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The Ultimate Europe Itinerary in under two weeks!

Updated on April 18, 2013

Europe - Culture, Art and the finest delicacies!

Europe: This is where you can find it all! Culture, culinary delights, art and famous monuments.

Who said that you need at least a month to see Europe? We believe that most of Europe can be visited in less than two weeks.

Day 1: LONDON

Where to stay: Kensington: Great area for convenient tube connections. The hotel prices are slightly less expensive than around other neighbourhoods so you get more for your money. Around Kensington you will find Harrods, Hyde Park, Wellington Arch, V&A, Science Museum, Natural History Museum and many other famous attractions.

Activities for the day
1. There are a lot of things to see in London. We recommend that you see all of the important sights in your first day in order for you to take a more relaxed approach on the second day and go back to the places you liked the most.

Visit:
1. Buckingham Palace: a must see for any fan of the Royal Family. But even if you are nottoo fussed about them it is still a beautiful place and it is an experience to see the guards especially when they change over. This happens every day. The official change over time is 11:30, however they start arriving with music at around 11:15. It is advised that you get there early as a lot of crowds gather to see this spectacle.

How to get there: Closest Tube Station to Buckingham Palace is Green Park

2. Piccadilly Circus: The next stop after Green Park is Piccadilly Circus. Piccadilly Circus could be considered London's version of Times Square. Although Londoners don't quite like that comparison. Piccadilly Circus is impressive at night, but nevertheless it is a great spot to visit during the day. There are a lot of shopping opportunities nearby.

3. Westminster Abby, Big Ben and the London Eye: Three attractions within just meters away from each other. The area around the Big Ben is lovely. Located directly on the Thames River it offers scenic views over the river. On one side you have the Big Ben and on the other side of the river you have the London Eye. A very pleasant spot on a nice sunny day (yes they do happen in England).

How to get there: From Piccadilly Circus catch the tube back to Green Park. From there change to the Grey Jubilee Line to Westminster.

4. London Bridge. Ideally you get there when it is already dark. In summer that may take a while. London Bridge is most impressive at night. There is an abundance of pubs and restaurants nearby, so even if you get there early sit down and enjoy your dinner with scenic views and digest your food on one of the nicest walks across London Bridge.

How to get there: From Big Ben walk across the river to Waterloo Tube Station. From there catch the Jubilee Line to London Bridge.


Day 2: LONDON

Activities for the day
1. Catch the tube to Camden Town. This place is not for everyone, but it should be visited for its uniqueness. Camden Town could be considered Punk Central. There is an abundance of Tattoo & Piercing Stores, Shops that sell anything from leather jackets to Steel Cap Boots covered in Studs. Camden Town also features several flea markets, where you can find all sorts of unique items and the odd treasures.

2. Walk through the streets of Soho. Soho is close to the theater district and is known to be the place to meet for anyone who is young, rich and different. Formerly known as a center for sex shops it has undergone a major change. Today Soho is the center for film, music and theater. The odd sex shops remain, but are not dominating this neighbourhood anymore. A pleasant place to walk along and enjoy a coffee at one of the many cafes.

How to get there: From Camden Town catch the tube to Leicester Square. Leicester Square is in the center of Soho.

3. Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and Notting Hill. Enjoy a pleasant stroll through this huge park. Hyde Park is more or less located within the Kensington Gardens. Walk through Notting Hill and see how the rich and famous of London live.

How to get there: From Leicester Square walk to Tottenham Court Road tube station and catch the tube to Lancaster Gate. Notting Hill is just 2 stops further from Lancaster Gate.

4. Harrods
The world's most famous department store. Harrods is the largest department store in Europe and is a must see for every tourist to London. Open until 8pm from Monday - Saturday. Sundays until 6pm.

How to get there: From Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens approx. 1.5kms walking distance.


Day 3: PARIS Eurostar

Catch the Eurostar from London Snt. Pancreas to Paris. The journey time takes around 2.5 hours. Expect to pay anywhere between $50 - $200 for a one way ticket. Prices vary and depend on availability and class. Book in advance.

Where to stay: Louvre. Paris has so many attractions it is hard to find a hotel that is close to all of them. But you certainly can't go wrong staying just minutes away from the famous Lourve Museum and just 30min walk from the high end shopping street Champs Elyseeys.

Activities for the day
There are a lot of things to see in Paris. We recommend that you see all of the important sights in your first day in order for you to take a more relaxed approach on the second day and go back to the places you liked the most.

Visit:
1. Eiffel tower: I don't think we need to describe or explain anything about the tower. Being one of the world's most famous structures, it does not require further explanation.

How to get there: From your hotel walk to Opera Metro Station and catch the tube to LaMotte Picquet Grenelle. From there change and catch the tube to Champ de Mars.

2. Notre Dame: translated Notre Dame de Paris means "Our lady of Paris". And a lady she is: Elegant and sophisticated this cathedral is considered as one of the best examples of French Gothic architecture in France.

