40+ One Week Itineraries for Europe You’ll Want to Steal ASAP

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One week in Europe might not seem like a lot, but with the right planning, it’s more than enough time for a bucket list adventure that you’ll fondly latergram for years to come.

To show you how, I’ve spent months in a nostalgic cave compiling over forty (yes, 40!) one week itineraries for Europe below based on personal experience that will show you just how much fun you can fit into a 1 week Europe trip.

Yes, these are all itineraries I have personally done at one point or another, so I can vouch for their epic-ness. Plus, in true Christina fashion, I’ve given them all fun names.

Of course, adjust and tweak them as much as you want to suit your needs, especially if you prefer slower-paced travel. I warn you, the itineraries below are ambitious, but with only seven days in Europe, a bit of ambitious-ness is a must!

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For organizational purposes, I’ve broken down my one week Europe itineraries into the following categories:

This is a loooong post, but I hope you find it helpful! And of course, feel free to suggest more ideas for spending a week in Europe in the comments. There’s still a lot of this continent I have yet to cover, and this list is far from complete!

1 Country, 1 Week Europe Itineraries 

If you only have a week in Europe, my honest recommendation is to just pick a country and explore it well over the course of the week. So, here are some ideas for amazing one week, one country itineraries in Europe that I can personally vouch for.

NOTE: I’ve arranged all of the following 1 week European itineraries assuming you’ll need the final day to return to your point of departure. Of course, feel free to use that last day as a flex day as well, or to add more breathing room in your itinerary (which I’d definitely recommend if it’s possible!)

The ‘Belgian Bliss’ 1 Week Belgium Itinerary

Places covered: Brussels, Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp (Optional)

Belgium is hands down one of the most underrated countries in Europe. Thanks to its compact size, one week is enough time to explore multiple cities and taste-test your way through this scenic wonderland of beer, waffles, and chocolate.

Here’s how to spend a week in Belgium:

  • Day 1: Land in Brussels, Overnight in Brussels (Brussels hotel recommendations)
  • Day 2: Explore Brussels, Overnight in Brussels (Brussels hotel recommendations)
  • Day 3: Take train to Bruges (1h), Explore Bruges, Overnight in Bruges (Bruges hotel recommendations)
  • Day 4: Explore Bruges, Overnight in Bruges OR Optional Day Trip to Antwerp
  • Day 5: Take train to Ghent (25 min), Explore Ghent, Overnight in Ghent
  • Day 6: Explore Ghent, Overnight in Ghent OR Optional Day Trip to Antwerp
  • Day 7: Departure

Getting around: Train travel in Belgium is super affordable and easy! Use Omio to find the cheapest deals/times, or if you’re under 26, make sure you use the GoPass1 which gets you a 2nd class ticket ANYWHERE in the country for only €6.60.

Guildhall buildings in Antwerp's Main Square Grote Markt
Antwerp

The ‘Going Dutch’ 1 Week Netherlands Itinerary

Places Covered: Amsterdam & Rotterdam with Optional Day Trips to Haarlem, Utrecht or Giethoorn

The Netherlands is an amazing little country with lots to offer beyond its world-famous capital of Amsterdam. From fairytale day trips like Giethoorn and Utrecht to the ultra-cool offerings of Rotterdam, exploring this country is a great choice if you only have a week in Europe.

Here’s how to spend a week in the Netherlands:

  • Day 1: Land in Amsterdam, Overnight in Amsterdam
  • Day 2: Explore Amsterdam (iAmsterdam card recommended!), Overnight in Amsterdam
  • Day 3: Explore Amsterdam, Overnight in Amsterdam
  • Day 4: [Overnight or Day] Trip to Haarlem, Utrecht or Giethoorn 
  • Day 5: Take train to Rotterdam (40 min with Thalys), Overnight in Rotterdam
  • Day 6: Rotterdam, Overnight in Rotterdam
  • Day 7: Departure

Getting around: Public transport in the Netherlands is super quick and convenient! You can use Omio to find the cheapest deals/times, but you will have no trouble doing this itinerary using trains/buses alone. I also recommend 9292 for finding routes.

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The ‘Swiss Rollin’ Round’ 1 Week Switzerland Itinerary

Places Covered: Zurich, Lucerne, Interlaken, Thun or Brienz, Lauterbrunnen

I am utterly obsessed with Switzerland, and if money is no object, I think it’s the perfect country to spend a week when you’re in Europe. From elegant cities and jawdropping nature to some of the most scenic train rides in the world, you definitely won’t regret spending a week here.

Here’s how to spend a week in Switzerland:

  • Day 1: Land in Zurich, Overnight in Zurich
  • Day 2: Explore Zurich, Overnight in Zurich
  • Day 3: Take the train to Lucerne (45 min), Overnight in Lucerne
  • Day 4: Explore Lucerne, Overnight in Lucerne
  • Day 5: Take the train to Interlaken (2h), Explore the Area, Overnight in either Thun or Brienz
  • Day 6: Day Trip to Lauterbrunnen Valley (1h by Train), Overnight in either Thun or Brienz
  • Day 7: Departure

NOTE: Interlaken is often recommended as a base for those visiting the Bernese Oberland, but to be honest, I find both Thun and Brienz to be far prettier. That’s why I’d advise making one of those towns your base instead of Interlaken, or if you’d prefer more time in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, staying overnight in Lauterbrunnen is also a great choice.

Getting around: Public transportation in Switzerland is incredible, and you can easily travel across the country by train. You can use Omio to find the cheapest deals/times, and be sure to download the SBB app to get timetables on your phone.

Lauterbrunnen

The ‘Great Austrian Classic’ – 1 Week in Austria Itinerary

Places Covered: Salzburg, Hallstatt, Vienna

Austria is an absolutely stunning country with tons of options if you’re looking to combine nature with culture! The following one week itinerary combines some of Austria’s most iconic destinations, including Vienna (Austria’s grand capital), Hallstatt (a true fairytale come to life), and Salzburg (famous for Mozart and the Sound of Music).

NOTE: Hallstatt is more commonly done as a day trip from Salzburg, but I recommend staying overnight if you can simply because the town is not all that enjoyable with all the day trip crowds. Staying overnight means you can wake up early to explore before all the crowds get there, and also allows you to enjoy the peace of it at night.

Here’s how to spend a week in Austria:

  • Day 1: Land in Vienna, Overnight in Vienna
  • Day 2: Explore Vienna, Overnight in Vienna
  • Day 3: Explore Vienna, Overnight in Vienna
  • Day 4: Take train to Salzburg (2.5h), Explore Salzburg, Overnight in Salzburg
  • Day 5: Explore Salzburg, Overnight in Salzburg
  • Day 6: Head to Hallstatt, Overnight in Hallstatt
  • Day 7: DIY Hallstatt Walking Tour, Departure

Getting around: Use Omio to find the cheapest deals/times.

Hallstatt

The ‘Alternative Austria’ 1 Week South Styria (Austria) Itinerary

Places Covered: Graz and South Styria

While most first-time visitors to Austria will visit the most famous destinations like Vienna and Salzburg, I can highly recommend a visit to Graz and the region of South Styria. This area is known for incredible wine and a laid-back Mediterranean sort of vibe – so much that Graz is informally known as the northernmost Mediterranean city!

