Traveling to Europe This Spring? Here Are Four Great One Week Itineraries

Traveling to Europe This Spring? Here Are Four Great One Week Itineraries

Thinking about finally taking that bucket list trip to Europe? The good news is, you can plan a great itinerary for a one week trip that won’t have you stressed out trying to cram in too much in such a short time. I’ve always tried to cram too much into short trips, which leaves me little to no time to sit back and relax. These itineraries are focused on making the most of a short vacation by giving yourself enough time in each city to truly get to know it before you fly back home. In my previous post, I also share with you How to Save Money for Travel that you can find a number of ways that you save money for the trip.

1. London & Oxford

Everyone needs to see London at least once—and if you haven’t been to Europe yet, this is a great starter trip and there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re traveling to Europe for the history, the culture, or the food, springtime in London and Oxford are great. You can take a short train to Oxford to tour the university, and see more of the UK on the way.

2. Paris & Loire Valley

Is your dream to visit Paris? Then Paris and the Loire Valley might be more your speed. In Paris, you can spend your days shopping, visiting museums, and exploring the Eiffel Tower. You’ll have castles, world-class wine, and rolling countryside in Loire Valley—perfect for a short getaway. The Loire Valley is located just between Northern and Southern France, and you can reach the valley by one hour bullet train from Paris. Choose a city to visit—such as Orléans, Tours, or Angers—and relax for a few days while experiencing the rich French countryside.

3. Western Ireland: Killarney, Dingle, and Galway

This is a perfect road trip to explore Western Ireland. You can start in Killarney, with views of the lake or kayaking tours, before driving north to Dingle, which is a small village on the sea. It’s home to wonderful traditional music and seafood that really shouldn’t be missed. After that, it’s off to the Cliffs of Moher and to see the sites in Galway. Make sure to have a pint of Guinness while you’re there!

4. Florence and Rome

Florence and Rome make for a great weeklong itinerary—you can even add in Tuscany if you find yourself with some extra time. Florence is built for true romantics, and you can spend two or three days strolling through the city and visiting museums before taking a train south to Rome, where you can see the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, and the Trevi Fountain. And no one would judge you if you spent a week trying each pasta and gelato flavor you came across.

5. Berlin and Amsterdam

Always wanted to see Amsterdam or Berlin? This might be the perfect opportunity. Berlin is an up and coming city that is full of artists and creative types. The city has been booming in recent years, and has something for everyone. Whether you’re there for the parties or the history, there is always something to see. After leaving Berlin, head to Amsterdam for museums, food, and the Red Light District. It’s a 6 and a half hour train ride from Berlin and well worth the time spent traveling.

If you plan to travel to Europe, you will find Rick Steves Europe Through the Back Door is a useful book for you to experience the different cultures, spend less money and have more fun. The author, Rick Steves, shares his real-life experience across Europe during 30 years. The book includes a lot of things you really need to know when traveling through Europe such as planning your itinerary, finding good-value hotels and restaurants, getting relevant transportation, avoiding tourist scams, preventing culture-shock, adapting to language barriers and saving money and time.  


Amy Nguyen

Amy Nguyen

I feel happy to share my experiences with you about Travel - Food - Life around the world. I hope to inspire you to Live-Love- Laugh :)



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