How to get there: From the Eiffel tower catch the yellow line to St-Michel Notre Dame metro station.

3. Arch de Triumph/Champs Elysees: Do I need to explain any more? One of the most famous and most expensive shopping strips in the world, which ends with one of the most famous monuments in the world; the Arch de Triumph. Even if you don't feel like a big spender today, it is a beautiful street and window shopping doesn't cost anything.

How to get there: From St Michel catch the metro to Chatelet. From there change and catch the metro to Champ Elysees.

4. Sacre Coeur: We have left the best for last. Many think the Eiffel tower is the highlight of Paris, but Sacre Coeur has something mystical about it. The church alone is absolutely breathtaking, but its location further contributes to its unbeatable charm. The Sacre Coeur Basilica looms over the city on the highest point and the views are to die for. If it is too late and it is getting dark visit it the next day.
How to get there: From Champs Elysees catch the metro to Concorde and change onto the green line to Abbesses. From Abbesses it is approx. 800metres walking distance.

Day 4: PARIS

Activities for the day
1. River Cruise: We are not a fan of tours, however the best way to cruise along the Seine River is with a pre-booked cruise. There is an abundance of cruises available. You can choose between lunch and dinner cruise. We recommend the lunch cruise. It is cheaper and less formal. Prices vary and range from $40 - $200.

2. Louvre: If you have the time and the patience and you like art then this is an absolute must see. One of the most acclaimed museums in the world it features artists such as Rembrant, Van Gogh and the most famous painting in the world: THE MONA LISA by Leonardo Da Vinci. Find out the mystery about her smile yourself. The lines to get in can be long.

How to get there: The closest metro to the Louvre is: Palais Royal Musee du Louvre.

3. Galeries Lafayette: Shop till you drop in this impressive department store in traditional French design.

How to get there: From Le Pain Quotidien approx. 900meters walking distance.


Day 5: AMSTERDAM

Catch the Thalys to Amsterdam. The train departs Paris Nord and arrives at Amsterdam CS. The journey takes around 3.5 hours. Prices vary and depend on availability and class. Expect to pay between $40 to $100. Book in advance.

Where to stay: Oud Zuid, also known as the famous Museumkwartier district. Like the name suggests most museums are located in this area. It is not far from the city center and the area itself features an abundance of cafes, shops and restaurants.

Activities for the day
1. Do it like the locals: Hire a bike and ride through the narrow streets. Amsterdam doesn't have must see attractions like Paris or London. Here you can take it easy and just enjoy the lovely feel of this city. Bikes can be hired from various locations.


Day 6: AMSTERDAM

Activities for the day
1. Canal Cruise. Cruise along Amsterdam's canals with one of the many cruise companies. Duck down to cruise underneath one of the many low bridges. Cruising past attractions such as the Casino, the Anne Frank house, the Rembrandt house and many more a canal cruise offers a city tour from a different perspective.

Prices for 30min are around $20.
For more information visit: http://www.amsterdamcanalcruises.nl.
There are many tour companies and most boats run every 30min, so you should not have a problem finding a seat.

2. Concertgebouw
Visit this late 19th century Opera house. Traditional Dutch architecture build to deliver the best sound inside. If you are lucky you might be able to grab tickets for a show for the same night.

3. Red Light District. A must see at night. Not as seedy as one might expect. Amsterdam's red light district has become a major tourist attraction. Some people even bring their kids! Choose one of the many bars for a drink!


Day 7: BERLIN

Catch the train from Amsterdam to Berlin. The journey takes around 6hours. Night trains are available. This saves you time as well as money on accommodation. Prices vary and depend on availability and class. Expect to pay around $70 for a one-way ticket. For more information visit http://www.nshispeed.nl/

Where to stay: Berlin Mitte, translated this means Berlin Central. Although geographically it is located in the center of Berlin, the city does not have a center as such. Each neighbourhood stands on it's own and offers a different experience. Most hotels are located here, hence we are recommending this area.

Activities for the day

1. Brandenburg Gate: Berlin's most iconic monument. It is featured on the back of three different German Euro Coins.

How to get there: Closest Metro Station = Brandenburger Tor

2. Reichstag: This is the building of the German Parliament. The building itself has a long history. It's construction took 10 years. It was finally completed in 1894. The glass dome was added in 1999.

How to get there: Approx. 500 meters walking distance from the Brandenburg Gate.

3. Siegessaule: A long (2km) but beautiful walk. From the Brandenburg Gate walk along Straße der 17. Juni. The street is framed by trees and surrounded by a huge park (Tiergarten). This is the same location the annual Love Parade was held, until they moved the celebrations to a different city within Germany.

4. Checkpoint Charlie: This used to be the most frequented crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War.The name Charlie came from the letter C in the NATO phonetic alphabet. Today it has become an ultra merchandise memorabilia tourist destination with fake guards posing for photos.