Here’s how to spend a week in South Styria:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Graz, Explore Graz & Overnight in Graz
  • Day 2: Explore Graz, Overnight in Graz
  • Day 3: Day trip to Thal (Arnold Schwarzenegger Museum) & Eggenberg Palace, Overnight in Graz
  • Day 4: The South Styrian Wine Route, Recommended overnight base: Gamlitz
  • Day 5: The South Styrian Wine Route, Recommended overnight base: Gamlitz
  • Day 6: Day trip to Maribor (stopping at the famous heart shaped road at Dreisiebner Stammhaus along the way)
  • Day 7: Departure

Getting around: A car would be handy for the South Styrian Wine Route portion of this trip, but many hotels offer shuttle services/taxis so you can visit portions of the wine route without driving. Besides that, you can easily do this itinerary with public transport.

Rooftop view from K&O Department Store in Graz, Austria
Graz

The ‘Beautiful Bavaria’ 1 Week Bavaria (Germany) Itinerary

Places Covered: Munich, Berchtesgaden, Optional Day Trips to Neuschwanstein, Salzburg or Nuremberg

I’ve been lucky to call Bavaria home for a few years, and let me tell you: this state is truly magical. The following one week itinerary combines culture with nature in the prettiest possible way, with plenty of flexibility in optional day trips that allow you to choose your own adventure.

WHEN TO VISIT: Munich is home to the world-famous Oktoberfest, but time your visit correctly and you might also catch one of the city’s lesser known beer festivals like the Starkbierfest in the winter or Frühlingsfest in the Spring.

Here’s how to spend a week in Bavaria:

  • Day 1: Land in Munich, Overnight in Munich
  • Day 2: Explore Munich (here are my favourite things to do in Munich), Overnight in Munich
  • Day 3: Explore Munich OR Optional Day trip to Neuschwanstein or Salzburg
  • Day 4: Explore Munich OR Optional Day/Overnight Trip to Nuremberg
  • Day 5: Go to Berchtesgaden, Overnight in Berchtesgaden
  • Day 6: Explore Berchtesgaden (maybe do a half day trip to the Eagle’s Nest), Overnight in Berchtesgaden
  • Day 7: Departure

Getting around: Public transportation in Bavaria is amazing, and you can easily do this itinerary using just trains/buses. I’d highly recommend buying a Bayern Ticket for all your journeys using regional transport – it’s a day ticket that can save you an incredible amount of money, especially if you are travelling in a group. A car might be nice for the Berchtesgaden leg of the journey, but isn’t a must.

The ‘Doing Deutsch’ 1 Week Germany Itinerary 

Places Covered: Munich and Berlin with Optional Day Trips to Potsdam, Nesuchwanstein, Nuremberg or Berchtesgaden

Germany is a huge country with loads to offer, so a week is barely enough to scrape the surface… but if you like city breaks, then I can recommend this one week Germany itinerary which combines the oh so contrasting cities of Munich & Berlin, along with lovely day trips that showcase some of the country’s top attractions.

Here’s how to spend a week exploring Germany:

  • Day 1: Land in Munich, Overnight in Munich
  • Day 2: Explore Munich, Overnight in Munich
  • Day 3: Explore Munich OR Optional Day Trip to Neuschwanstein, Berchtesgaden or Nuremberg
  • Day 4: ICE train from Munich to Berlin (4h), spend more time in whichever city you prefer, Overnight in Berlin
  • Day 5: Explore Berlin,  Overnight in Berlin
  • Day 6: Explore Berlin OR Optional Day Trip to Potsdam,  Overnight in Berlin
  • Day 7: Departure

Getting around: The most efficient way to get between Berlin & Munich is the ICE Train which only takes 4 hours. You can use Omio to find the cheapest deals/times, or book directly with DB (their app is very handy to download). For day trips, look into regional day tickets like the Bayern Ticket to save big. Having a car isn’t a must unless you want more flexibility with your day trips.

Berlin

The ‘Castle Crawl’ 1 Week Germany Itinerary 

Places Covered: Munich, Neuschwanstein Castle, Hohenschwangau Castle, Heidelberg, Koblenz, Burg Eltz

If you’re as obsessed with castles as I am, then head to Germany, where you can spend your week in Europe visiting some of the prettiest and most famous castles in the world. The following itinerary is designed with castle stalkers in mind, with plenty of fairytale magic to carry you through the (admittedly) fast-paced schedule.

  • Day 1: Fly into Munich, Overnight in Munich
  • Day 2: Day trip to Neuschwanstein & Hohenschwangau Castles (or take this day trip which also covers Linderhof), Overnight in Munich
  • Day 3: Train to Heidelberg, Overnight in Heidelberg
  • Day 4: Train to Koblenz, Overnight in Koblenz
  • Day 5: Day trip to Burg Eltz, Overnight in Koblenz
  • Day 6: Castle hopping along the middle Rhine, Overnight in Koblenz
  • Day 7: Departure

Getting around: This itinerary was designed to be doable by public transport, but if you’re really a huge castle fanatic and want to visit many more castles along the way, then having a car will help a lot. For public transport, I’d recommend using Omio to find the cheapest deals/times, or booking directly with the DB App. Also look into regional tickets like the Bayern Ticket to save big.

The ‘Cozy Cotswolds’ 1 Week England Itinerary 

Places Covered: Bath, Cirencester, Castle Combe, Tetbury, Bibury, Burford, Bourton-on-the-Water, the Slaughters, Stow-on-the-Wold, Broadway, Chipping Camden

If you’re looking for the storybook version England with buttery stone cottages, quaint villages and elegant country manors, then you need to visit the Cotswolds. I love this area because there are so many different ways you can explore it!

If you’re more of a slow-paced traveler, then you could easily enjoy a quiet week based in just one town while doing day trips. If however you are a “see it all” type of traveler, then it makes more sense to move around a bit, like in this (ambitious but amazing) Cotswolds itinerary.

Here’s how to spend a (fast-paced) week in the Cotswolds:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Bath, Overnight in Bath
  • Day 2: Drive to Cirencester, stopping in Castle Combe and Tetbury along the way, Overnight in Cirencester
  • Day 3: Explore Cirencester, Day trip to Bibury (and/or Burford), Overnight in Cirencester
  • Day 4: Drive to Bourton-on-the-Water, Overnight in Bourton on the Water
  • Day 5: Drive to Broadway, stopping at the Slaughters and Stow-on-the-Wold, Overnight in Broadway
  • Day 6: Explore Broadway, Day Trip to Chipping Camden, Overnight in Broadway
  • Day 7: Departure

Getting Around: The Cotswolds are really an area best explored by car, with tons of gorgeous scenery and adorable villages to see that aren’t well serviced by public transport. If you’re relying on public transportation, I’d recommend booking yourself an accessible base like London, Oxford or Stratford-Upon-Avon and then booking day tours like these:

Castle Combe

The ‘Barcelona & Friends’ 1 Week Catalonia (Spain) Itinerary

Places Covered: Barcelona, Girona, Montserrat, Tarragona

Catalonia is one of the few Spanish regions I’ve had the privilege of exploring in depth, and wow – what a place. While many travellers tend to visit Barcelona as a standalone city break, those with a week in Europe should definitely explore beyond the Catalonian capital, like in this itinerary which includes stops in Girona, Montserrat and Tarragona.

