2 Weeks in Europe – The Perfect Europe Itinerary

Are you planning a trip to Europe and looking for the perfect itinerary? Well, you’ve come to the right place! I have traveled extensively in Europe and have put together a detailed 2-week Europe itinerary based on my experiences to help you plan your trip.

This itinerary will take you to many of the highlights that I believe first-time visitors to Europe would want to see and explore for themselves. These include some of my favorite destinations that I have visited multiple times over.

I have designed this itinerary for those who are visiting Europe for the first time or for those who are looking for an easy itinerary to follow that covers some of the major highlights of Western Europe. It’s not overly rushed because I believe you will get more from your experience if you focus on a few major locations rather than trying to see everything in one go.

The trip as outlined is for 14 days in Europe, but you can adjust it to make it longer or shorter depending on how much time you have. For example, with 10 days in Europe, you can clip off a day or two in some of the cities, and maybe even skip one of the cities to make it a more comfortable experience.

In addition to the itinerary, I will also share everything you need to know to help you plan the perfect European trip. This includes tips about currency, what to pack, where to stay, how to get around, and other considerations.

I hope this guide will give you everything you need to plan your own perfect European adventure. Let’s get started!

2 Week Europe Itinerary

This two-week itinerary will take you to four European countries and five cities, covering some of the top highlights of Europe.

Please note that this itinerary is focused on exploring the cities, which are full of cultural highlights, fantastic restaurants, and plenty of photo-worthy sights. If you prefer smaller towns, secondary cities, and rural locations, this might not be the best itinerary for you. However, if you are interested, you can also check out my two-week UK itinerary and 10-day Italy itinerary for some inspiration.

Days 1 – 3: London

We’re going to start your European adventure with three days in London. London is a great starting point for your European itinerary, with its numerous international airports making it easy to get here. Plus, there are countless sights and cultural attractions to immerse yourself in.

I lived in London for a number of years, and it’s still one of my favorite cities in the world. Whether it’s your first overseas trip or you are coming from an English-speaking country, London is a good place to ease yourself into the experience. You can acclimate yourself to the time difference and get used to traveling in a new country without having a language barrier to work with as well.

I recommend spending at least two days exploring the capital and perhaps taking a day trip outside of London. On your first day in London, I suggest seeing the major sights around Westminster, including the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, the Churchill War Rooms, Buckingham Palace, and the London Eye.

On your second day, which will be a full day, you can start at the Tower of London and then explore other sites in the area like Tower Bridge, Borough Market (a London Harry Potter filming location), St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe, and the Shard. This day offers a wealth of things to occupy your time!

On your third day in the UK, I recommend taking a day trip out of the city. There are plenty of options near London, such as Windsor Castle or Hampton Court Palace. If you’re willing to venture a bit further, I can recommend a trip to Stonehenge, the Cotswolds, Bath, or Oxford. Various companies offer easy day trips from London that include multiple highlights, or you could plan your own trip.

While you’re in London, I suggest using public transport to get around as it’s the most cost-effective and efficient way to explore the city. I have a guide to public transport in London that can provide you with some tips on getting around.

When it comes to accommodations in London, I have several recommendations across different budget ranges:

  • The Walrus Bar and Hostel – A well-reviewed centrally located hostel
  • The Z hotel in Shoreditch – Excellent value in a popular part of London with great dining options
  • Point A Hotel – A great budget option with clean rooms, even though they are tiny
  • Lime Tree Hotel – A well-reviewed boutique hotel within walking distance of London Victoria
  • The Resident Victoria Hotel – A well-reviewed centrally located hotel offering excellent value for money
  • The Savoy – True luxury as close to the city center as you can get!

If you prefer an apartment, I highly recommend Plum Guide. They carefully curate their listings, so their options tend to be of high quality while remaining available at various price points.

To get to the next city on your itinerary, I recommend taking the Eurostar train service from London to Paris. This is a quick and convenient way to travel between the two cities, with multiple departures throughout the day. The journey takes approximately 2 hours and 16 minutes. You can purchase your tickets in advance here.

Days 4 – 6: Paris

Welcome to the city of lights and love – Paris! We’re going to suggest spending three full days exploring Paris since the city has so much to offer.

After you’ve dropped off your bags at your hotel, it’s time to start sightseeing. On your first day, I suggest starting with the Eiffel Tower, Paris’s most famous landmark. You can enjoy the views from below or head up inside the tower to one of the various stages. If you decide to go up the Eiffel Tower, I highly recommend booking your tickets in advance to avoid long queues. You can reserve your tickets here.

From the Eiffel Tower, I suggest taking a cruise on the River Seine to see many of the city’s highlights from the water. There are several options for cruises, including discounted options that depart near the Eiffel Tower. Alternatively, you might prefer an evening Seine River dinner cruise.

After the cruise, you can consider a walking tour of Paris or a hop-on-hop-off bus trip to further explore the city. Alternatively, you could visit the Musee d’Orsay.

On your second day in Paris, I recommend starting early with a visit to Sainte Chapelle, one of Paris’s prettiest churches with stunning stained-glass windows. From there, you can visit Notre Dame, the Louvre, and explore the Gothic Quarter.

For your third day in Paris, you could continue exploring the city’s attractions or take a day trip to nearby sites such as Versailles. There are plenty of tour options available, or you could plan your own day trip.

When it comes to accommodations in Paris, here are some options across various budgets:

  • The Walrus Bar and Hostel – A highly rated centrally located hostel
  • The Z hotel in Shoreditch – Excellent value in a popular part of London with great dining options
  • Point A Hotel – A great budget option with clean rooms, even though they are tiny
  • Lime Tree Hotel – A well-reviewed boutique hotel within walking distance of London Victoria
  • The Resident Victoria Hotel – A well-reviewed centrally located hotel offering excellent value for money
  • The Savoy – True luxury as close to the city center as you can get!

If you prefer an apartment, I highly recommend Plum Guide. They offer high-quality listings at various price points.

To get from Paris to Barcelona, I recommend taking a flight. There are multiple direct flights available between the two cities, with a journey time of just under two hours. Be sure to book your flights in advance for the best prices. You can check flight times and prices online.

Days 7 – 9: Barcelona

Welcome to Barcelona – a city full of incredible sights, including architectural gems from Antoni Gaudi, a Gothic city center, and even a beach!

I suggest spending three days exploring Barcelona to truly experience the city. On your first day, start with a visit to the Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s final work and one of the city’s most famous landmarks.

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