Have you always wanted to travel through Europe, but can’t seem to find the time? In every city, there’s so much to do and see that you could spend a week in one location alone without truly seeing everything. Here’s a couple quick one-week Euro-trips for those who want to see some of Europe’s highlights, but don’t have the luxury of spending months abroad.
London and Paris
This itinerary tends to be popular among first-time visitors to Europe–it’s not too far from home, plus they speak the same language. Both locations are packed with famous sights, and it’s a major world capital. London is fabulous for its shopping scene, but Paris is more beautiful, and the food is also way better. Both cities have great public transportation systems, making it easy to get around.
France, Belgium, and Netherlands
If you’ve already visited the UK or want to save it for a future trip, then starting in Paris on a first Europe visit is perfect because it can easily access many airports. After three full days of sightseeing in Paris, you can take a high-speed train to Brussels or Bruges and explore Belgium. The Netherlands isn’t too far from where you can see fields of windmills and sheep in the country, and stop in Amsterdam for a party of two.
Italy is one of the most popular destinations in Europe and for good reasons. The country has the famous Big 3 destinations, consisting of Venice, Florence, and Rome, which are all full of worthwhile sights. Each city is also, and a fairly short train rides from each other so that you can squeeze in some other sights on the way like Pisa, Cinque Terre, or Tuscany. Rome is the largest of the cities and is perfect for sightseeing.