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How to Spend 10, 14, or 21 Days in Europe

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Villandry Castle in Loire Valley in France

Loire Valley, France

How to plan your trip to Europe depends mostly on the amount of time you have, in addition to your interests, needs, and expectations. Our examples of how to divide your time with 10, 14, or 21 days in Europe are a guide to help you plan the best experience according to your travel preferences.

From Munich’s Glockenspiel to Rome’s Colosseum, London’s Parliament building to Paris’s Eiffel Tower, each city has its own allure and each country can bring fascinating insights into the monuments, traditions, and scenery that have captivated travelers for millennia.

A personalized Zicasso tour designs your trip around how you wish to travel, with your timeline, needs, and interests at the center to create the best Europe experience for you.

Overview

  1. How to Spend 10 Days in Europe
  2. How to Spend 14 Days in Europe
  3. How to Spend 21 Days in Europe
  4. Spend the Right Number of Days in Europe for You

How to Spend 10 Days in Europe

Big Ben and Westminster parliament in London, England

London, England

10 days in London, Paris, and Rome can share the imperial pasts and cultural heritage that have shaped the greater continent while uncovering iconic monuments and masterpieces from across history.

Whether exploring the cityscape of London or venturing into the countryside to visit mystical Stonehenge or elegant Bath, enjoying the opulence of Paris with culinary and cultural discoveries, including the stunning palaces of the Loire Valley, indulging in the culinary and artistic works of Rome that accentuate the ancient and medieval ruins, wonder and opportunity invite you to discover the essentials of Europe.

Days 1-3: London, England

Buckingham Palace • The Tower of London • Tower Bridge • London Eye • Big Ben & Parliament • Westminster Abbey • Hyde Park

Days 4-6: Paris, France

Eiffel Tower • Louvre Museum • Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris • Avenue des Champs-Élysées • Musée d'Orsay • Palais Garnier

Days 7-10: Rome, Italy

The Colosseum • The Pantheon • Roman Forum • Trevi Fountain • St. Peter's Basilica • Sistine Chapel • Vatican City • Piazza Navona • The Spanish Steps

How to Spend 14 Days in Europe

Tourists sightseeing in horse carriage in Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg, Austria

The combination of enchanting nature and cultural heritage provides an ambiance of splendor and opulence across central Europe or the United Kingdom, revealing unparalleled allure.

From the hot springs of Baden-Baden to the lake-side splendor of Interlaken, the historical charm of Munich’s Old Town to the whispers of Mozart in Salzburg, the charming villages of Lake Hallstatt to the imperial opulence of Vienna, each place embodies the distinctive characteristics of the alps, plains, and heritage that spread across Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.

In the United Kingdom, 14 days can immerse you in the ancient lanes of London, reveal the village charms of the Cotswolds, immerse you in the often-overlooked grandeur of York, express the ruins and heritage of St. Andrews, and feature the unique combination of Gothic and regal ambiance in Edinburgh.

A custom-tailored trip can reveal the extraordinary culture and preserved traditions shaped by the grand scale of the surrounding nature during any 14-day trip to Europe.

Days 1-2: Baden-Baden, Germany

Friedrichsbad and Caracalla Baths • Lichtentaler Allee • Merkur Bergbahn • Museum Frieder Burda • Altes Schloss Hohenbaden • Geroldsau Waterfall

Days 3-5: Interlaken, Switzerland

Harder Kulm • Schynige Platte • Lake Brienz • Jungfraujoch • St. Beatus Caves • Schlosskirche

Days 6-7: Munich, Germany

Marienplatz • Englischer Garten • Nymphenburg Palace • Munich Residenz • Theatinerkirche • Glyptothek Museum • Bavaria Statue

Days 8-10: Salzburg, Austria

Hohensalzburg Fortress • Mirabell Palace • Museum der Moderne Salzburg • Hellbrunn Palace • DomQuartier Salzburg

