10 Amazing One Week European Itineraries

10 Amazing One Week European Itineraries

10 One Week Europe Trips + Packing List

Thinking about going to Europe but haven’t a clue as to where to start? Considering gastronomy, scenery, culture, ease of transit and loads of other factors here are 10 amazing 1 week itineraries for seeing the best of Europe! Pair them together if you have more time (lucky you!).


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Easy train connections connect the romantic city of lights, a charming Belgian village with endless varieties of brew, and a beautiful canalled city on water. Beaming with museums, great food and nightlife this itinerary is ideal for culture-lovers and foodies and ideal any time of the year. Remember to pack your camera to capture that quintessential European architecture and comfortable shoes for long strolls through winding narrow streets.



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Wine, castles and Parisian delights are photographer’s and foodie’s dreams come true. A one hour bullet train connects the joys of Paris (Mona, Moulin Rouge, Eiffel) with rolling, fertile fields riddled with chateaus and rivers. Make Amboise your base for convenience to all the sights in the Loire Valley while Chateaux East of Tours is sighted as being the best. Plan a visit in early fall to catch the peak of the wine harvest otherwise shoot for outdoor-appropriate weather the majority of the year.



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Imagine sweeping views of provencal lavender fields, the most picturesque Instagram-worthy villages and touring one of the world’s most luxurious cities. Sigh. A trip for those that like to be on the go, the French Riviera is filled with too many destinations to name and delightfully convenient to the beaches (and airport!) of Villefrance-Sur-Mer, outside of Nice. Navigate to your favorite destinations, like Eze, by train or rent a car to find your way into sleepy, romantic French villages.

Grab my full day by day itinerary to the French Riviera here: Lavish Escape

A Day in Villefranche Sur Mer

Exploring La Turbie (just outside of Monaco)

Highlights of the French Riviera (Photo Diary)


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Munich isn’t just the capital of Oktoberfest, Germany’s famed beer-infused funfest, but is perhaps one Europe’s most beautiful cities, filled with history, culture and that quintessential German architecture. Hop the train south to Mozart’s Salzburg, recounting the steps of The Sound of Music. Take a day trip from pastels of the charming old town to perhaps the charming little lake village of Hallstatt. (So beautiful, in fact, that a fake Hallstatt, replicating every last building and street, was built in China!).



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One of Europe’s most vibrant cities, home of the Kate and Fish & Chips, London is an all around favorite. The list of sights ranges from sipping high tea to exploring offbeat Camden Town. Don’t let the rumors fool you, food here is fantastic, especially Indian (really!). Later, hop a train to one of the world’s oldest universities, Oxford. Touring scenes from Harry Potter and enjoy strolling the narrow alleys in the pedestrian friendly town center. An ideal trip for fans of history, culture and food and perfect year-round.



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The chaotic mess of the most historic city of Europe combined with the coastal destination of the stars, this ying-yang duo is a favorite for history-lovers, foodies, photographers, and those looking for brag-worthy stories and pictures. Watch your wallet as you visit the ColosseumVatican and gorge at the home of pasta, then take the train south to the jagged cliffs of Amalfi for leisurely seaside lunches, hiking and swimming in the bright blue Med. Aim for early or late summer for picture perfect weather and to avoid other tourists.

Grab my full day by day itinerary to Positano, Capri & Rome here: Darling Escape

The Path of the Gods: Positano

Hotel Pupetto Hotel Review

Rome Photo Diary & Rome Photo Diary 2

Rome vs. Barcelona (Pros & Cons for deciding which is better for you!)

Rome Eating Italy Food Tour Review


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Vibrant culture, Spanish gastronomy, natural beauty, and stunning architecture, Andalusia has it all, plus some. Starting in Sevilla, home of Europe’s 3rd largest old town, get lost in the narrow streets and seek refuge in a giant pitcher of sangria. Moving on to the cliffside white village of Ronda, a summer escape for Hemingway, enjoy hiking through the gorge or wander to a cafe for traditional churros and chocolate. Granada, home to UNESCO-protected Alhambra, was home to royalty for centuries and is now considered one of the most spectacular structures in the entire world. Culture-lovers, foodies, photographers should visit in Spring or Fall to avoid the summertime heat. Here are the exact details for the itinerary. Considering visiting in May to enjoy the fun of La Feria seen below!


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If you’re in search of the world’s best gelato, famed artwork, an infamous lean and jaw dropping seaside villages then this is it! Enjoy sights like the David and the Birth of Venus in the midst of the cobbled stone, savoring gelato and culture in one big gulp. Then head west for a quick visit to Pisa’s Leaning Tower so you can capture a few of those delightfully cheesy hold-up-the-tower shots, finally continue on to the five seaside villages that make Cinque Terre. Here you’ll have the choice of visiting each along a challenging but beautiful footpath or via train. Each village has it’s own delectable personality so good luck choosing your favorite! Great spring to fall for those that like to be active and enjoy photography and culture.



