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7 Days in Europe: 25 Exciting Itineraries for Your One Week Europe Trip!

Seven days in Europe may seem like too short a time, but if you are looking to do a quick vacation, get ready to be surprised at how many exciting one-week Europe trips you can do!

Europe is made up of so many countries, big and small, that you can build any number of one-week itineraries.

Budget airlines and a robust network of trains (and buses, in some cases), make it relatively convenient to hop to more than one destination, even in a short time.

Rome, Italy
Rome’s epic skyline

In this article, we’ve rounded up an eclectic collection of one-week Europe itineraries, from bucket-list city combinations like London and Paris to must-visit regions like Tuscany and lesser visited single countries like the stunningly beautiful Montenegro.

If you are planning a two-week (or longer!) Europe trip, many of these itineraries can easily be combined for an extended European vacation.

Excited? Let’s get started discovering the very best 7-day Europe trip itineraries!

TABLE OF CONTENTS
7-Day Europe Itineraries: City Hopping
One Week Europe Trips: Single City + Day Trips
One Week in Europe: Must-Visit Regions
7 Days in Europe: Single Country Trips

7-Day Europe Itineraries: City Hopping!

Venice-Florence-Rome

Italy is a bucket-list destination for many travelers, and the three iconic cities of Venice, Florence, and Rome make for a dream trip filled with history, charm, art and architecture, and fabulous food, drink, and gelato.

We suggest just hitting the high spots in each city, so you leave yourself some time to just walk around the historic centers, or relax in the piazzas, to savor the ambience.

The Grand Canal in Venice, Italy
The iconic Grand Canal in Venice

In Venice, visit St. Mark’s Basilica, take a tour of the Doge’s Palace, and ascend to the top of the campanile (there’s a lift!) for views over Venice. This popular tour offers skip-the-line access to both St. Mark’s and the Doge’s Palace.

Do a gondola ride, if that’s on your wish-list for Venice, or ride the vaporetto along the Grand Canal to see the sights from the water. Get lost in the lesser-visited districts to experience the charm of a quieter Venice.

In Florence, book a time to climb to the cupola of the Duomo di Firenze: this tour lets you climb as high as you wish. See Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia Gallery, or the incredible masterpieces in the Galleria Uffizi.

Hit some of the famous gelato shops in Florence, and be sure to cross the historic Ponte Vecchio and take in the sunset from Piazzale Michelangelo.

A tour of the Colosseum, along with the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, is a must in Rome. Walk the historic center to take in the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and many other famous sights.

Visit the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, and take in the views from the dome. Do a guided tour of the Vatican Museums. Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel will take your breath away, but there are other treasures to view as well.

In each city, be sure to book guided tours or skip-the-line tickets (timed, if available) in advance, to conserve time.

Trevi Fountain Rome Italy
The Trevi Fountain in Rome

Getting In and Out

Fly into the Marco Polo Airport in Venice and out of the Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport in Rome.

Take the high-speed train from Venice to Florence (journey time is 2 hours and 15 minutes) and the fast train from Florence to Rome (journey time is about 1 hour and 30 minutes).

Suggested Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2: Arrive in Venice, explore Venice
Days 3-4: Arrive in Florence, explore Florence
Days 5-6: Arrive in Rome, explore Rome
Day 7: Depart

Suggested by us

London-Paris

A very popular combination for a first trip across the pond, London and Paris make for a fabulous 7 days in Europe. The two cities have much to offer, from historic landmarks and must-visit neighborhoods to great dining and special experiences.

The Tower Bridge in London
The Tower Bridge lit up at night

In London, one of Europe’s top cities, start by exploring Westminster, which is a city unto itself in Central London. Here you will find the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and Buckingham Palace. Take a ride on the London Eye!

On day two, visit the Tower of London, where you can see the Crown Jewels: buy tickets in advance! Step into St. Paul’s Cathedral, snap the perfect photo of beautiful Tower Bridge, and take in the views from the Shard.

On your last day in London, you can spend more time on sights you missed on days 1 and 2, or explore Kensington, where you will find Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, several museums, and more.

On your first day in Paris, visit Sainte-Chapelle, Notre Dame (currently being restored following a fire in 2019), and Sacré-Cœur. Explore charming Montmartre, and take a stroll by the Seine, or a cruise. If you enjoy museums, the Musee d’Orsay is a must!

On day two, visit the Eiffel Tower: be sure to book elevator tickets in advance. Do a guided tour of the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo, stroll the Champs-Élysées, and take in the views from the Arc de Triomphe.

On your final day in Paris, you can continue to explore the city, catching up on sights you haven’t seen yet, or take a day trip to Versailles. The palace and gardens are simply breathtaking!

In each city, book guided tours or skip-the-line tickets in advance, to conserve time.

Paris, France at night
Paris at night

Getting In and Out

Both London and Paris have international airports, making it easy to get in and out.

Take the Eurostar from London to Paris. The journey time is a little over two hours, and it will drop you in the heart of Paris.

Suggested Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3: Arrive in London, explore London
Days 4-6: Arrive in Paris, explore Paris
Day 7: Depart

Suggested by us

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Madrid-Barcelona

Spain’s capital, Madrid, and iconic Barcelona combine perfectly for a trip steeped in art, culture, history, and great food and drink. Throw in a day trip to historic Toledo, and you’ve got a wonderful 7-day Europe itinerary without a lot of moving around.

Royal Palace, Madrid, Spain
The Royal Palace in Madrid

In Madrid, the golden triangle of art is a must-do. Made up of Madrid’s premier museums: Prado Museum, Reina Sofía Art Centre, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, this trio features masterpieces from many renowned artists.

Do a walking tour through the historic core of Madrid. The magnificent Royal Palace is a must-visit, with its stunning tapestries and gorgeous chandeliers. Retiro Park is a wonderful green space. Enjoy some tapas and catch a flamenco performance.

Toledo is just a short bus ride, and makes for an excellent day trips from Madrid. Wander the streets to admire the architecture, visit the beautiful cathedral, tour the El Greco Museum, and snap photos of the picturesque bridges. You can also do a guided tour.

Next, it’s on to Barcelona! Spend your first day in the city admiring the works of Gaudi: from the impossibly magnificent Sagrada Familia to Casa Milà and Casa Batlló. Plan to be at Park Güell in the late afternoon so you can enjoy sunset here.

On Day 2, check out La Boqueria, Barcelona’s oldest market and also its most renowned. Stroll Las Ramblas. Explore the Gothic Quarter, where you can visit the Picasso Museum. The Cathedral of Barcelona is also nearby.