Here’s how to spend a week in Catalonia:

  • Day 1: Land in Barcelona, Overnight in Barcelona
  • Day 2: Explore Barcelona, Overnight in Barcelona
  • Day 3: Explore Barcelona, Overnight in Barcelona
  • Day 4: [Overnight or Day] Trip to Girona
  • Day 5: [Overnight or Day] Trip to Montserrat
  • Day 6: [Overnight or Day] Trip to Tarragona
  • Day 7: Departure

Getting around: I did this trip by train and found it all very convenient. You can use Omio to find the cheapest deals/times for public transport, or alternatively consider renting a car for more flexibility in your sightseeing.

Barcelona

The ‘Bulgari-YEAH!’ 1 Week Bulgaria Itinerary

Places Covered: Sofia, Plovdiv, Seven Rila Lakes, Veliko Tarnovo

I will forever consider Bulgaria one of the most underrated gems in Europe. If you’re looking to spend a week in Europe a bit more off the beaten path, then Bulgaria is an excellent choice. The following 1 week itinerary blends city bustle in Sofia with historic sights and beautiful nature in Rila, along with Veliko Tarnovo, one of my favourite little towns in all of Europe.

Here’s how to spend a week in Bulgaria:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Sofia, Overnight in Sofia
  • Day 2: Explore Sofia, Overnight in Sofia
  • Day 3: Day trip to Plovdiv and the Rila Monastery, Overnight in Sofia
  • Day 4: Day trip to the Seven Rila Lakes, Overnight in Sofia
  • Day 5: Go to Veliko Tarnovo, Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo
  • Day 6: Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo
  • Day 7: Departure

Getting around: This trip is easily doable with a combination of buses and guided tours. Of course, if you want more freedom with the day trips, having a car is ideal, but not mandatory. I did everything without driving and was fine!

Rila Monastery in Bulgaria
Rila Monastery

The ‘Croatian Classic’ 1 Week Southern Croatia Itinerary

Places Covered: Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar, Split, Optional Day Trip to Krka Waterfalls

Croatia is an epic country with a lot of ground to cover, but for many tourists, the idyllic islands and cities of Southern Croatia are the ones that call their name. If that’s the case, here is an adapted version of the itinerary I did while sailing with MedSailors. It combines historic cities like Dubrovnik and Split with beautiful islands like Korcula and of course, a pinch of party perfection in Hvar.

Here’s how to spend a week in Southern Croatia:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Dubrovnik, Overnight in Dubrovnik
  • Day 2: Explore Dubrovnik, Overnight in Dubrovnik
  • Day 3: Korcula, Overnight in Korcula
  • Day 4: Hvar, Overnight in Hvar
  • Day 5: Split, Overnight in Split
  • Day 6: Explore Split OR Day Trip to Krka Waterfalls, Overnight in Split
  • Day 7: Explore Split + Departure

NOTE: Mljet is a gorgeous stop between Dubrovnik and Korcula that I highly recommend, but it might not be doable if you’re trying to squeeze all these sights into a week. If you’re not big into partying and prefer nature, then I might remove Hvar from this itinerary and go to Mljet instead.

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Dubrovnik

The ‘Irish You Were Here’ 1 Week Ireland City Break Itinerary 

Places Covered: Dublin, Athlone, Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Belfast, Giant’s Causeway

Spending only one week in Ireland is tough, because this country (while small) is packed end to end with incredible sights that you’ll want to add to your itinerary! That’s why I’ve presented two Irish options – this first one which is more city break oriented and doable by train, and a second one below that’s more fast-paced and suited for a road trip where you want to see it all!

Here’s how to spend a week in Ireland (with a focus on city breaks):

  • Day 1: Arrive in Dublin, Overnight in Dublin
  • Day 2: Overnight in Dublin
  • Day 3: Drive to Galway, stopping in Athlone to visit the world’s oldest pub, Overnight in Galway
  • Day 4: Day trip to Cliffs of Moher, overnight in Galway
  • Day 5: Drive to Belfast, Overnight in Belfast
  • Day 6: Giant’s Causeway Day Trip, Overnight in Belfast
  • Day 7: Departure

Getting around: While a car is ideal for exploring Ireland (especially if you want to see many of the country’s top natural sights), this Irish city break itinerary can be done with a combination of trains and paid day tours.

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Dublin

The “Emerald Isle Be Back” 1 Week Ireland Itinerary

Places Covered: Dublin, Cork, Cobh, Kinsale, Blarney Castle, Dingle Peninsula (or Ring of Kerry), Cliffs of Moher, Galway

So you want to road trip Ireland and take in more natural landscapes than cities? Here’s a one week itinerary that’s a lot more fast-paced than the one above, but will ensure you get your fill of Ireland’s most iconic sights.

NOTE: This is an itinerary I haven’t completed in full, but rather one I drafted up when I was first deciding how to spend my time in Ireland! Since we wanted to cover more of Northern Ireland with our limited time, we ended up scrapping this itinerary and going for one closer to the one above. Nonetheless, if it’s your goal to experience Ireland’s most famous highlights, then here is a (very fast-paced) way to do it!

Here’s how to spend a week in Ireland road tripping:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Dublin, Overnight in Dublin
  • Day 2: Explore Dublin, drive to Cork, overnight in Cork
  • Day 3: Explore Cork & nearby sights like Cobh, Kinsale & Blarney Castle, Overnight in Cork
  • Day 4: Drive to Dingle, Explore the area, Overnight in Dingle
  • Day 5: Drive around either the Dingle Peninsula or the Ring of Kerry, Overnight in Dingle
  • Day 6: Drive to Galway, stopping at the Cliffs of Moher for the day, Overnight in Galway
  • Day 7: Explore Galway + Departure

Getting around: A car is a must for this 1 week Ireland itinerary. If this will be an issue for you and you’d prefer to use public transport, then the other ‘Irish You Were Here’ itinerary above will likely be a better choice.

The ‘Icelandic Dream’ 1 Week Iceland Itinerary 

Places Covered: Reykjavik, Golden Circle, Vatnajökull National Park, Eastfjords, Vatnsnes Peninsula, Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Of all the trips I’ve ever done, road tripping around Iceland’s Ring Road is among the most memorable. If you’re looking for a nature-packed week in Europe, then Iceland is a wonderful option that will absolutely take your breath away. This itinerary crams many of Iceland’s most famous sights into a week… and yes, it’s fast-paced but very, very worth it.

Here’s how to spend a week in Iceland:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Reykjavik, Overnight in Reykjavik
  • Day 2: Golden Circle (Gullfoss, Geysir Geothermal Area & Thingvellir National Park), Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss & Vik, Overnight in Vik
  • Day 3: Vatnajökull National Park Highlights (e.g. Jökulsárlón, Diamond Beach), Svartifoss, Overnight in Höfn
  • Day 4: Eastfjords Highlights (e.g. Seyðisfjarðarkirkja, Hengifoss) & Diamond Circle Highlights (Mývatn & Dettifoss), Goðafoss, Overnight in Akureyri
  • Day 5: Vatnsnes Peninsula Highlights (Hvítserkur, Kolugljúfur Canyon) 
  • Day 6: Snaefellsnes Peninsula Highlights (Kirkjusfellfoss, Búðakirkja, Djúpalónssandur Black Beach, Svörtuloft Lighthouse), Overnight in Borgarnes
  • Day 7: Return to Reykjavik, Blue Lagoon if time permits, Departure

Getting around: Having a car is a must for this 1 week itinerary, preferably a camper van for optimal flexibility! This is how I did my trip in Iceland and wouldn’t have done it any other way.

