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

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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 by 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 the short span of 7 days in Europe.

While some of our 7 day Europe itinerary ideas do involve multiple bases, we also have suggestions for one or two bases with day trips if you dislike moving too much from one place to another.

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.

On a recent trip to Europe, we strung together a week each in Montenegro and Slovenia with a longer stay in Croatia. On an earlier trip, we did one week each in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

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

7-Day Europe Itineraries: City Hopping!

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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.

With just 7 days, 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.

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 either up to the terraces or to the top of the dome.

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: it’s one of the best things to do in Tuscany!

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. An after-dark walk is magical!

Strolling Rome’s centro storico allows you to take in some of the best free things to do in Rome!

Visit the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, and take in the views from the cupola of the dome.

Do a guided tour of the Vatican Museums. Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel will take your breath away, but there are numerous other treasures to view as well: the Raphael Rooms and the Spiral Staircase are must-sees.

Foodies should definitely book a food walking tour in Rome, to sample culinary delights as you stroll the historic center.

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

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

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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.

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.

Be sure to schedule afternoon tea at one of the many top spots!

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 Musée 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.

Getting In and Out

Both London and Paris have international airports, making it easy

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