On your last day in Barcelona, visit more fun attractions in the city, from the museums on Montjuic Hill and Montjuic Castle to the summit of Tibidabo Mountain for panoramic views.

National Museum, Barcelona, Spain
The National Museum in Barcelona

Getting In and Out

Both Madrid and Barcelona have international airports, making it a breeze to get in and out.

Take the AVE train from Madrid to Barcelona. The journey time is 2.5 hours. Book your tickets in advance, the early departures may sell out. We use Omio to book train and bus travel in Europe.

Suggested Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2: Arrive in Madrid, explore Madrid
Day 3: Day trip from Madrid to Toledo
Days 4-6: Arrive in Barcelona, explore Barcelona
Day 7: Depart

Suggested by us

Copenhagen-Stockholm

On this exciting 7-day Europe itinerary, you’ll explore two gorgeous Scandinavian capitals: Copenhagen and Stockholm. With rich histories, magnificent landmarks, and great food and drink, the two cities will wow you.

Nyhavn in Copenhagen, Denmark
Colorful Nyhavn in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a city of palaces and castles. Watch the changing of the guard at Amalienborg Palace, and view the Danish crown jewels at Rosenborg Castle. At Christiansborg Palace, admire the Queen’s tapestries, which depict 1,100 years of Danish history.

Climb to the top of the Round Tower for views over the city. Pose for a photo with the statue of The Little Mermaid. Stroll Strøget, Copenhagen’s main shopping street. Visit Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen’s amusement park, which is said to have inspired Walt Disney.

Enjoy the colorful facades and lively ambience of Nyhavn, the city’s historic waterfront. A canal cruise from Nyhavn is a wonderful way to experience the city.

Sweden’s stunning capital, Stockholm, is built on fourteen islands. One of the best things to do in Stockholm is to ascend to the top of the tower at City Hall for panoramic 360-degree views.

There are several wonderful museums in Stockholm, but one you won’t want to miss is the Vasa Museum, where you can see the restored 17th century ship that sank on its maiden voyage.

Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s spectacular Old Town, is full of must-see landmarks, from the Stockholm Cathedral to the Royal Palace. The main square, Stortorget, features beautiful architecture. This excellent guided tour combines Gamla Stan with the Vasa Museum.

Don’t miss touring the local train stations: Stockholm’s subway art has been called the longest art gallery in the world. And take the ferry to Drottningholm Palace, where you can tour not only the palace but also the beautiful grounds.

Stortorget, Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden
Beautiful buildings at Stortorget in Gamla Stan, Stockholm

Getting In and Out

Both Copenhagen and Stockholm have international airports, so you can fly in and out with ease.

The two cities are connected by train. The fast train takes just over 5 hours.

Suggested Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3: Arrive in Copenhagen, explore Copenhagen
Days 4-6: Arrive in Stockholm, explore Stockholm
Day 7: Depart

Suggested by us

Paris-Brussels-Berlin

If you are looking for a 7-day itinerary for Europe highlighting major cities, choose to visit Paris, Brussels, and Berlin!

This itinerary provides a good mix of food, architecture, and history and is a perfect introduction to Western Europe, so it’s a must-do for first-timers traveling to Europe.

Grand Place Brussels Belgium
Grand Place, Brussels, at sunrise

Plan to spend two days in Paris, two days in Brussels, and two days in Berlin.

Paris is a city of love and light. Visit the Eiffel Tower by day and by night, and enjoy the incredible views from the Arc de Triomphe. See the famous Mona Lisa and more at the Louvre.

Relax at a cafe while enjoying yummy French pastries. Take a cruise down the Seine River, and see attractions like Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower from the water.  

Brussels is a perfect place for food and beautiful architecture. Visit Grand Place and eat Belgian waffles. Stroll through Brussels Park, right next to the Royal Palace. Explore the underground ruins of Coudenberg, beneath modern Brussels. 

Berlin is a city for history enthusiasts. See the parts of the Berlin Wall that are still standing. Visit one of the many museums on Museum Island.

Be moved when visiting historical monuments such as the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Walk under the famous Brandenburg Gate, and take a walking tour of the city’s most important sites. 

Bode Museum, Berlin
The Bode Museum in Berlin

Getting In and Out

Fly into Paris and out of Berlin.

To get from one destination to the next, you can choose to fly or ride the train.

If taking the train, take the overnight train from Brussels to Berlin so you can save on travel time and accommodations by combining them into one.

Suggested Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2: Arrive in Paris, explore Paris
Days 3-4: Arrive in Brussels, explore Brussels
Days 5-6: Arrive in Berlin, explore Berlin
Day 7: Depart

Suggested by Melissa of My Beautiful Passport

London-Edinburgh

If you’re looking for awesome 7-day Europe itinerary ideas, then exploring the cities of London and Edinburgh on a 7-day Europe trip is a must!

Both cities offer so much in terms of attractions, culture, and food spots! You’ll get to see the best of the United Kingdom by visiting these two destinations, as they have incredible architecture and many historic sites.

Big Ben in London, UK
Big Ben in London

The capital of the United Kingdom, London is a bucket-list destination. There are endless attractions in the iconic city, but the most famous include Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, and the Tower of London. 

Snap a photo of the Tower Bridge. Enjoy a meal with a view at The Shard. Visit the British Museum: its collection is one of the largest in the world. Have afternoon tea!

Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the capital of Scotland. 

Some of the most popular spots to visit include Arthur’s Seat, the remnants of an extinct volcano, and Edinburgh Castle, which offers stunning views from the ramparts.

Other historic sights include Calton Hill and the Royal Mile. Edinburgh Old Town makes for a wonderful stroll.

You’ll also want to head to the coastal suburb of Portobello, and spend some time on the beach.

Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Scotland
Edinburgh Castle

Getting In and Out

Fly into London, one of the main entry points into the UK, with six major airports including Gatwick, Heathrow, and Stanstead. Fly out of Edinburgh Airport.

To get to Edinburgh from London, take a train. The journey takes between 4.5 – 5.5 hours depending on which type of service you choose. 

Suggested Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3: Arrive in London, explore London
Days 4-6: Arrive in Edinburgh, explore Edinburgh
Day 7: Depart

Suggested by Jack and Abbie of A Couples Calling

Munich-Salzburg

This itinerary is a must-do in Europe for the rich history, culture, and food and drink. Bavaria is one of the most beautiful parts of Germany, and Salzburg one of the most visited destinations in Austria.

Munich, Germany
A view of historic Munich

In Munich, try traditional Munich food like white sausage, pretzels and beer. Catch the Glockenspiel show in Marienplatz Square and explore English Garden Park, one of the largest urban parks in Europe.  