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Kirkjufell

The ‘Awesome Alsace’ 1 Week Alsace (France) Itinerary

Places Covered: Strasbourg, Obernai, Ribeauvillé, Riquevir, Colmar, Kaysersberg-Vignoble, Eguisheim, Mulhouse, Basel (Optional)

Alsace is a French region that is (in my opinion) one of the prettiest, most fairytale-esque places in the world. Oozing with charm no matter the season, Alsace is an ideal place to visit in Europe for a week whether for Christmas markets or winery-hopping.

The itinerary below is PACKED with locations, but keep in mind the smaller towns included are quite tiny and don’t offer many activities besides strolling around, enjoying the atmosphere and sampling wine until you’re dizzy.

NOTE: I’ve squeezed in an optional day trip to Basel because it’s a cool and awesome city so close to Mulhouse, they share an airport. You might want to skip this though in favour of more time in Mulhouse, depending on how many things you want to do there.

Here’s how to spend a week in Alsace:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Strasbourg, Overnight in Strasbourg
  • Day 2: Day trip to Obernai, Overnight in Strasbourg
  • Day 3: Drive to Colmar, stopping at Ribeauvillé & Riquevir along the way, Overnight in Colmar
  • Day 4: Explore Colmar and do a half-day trip to Kaysersberg-Vignoble, Overnight in Colmar
  • Day 5: Drive to Mulhouse, stopping at Eguisheim along the way, Overnight in Mulhouse
  • Day 6: Optional Day trip to Basel, Overnight in Mulhouse
  • Day 7: Departure

Getting around: A car really is a must if you want to visit a lot of the region’s charming small towns easily. That said, I’ve purposefully made all the overnight stays on this itinerary accessible by train, so you could potentially still base yourself in these spots and book some day tours to see the smaller towns.

Petite Venise area of Colmar France
Colmar

The ’Slovenian S’Lovin’ 1 Week Slovenia Itinerary

Places Covered: Ljubljana, Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj, Piran, Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle (Optional)

While not as popular with overseas visitors as some of its neighbours, Slovenia has a ton to offer, from epic castles and pristine lakes to cool, historic cities. The following one week itinerary will give you a little taste of all those highlights, with just enough awesomeness to leave you plotting your return.

NOTE: Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle are both very popular Slovenian attractions located about midway between Piran and Ljubljana. If you’re driving, you could probably do them en route between these destinations, or otherwise squeeze them in as day trips if you wish.

  • Day 1: Land in Ljubljana, Overnight in Ljubljana
  • Day 2: Explore Ljubljana, Overnight in Ljubljana
  • Day 3: Take bus or train to Lake Bled (1.5h), Overnight at Lake Bled
  • Day 4: Explore Lake Bled, Day or Overnight Trip to Lake Bohinj
  • Day 5: Head to Piran, Optional Stop at Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle en Route, Explore Piran, Overnight in Piran
  • Day 6: Explore Piran, Overnight in Piran
  • Day 7: Departure

Getting around: A car would be ideal for this trip, but it would also be possible to use a combination of trains/buses to get around. I’d recommend using Omio to find the cheapest deals/times.

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The ‘Mullin’ Round Malta’ 1 Week Malta Itinerary

Places Covered: Valletta, Three Cities, Mdina, Popeye Village, Gozo, Comino

Malta is one of those rare destinations that combines sunny beach resorts with jawdropping historical sights and quirky attractions, all in one affordable package. I’ve been there twice now and dream constantly of going back! The following Malta itinerary is definitely more of a culture break than a “laze in the sun” vacation, but it brings together some Maltese highlights that I’m sure you’ll love.

Here’s how to spend a week in Malta: 

  • Day 1: Arrive in Valletta, Overnight in Valletta
  • Day 2: Explore Valletta, take a boat to the Three Cities, Overnight in Valletta
  • Day 3: Day trip to Mdina, Overnight in Valletta
  • Day 4: Head to Gozo, stop at Popeye Village along the way, Overnight in Gozo
  • Day 5: Explore Gozo, Overnight in Gozo
  • Day 6:  Day trip to Comino, Overnight in Gozo
  • Day 7: Return to Valletta

Getting around: While a car would be ideal if you want to explore more places around Malta, it would be possible to do this itinerary relying only on Malta’s extensive bus network.

The ‘Portu-please’ 1 Week Portugal Itinerary

Places Covered: Lisbon, Porto, Sintra

Portugal has a little something for everyone, whether you’re itching to laze on a beach, cram in some culture, or eat until you food coma. Well, if you’re visiting Portugal and want to squeeze in as much culture as possible, here is a city-centric Portugal itinerary that will give you a taste of the country’s most famous sights!

Here’s how to spend a week in Portugal with a focus on culture and history:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Lisbon, Overnight in Lisbon
  • Day 2: Arrive in Lisbon, Overnight in Lisbon
  • Day 3: [Day or Overnight] Trip to Sintra (I highly recommend staying the night to avoid other day tripping crowds)
  • Day 4: Take the train to Porto, Overnight in Porto
  • Day 5: Explore Porto, Overnight in Porto
  • Day 6: Explore Porto or Day Trip to the Douro Valley, Overnight in Porto
  • Day 7: Return to Lisbon

NOTE: There are a LOT of wonderful palaces and castles in Sintra to visit, so if you are interested in seeing more of those, I might even recommend two nights in Sintra and then cutting one night from Porto (which is a relatively small city and easy to cover in 2 days).

Getting around: This itinerary is doable either by car or by train (which is what I did). Check out the Portuguese National Railway site for more info.

The ‘Beach, Portu-Please” Culture and Sun 1 Week Portugal Itinerary

Places Covered: Lisbon, the Algarve, and Sintra (Optional)

Looking to enjoy some of Portugal’s famous coastline during your week in Europe? If you want equal doses of culture and beachy downtime while visiting Portugal, then this Portuguese itinerary might be more your speed, combining days in the country’s capital along with some lazy days in the famous Algarve region. 

Here’s how to spend a week in Portugal with a mix of culture and beaches:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Lisbon, Overnight in Lisbon
  • Day 2: Explore Lisbon, Overnight in Lisbon
  • Day 3: Explore Lisbon or Day trip to Sintra, Overnight in Lisbon
  • Day 4: Bus or train to Lagos, Overnight in Lagos
  • Day 5: Explore Lagos + Boat Cruise to Ponta da Piedade, Overnight in Lagos
  • Day 6: Explore Lagos OR a Day Trip to either Silves or the Benagil Caves, Overnight in Lagos
  • Day 7: Departure

Getting around: This itinerary is doable either by car or by public transport (which is what I did).

Sintra

The ‘Dolo-Mighty’ 1 Week Northern Italy Itinerary

Places Covered: Trento, Rovereto, Lago di Tenno, Bressanone / Brixen, Lago di Carezzo, Seceda, Lago di Braies / Pragser Wildsee, Misurina, Tre Cime di Lavaredo

Italy is one of my favourite countries in the world because of its diversity of attractions, and I think Northern Italy’s rugged mountains may be one of the best travel surprises I’ve ever had. For a long time, I only thought of Italy as historic cities and Mediterranean coastline, but (as you’ll see in this itinerary), Italy is home to some jawdropping natural landscapes too.

