This is a great day trip from Munich, where you’ll be treated to a bucolic view of medieval life in Germany. After lunch, it’s a 3 hour train ride to Prague, where you’ll check in to your hotel and fuel up with a hearty dinner in the Czech Republic.
  • Day 3: Arrange a private tour with a local guide and visit historic sites in Prague such as the St. Vitus Cathedral and Prague Castle. After the tour, stroll through Old Town Square and take in the stunning architecture as you treat yourself to some world-famous street food and local beer.
  • Day 4: You’ll travel to Budapest on Day 4, and your method of transportation will depend on your budget, and how much time you hope to spend being there, vs. getting there. You can travel by car, train, or plane. If you can afford it, a one-way plane ticket is reasonable, and you’ll arrive in about an hour and a half. Expect 6+ hours by car or train. Even so, it’s a nice trip through Eastern Europe, so it isn’t wasted time. In Budapest, try to book a hotel room next to the river, and if you do fly in, spend your first day relaxing on a river cruise to take in this beautiful European city from the water.
  • Day 5: Today is wide-open for a whirlwind tour of Budapest. Visit Fisherman’s Bastion and snap some photos of the Parliament building and the beautiful Danube river. Join a guided tour of Budapest if you like, or relax on a riverboat cruise on the Danube (if you traveled here by train or car and didn’t have time the day before). Enjoy a hearty Hungarian dinner and get plenty of rest for a busy day ahead.
  • Day 6: Wake early, enjoy breakfast, and rent a car or take the train to Vienna, Austria! It’s between two and a half and three hours by either mode of transportation. The train is simpler and cheaper. After your late-morning arrival in Vienna, check in to your hotel and ask the maître d’ for a recommendation for an upscale lunch. Vienna offers diners some of the best cuisine in Europe so allow yourself to indulge while you’re here. After lunch, enjoy a guided, or self-directed tour of Vienna to take in this beautiful city and relax after a few days with lots of travel.
  • Day 7: Spend today exploring Vienna in earnest. Visit Hofburg Palace, the State Opera House, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. They’re all marvelous. If your budget allows, treat yourself to an upscale dinner and a night out at the opera house where you’re likely to take in the performance of a lifetime.
  • Day 8: This is an excellent day to rent a car one-way. Drive yourself from Vienna to the Wachau Valley where you’ll be treated to once-in-a-lifetime views of castles and nature. Photos will never do this stop justice. From there, continue across the full width of Austria to Salzburg, where you’ll drop off your rental car, check in to your hotel and enjoy a nightcap. You can take a train on this day if you don’t want to drive, but domestic one-way rentals in Austria are cheap and generally hassle free, and it’s a nice easy day to try driving in Europe.
  • Day 9: You’ll be traveling to Munich on Day 9, and when you leave is up to you. I recommend spending the day in Salzburg, and boarding your train mid to late afternoon. It’s a 2-hour train ride to Munich, and that leaves you time to check in to your hotel and enjoy a final dinner out in Europe.
  • Day 10: Once you check out of your hotel, consider renting a car for the day (especially if you have a late flight). Since you’ve already spent some time in Munich, this allows you to enjoy a day trip from the city while having your luggage secure in your car at any stops along the way. When you’ve soaked up your last few minutes of European bliss, drop your rental at the airport in Munich, and head home!

A History Lover’s Dream Trip Across Europe

Live the life of an imperial for ten days with this trip/journey. You start in Munich and travel across the European countryside. During your visit, you end up in Regensburg, Prague, Budapest, Vienna, the Wachau Valley, and Salzburg. Here, you’ll see the rich history and culture that has defined the Eastern European Capitals.

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