Tour the Residenz, the gorgeous former royal palace of the Wittelsbach monarchs of Bavaria. The Nymphenburg Palace is another beautiful palace complex, with a carriage museum and lovely gardens and grounds.

Take a Munich walking tour. This popular tour explores the sites that saw one of the darkest events in human history: the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich.

On Day 3, do a day trip to Nuremberg, where you can explore the old town within the city walls, watched over by the Nuremberg Castle. Discover picturesque streets, bridges, and buildings.

Take a sobering excursion to Nuremberg’s Palace of Justice, where the infamous Nuremberg Trials took place and 21 leading Nazis stood trial. It is now a museum: you can visit Courtroom 600, where the trials happened.

On Day 4, take a day trip to visit the fairy tale Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace!

Salzburg is the fourth-largest city in Austria and a place of musical wonders. When in Salzburg, learn about the invention of the Christmas carol, Silent Night, and walk in the footsteps of Salzburg’s most famous son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, from his childhood home to the museum and all of the places named in his memory. 

Also be sure to take a guided tour to discover the filming locations for The Sound of Music, which was set in Salzburg and filmed here.

Salzburg, Austria
A view of Salzburg

Getting In and Out

Fly into Munich Airport, and out of Salzburg Airport. Salzburg is well connected with major European travel hubs for onward flights to other parts of the world.

To travel between the cities, take the train. The journey from Munich to Salzburg is just under two hours.

Suggested Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2: Arrive in Munich, explore Munich
Day 3: Day trip from Munich to Nuremberg
Day 4: Day trip from Munich to Neuschwanstein Castle
Days 5-6: Arrive in Salzburg, explore Salzburg
Day 7: Depart

Suggested by Shireen of The Happy Days Travels

Lisbon-Nazare-Porto

With vibrant cities, lovely villages, stunning beaches and incredible food, it’s easy to love Portugal. A trip from Lisbon to Porto with a stop at seaside Nazare along the way will show you the best the country has to offer.

Going on this one-week trip is a breeze with short distances and excellent transportation options.

Monument of the Discoveries Belem Portugal
Monument of the Discoveries in Belem

Start your Portugal trip by spending three days in the capital, Lisbon.

Hop on board tram number 28 to see the city’s most iconic sights and viewpoints. For the best views of Lisbon, don’t miss the Miradouro das Porta do Sol or the Santa Justa elevator.

Spend the next day in Belem visiting the iconic Belem Tower, Jerónimos Monastery, and the Monument of the Discoveries and gorging on egg tarts at the Pasteis de Belem bakery.

On day three, take a day trip to Sintra to see the stunning palaces, mansions and gardens.

Next, head north along the coast to seaside Nazare. Spend the day on the beach and eat some of the country’s best seafood.

Praia do Norte is a wild beach with massive waves, perfect for long walks or surfing.

Lovely Porto is where your trip ends. But not before seeing this smashing city.

Spend one day exploring downtown Porto, visiting the must-sees like Livraria Lello (the Harry Potter bookshop!), Sao Bento Station and tile-covered churches.

On your last day, head across the Douro River to tour the port wine cellars and wine bars in the Gaia neighborhood.

Porto Portugal
A view of pretty Porto

Getting In and Out

Fly into Lisbon Airport, and out of Porto Airport.

To travel between the cities, take the bus. The journey from Lisbon to Nazares takes about two hours, and the journey from Nazares to Porto is about 3.5 hours.

If you dislike moving too much, you can visit Nazare on a day trip from Lisbon, and then take the train from Lisbon to Porto. The journey is just under 3 hours.

Suggested Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2: Arrive in Lisbon, explore Lisbon
Day 3: Day trip from Lisbon to Sintra
Day 4: Arrive in Nazares, explore Nazares
Days 5-6: Arrive in Porto, explore Porto
Day 7: Depart

Suggested by De Wet of Museum of Wander

Bruges-Ghent-Antwerp-Amsterdam

When you’re visiting Belgium for the first time, it’s a great idea to put three of the best places to see in Belgium into your itinerary: Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges. Add in Amsterdam for a wonderful week in Europe!

Beautiful architecture in Antwerp

Start your trip in Amsterdam. Spend an active day in the capital of the Netherlands: enjoy a boat tour on the canals, visit the beautiful tulips at Keukenhof (in season) or the floating flower market, and learn all about WWII in Anne Frank’s house.

Next stop: Antwerp. This city is all about fashion and diamonds, but also offers a charming historic center and some stunning museums such as Het Rubenshuis, and Het Mas, that has an awesome viewpoint.

After two days exploring Antwerp, make a day trip to nearby Ghent, only one hour away by train.

The historic center of Ghent feels like a charming town rather than a city but without the large crowds you’ll see in Bruges. Places you definitely shouldn’t miss are Het Gravensteen (with its collection of torture equipment) and the neighborhood Het Patershol.

Also, do like the locals do and have a picnic on the banks of the river at the Graslei.

For the last days of your trip, move to Bruges. It’s the most touristic place in Belgium but for good reason. A visit to Bruges will feel like stepping back in time. Definitely head to the Beguinage, the Belfry, and The Historium.

Canal in Bruges, Belgium
A canal in Bruges

Getting In and Out

Fly into Amsterdam Airport, and out of Ostend-Bruges International Airport.

To travel between the cities, take the train. The direct train from Amsterdam to Antwerp takes 1 hour and 45 minutes. The train from Antwerp to Bruges takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Suggested Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrive in Amsterdam, explore Amsterdam
Day 2-3: Arrive in Antwerp, explore Antwerp
Day 4: Do a day trip from Antwerp to Ghent
Days 5-6: Arrive in Bruges, explore Bruges
Day 7: Depart

Suggested by Barbara of Next Stop Belgium

Prague-Vienna-Budapest

For a week sampling some of Central Europe’s best cities, with incredible architecture and their own, very distinct personalities, plan a trip exploring Prague, Vienna, and Budapest.

Each of these three cities has much to offer, so on this whirlwind trip, plan to focus on just a few highlights in each city.

Belvedere Palace Vienna Austria
The Belvedere Palace in Vienna

Kick off your 7-day Europe trip in Prague by exploring some of its historic architecture, like the Charles Bridge or Prague Castle.

Wander the Old Town Square, where you can see the famous Astronomical Clock, tour the old Jewish Ghetto, or take a cruise on the Vltava River.

Of course, no trip to Prague would be complete without trying out its lively nightlife. For a mellow experience, try a Prague beer spa.