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ILet’s be honest, Prague may very well be the prettiest of all European cities. In the Old Town, an enchanting maze of pedestrian alleys through historic baroque buildings unfolds on to the river and famous Charles Bridge. Across the way Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral stand proudly. Taking the train south, Vienna, in it’s proud Habsburg history, continues the beautiful scene. The sprawling pedestrian-only city center is filled with elegant plazas and classical music. Great year-round for history, culture, music and photography lovers. Consider a visit in December to experience Europe’s favorite Christmas markets.



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Kick off the visit with Gaudi’s pride and the most popular tourist sight in all of Spain, La Sagrada Familia then get lost in the alleys and nightlife of El Born. Barcelona is enjoyable year-round, famed for sunshine and tasty tapas. Take a day trip to nearby Montserrat, a monastery nestled in the scenic mountainside inland then head north towards Costa Brava to Salvador Dali’s hometown, the picturesque village of Cadaques. Great for food and cultures lovers. If you want to take advantage of the beach scope out a trip from late spring to mid fall.

Barcelona: Airbnb 1 & Airbnb 2 || K+K Hotel Picasso & H10 Port Vell

Costa Brava (Cadaques): Airbnb 1 & Airbnb 2 || Hotel Ubaldo & Hotel Llane Petit


My sources? Rick Steves’ Guides, Trip Advisor forums, Eurorail & my personal travels!

Instead of putting together your trip from scratch, follow my new Escape Guides. One week guides for experiencing the BEST of Europe! Head to over to the Etsy shop for all the details!

  • The slow pace

    Beautiful routes! We are actually planning Rome and Amalfi Coast for this Spring!

    • Yay, when will you be there? I’ll be right behind you in May! 😀 If you have any recommendations on lodging in either let me know!

      • The slow pace

        We will be there in May too! I’m guessing you are taking full advantage on those long weekends at the end of the month? We are!!!!

        • Yes, exactly! We’ll be in Amalfi Memorial Day weekend and end in Rome at the end of the week. 😀

  • Love this! We are doing No. 4 (and some) in the spring! Will definitely go back to this for future trips!

    • Awesome! Hallstatt is my favvvvvorite! You’re going to love it!

  • This photography is stunning! Even after ten years in Europe, seeing the amount of options for completely different travel destinations never gets old. Have you done a lot of Eastern Europe yet?

    • You caught me, I really haven’t much of Eastern Europe… such a pity, right? Have you?

  • I’ve done the Florence/Pisa/Cinque Terre one! So great! I will say though, you can definitely just hit Pisa for a day or just a few hours. All you need to see there is the leaning Tower and the Duomo! In Cinque Terre take the boat from town to town! Its so nice!

    • Yes, I completely agree! I did a night in Pisa last August and was a bit disappointed with the options, though the tower itself is beautiful. 🙂

  • I second Sara’s tip! Pisa can really be done in a day and a half if that. Then cruise over to Lucca! It’s between Florence and Pisa/Cinque Terre. Such a perfect and fun little town!

    • Ohhh, great idea! I was in Pisa last summer and could’ve spent less time there, though I did love the tower itself. Lucca, huh? Definitely jotting it down, thanks gal!

  • Brianna DePauw

    This is an awesome guide! Just pinnned it!

    • Great! Glad you found it helpful! 😀

  • I’m bookmarking this page! Great post. I’ll be going to Paris next month and looking to try and explore more of Europe this year.


    • Oh fun, yeah definitely take that train to Bruges and Amsterdam – they are such fun places to visit and it’s so convenient! Glad you found the post helpful! 🙂

  • Well this was just the perfect post to stumble upon as I’m gazing out my window at a foot of snow! I’m going to go get another cup of coffee and commence Euro daydreaming…

    • Woohoo! There you go! Which one did you pick?

      • Ooh, how to decide? But given that it’s January, I think the French Riviera is calling my name…

  • Ashley Wissel

    This post is giving me MAJOR wanderlust!

    Stumbled across your blog and just realized that I’m a fellow Hokie 🙂

    Thanks for all the great tips!

    • Yay! Hokie high-five! (So cheesy, sorry!) When did you graduate? I’m 2008 😀

      • Ashley Wissel

        Love the cheese factor!

        I graduated in 2010!!

  • LOVE all these itineraries!! Great job!!

    • Thanks so much lovey! 😀

  • These are great itineraries, specially love the first one since I’ve never been to the Netherlands before.

    xx Cheyenne

    • Yay, it’s definitely one of our favorite destinations – the food, the charm, the canals… LOVE it!

  • These itineraries just make me want to pack up and go! I wish we had added Cinque Terre to our itinerary when we did Florence and Pisa, next time.