How to get there: From the Siegessäule walk to U-Bahn Hansaplatz. From there catch the U- Bahn to Friedrichstraße. At Friedrichstraße change lines and catch the next one to Kochstraße.

Day 8: BERLIN

Activities for the day
1. Berlin Wall: See the longest remaining piece of the Berlin Wall (1km long). After the reunification, artists started painting the former grey wall. Today this stretch of wall has become the largest open-air gallery in the world.
How to get there: Closets Metro = Warschauer Strasse.

2. Kurfürstendamm: Kurfürstendamm is Berlin's version of the Champs Elyesees. A popular nick name is Kudamm. Here you can find any designer label you are looking for.

How to get there: From Warschauer Strasse catch the U-Bahn to Uhlandstrasse.

3. KADEWE: One of Europe's oldest department stores. Build in 1907 it is the 2nd largest department store in Europe. It is bold, pompous and big. Here you'll find everything you are looking for and more. A great shopping destination.

How to get there: From Kurfürtendamm you can walk. Depending on where you are on the Kudamm it can take between 10 - 20 minutes. Alternatively catch the U-Bahn from Kudamm to Wittenbergplatz.


Day 9: VIENNA

It is approx. 800kms between Berlin and Vienna, thus we recommend that you catch a flight in order to save time. Cheap flights are available if you book ahead.

Where to stay: Innere Stadt: Translated this means Inner City, so basically the city center. One can never go wrong with staying in the city center and since hotels are reasonably cheap compared to London or Paris one can afford to.

Activities for the day
1. Visit the Opera house. One of the most impressive Neo-Renaissance buildings, both inside and out. Best visited at night when the grand chandeliers light up.

Lunch:
Enjoy coffee and cake and the world famous Sacher Cafe located in the Hotel Sacher. Established in 1876 this cafe has been perfecting the art of cake making for over 150 years. Try their Sacher Torte. Not as rich and sweet as one might expect it is best enjoyed with fresh cream on the side.

How to get there: Located right behind the Opera House it is within just 200 meters walking distance from the Opera.

2. Visit the Austrian National Library
This library could easily feature in any Harry Potter movie. The library has been restored beautifully. You will feel transformed back in time.

How to get there: Just 500meters walking distance from Hotel Sacher.


Day 10: VIENNA

Activities for the day:
1. Visit Schonbrunn Palace. This is a picture perfect palace straight out of the movies. Beautifully landscaped gardens (including a labyrinth made out of hedges) are surrounding this 17th Century Palace. Unesco World Heritage Site.
How to get there: Closest train station = Schönbrunn Station.


Day 11: ROME

Fly to Rome. It is approx. 800kms between Vienna and Rome, thus we recommend that you catch a flight in order to save time. Cheap flights are available if you book ahead.

Where to stay: Vaticano: Close to the city state of the Vatican. It is approx. 45min walk away from the sights of Rome, but it is easy to get around with public transport. Vaticano is quiet, simple and beautiful.

Activities for the day
1. Visit the Colosseum. This amphitheater is close to 2000 years old.

How to get there: Closest Metro Station = Colosseo

2. Throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain. This world famous Baroque Fountain is believed to ensure a return to if you throw a coin in it. If you love this city get rid of your spare change and hope to return to this beautiful place. An estimated 3000 Euros are thrown into the fountain each day.

How to get there: From Colosseo catch the metro to Barbarini Fontana di Trevi.

3. Visit the Pantheon, once a temple to the ancient Greek Gods it now functions as a church.
How to get there: From the Trevi Fountain the Pantheon is within 600metres walking distance.

4. Gelateria La Dolce Vita
Make sure you grab some Gelati when in Rome. There is nothing better than a cold gelati on a hot day! This place has been recommended by many.

How to get there: Approx. 1.5kms walking distance from the Pantheon


Day 12: ROME

Activities for the day
1. Visit Vatican City. The smallest country in the world with only 0.2 square miles in size.

Vatican is a landlocked sovereign city state within the city of Rome. Certain Nationalities require a separate tourist visa. Citizens of the EU, the US, Canada or Australia do not require a separate visa for the Vatican.

Visit:
1. St. Peter's Basilica

Arguably one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world the St. Peter's Basilica is located in the center of St. Peter's Square.

There are a lot of things to see, but since everything is confined to such a small space it is easy to wander around for yourself and explore the historical buildings and artworks without further guidance.

2. Visit Capitoline Hill. Michelangelo designed the grounds. Capitoline Hill features several art and archeological museums. The grounds themselves are beautiful and worth strolling around.

How to get there: From Vatican City to the Capitoline Hill is approx. 1.5kms walking distance.


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      Tehreem mubasher 21 months ago

      What are the total charges of this trip.

      Pls keep me updated at tehreem.mubasher@live.com

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      tastiger04 4 years ago

      Someday when I get all the time in the word, I will surely try this itinerary! :) voted up