Next, travel to Vienna, where you’ll spend your time indulging in Vienna’s high culture, like taking in arias at the Vienna State Opera, perusing the enormous collection of artwork at the Belvedere Museum, and marveling at the design of Schönbrunn Palace.

The Hofburg Palace and St. Stephen’s Cathedral are other gems to visit in Vienna’s historic center.

End your trip in Budapest, a city that mixes grandiose design with bohemian whimsy.

Spend time here enjoying its extravagant thermal baths, like the Gellért Spa, and gawking at the opulent architecture of the Parliament Building and Fisherman’s Bastion.

Budapest in the fall

Getting In and Out

Fly into Prague’s Václav Havel Airport, and depart from Budapest Airport.

To travel between the cities, take the train. The journey from Prague to Vienna by high-speed train is about 4 hours and 30 minutes, and the journey from Vienna to Budapest is 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Suggested Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2: Arrive in Prague, explore Prague
Days 3-4: Arrive in Vienna, explore Vienna
Days 5-6: Arrive in Budapest, explore Budapest
Day 7: Depart

Suggested by Jessica of Uprooted Traveler

Vilnius-Riga-Tallinn

The Baltics are one of the most underrated holiday destinations in Europe.

This Eastern Europe region consists of the three small countries of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. They are affordable, offer unique attractions, and are relatively free from big crowds, especially in the shoulder seasons.

Vilnius Lithuania
A view of Vilnius, Lithuania

Start your trip in Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania. Here, you can see historical sites such as the KGB Museum, a prison camp for Lithuanians during World War II. Hike the small hill to the Three Crosses Monument and the Gediminas Castle Tower.

You can take a day trip to the famous Trakai Castle, which is surrounded by a lake. Coming during winter means you can walk on the frozen lake.

Next stop: Riga, Latvia! During summer, locals and tourists flock to the Lielipe Beach.

Walk around the city and visit the House of the Black Head, Riga Central Market, and The Freedom Monument.

Finally, head to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. It has a beautiful Old Town!

The most famous spots here are the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the Lennusadan (a maritime museum featuring a 1560s sunken ship), and the Estonian Open Air Museum, which showcases the history and traditions of the country.

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Tallinn Estonia
The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Tallinn

Getting In and Out

Both Vilnius and Tallinn have international airports, making it easy to get in and out.

From Vilnius, you can take a flight, train, or bus to Riga. From Riga, fly to Tallinn or take the bus.

The bus (or train) from Vilnius to Riga takes about 4 hours, and the bus from Riga to Tallinn takes about 4.5 hours.

Suggested Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2: Arrive in Vilnius, explore Vilnius
Days 3-4: Arrive in Riga, explore Riga
Days 5-6: Arrive in Tallinn, explore Tallinn
Day 7: Depart

Suggested by Elizabeth of Three Week Traveller

Paris-Avignon-Arles-Lyon

France is blessed with many amazing cities, and this itinerary is an excellent sampler of France’s charms. All the cities are connected by rail, so relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

The Pont Saint-Bénézet in Avignon, France
The Pont Saint-Bénézet in Avignon

Start off in Paris. Visit iconic monuments such as the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. Immerse yourself in Paris’ world-class museums, such as the Louvre and the Musée D’Orsay.  

Your next stop is Avignon. Avignon is historically important as the 14th century seat of the papacy. Visiting the Palais des Papes (a UNESCO World Heritage site) is one of the best things to do in Avignon.  

Arles is a quick trip from Avignon and is famous for its many Roman ruins. Spend the day exploring the Arènes d’Arles, the Roman Theater, and the Alyscamps, a Roman necropolis.   

Your final stop is Lyon. Explore the traboules, Lyon’s unique secret passageways. And don’t miss the incredible trompe-l’oeil murals, such as the Mur des Canuts. 

Return to Paris and enjoy one more day in the City of Light. 

Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourviere in Lyon, France
Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourviere in Lyon

Getting In and Out

On this one-week Europe itinerary, you’ll start and end in Paris, with international airports that make getting in and out easy.

All the cities on this itinerary are connected by rail.

From Paris to Avignon, the high-speed train takes about 3 hours. Avignon to Arles is just 20 minutes by train.

The journey from Avignon to Lyon is just under one hour. The high-speed train from Lyon to Paris takes about 2 hours.

Suggested Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2: Arrive in Paris, explore Paris
Day 3: Arrive in Avignon, explore Avignon
Day 4: Day trip from Avignon to Arles
Day 5: Arrive in Lyon, explore Lyon
Day 6: Return to Paris, explore Paris
Day 7: Depart

Suggested by Lisa of Waves and Cobblestones

One Week Europe Trips: Single City with Day Trips

Rome, Italy + Day Trips

There are so many exciting things to do in Rome that you could spend your entire one-week Europe trip enjoying the many marvelous sights here and indulging in the pasta dishes for which the city is famed.

The Pantheon in Rome, Italy
The Pantheon in Rome

But it is also near enough to other epic Italian destinations that you could add in a few day trips from Rome to round out your Italian holiday, without having to move.

On your first day, visit the most famous sites of ancient Rome: the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. Walk through the historic center to admire the Pantheon and the Spanish Steps, and throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain.

Vatican City should be your focus on the next day. Tour the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica, ascend to the top of the dome for panoramic views over Rome, and take in all the fabulous art in the Vatican Museums.

On your third day in Rome, spend some time in charming Trastevere, and visit some of Rome’s beautiful churches: the Basilica of St. John in the Lateran is gorgeous! The Borghese Gallery is another must-visit, and its gardens are a great stroll.

For an easy day trip from Rome you can do on your own, consider Tivoli, home to two stunning villas: Hadrian’s Villa and the Villa d’Este. Another option is the charming hill town of Orvieto.

To visit the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii on a day trip from Rome, we suggest a guided tour. This very popular tour combines both. It’s a long day, but an efficient way to sample the beautiful coast on a short trip to Europe.

If you’d like to add in another city, Florence is within day-trip distance of Rome, and while you will not see and do everything Florence has to offer, you can certainly hit the highlights and stroll the beautiful historic center.

Orvieto Cathedral in Italy
The facade of the Orvieto Cathedral

Getting In and Out

On this one-week Europe trip itinerary, you’ll be based in Rome the entire time.

Rome’s international airport makes it easy to fly in and out.

Suggested Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3: Arrive in Rome, explore Rome
Day 4: Day trip from Rome to Florence
Day 5: Day trip from Rome to Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast by guided tour
Day 6: Day trip from Rome to Tivoli or Orvieto
Day 7: Depart

Barcelona, Spain + day Trips

With fabulous architecture and great food and drink, Barcelona is an epic destination in its own right. But it is also a great base from which to explore the Costa Brava and other parts of Catalonia on day trips.

