Two Weeks in Europe: Trip Itinerary & Suggestions
Two Days in London
Start off your trip with two days in London.
Head out to Trafalgar Square to see Nelson's Column, the National Portrait Gallery, and the National Gallery.
Visit Parliament Square and Downing Street.
Head down Whitehall and snap some photos of Big Ben and Houses of Parliament before making your way to the beautiful Westminster Abbey.
Don't forget to stop at Buckingham Palace and, of course, check out St. James' Palace before taking a trip up Constitution Hill to catch a glimpse of the splendor of Wellington Arch.
Take a trip down Exhibition Road, where you will have the chance to visit Royal Albert Hall as well as Albert Memorial (located in the park).
End your day enjoying the views of Kensington Gardens and walking past Kensington Palace. This is a great way to take it all in before heading back to your hotel.
If you want to get a taste of Europe in two weeks, follow this itinerary, which slowly works its way from England to Italy.
By visiting the places on this list, you can explore magnificent and popular locales in major European cities. Enjoy the sights and sounds while enjoying some of the best food in the world.
Follow these tips to get the most out of two weeks in Europe, while having time to sit at a cafe and soak it all up.
The following itinerary allows for twelve days of sightseeing throughout Europe (in England, France, the Netherlands, Germany, and Italy) and two additional days to travel from city to city, for a total of 14 days.
If you have extra time, you can easily spend a few more days in the city of your choice. If you don't quite have 14 days to spend in Europe, you can easily cut a city from the list.
Start your day at the beautiful St. Paul's Cathedral before heading out to the Tower of London. Be sure to get a tour of the Tower and glimpse the history behind the fortress prison.
Head across Tower Bridge, one of London's most beloved landmarks, on your way to the Tate Modern art gallery. Spend some time shopping as you head down to the London Eye.
You'll want to board the London Eye and spend some time viewing the city from the observation wheel. The London Eye offers unmatched views of London and is not to be missed!
Three Days in Paris
Start off at the Jardins de Trocadero for one of the most beautiful views of the Eiffel Tour. Then, take a cruise along the Seine to take in some of the city's sights.
Take the subway out to the Arc de Triomphe (all the way to the top) and catch some views of Champs-Elysées before taking a stroll down the famous avenue. You'll probably want to stop for a meal at one of the many restaurants on Champs-Elysées and get some shopping done.
Spend some time wandering around the Louvre before having dinner and settling in for your first night in Paris.
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Notre Dame Cathedral is not to be missed (and it's beautiful in the morning), so it's a great place to start out your second day in Paris.
Head out to the Latin Quarter from the Notre Dame Cathedral and wander the streets. Definitely stop at a book shop while in the Latin Quarter.
Take a stroll in the Jardin du Luxembourg, home of both the French Senate and the Palace of Luxembourg.
Spend the rest of the day in the Musée Rodin to view the sculptures of Rodin before heading back to your hotel to relax.
Start your last day in Paris at the Grand Palace, built for the 1900 World Exposition.
From the Grand Palace, go to the Père Lachaise Cemetery to view the graves of many famous people such as Honoré de Balzac, Georges Bizet, Frédéric Chopin, Jim Morrison, and Oscar Wilde.
Soak up the beautiful sites as you stroll around Montmartre, making sure you stop off at the Sacre-Coeur Basilica and the Moulin Rouge before leaving Paris.
Two Days in Amsterdam
Start off your first day in Amsterdam by visiting the Anne Frank House. This museum shows where Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis.
Spend some time wandering the area and stop off at a cafe before heading out to Amsterdam's famous Bloemenmarkt (flower market) to pick up fresh flowers (or just to see all the beautiful colors.)
You'll want to rent a bike as a way to get around the city, especially if it's warmer out. Head out to Rembrandt's House before stopping off to go shopping at the many shops at Utrechtstraat.
Take a tour of the Heineken Brewery (not to be missed) before having dinner and heading back to the hotel.
Start your day by having breakfast along the canals before boarding a canal cruise. This is the best way to see all of Amsterdam's beautiful architecture.
Stop off at Rijksmuseum to see beautiful Dutch paintings from the Golden Age, before heading out to the Van Gogh Museum to see some of his most beautiful (and famous).
Pick up some bargains at the Waterlooplein Flea Market, a huge outdoor bazaar. Note that the flea market is closed on Sunday, so plan accordingly.
Two Days in Berlin
Start off your first day in Berlin by visiting the Brandenburg Gate. From there, you'll want to head out to the Gendarmenmarkt square, Berlin's most prominent square.
At the square, you'll be able to see the French and German Cathedrals and Konzerthaus. These beautiful structures were considerably damaged during WWII but have since been restored.
Head out to the Altes Museum, a world-class collection of Egyptian art, before having dinner and finishing up your day.
Start your day at the Reichstag. Head to the top and out to the terrace for some beautiful morning views of the city.
Spend some time at the Berlin Wall, particularly the East Side Gallery, located in Friedrichshain. This is the best-preserved part of the wall and definitely worth the trip.
Finish up your day by shopping and enjoying a meal before heading to Rome. (Take the train, if you can—it will save on time.)
Three Days in Rome
Start off your first day in Rome at the Roman Forum, an ancient Roman plaza, before heading up to Palatine Hill. While in the area, definitely make sure you visit the Colosseum.
Head out to the Piazza Venezia and take in some of the sights before heading back to your hotel.
This may seem like a short day, but once you get there, you'll find that these four locations have more than enough to see and do for a day.
Start this day off at the Piazza di Spagna. From there, make your way to the Trevi fountain and, of course, don't forget to toss a coin in the fountain to ensure a return trip to Rome.
Afterward, head on out to the Pantheon and the Fontana Del Pantheon before doing a little shopping.
Have dinner out in the city before heading back to your hotel.
Did you know?
It's estimated that about 3,000 Euros are thrown into the Trevi Fountain every day.
Start off your last day in Rome at the Vatican City. Head on into to the Castel Sant'Angelo. Spend your day wandering around the Vatican museums.
You could spend your whole day in the museums, so make sure you leave time to see the church.
Spend the later part of the day exploring Rome on your own, soaking it all up before your return trip home.
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© 2012 Melanie Palen