Deciding which places to visit in Europe if you only have a short amount of time can be a bit difficult! There are so many amazing cities to explore, foods to try, and cultures to discover. I’ve lived in Europe for over three years working as a travel guide, so I’ve done my fair share of traveling around the continent.
If you’re looking for one of the best and my personal favorite travel routes in Europe, then you will definitely love this one!
Fly Into London for Three to Four Days
London is definitely one of the best places to start your European travels! There are four different airports, and there are always amazing flight deals/specials to London. I’ve only spent a couple of days exploring the city myself, but it’s truly a European gem. It’s actually a fantastic time to visit London too, as the GBP has taken a pretty big dive ever since Brexit!
Make sure you explore all the major sights, explore the pub culture, and take a scenic ride on the London Eye!
Take a Train to Paris and Stay for Four Days
The best way to get from London to Paris is definitely the train. It’s just so much easier than getting to the airport hours before a flight, checking your bag, and flying to Paris. It’s only a short two to three-hour train ride, and you’ll be dropped off in the heart of Paris.
Paris is a city I have visited at least seven different times. The city is large and beautiful, and there’s never a shortage of things to do. Some of my favorites are exploring the Louvre, picnicking at the Eiffel Tower, and visiting all the different neighborhoods.
If there’s one thing you must do while visiting Paris, it’s making the journey out to the Palace de Versailles. It’s one of my favorite spots in Europe, and the gardens are massively stunning and relaxing.
Take a Bus or Train to Brussels for Two Days
Book a cheap bus or train ticket and make the quick journey up to the Belgian Capitol of Brussels. This city is famous for its chocolate, waffles, french fries, and delicious beer. Make sure you check out the Delirium Cafe and try one of their loca Belgian brews!
What I love about Brussels is that you really can see it all in just a couple of days. There’s a lot to see, but it’s all very easy to explore by foot and public transportation. Just grab yourself a map from your hotel, and start walking around! The architecture is awesome, the locals are super friendly, and there are so many cool bars and tiny cafes!
Take a Bus or Train to Amsterdam for Four Days
It’s time to make your way to your final stop on this two-week itinerary. The Dutch capital of Amsterdam is honestly one of my favorite places in the entire world. There’s something about walking the streets along the canals and bridges that is magical. There’s lots of history to learn about and delicious foods to try, and Dutch people are so much fun to hang out with
Make sure you check out some of the amazing nightlife as well. The Netherlands has some of the craziest music festivals in Europe, especially during the summer. One example is the PITCH Festival, taking place in Amsterdam this July.
Well, there you have it. Four countries, four capitals, and all in two weeks! This itinerary is perfect because the countries are all so different and unique, but they are close to each other, which makes for easier travel.
Feel free to email me with any questions! I’ve got tons of advice on each of these places.