Interior of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain
Interior of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

On your first day in Barcelona, visit La Sagrada Familia, Antonio Gaudi’s most famous work. Construction began in 1882, and the church is still under construction! Then tour the Palau de Musica Catalana and the Picasso Museum, and finish at Park Guell for sunset.

On day two, see more of Gaudi’s work at Casa Milà and Casa Batlló. Then visit the Boqueria Market and stroll Las Ramblas: join a tapas tour. Explore the Barri Gòtic, where you can also visit the Barcelona Cathedral.

On your final day of Barcelona sightseeing, visit the Montjuic Castle, gawk at Camp Nou, the largest stadium in Europe, and spend some time at La Barceloneta Beach.

Your first day trip from Barcelona should be to Montserrat, where a mountaintop monastery offers spectacular views over Catalonia. Montserrat is one of the most popular day trips from Barcelona. This highly-rated full day tour includes a winery stop for lunch and wine tasting.

Next, explore Girona and the scenic villages of the Costa Brava. You can rent a car and do it independently, or, if you’d rather sit back and enjoy the views, join a tour.

On your final day, take a day trip to historic Tarragona, where you can tour many ruins from Roman times, including an amphitheater, a necropolis, and remnants of the Forum.

Girona, Spain
Girona’s colorful facades

Getting In and Out

Barcelona’s international airport makes it a breeze to fly in and out.

Suggested Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3: Arrive in Barcelona, explore Barcelona
Day 4: Day trip from Barcelona to Montserrat
Day 5: Day trip from Barcelona to Girona and the Costa Brava
Day 6: Day trip from Barcelona to Tarragona
Day 7: Depart

One Week in Europe: Famous Regions

Tuscany, Italy

One of the most beautiful parts of Italy, Tuscany is perfect for a one-week visit to Europe. In one week, you can explore Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance, and visit the top hilltop towns in the region.

Florence, Italy
The Arno River in Florence

You can do a road trip through Tuscany, but we did it with two bases: Florence and Siena, to avoid packing and unpacking every day, and that’s the way we’ve described it here. We have a detailed 7-day Tuscany itinerary you can follow.

On days one and two, explore Florence. Visit the Duomo di Firenze, climbing to the top of the dome if you are up for the challenge, admire the original David at the Accademia Gallery, and wander the historic center.

If you enjoy art, you’ll be spoiled for choice in Florence, but a visit to the Galleria degli Uffizi should definitely be at the top of your list. Cross the River Arno via the historic Ponte Vecchio and take in sunset from Piazzale Michelangelo.

On day 3, do a day trip to Pisa and Lucca. Pisa’s Field of Miracles includes the Leaning Tower, and walking (or biking) Lucca’s walls is a delight. You can visit independently or on a guided tour.

On day 4, visit San Gimignano and Volterra. San Gimignano is famous for its many medieval towers, and Volterra for its alabaster. You’ll enjoy wandering both picturesque towns.

On day 5, you’ll travel to Siena. Siena’s duomo is one of the prettiest we’ve seen in all of Italy. Its Piazza del Campo is enormous and actually hosts a horse race. Climb to the top of the Torre del Mangia for panoramas.

On your final day in Tuscany, do a tour of the Val d’Orcia, where the charming hill towns of Montalcino, Pienza, and Montepulciano will captivate you. Take a late evening train back to Florence, or return the following morning, if your flight is later in the day.

Pienza, Italy
Pienza is a joy to wander

Getting In and Out

Florence has an international airport, making it easy to get in and out. Some travelers to Tuscany also fly in and out of Pisa.

Suggested Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2: Arrive in Florence, explore Florence
Day 3: Day trip from Florence to Pisa and Lucca
Day 4: Day trip from Florence to San Gimignano and Volterra
Day 5: Arrive in Siena, explore Siena
Day 6: Tour the Val d’Orcia from Siena, return to Florence
Day 7: Depart

Andalusia, Spain

Visit some of the most beautiful cities in Southern Spain on this 7-day Europe trip to Andalusia. The land of flamenco and tapas, Andalusia is lively, entertaining, and exciting: you won’t want to leave!

Plaza of Spain in Seville
Seville’s Plaza de Espana

Start your Andalusia adventure in the port city of Malaga. Visit the Alcazaba and take in the views from the Gibralfaro. Stroll the waterfront and the old town.

On the next day take a day trip to some of the pretty white villages of Andalusia. Pick from Frigiliana and Nerja or Ronda and Setenil de las Bodegas. Travel to Granada in the late evening.

Granada is home to the world-famous Alhambra Palace. Tour the magnificent complex, which includes the breathtaking Nasrid Palaces and the Generalife Gardens, and wander the historic neighborhoods of Albaicin and Sacromonte.

On day four, travel to Seville, the Andalusian capital, where you will spend three days. Here you must tour the Royal Alcazar, with its Mudejar architecture, and its stunning gardens.

Step inside the Seville Cathedral, take in the views from La Giralda, the bell tower, and visit the impressive Plaza de España.

Take a day trip to Cordoba, where you can marvel at the beautiful red-and-white arches in the Mezquita, walk the Roman Bridge, and tour the Jewish Quarter.

Mezquita in Cordoba, Spain
The candy-cane arches of the Mezquita

Getting In and Out

Fly into the international airport in Malaga, and fly out of the international airport in Seville.

From Malaga to Granada, take the fast train. The journey time is a little over one hour.

From Granada to Seville, the fast train takes about 2 hours and 20 minutes.

If you prefer, you can visit Granada for the day from Malaga, and then travel directly from Malaga to Seville. The fastest trains take about 2 hours. We think seeing the Alhambra at sunset from the Albaicin is worth an early wake-up call the next morning!

Suggested Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrive in Malaga, explore Malaga
Day 2: Day trip from Malaga to Nerja + Frigiliana or Ronda + Setenil de las Bodegas, travel to Granada
Day 3: Explore Granada
Days 4 and 5: Travel to Seville, explore Seville
Day 6: Day trip from Seville to Cordoba
Day 7: Depart

The French Riviera

Discover the most glamorous side of the French Mediterranean by taking a road trip from Saint-Tropez to Monaco. Cruising the Côte d’Azur gives you the opportunity to discover iconic cities, perched villages, scenic beaches and picture-perfect panoramas.

The beauty of the French Riviera has inspired some of the world’s most famous poets and painters. This 7-day French Riviera itinerary allows you to follow in their footsteps.