Days 11: Lake Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt Old Town • Hallstatt Salt Mine • Dachstein Ice Cave • The Bone House & Cemetery • Halstatt Museum • Dachstein Mountains and the Five Fingers

Days 12-14: Vienna, Austria

Imperial Schönbrunn Palace • Hofburg • Kunsthistorisches Museum • Belvedere Palace • Albertina Museum • Vienna State Opera House

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Days 1-3: London, England

Tower of London • Buckingham Palace • The British Museum • Natural History Museum • St. Paul’s Cathedral • London Eye • The National Gallery

Days 4-6: Cotswold, England

Blenheim Palace • The Cotswold Way • Cheltenham • WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre • Highgrove Gardens • The Cotswolds Distillery

Days 7-8: York, England

York Minster • National Railway Museum of York • York Castle Museum • Clifford’s Tower • Shambles • Yorkshire Museum

Days 9: St. Andrews, Scotland

St. Andrews Cathedral • The St. Andrews Spy Mission Treasure Trail • Old Course • Gold Days • St. Andrews Museum • St. Andrews Castle

Days 10-14: Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle • Palace of Holyroodhouse • The Royal Mile • Arthur's Seat • National Museum of Scotland • Princes Street

How to Spend 21 Days in Europe

Piazza Venezia in Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

A 21-day trip to Europe can capture the endless prestige of historic cities and unparalleled estates to make each experience personal to your travel preferences. Discover Gaudi’s surrealist interpretations of architecture in Barcelona. Embrace the contemporary life and masterworks of Europe in Madrid.

Indulge in the combination of elegant ambiance, artistic inspirations, and regal chateaux between Paris and the Loire Valley. Reveal Rome’s layers from ancient ruins to medieval lanes. Bask in Florence’s Renaissance art and architecture. Savor Venice’s delightful canals and embrace the mixture of Athens’s preserved images of ancient life and Santorini’s natural island beauty.

Days 1-2: Barcelona, Spain

La Sagrada Familia • Park Güell • Casa Milà • Casa Batlló • La Rambla • Picasso Museum • Cathedral of Barcelona • Palau de la Música Catalana

Days 3-4: Madrid, Spain

The Golden Triangle • Royal Palace of Madrid • El Retiro Park • Toledo • Segovia • Museo Nacional del Prado • Plaza Mayor

Days 5-9: Paris/Loire Valley, France

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris • Louvre Museum • Eiffel Tower • Musée d'Orsay • Arc de Triomphe • Château de Chambord • Château de Chenonceau

Days 10-12: Rome, Italy

Trevi Fountain • The Pantheon • The Colosseum • Piazza Navona • Vatican Museums • Sistine Chapel • The Spanish Steps

Days 13-14: Florence, Italy

Wine Tasting Tours • Uffizi Gallery • Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore • Ponte Vecchio • Palazzo Vecchio • Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence • Accademia Gallery

Days 15: Venice, Italy

Doge's Palace • Bridge of Sighs • St. Mark's Basilica • Grand Canal • Gondola Tours • Santa Maria della Salute • Scuola Grande di San Rocco

Days 16-17: Athens, Greece

The Acropolis • Acropolis Museum • The Parthenon • National Archaeological Museum • Temple of Olympian Zeus • Plaka

Days 18-21: Santorini, Greece

Firá • Oia • Caldera Tour • Akrotíri Archaeological Site • Red Beach • Ancient Thira • Ammoudi Bay • Cruises

Spend the Right Number of Days in Europe for You

Chateau Sully in Loire Valley, France

Loire Valley, France

Luxuries, timeless beauty, and endless charm spread across Europe. With exceptional cuisine, celebrated wines, the wonders of empires, and the promise of distinctive beaches, your custom-tailored trip can become the itinerary you always dream of.

Zicasso’s sample European Tours & Vacations can act as inspiration for your next trip, with plenty of ideas in our Europe Travel Guide for how to experience the culinary, historical, and scenic diversity across a variety of countries.

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