Here’s how to spend a week in Northern Italy exploring the Dolomites:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Trento, Explore Trento, Overnight in Trento
  • Day 2: Day trip to Rovereto and Lago di Tenno, Overnight in Trento
  • Day 3: Drive to Bressanone / Brixen, stopping at Lago di Carezzo along the way, Overnight in Bressanone / Brixen
  • Day 4: Seceda, Overnight in Bressanone / Brixen
  • Day 5: Drive to Lago di Braies & explore the area, Overnight in Misurina
  • Day 6: Lake Misurina & Tre Cime di Lavaredo Hike, Overnight in Misurina
  • Day 7: Departure

Getting around: This 1 week Europe itinerary for Northern Italy very much requires a car, as heading to all these different spots is nearly impossible if relying solely on public transport.

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The ‘Great Ligurian Love’ 1 Week Italy Itinerary

Places Covered: Genoa, Portofino or Camogli, the Cinque Terre (Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza & Monterosso al Mare)

In my university dorm days, I used to sleep with a postcard of Cinque Terre taped above my bed, so it shouldn’t surprise you that this is one of my favourite parts of Italy! The following one week itinerary focuses on Liguria, with a combination of city & culture in Genoa and of course plenty of gorgeous coastline and relaxation in Portofino and the famous Cinque Terre.

NOTE: I chose Manarola as the base for the Cinque Terre portion of this trip, but this Liguria itinerary can easily be adapted to suit whichever town you prefer to stay in. I’ve stayed in Manarola twice though and can highly recommend it!

Here is how to spend one week in Liguria:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Genoa, Overnight in Genoa
  • Day 2: Explore Genoa, Overnight in Genoa
  • Day 3: Day Trip to Portofonio or Camogli, Overnight in Genoa
  • Day 4: Take the train to Manarola, Overnight in Manarola
  • Day 5: Day Trip to Riomaggiore & Corniglia, Overnight in Manarola
  • Day 6: Day Trip to Vernazza & Monterosso al Mare, Overnight in Manarola
  • Day 7: Departure

Getting around: The best way to do this trip is hands down by train. You can use Omio to find the cheapest deals/times, or book directly with Trenitalia. Once in the Cinque Terre, I highly recommend getting a Cinque Terre card which will give you unlimited train travel + access to hiking trails.

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Manarola

The ‘Itali-in Love’ 1 Week Italy Itinerary

Places Covered: Venice, Florence, Rome, Optional stops in Murano, Burano and Pisa

If it’s Italy’s “Greatest Hits” you’re after, this one week Italy itinerary is for you. With Venice, Florence and Rome all in the mix, this fast-paced and ambitious schedule combines Italy’s most visited destinations. If at all possible, I’d recommend stretching this itinerary over 10 days instead so you can explore each city more thoroughly, but with only a week in Europe, this itinerary is doable too, even if it’s exhausting.

Here’s how to spend (a very busy) week in Italy:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Venice, Overnight in Venice
  • Day 2: Explore Venice and/or half-day trip to Burano/Murano, Overnight in Venice
  • Day 3: Take the train to Florence (2h w/ high speed train), Overnight in Florence
  • Day 5: Explore Florence and/or half-day trip to Pisa, Overnight in Florence
  • Day 6: Take the train to Rome (Under 2h w/ high speed train), Overnight in Rome
  • Day 7: Explore Rome  + Departure

Getting around: Train is a great option for getting around Italy, and when taking the high speed trains, it can even be faster than driving. I recommend using Omio to find the cheapest deals/times, or booking directly with Trenitalia.

The ‘Coast and Culture’ 1 Week Italy Itinerary

Places Covered: Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast

For a combination of coastlines and culture, here is a one week Italy itinerary that I can recommend. I did a variation of this during my 1st backpacking trip in Europe (read my full 1.5 month Europe backpacking itinerary for more) and really enjoyed it. With Rome, Pompeii, and the Amalfi Coast all included, this itinerary combines many of the things that make Italy such a fascinating destination.

NOTE: You might notice I didn’t include Naples in this itinerary and that’s because I haven’t properly explored it for myself! You do need to connect in Naples between Rome and Sorrento though, so if you want to schedule some time there (for pizza and whatnot), then that’s easily doable.

  • Day 1: Arrive in Rome, Overnight in Rome
  • Day 2: Explore Rome, Overnight in Rome
  • Day 3: Explore Rome, Overnight in Rome
  • Day 4: Take the train to Sorrento, Explore Sorrento
  • Day 5: Day trip to Positano (and/or other Amalfi Coast towns)
  • Day 6: Day trip to Pompeii (and/or other Amalfi Coast towns)
  • Day 7: Departure

Getting around: Train is a great option for getting around Italy, and when taking the high speed trains, it can even be faster than driving. I recommend using Omio to find the cheapest deals/times, or booking directly with Trenitalia.

The ‘Anda-Lose Yourself’ 1 Week Southern Spain Itinerary

Places Covered: Seville, Córdoba, Granada, Ronda

Southern Spain is magic on Earth – truly. And while the cities of Andalucia are certainly no secret, there are still many hidden gems to explore in the region, like the Sierra de Aracena for example. If you’re looking for an “Andalucia” highlights tour though, here is a fast-paced itinerary that will allow you to see all the main sights in the area (although you’ll definitely be exhausted by the end of it!)

NOTE: If you are looking for a more low-key vacation, then I’d recommend trading some of the destinations below in favour of some time in Huelva and the Sierra de Aracena.

Here’s how to spend a week in Southern Spain:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Seville, Overnight in Seville
  • Day 2: Explore Seville, Overnight in Seville
  • Day 3: Go to Córdoba, Explore the city, Overnight in Córdoba
  • Day 4: Go to Granada, Explore Granada, Overnight in Granada
  • Day 5: Go to Ronda, Overnight in Ronda
  • Day 6: Explore Ronda, Overnight in Ronda
  • Day 7: Departure

Getting around: I would definitely recommend a car for this trip, but you can get between cities quite easily by train/bus. I recommend using Omio to find the cheapest deals/times,

The ‘Perfectly Parisian’ 1 Week Paris Region Itinerary

Places Covered: Paris, Versailles, Optional Day Trips to Giverny and Disneyland Paris

Most visitors who come to Paris attempt to tackle all its sights in just a few days, which is a sure recipe for burnout. Trust me, if you have a week to spend in Paris – take it! From the dreamy romance of Montmartre to all the wonderful free things to do in Paris at your disposal, one week is a great amount of time to spend in the Paris region. 

Of course, if you get bored, you can easily take advantage of one of the many excellent day trips from Paris. Here is a suggested itinerary for you below:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Paris, Explore Paris, Overnight in Paris
  • Day 2: Explore Paris, Overnight in Paris
  • Day 3: Explore Paris, Overnight in Paris
  • Day 4: Day trip to Versailles
  • Day 5: Explore Paris OR Day Trip to Giverny, Overnight in Paris
  • Day 6: Explore Paris OR Overnight/Day Trip to Disneyland Paris 
  • Day 7: Departure

Getting around: When in Paris, using the Metro is the best way to get around (besides walking of course). I recommend getting a “Carnet” of 10 Metro Tickets to save big. For day trips, they’re all doable by train and you can use Omio to find the cheapest deals/times.