Port in Saint Tropez, France
Facades in Saint Tropez

Spend day one in iconic Saint-Tropez, where you will want to wander the streets of the Old Town, called La Ponche. Spend a lazy afternoon at Pampelonne Beach before having cocktails at the yacht-lined marina.

Your next stop is Cannes. Visit the Forville market, cruise the famous Croisette or take a ferry to the Lérins islands.

Next up is low-key Antibes where you can hike the meandering coastal trail to discover the scenic Cap d’Antibes peninsula.

On day four, you drive inland to reach Saint Paul de Vence, an idyllic medieval village lined with art galleries. Watch the sunset from the town’s ramparts before trying some local delicacies in one of the convivial restaurants.

From there, head to lively Nice where you can stroll the famous Promenade d’Anglais or visit the flower market at Cours Saleya in the heart of the Old Town called Vieux Nice.

Day six is spent in Monaco. Watch the changing of the guards in front of the Palais Princier, have lunch at the La Condamine area or visit the world-renowned casino of Monte Carlo.

Monaco, France
Port in Monaco

Getting In and Out

Fly into the international airport of Toulon, where you can pick up your rental car. From Toulon, the drive to St. Tropez is about one hour.

Fly out of the international airport in Nice. From Monaco, the drive to Nice is about 25 minutes.

Suggested Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrive in St. Tropez, explore St. Tropez
Day 2: Arrive in Cannes, explore Cannes
Day 3: Arrive in Antibes, explore Antibes
Day 4: Arrive in Saint Paul de Vence, explore Saint Paul de Vence
Day 5: Arrive in Nice, explore Nice
Day 6: Arrive in Monaco, explore Monaco
Day 7: Depart

Suggested by Sarah of CosmopoliClan

The Algarve, Portugal

The Algarve region in southern Portugal is the perfect place for a one-week trip. The area is famous for its spectacular beaches, picturesque cliffs, turquoise-colored water, and charming coastal towns.

Lagos in the Algarve of Portugal
Beautiful rock formations in Lagos

The Algarve offers a great variety of outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking, and surfing, and makes for a wonderful road trip.

This itinerary starts in the small town of Sagres. Cabo de S. Vicente, the most southwestern point of continental Europe and the Fort of Sagres are two not-to-miss places here. Tonel Beach in Sagres is a popular surfing spot.

From Sagres, continue along the coast to Lagos, one of the most popular holiday towns in the Algarve. You can spend two days here.

There are many amazing things to do in Lagos. Dona Ana Beach, Porto de Mós Beach, Praia do Camilo, Ponta da Piedade, the Old Town, and the Marina de Lagos are must-visit places.

After Lagos, head to Carvoeiro, another beautiful beach town in the Algarve, where you can spend two days. From Carvoeiro, you can visit some of the main highlights of the Algarve region: Marinha Beach, Benagil Cave and the Seven Hanging Valleys Trail.

From Carvoeiro, continue along the coast to Albufeira, a colorful town with a beautiful marina and nice sandy beaches, and finish your itinerary in Faro, the biggest town in the Algarve, where you can wander the old town and visit the cathedral.

Carvoeiro, Portugal
Beach in Carvoeiro

Getting In and Out

Fly into the international airport at Lisbon, where you can pick up a rental car. The drive from Lisbon to Sagres is about 3 hours and 20 minutes.

Fly out of the international airport in Faro.

Suggested Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrive in Sagres, explore Sagres
Days 2-3: Arrive in Lagos, explore Lagos
Days 4-5: Arrive in Carvoeiro, explore Carvoeiro and surrounds
Day 6: Arrive in Albufeira, explore Albufeira, and end in Faro
Day 7: Depart

Suggested by Alya of the Algarve Family

Cambridge-Oxford-Cotswolds, England

Europe is filled with outstanding road trips but one of the best is the drive from Cambridge to the Cotswolds via Oxford. The road trip overall takes just over two and a half hours and allows plenty of time for exploring.

Mathematical Bridge in Cambridge, UK
The Mathematical Bridge in Cambridge

To make the most of each destination, spend two nights in Cambridge, two nights in Oxford, and three nights in the Cotswolds. This road trip gives you the best of two worlds, famous cities and gorgeous villages that are exactly the way you probably picture England.

In Cambridge, take a punt on the River Cam, and explore the University colleges: Kings College is one of the most famous colleges in the United Kingdom.

Check out the Corpus Clock, stroll around the botanic gardens, and if you like museums, the Fitzwilliam Museum is a great way to spend an afternoon.

The drive from Cambridge to Oxford takes around one hour and 50 minutes, but allow a few hours to stop at some cute towns along the way.

Like Cambridge, Oxford is well known for its University and you must explore the colleges that are around the city, step back in time at the castle and prison, enjoy the quiet at Bodleian Library, and marvel at Radcliffe Camera.

Finally, head onto the Cotswolds. Although the villages are much smaller than both Cambridge and Oxford, you will want to spend a large portion of your road trip here, as there are so many amazing villages to see.

Some of the best places to visit in the Cotswolds are Stow-on-the-Wold (you must check out the door at St. Edwards Church!), Snowshill, Bourton-on-the-Water, and the Slaughters.

Snowshill, Cotswolds, UK
Church in Snowshill in the Cotswolds

Getting In and Out

Fly into one of the international airports in London, where you can pick up a rental car, and fly out from London as well.

The drive from London to Cambridge is about 1 hour and 30 minutes, and the drive from the Cotswolds to London is about 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Suggested Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2: Arrive in Cambridge, explore Cambridge
Days 3-4: Arrive in Oxford, explore Oxford
Days 5-6: Arrive in the Cotswolds, explore the Cotswolds
Day 7: Depart

Suggested by Fiona of The Travelling Thirties

West Coast of Scotland

The west coast of Scotland has to be one of the most beautiful places in the UK. With ancient castles, famous distilleries, and dramatic landscapes, the rugged west coast is truly breathtaking.

Loch Lomond in Scotland
Sunset at Loch Lomond

A seven-day road trip of the west coast of Scotland is for seafood lovers, history buffs, and those that want to get under the skin of Scotland and understand what makes the country tick.

From Glasgow, stunning Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park ease you into the dramatic landscapes. On to the coast and you’ll enjoy fresh seafood, before heading to Inverary Castle, home to the Duke of Argyll and Chief of Clan Campbell.

Visit the living museum at Auchindrain to learn about the Highland Clearances, which took place between 1750 and 1860, before heading to Dunnadd Hill Fort, where the first kings of Scotland were inaugurated.

