The Ideal European Trip Itinerary: 15 cities in 6 weeks

Having trouble planning your European trip? Don’t worry, we know there are too many incredible cities to visit, so we’ve put this bucket-list European itinerary together to help you navigate your options.

Brace yourself. This is one serious trip, but it’s absolutely worth it. We recommend you tackle it with us, so you don’t miss out on any of these amazing experiences

Here it goes:

London (4 days)

Load up on history, tweed, and tea. Make a pilgrimage to the final resting places of all your favorite Englishmen at Westminster Abbey.

View from above St. Paul's Cathedral in London, UK, one of the stops on the European trip.
View from above St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, UK. Photo Credit: Thomas Kelley

Amsterdam (3 days)

Amsterdam has it all: imperial history, artistic pedigree, great music. Plus, if you go in the spring, you may get to see some beautiful tulips! 

Canal in Amsterdam during the sunset.
Canal in Amsterdam during the sunset. Photo Credit: Piotr Chrobot.

Brussels (2 days)

Go beyond the waffles, the chocolate, and the beer to find…a peeing statue. Well, that’s something.

A floral carpet at the Gand Place in Brussels, Belgium.
A floral carpet at the Gand Place in Brussels, Belgium. Photo Credit: Wouter Hagens

Paris (4 days)

The quintessential European city will have you singing La vie en Rose in no time. This is a must on any European trip. 

Aerial view of Paris with the Eiffel Tower in the distance.
Aerial view of Paris with the Eiffel Tower in the distance. Photo Credit: Celvin Purnama

Barcelona (3 days)

Stroll through the medieval streets of Barri Gòtic, which means Gothic Quarter in Catalan, in search of damsels to rescue and dragons to slay.

View of the beach in Barcelona, Spain
View of the beach in Barcelona, SpainPhoto Credit: Enes.

Lisbon (2 days)

Sip vinho do porto while gazing at the sunset over the Rio Tejo.

Street in Lisbon, Portugal.
Street in Lisbon, Portugal. Photo Credit: Anna Dziubinska

Madrid (2 days)

Eat dinner at midnight, go out until dawn, and explore the city between siestas.

Puerta del Alcalá in Madrid, Spain.
Puerta del Alcalá in Madrid, Spain. Photo Credit: Ferran Fusalba

Rome (4 days)

Get the best of the old (the Colosseum owes a lot to facelifts) and the new (bars in the Centro Storico and clubs in Testaccio) in the Eternal City.

Fontana di Trevi in Rome, Italy.
Fontana di Trevi in Rome, Italy. Photo Credit: Ivan Bertona

Florence (3 days)

Throw yourself into the Renaissance, which seems to live on in every Florentine building.

Aerial view of Florence, Italy.
Aerial view of Florence, Italy. Photo Credit: Mike Enerio

Venice (2 days)

Taking a gondola ride is the perfect way to explore the beautiful nooks and crannies of this lagoon island. 

View of a canal in Venice, Italy.
View of a canal in Venice, Italy. Photo Credit: Alisa Anton

Prague (3 days)

During the day, the Charles Bridge is overrun with tourists and vendors, but there’s nothing quite so magical at night.

View of beautiful buildings in Prague, Czech Republic.
View of beautiful buildings in Prague, Czech Republic. Photo Credit: Fabrizio Verrecchia

Munich (2 days)

Oktoberfest will leave you wishing for some January- through Decemberfests.

The Siegestor in Munich, Germany at dusk.
The Siegestor in Munich, Germany at dusk. Photo Credit: Martin Falbisoner

Berlin (3 days)

Look out for horn-rimmed glasses and cardigans among Friedrichshain’s nightclubs, which are housed in former DDR buildings.

The Reichstag building in Berlin at night during Christmas.
The Reichstag building in Berlin at night during Christmas. Photo Credit: Ansgar Koreng

Copenhagen (2 days)

The Scandinavian north welcomes you with castles, gardens, and endless pub-crawl opportunities.

Facades of Nyhavn in northern Copenhagen, Denmark.
Facades of Nyhavn in northern Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo Credit: Jebulon

Istanbul (3 days)

Experience the city that has been fought over for millennia. Europe-d out? Asia is a cheap ferry ride away.

View of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, the last stop on this European trip.
View of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo Credit: Moonik

Looking for an itinerary for a trip to Greece? We’ve got you covered! Check it out here. Kick off your planning with some of our tours in London and Amsterdam!

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