Typical Parisian street with the Eiffel Tower in the background with a pink sunset

The ‘Czeching Off the Bucket List’ 1 Week Czechia Itinerary

Places Covered: Prague, Cesky Krumlov

Prague is a common stop on most European trips, but if you only have a week to spend in Europe, I highly recommend focusing on Czechia alone and visiting other amazing sights nearby. This Czechia itinerary combines time in Prague with other lovely sights around South Bohemia, a region I absolutely adore.

Here’s how to spend a week in Czechia:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Prague, Overnight in Prague
  • Day 2: Explore Prague, Overnight in Prague
  • Day 3: Explore Prague or day trip to Kutná Hora, Overnight in Prague
  • Day 4: Take the train or bus to Cesky Krumlov, Overnight in Cesky Krumlov
  • Day 5: Explore Cesky Krumlov, Overnight in Cesky Krumlov
  • Day 6: Day Trip to České Budějovice & Hluboká Castle
  • Day 7: Departure

Getting around: Having a car would be handy for the South Bohemia portion of this itinerary, but you could definitely get around with local buses as well.

The ‘Perfect Potterhead’ 1 Week UK Itinerary

Places Covered: London, Oxford, Edinburgh

If you’re obsessed with Harry Potter and only have a week to spend in Europe, this is the itinerary you need in your life. It combines all the nerdiest Harry Potter must-dos in the UK, from visiting the real studio where all the HP movies were filmed to riding the Hogwarts Express in real life!

Getting around: Getting around by train is fairly doable for most parts of this one week European itinerary, apart from some of the day trips which would be easier with a car or with a guided tour. I recommend using Omio to find the cheapest deals/times.

The Christchurch College Great Hall in Oxford
The Christchurch College Great Hall in Oxford

The ‘GoT Fanatic’ 1 Week Northern Ireland Itinerary

Places Covered: Belfast & all sorts of nerdy Game of Thrones filming locations in Northern Ireland

If you’re a Game of Thrones fan with only a week to spend in Europe, then this might be the itinerary you’re looking for. This one week itinerary packs together all the most important GoT sights and attractions in Northern Ireland, and is a trip that I guarantee will make you cry happy nerd tears.

To make this Northern Ireland itinerary public transport friendly, or to simply minimize moving around, you can stay in Belfast as a base the entire time and simply do day tours to various Game of Thrones locations.

NOTE: The following itinerary is very much made for Game of Thrones fanatics, so omits Derry/Londonderry because GoT never filmed there. If you have some extra time though, I do recommend trying to make it there because it’s a lovely place to visit!

  • Day 1: Arrive in Belfast, Overnight in Strangford (at the Cuan, where cast members stayed in Season 1 and where you can book a GoT banquet!)
  • Day 2: Visit GoT locations south of Strangford, e.g. Tollymore Forest Park, Inch Abbey & Castle Ward, Overnight in Strangford
  • Day 3: Explore Belfast, Overnight in Belfast 
  • Day 4: Visit GoT locations north of Belfast, e.g. The Dark Hedges, Cushenden Caves, Overnight in Belfast
  • Day 5: Drive to Ballintoy, stopping in GoT locations like Murlough Bay, Larrybane Quarry, and non GoT landmarks like Giant’s Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Overnight at Ballintoy (the Fullerton Arms has lots of fun GoT stuff)
  • Day 6: Visit GoT locations west of Ballintoy e.g. Downhill Beach, Dunluce Castle and Portstewart Strand, Overnight in Ballintoy
  • Day 7: Return to Belfast

Getting around: We did this trip by car, and I would say that having a car is a must if you want to visit as many Game of Thrones locations as possible.

The ‘Before Midnight Special’ 1 Week Southern Peloponnese (Greece) Itinerary

Places Covered: Kalamata, Messini, Pilos, Kardamyli, Mystras (Optional)

Superfans of the famous “Before” trilogy will love this special Greece itinerary which brings together ALL the filming locations seen in Before Midnight. Besides film nerd points though, this itinerary is also a great way to explore the Peloponnese – combining historical ruins with adorable little towns and of course, the famous sun-drenched coastline.

Here’s how to spend a week in the Southern Peloponnese:

Getting around: This would be a trip best done with a car. I can’t imagine how it would be possible to do all these locations in a week if relying on public transport.

The ‘Lithu-yay-nia’ 1 Week Lithuania Itinerary 

Places Covered: Vilnius, Trakai, Kaunas, Siauliai

As far as European travel destinations go, I find Lithuania SO underrated! I travelled to Vilnius for the first time a few years ago and absolutely fell in love with the hearty food, lovely architecture and super fun vibe thanks to the city’s vibrant cafe & craft brewing culture. If you’re looking to spend your week in Europe in a less touristy gem, I can highly recommend Lithuania.

Here’s how to spend a week in Lithuania:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Vilnius, Overnight in Vilnius
  • Day 2: Overnight in Vilnius
  • Day 3: Day trip to Trakai, Overnight in Vilnius
  • Day 4: Overnight in Kaunas
  • Day 5: Overnight in Kaunas
  • Day 6: Day or Overnight trip to Siauliai
  • Day 7: Return to Vilnius

Getting around: Travelling around Lithuania is very convenient and affordable by bus.

The ‘North Macedoni-Yeah!’ 1 Week North Macedonia Itinerary

Places Covered: Skopje, Matka Canyon, Lake Ohrid, Bitola

For another European destination a bit more off the beaten path, I can highly recommend a visit to North Macedonia – by far one of the most surprising places I’ve encountered in my travels. This North Macedonia itinerary combines a bit of everything – from the unique city atmosphere of Skopje and Bitola to glorious natural gems like Matka Canyon and Lake Ohrid.

Here’s how to spend a week in North Macedonia:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Skopje, Overnight in Skopje
  • Day 2: Explore Skopje, Overnight in Skopje
  • Day 3: Drive to Lake Ohrid, but stop at Matka Canyon for a Day Trip Along the Way, Overnight in Ohrid
  • Day 4: Lake Ohrid, Overnight in Ohrid
  • Day 5: Lake Ohrid, Overnight in Ohrid
  • Day 6: Drive to Bitola, Explore Bitola, Overnight in Bitola
  • Day 7: Explore Bitola + Departure

Getting around: We did this trip with a car (and I think having one would make your life infinitely easier), but buses are a good option for getting between the main cities, and many tours can be booked for the recommended day trips.

2 Country, 1 Week Europe Itineraries 

If you want to expand your horizons beyond just a single country, here are some ideas for 1 week Europe itineraries that take you to two countries… meaning of course double the culture, food & fun opportunities.

‘Yes We Cannes’ – 1 Week Monaco and Southern France Itinerary

Places Visited: Nice, Cannes, Menton, Monaco

The French Riviera is one of my all-time favourite travel destinations, with gorgeous towns, stunning coastlines and unbeatable weather. The following itinerary will allow you to check both Southern France & Monaco off your bucket list… but trust me, you’ll definitely want to come back for more.

So, here’s how to spend a week in Southern France & Monaco:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Nice, Overnight in Nice
  • Day 2: Explore Nice, Overnight in Nice
  • Day 3: Day Trip to Cannes, Overnight in Nice
  • Day 4: Go to Menton (40 min by train), Overnight in Menton
  • Day 5: Explore Menton, Overnight in Menton
  • Day 6: Day Trip to Monaco (here are my top budget-friendly things to do in Monaco), Overnight in Menton
  • Day 7: Departure

Getting around: All the destinations in this 1 week Europe itinerary are very close together, so you’ll have no trouble getting around by bus or train. I’d recommend using Omio to find the best options. 