On Easdale Island, spend a day with wildlife, before tasting the whisky at Oban Distillery, one of the smallest and oldest distilleries in Scotland. Then stop to take photographs of iconic Castle Stalker, from the shores of Loch Linnhe. 

Finally, arrive at Glen Coe, site of the Massacre of Glencoe in 1692. Follow the Glen Coe Geotrail to learn more about the ancient volcanic history in this landscape full of natural wonders.

Glen Coe, Scotland
Beautiful scenery in Glen Coe

Getting In and Out

Starting in Glasgow, you’ll end this road trip in Fort William, where you can either continue across the Scottish Highlands to Inverness or head south to Edinburgh or Glasgow, all of which have airports.

Suggested Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrive in Glasgow, explore Glasgow
Day 2: Arrive in Loch Lomond, explore Loch Lomond
Day 3: Explore Inverary Castle and Dunnadd Hill Fort
Day 4: Easdale Island
Day 5: Explore Oban and drive to Glen Coe
Day 6: Explore Glen Coe
Day 7: Drive to Fort William and explore before departing

Suggested by Izzy of The Gap Decaders

Sicily, Italy

One of the best ways to experience Southern Europe is to spend 7 days on the island of Sicily. The island sees sun year round and winter temperatures are considerably warmer compared to other parts of Europe. 

Taormina, Sicily
Amphitheatre in Taormina

Spend day one of your seven-day Europe trip in Palermo, checking out the UNESCO-designated Palatine Chapel, eating a spleen sandwich, and visiting the magnificent baroque churches. 

On the next two days, explore the eastern side of the island. 

Erice is wonderful for the views from the fortress. San Vito Lo Capo has the best beaches of the island. And Trapani has salt flats that turn pink during the summer months.

Spend the next two days exploring Western Sicily.

Spend one full day exploring the baroque palazzi in the towns of Noto and Ortigia.

On the next day, explore Taormina. Both the village and the amphitheater are must-visits. 

On your last day, either choose an adventurous activity like climbing up Mount Etna, or opt to relax on the beach in the charming fishing village of Cefalu, before heading home. 

Cefalu, Sicily
Picturesque Cefalu

Getting In and Out

Fly in and out of the capital of Palermo, the best place to stay in Sicily for a week-long trip to the island. Use the city as a base to take day trips to the various parts of Sicily.

The easiest way to get around the island is by renting a car. Public transportation is scarce and will require a lot of patience. Rental cars can be picked up right outside the airport terminal.

Suggested Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrive in Palermo, explore Palermo
Day 2: Do a day trip from Palermo to San Vito Lo Capo
Day 3: Do a day trip from Palermo to Erice and Trapani
Day 4: Do a day trip from Palermo to Noto and Ortigia
Day 5: Do a day trip from Palermo to Taormina
Day 6: Hike Mount Etna or relax in Cefalu
Day 7: Depart

Suggested by Caroline of Veggie Wayfarer

Single Country 7-Day Europe Trips

Croatia

On this 7-day Europe trip, you will hit the highlights of Croatia on a picturesque road trip. While the country is famous for its idyllic coastline and islands, Croatia also has a rich history. Plus, you have to visit Plitvice Lakes National Park!

Lovrijenac Fortress in Dubrovnik Croatia
A view of the Lovrijenac Fortress

Start in Dubrovnik, where the stunning Old Town is a must-wander. Walk the walls of Dubrovnik, stroll Stradun and visit historical landmarks, and join a tour to discover Game of Thrones filming locations.

Take in the views from Mount Srd (you can drive up or take the cable car), tour Lovrijenac Fortress, take a boat trip to Lokrum Island, and enjoy a drink at the famous Buza Bar.

Next, head to Split, where you can spend the rest of the day wandering around Diocletian’s Palace and take in the main sights, including the Split Cathedral and the Peristyle. Go for a stroll along the seafront promenade in the evening, or head to Marjan Hill for views.

On your second day in Split, take a day trip to Hvar by ferry. Hvar Town has a picturesque fortress with views over the rooftops and the Pakleni Islands. St. Stephen’s Square is impressive and the little alleys of the town are worth discovering.

Your next destination is inland. Plitvice Lakes National Park, with its network of interconnected lakes and thousands of waterfalls, is one of the most beautiful national parks in Europe. Spend the day walking the trails and taking lots of photos!

On your final day, head to Zagreb, the country’s capital. Upper Town is compact and walkable, and here you will find the Zagreb Cathedral, St. Mark’s, with its famous tiled roof, and viewpoints looking out over the city.

Dolac Market is worth browsing for fresh fruit and snacks. Also walk Tkalciceva Street, where you will find numerous coffee houses and restaurants.

Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia
Plitvice Lakes National Park

Getting In and Out

Fly into Dubrovnik Airport, where you can pick up a rental car, and out of Zagreb Airport.

The drive from Dubrovik to Split is about 3 hours. The journey from Split to Plitvice Lakes will take you about 2 hours and 20 minutes, and the drive from Plitvice Lakes to Zagreb is just under 2 hours.

Suggested Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2: Arrive in Dubrovnik, explore Dubrovnik
Day 3: Arrive in Split, explore Split
Day 4: Do a day trip from Split to Hvar
Day 5: Arrive at Plitvice Lakes, explore Plitvice Lakes National Park
Day 6: Arrive in Zagreb, explore Zagreb
Day 7: Depart

Suggested by us

Slovenia

Slovenia, with the Julian Alps and its many alpine lakes, makes for one of the most scenic Europe trips you can do. It’s a small country, and you can see many of the major sights in one fun-filled week.

Julian Alps, Slovenia
The Julian Alps in Slovenia

Start in Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital. We’ve split this itinerary up into two bases, but if you prefer, you can stay in Ljubljana for your entire week and explore the country on day trips.

Spend a day touring charming Ljubljana. Snap photos of the famous “pink church,” head to Ljubljana Castle for panoramic views, and wander the historic center to admire the architecture of Jože Plečnik.

On the second day, take a day trip to visit Škocjan Caves in the karst region. The cave system is designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Also visit Predjama Castle, built into the cliff face. If steps are an issue visit Postojna Cave instead of Skocjan.

On day three, take a day trip to the Slovenian coast. Stop in to wander the little town of Koper before spending the day in beautiful Piran. Climb the town walls, visit St. George’s Parish Church and climb the bell tower for views. Enjoy the waterfront.

On day four, travel to Bled. Along the way, spend a couple of hours in the charming town of Škofja Loka. Spend the rest of the day exploring Lake Bled: walk the shore, take a pletna boat to the picturesque little island in the middle of the lake, and visit Bled Castle.