    • Exactly. Next time. Then maybe you can add Tuscany too… just saying! 😀

      • Now Tuscany, that was one spot we were sure to add in. But I won’t complain about a return trip, I loved it there!

  • This is awesome! 🙂 It’s my first time to come across a travel post suggesting “duo destinations”. Sometimes it really is hard to decide where to go first!

    Paola // Resuscitate

    • Ha, thanks Paola! Glad you found it unique and hopefully helpful! 😀

  • Ahhhh amazing!!! I can’t wait to visit Hallstatt – do you think a day trip is enough? We are staying in Salzburg in May and wondering the best way to do it 🙂

    • Yep! I think a day trip is definitely enough time. It’s a teeny tiny little village! Definitely make time to rent a boat and float around on the water, mmk? 😀

  • These are such great suggestions! Fantastic post. I love that first shot of Prague you have there… I have never seen another photo from that angle.

    • Thanks so much Cynthia. That really means a lot, it’s definitely my goal to try and capture a different perspective on a place. 🙂

  • Beth

    I’d love to do them all, but for more than a week (I prefer to explore like a local instead of only seeing tourist areas). Thanks for sharing this! We just got engaged and are making tentative plans for a honeymoon in Europe. We have friends in northern England and in Vienna to see, if we do that, so we need all the help we can find in figuring out how to do it all. 🙂

  • What a good roundup. I am itching to to the Rome + Amalfi coast itinerary. Good fact about Hallstat replica in China. I want to see that as well. Do you think Hallstat would be accessible/enjoyable in the winter months?

    • (sorry for the late reply!) Yep, because of how scenic Hallstatt is, nestled in the Alps, I’m sure it’d be beautiful in the wintertime. Man, with snow on the peaks it’d be gorgeous. My only hesitation is that I doubt you’d be able to rent a boat and enjoy the views on the water which is one of the most gorgeous things I’ve ever seen.

  • Kim

    Bookmarking this! Saw in the comments that you will be going to Rome this May. I’m already looking forward to your blog post about that! 😀 I am deeply fascinated in visiting Rome in the near future (hopefully!), the Pope just visited my country (Philippines) the last five days. So there’s that. 😛

    • Woohoo! I’m sure that must have been really exciting. My in-laws are hoping to see the pope speak while we’re there and I’m really hoping it pans out. Did you get to see him at all?

      You know where I’m fascinated to visit – the Philippines! One day we should trade lives for a day, okay? 😀

      • Kim

        This reply is 3 months late but here I go:
        On his last day, we paid him a visit to where he lived while he stayed here in the Philippines. We went there really early to have a good spot and waited for like five hours, but when he passed us by, it was awesome! It went really fast, I just caught a glimpse of him but the the enthusiasm of the crowd was magical.

        We should totally trade lives. Aha! 😛

  • That’s great post! Some of the places didn’t even come to my mind to combine them with other. Like Loire valley + Paris. Since we are from Europe and we don’t always have time for longer travel, this is really helpful with getting idea for shorter vacations around us 🙂

    • Wonderful! Glad you enjoyed the post! It took awhile to come up with these itineraries – thank good for TripAdvisor forums! As you noted, the Loire Valley and Paris doesn’t come to mind as a standard combo but it’s amazingly convenient.

  • I’m definitely saving this link for the future!!! Thanks for sharing these dreamy trips!

  • Rachel

    This is a great blog. I have been bookmarking and pinning like crazy. Love your photos!

    • Thanks so much Rachel! Glad you like it! 😀

  • Bethaney

    Really great itinerary suggestions!

    • Thanks so much Bethaney! 😀 Hope you get to hop over here soon!

  • You are a serious life saver – I have a travel voucher I have to use before it expires in a few months so I’ve been racking my brains trying to think of a fun way to spend it!

  • YES – to so much of this!! Keep travelling – your photos are lovely 🙂

  • These are excellent ideas!! We’re booked vacation wise through the summer but perhaps we can squeeze a week in Europe into Christmas break this year! 🙂

  • Love this! Fuel for my daydreams…

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  • Andreea Macoveiciuc

    I absolutely love this one, thanks for your wonderful work and for choosing these amazing pictures! It’s one of my favorite itinerary articles, so I featured it in my latest blog post, here: http://bit.ly/1KYYR5t. Would you mind if I mentioned @margopaige20:disqus when sharing on Twitter?

  • ajmayde

    Thanks for posting, these itineraries look amazing! They seem like a great balance of getting to experience several places without overdoing it and spending half your time taking transportation.

  • dmichaan

    I absolutely love your blog! Your pictures and writing are beautiful 🙂 My fiancé and I are planning a 12-14 night honeymoon. We want to visit Prague, Budapest and Vienna and then end up somewhere romantic and relaxing at the end for a few more nights. Any suggestions?!