Photo by Mark de Jong on Unsplash

The ‘Europa Classic’ – 1 Week Paris and London Itinerary 

Places Visited: Paris, London, Optional Day Trips to Versailles or Disneyland Paris

If it’s your first time in Europe and iconic cities are what you’re after, there’s no better combo than Paris and London, who are conveniently linked by the EuroStar. This itinerary brings you to both world-famous capitals, with just enough time to see why they rank among the most popular capitals in the world to visit.

NOTE: This itinerary can easily be done the other way around.

So, here’s how to spend a week in London & Paris:

  • Day 1: Arrive in London, Overnight in London
  • Day 2: Overnight in London
  • Day 3: Overnight in London
  • Day 4: Go to Paris (2.5h with EuroStar), Overnight in Paris
  • Day 5: Overnight in Paris
  • Day 6: Optional Day Trip to Disneyland Paris or Versailles, Overnight in Paris
  • Day 7: Departure

Getting around: The EuroStar is the quickest option to get between Paris and London, although it’s definitely not the cheapest! I’d recommend using Omio to find the cheapest deals/times and to explore all the possible options.

British flags in London with cars and buses on the road

The ‘Scandinavian Dream’ – 1 Week Copenhagen and Stockholm Itinerary

Places Visited: Copenhagen, Stockholm, Optional Day Trips to Uppsala and Malmö

Great food, awesome architecture, and a relaxed, laidback lifestyle are just a few reasons to put Scandinavia on your bucket list. If you’re hankering for a fun city break, this itinerary combines two of Northern Europe’s most dynamic cities for a week long vacation you definitely won’t forget.

NOTE: You can easily do this either way round, and if you want something more fast-paced, consider adding Malmö or Gothenburg in between so you can see more!

So, here’s how to spend a week in Stockholm & Copenhagen:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Stockholm, Overnight in Stockholm
  • Day 2: Explore Stockholm, Overnight in Stockholm
  • Day 3: Optional day trip to Uppsala, Overnight in Stockholm
  • Day 4: Take the train to Copenhagen, Overnight in Copenhagen
  • Day 5: Explore Copenhagen, Overnight in Copenhagen
  • Day 6: Explore Copenhagen or Optional day trip to Malmö, Overnight in Copenhagen
  • Day 7: Departure

Getting around: A direct high speed train between these cities will only take about 5.5 hours, whereas flying is only 1.5h. With commute/wait times added in, taking the train makes more sense than flying, although taking the bus will always be the cheapest option (about 10h without delays). You can use Omio to compare the different options to see what makes the most sense for your needs.

The ‘Classical Beauty’ – 1 Week Dresden and Prague Itinerary

Places Visited: Dresden and Prague, Optional day trips to Český Krumlov & Saxon Switzerland National Park

If elegant architecture and historic cities are more your vibe, this city break combination ft. Dresden and Prague is one I can highly recommend. These two cities are among the most beautiful in Europe, and are both filled with fascinating historical sights and museums. Pick this one week European itinerary and I promise you won’t regret it!

So, here’s how to spend a week in Prague & Dresden

  • Day 1: Arrive in Prague, Overnight in Prague
  • Day 2: Overnight in Prague
  • Day 3: Explore Prague or optional day/overnight trip to Český Krumlov
  • Day 4: Take the bus to Dresden, Overnight in Dresden
  • Day 5: Explore Dresden, Overnight in Dresden
  • Day 6: Explore Dresden or Day Trip to Saxon Switzerland National Park, Overnight in Dresden
  • Day 7: Departure

Getting around: Taking the bus between Dresden and Prague is convenient, affordable and relatively quick, with a journey time of just under 2h. I’d recommend checking your options on Omio, but I’ve done this route a few times with RegioJet and always had a good experience.

‘Regal City Breaks’ – 1 Week Munich and Vienna Itinerary

Places Visited: Munich, Vienna, Optional: Neuschwanstein Castle and Salzburg

Munich + Vienna is another excellent city break combination if you’re looking for your fill of culture and gorgeous scenery. The itinerary below also includes optional day trips to Neuschwanstein Castle (famous for inspiring Walt Disney) and Salzburg (where most of the Sound of Music was filmed).

So, here’s how to spend a week in Munich & Vienna:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Munich, Overnight in Munich
  • Day 2: Explore Munich, Overnight in Munich
  • Day 3: Optional Day Trip to Neuschwanstein Castle, Overnight in Munich
  • Day 4: Take train to Vienna (4h) OR go to Salzburg, spend the day, then take the train to Vienna, Overnight in Vienna
  • Day 5: Explore Vienna, Overnight in Vienna
  • Day 6: Explore Vienna, Overnight in Vienna
  • Day 7: Departure

Getting around: Train travel is super convenient in this region, and I’d definitely recommend it over buses which can be more unpredictable (and subject to issues like traffic). I recommend using Omio to find the cheapest deals/times.

“Styria-sly Awesome” – 1 Week South Styria (Austria) and Slovenia Itinerary

Places Visited: Graz, Ljubljana, Lake Bled Optional stops in South Styria’s wine region and Maribor

Wine, nature, and culture come together in this awesome one week itinerary in Austria and Slovenia. This trip combines the idyllic South Styrian region of Austria with Slovenia’s capital of Ljubljana, along with (arguably) its most famous attraction: Lake Bled. If it’s a more relaxing one week in Europe you’re looking for, this itinerary has a bit of everything, and definitely won’t disappoint.

NOTE: If you want to add one more stop into this 1 week itinerary, consider making a stop in Maribor which is along the way between Graz and Ljubljana.

So, here’s how to spend a week in South Styria & Slovenia:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Graz, Overnight in Graz
  • Day 2: Explore Graz, Overnight in Graz
  • Day 3: Explore Graz or Day/Overnight Trip around the South Styrian wine region
  • Day 4: Take the bus to Ljubljana, Overnight in Ljubljana
  • Day 5: Explore Ljubljana, Overnight in Ljubljana
  • Day 6: Day or Overnight Trip to Lake Bled
  • Day 7: Departure

Getting around: Having a car for this journey will give you the most flexibility, but the main stops (Graz and Ljubljana) are well connected by bus as well. The advantage of having a car though is you can easily visit the South Styrian wine region and Lake Bled at your own pace. Those wanting to still do those trips though can find day tours from the main cities.

The ‘1 Week Skopje & Pristina Itinerary

Places Visited: Skopje, Matka Canyon, Pristina, Prizren

This may not be the most conventional European city break, but hear me out! Skopje and Pristina are two absolutely fascinating places to visit.

Skopje for instance offers one of the most eclectic mixes of architecture you’ll find in any capital (it’s a long story), with 300+ statues in the city center and a fascinating Ottoman Old Town, while Pristina has a thriving café & restaurant culture, along with unique landmarks like a library that ranks among the world’s ugliest buildings.

As a bonus, both top the rankings for cheapest capitals to visit in Europe, meaning this itinerary is possibly the most affordable one on the list.

So, here’s how to spend a week in Skopje & Pristina:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Skopje, Overnight in Skopje
  • Day 2: Explore Skopje, Overnight in Skopje
  • Day 3: Day trip to Matka Canyon, Overnight in Skopje
  • Day 4: Drive to Pristina, Overnight in Pristina
  • Day 5: Explore Pristina, Overnight in Pristina
  • Day 6: Day trip to Prizren, Overnight in Pristina
  • Day 7: Departure

Getting around: We did this trip by car and would definitely recommend driving, although you’ll also find connections by bus.