On day five, visit Vintgar Gorge in the morning for the stunning hike, and spend the afternoon at beautiful Lake Bohinj, where you can snap a photo of Slap Savica, take the cable car to the top of Mount Vogel, and take a canoe out on the lake.

On day six, take a day trip to Vršič Pass and the Soca River Valley. This is a full day if you take in sights along the way, so start early! Admire beautiful Lake Jasna, take in the views at Vrsic Pass, and hike to Kozjak Falls in Kobarid.

Lake Bohinj, Slovenia
Lake Bohinj in Slovenia

Getting In and Out

Fly in and out of Ljubljana Airport. Rent a car in Ljubljana if you want to explore independently with ease.

The drive from Ljubljana to Bled is about 40 minutes. If your flight out on day seven is early in the day, you can return to Ljubljana instead of Bled the previous evening.

Suggested Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrive in Ljubljana, explore Ljubljana
Day 2: Do a day trip from Ljubljana to Skocjan Caves (or Postojna Cave) and Predjama Castle
Day 3: Do a day trip from Ljubljana to Piran and Koper
Day 4: Arrive in Bled, explore Lake Bled
Day 5: Visit Vintgar Gorge and Lake Bohinj from Bled
Day 6: Do a day trip from Bled to Vrsic Pass and the Soca River Valley
Day 7: Depart

Suggested by us

Ireland

One of the best destinations in Europe is the Island of Ireland: it includes the Republic of Ireland (ROI) and Northern Ireland (NI). Because all the best areas to visit are within a reasonable travel distance, Ireland is one of the best 7-day Europe trips you can do!

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
Cliffs of Moher

Start by exploring the city of Dublin, with its vibrant atmosphere, the music of Temple Bar, and the Guinness Factory with its iconic beer.

Some of Dublin’s other must-not-miss attractions include Dublin Castle, Trinity College, Christ Church Cathedral, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, and the Saint Stephen’s Green (be sure to pop into the shopping center!).

From Dublin, do day trips to explore other destinations. Either rent a car and explore on your own, or join guided tours.

On day three, visit the stunning Cliffs of Moher and Galway City. This popular full-day excursion takes you along the Irish countryside and the Wild Atlantic Way to the Cliffs of Moher. You will also get some time to explore Galway City, with its colorful facades.

On day four, take a day trip to Kilkenny, where you can tour the castle, and drive through scenic Wicklow Mountains National Park to Glendalough, to tour the medieval monastic settlement.

On day 5, head to Northern Ireland. Here you cannot miss exploring the city of Belfast with its iconic Titanic Museum, the Queen’s University, and the captivating City Hall.

On day 6, do a day trip (or guided tour) along the Antrim Coast from Belfast. Stop at Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Giant’s Causeway, and Bushmill Distillery for a warm sip of the oldest Irish whiskey.

On your final day, return to Dublin and go back home with your heart full of the most awe-inspiring wonders of ROI and NI!

Giant's Causeway Northern Ireland
Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland

Getting In and Out

Fly in and out of Dublin Airport. Rent a car at Dublin Airport if you want to explore independently. Guided tours are a convenient alternative.

The drive from Dublin to Belfast is about 1 hour and 45 minutes. If your flight out on day seven is early in the day, you can drive to Dublin late the previous evening.

Suggested Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2: Arrive in Dublin, explore Dublin
Day 3: Do a day trip from Dublin to the Cliffs of Moher and Galway City
Day 4: Do a day trip from Dublin to Kilkenny and Glendalough
Day 5: Arrive in Belfast, explore Belfast
Day 6: Do a day trip from Belfast along the Antrim Coast
Day 7: Depart

Suggested by Francesca of Travel Heal Love

Montenegro

Montenegro is a spectacularly beautiful country that’s perfect for a one-week Europe trip. The fjord-like Bay of Kotor, the many national parks, and charming old towns make Montenegro a must-visit European destination.

Bay of Kotor in Montenegro
Bay of Kotor

We’ve structured this itinerary with a single base, in Old Town Kotor. If you wish, you can head north on day 5 and base yourself in Podgorica, from where you can fly out. Podgorica is closer to Durmitor National Park.

Start your Montenegro holiday by exploring picturesque Old Town Kotor. Wander the alleyways, visit the St. Tryphon Cathedral, and climb the walls to the Fortress of St. John for great views over Kotor and the Bay of Kotor.

On day two, drive along the Bay of Kotor and visit Herceg Novi and the Lustica Peninsula, known for its beautiful beaches and the Blue Grotto. Stop in to view the Roman mosaics in Risan.

On day three, visit Perast and Old Town Budva from Kotor. In Perast, a boat trip to the Church of Our Lady of the Rocks is a must! Old Town Budva is very picturesque, and you can spend some time at Mogren Beach as well.

On day 4, visit Mount Lovcen and the Mausoleum of Njegoš, and the historic city of Cetinje. Do a boat tour at Lake Skadar National Park, and stop to snap photos of Sveti Stefan before returning to Kotor.

On day 5, visit the impossibly-located Ostrog Monastery, enjoy walking around beautiful Black Lake in Durmitor National Park, and take in the views from the spectacular Tara Canyon Bridge.

On day 6, you can do an exciting Tara Canyon rafting trip from Kotor, or visit the charming coastal towns of Bar and Ulcinj, or visit yet another of Montenegro’s beautiful national parks, Biogradska.

Tara River Canyon in Montenegro
Tara River Canyon

Getting In and Out

Fly in and out of Tivat Airport. Rent a car at Tivat Airport if you want to explore independently, or have more than one base in Montenegro. Guided tours are a convenient alternative.

The drive from Tivat to Kotor is under 20 minutes.

Suggested Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Explore Old Town Kotor
Day 2: Do a day trip from Kotor to Herceg Novi, the Lustica Peninsula, and Risan
Day 3: Do a day trip from Kotor to Perast and Old Town Budva
Day 4: Do a day trip to Mount Lovcen National Park, Cetinje, and Lake Skadar National Park
Day 5: Do a day trip from Kotor to Durmitor National Park and Ostrog Monastery
Day 6: Enjoy Tara River Rafting or Biogradska National Park or Stari Bar and Ulcinj on a day trip from Kotor
Day 7: Depart

Suggested by us

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That’s our round-up of some amazing one-week trip itineraries for Europe. Which one will you choose for your next visit?

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Dhara's travel interests are eclectic, spanning everything from natural wonders to history, culture, art and architecture. She has visited 22 countries, many more than once, plus almost all 50 states of the USA, and has amassed a hoard of cherished travel moments.

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