The ‘Baltic Bliss’ – 1 Week Riga & Vilnius Itinerary

Places visited: Riga, Rundale Palace, Vilnius, Trakai

The Baltics are another region of Europe I find woefully underrated, and this itinerary will allow you to see exactly why I feel that way! Riga and Vilnius are two awesome capitals with plenty to explore, from Riga’s glorious art nouveau scene to Vilnius’ many beautiful churches and awesome café culture.

So, here’s how to spend a week in Riga & Vilnius:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Riga, Overnight in Riga
  • Day 2: Explore Riga (here are my favourite things to do in Riga), Overnight in Riga
  • Day 3: Day trip to Rundale Palace, overnight in Riga
  • Day 4: Take the bus to Vilnius, Overnight in Vilnius
  • Day 5: Explore Vilnius, Overnight in Vilnius
  • Day 6: Day trip to Trakai, Overnight in Vilnius
  • Day 7: Departure

Getting around: You can easily get between these two cities by bus. A few different companies service this route but they all take about 4-5 hours. I’d recommend checking your options on Omio to see what works best for you.

3 Country, 1 Week Europe Itineraries

Unless you have the stamina of an Olympian, I wouldn’t advise trying to cram 3 countries into a single week in Europe… but hey, sometimes a week is all you have to work with, and you want to see it all!

If that sounds like you, here are some ambitious but doable itineraries that will ensure you get to see plenty in a short time!

“The Awesome Adriatic” -Dubrovnik, Mostar and Kotor 1 Week Itinerary

Places Visited: Dubrovnik, Mostar, Kotor

This trifecta of destinations is a popular route among backpackers and cruisers alike for its convenience and astounding beauty. If you’re looking for a combination of historic old towns and scenic nature, this is an amazing way to spend a week in Europe!

Here’s how to spend a week in Dubrovnik, Mostar & Kotor:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Dubrovnik, Overnight in Dubrovnik
  • Day 2: Explore Dubvrovnik, Overnight in Dubrovnik
  • Day 3: Take bus to Mostar, Overnight in Mostar
  • Day 4: Bosnia & Herzegovina Highlights Day Trip, Overnight in Mostar
  • Day 5: Take bus to Kotor, Overnight in Kotor
  • Day 6: Explore Kotor OR Day Trip to Perast, Overnight in Kotor 
  • Day 7: Departure

Getting around: Bus is by far the easiest way to travel between these cities. There’s a lot of different local bus companies that will service these routes, and to be honest I just went to bus stations once I arrived to get my tickets since there didn’t seem to be many reliable options online. There will also be a lot of local transfer companies eager to drive you too if you’re looking for a private transfer.

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Mostar

“Drifting Down the Danube” – Vienna, Bratislava & Budapest 1 Week Itinerary

Places Covered: Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest

The Danube is the second longest river in Europe, flowing from the Black Forest to the Black Sea. Halfway (ish) through is where you’ll find a stretch connecting three of Europe’s prettiest capital cities: Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest. The close distance between these three cities makes it perfect for a week long trip in Europe.

Here’s how to spend a week exploring Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Vienna, Overnight in VIenna
  • Day 2: Explore Vienna, Overnight in VIenna
  • Day 3: Explore Vienna, Overnight in Vienna
  • Day 4: Take a bus or boat to Bratislava (About 1.5h), Overnight in Bratislava
  • Day 5: Take a bus or train to Budapest (About 2.5h), Overnight in Budapest
  • Day 6: Explore Budapest, Overnight in Budapest
  • Day 7: Departure

Getting around: Transportation between these three cities is super quick, easy, and cheap. You can use Omio to compare the different options, but overall a combination of buses, trains or even boat rides would be best.

“The Benelux Express” – Amsterdam, Brussels & Luxembourg 1 Week Itinerary

Places Visited: Amsterdam, Brussels & Amsterdam

Benelux (despite sounding like an off-brand hand cream) in fact refers to Belgium, the Netherlands & Luxembourg – three small European countries with quick and convenient train connections that make spending a week there super easy and fun. That’s right – you can take a canal cruise in Amsterdam, gorge on waffles in Brussels, and visit fortresses in Luxembourg… all in a week!

Here’s how to plan for a week in Amsterdam, Brussels and Luxembourg:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Amsterdam, Overnight in Amsterdam
  • Day 2: Overnight in Amsterdam
  • Day 3: Overnight in Amsterdam
  • Day 4: Take the train to Brussels, Explore Brussels Overnight in Brussels
  • Day 5: Explore Brussels, take the train to Luxembourg City & Stay Overnight
  • Day 6: Explore Luxembourg City (here are my top things to do in Luxembourg City), Overnight in Luxembourg City
  • Day 7: Departure

Getting around: The best way to get between these major cities is by train. I’d recommend using Omio to find the quickest and cheapest options.

“The Alpine Dream” – Switzerland, Germany and Liechtenstein 1 Week Itinerary

Places Covered: Zurich, Vaduz, Munich

Hoping to check off Swiss chocolate, Bavarian beer, and the world’s 6th smallest country in a single trip? Well, this three country itinerary combines elegant Zurich with quirky Vaduz and gorgeous Munich for the ultimate city break trip through central Europe!

Here’s how to spend a week in Zurich, Vaduz & Munich:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Zurich, Overnight in Zurich
  • Day 2: Overnight in Zurich
  • Day 3: Take the train to Vaduz, Explore Vaduz, Overnight in Vaduz
  • Day 4: Explore Vaduz, take the train to Munich, Overnight in Munich
  • Day 5: Overnight in Munich
  • Day 6: Overnight in Munich
  • Day 7: Departure

Getting around: This trip is easily doable with a combination of trains and/or buses. I’d recommend using Omio to find the cheapest deals/times.

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The ‘Before Trilogy Special’ – 1 Week in Vienna, Paris & the Peloponnese

Places Covered: Vienna, Paris, around the Southern Peloponnese

If you’re a “Before” trilogy superfan, then this itinerary is for you! Trace the footsteps of the most iconic travel couple in cinematic history, Jesse and Céline, in this three country tour that includes stops in Vienna, Paris & the Peloponnese. This ambitious itinerary is only recommended for the most rabid of “Before” fans, but if that’s you, I promise you’ll love this trip.

Here’s how to spend the perfect “Before” week in Europe:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Vienna, Overnight in Vienna
  • Day 2: Explore Vienna, Overnight in Vienna
  • Day 3: Fly to Paris, Overnight in Paris
  • Day 4: Explore Paris, Overnight in Paris
  • Day 5: Fly to Kalamata, Overnight at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino (the hotel from Before Midnight!)
  • Day 6: Drive to key Before Midnight locations like Messini, Pilos, Platsa & Kardamyli, Overnight at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino (the hotel from Before Midnight!)
  • Day 7: Departure

Getting around: Since these three destinations are quite far apart, the only feasible option for getting between them quick enough for a 1 week itinerary is flying.

I hope these 1 week itineraries for Europe were helpful!

Let me know in the comments if you have any more questions or itineraries to suggest. There’s a lot of Europe I have yet to cover, so feel free to throw your recommendations below.


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