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European City Itinerary: How to spend an epic Two Weeks in Europe

Europe is amazing and here is how to travel to Europe in two weeks. With its abundance of cultures, cuisines and access to transport, it’s no wonder every man and his wife are heading off on a two week itinerary to Europe at the moment.

For most Americans, one of the biggest barriers to international travel is the relatively small amount of vacation time, but also proximity to other countries, whereas in Europe often you are only a two-hour flight or train away from another country.

Use this itinerary for Europe in 2 weeks, it’s helped me so many times over the years when I have been backpacking around Europe. 

Over the last ten years, since I’ve been travelling, I’ve been to nearly 24 European countries. I’ve been to Dublin for a weekend, spent time travelling around the Golden Circle in Iceland to visit the waterfalls, took a trip to Malmo for the weekend, spent five days in Switzerland, headed off on a cruise and this year I am hoping to explore even more, and head to Eastern Europe!

If you only get 2-3 weeks of vacation from work, using that time to travel across the pond to visit one place can seem like a waste. With an interrail pass you can travel to five countries in Europe in a few weeks.

So are you ready for 2 weeks in Europe?!

Itinerary Overview for Europe in 2 weeks

Day 1-3 – Barcelona

Day 4-5 – Madrid

Day 6-8 – Paris, France

Overnight 9 – Travel to Venice

Day 10-11 – Venice, Italy

Day 11 – Vatican City

Day 12-14 – Rome, Italy

 

Itinerary for Europe in 2 weeks

Consider these things before 2 weeks in Europe

Here are a few points to consider when planning your itinerary for 2 weeks in Europe:

  1. SIZE OF EUROPE – the European continent is as big as the USA
  2. VARIETY OF CULTURES – I recommend selecting a portion of Europe and visit only a few countries, to better appreciate each place and really get a feel for the city and its culture.
  3. SIMPLE TRAVEL – Traveling between large cities is easy but smaller cities are harder to access, so stick to the major cities if you’ve only got two weeks!

 

Europe in two weeks

Itinerary for Europe in 2 weeks

Day 1-3 (3 days, 2 nights) – Barcelona

Highlights 

  • Start off your 2 weeks in Europe with a visit the magnificent Sagrada Familia – it is massive with a unique style. Considered the absolute must-see in Barcelona
  • Admire the architectural work of Gaudi with his emphasis on natural curves and patterns, creating the Catalan modernism movement
  • Enjoy the light and music show at the Magic Fountain
  • Go to the top of the Tibidabo Mountain to admire Barcelona from above
  • Visit the Joan Miro Foundation to discover some of the artist’s most iconic work

Useful words in Catalan

Good morning: Bon Dia
Hello – Hola
Thank you – Merci (similar to French with emphasis on ci)
Please – Por Favor

 

Day 3 – Travel to Madrid

  • Begin the next chapter of your 2 weeks in Europe, by travelling from Barcelona to Madrid
  • Time on the train – 2h 45m
  • Type of train – Choose the “directs” with High-speed trains or if you fly intake the train from Madrid airport to the city centre
  • Suggested time – Morning departure for arrival mid-afternoon or beginning of afternoon departure for arrival in the evening

 

Europe in two weeks

Itinerary for Europe in 2 weeks

Day 4-5 (2 days, 2 nights) – Madrid

  • Next on your 2 weeks in Europe, is Spain where you can tickle your tastebuds at a gourmet food market
  • Go (tapas) bar hopping
  • Get the inside scoop on flamenco
  • Row, row, row your boat

Useful words in Spanish

Good morning: Bon Dia
Hello – Hola
Thank you – Merci (similar to French with emphasis on the e)
Please – Por Favor

 

Day 6 – TRAIN Madrid to Paris

  • Next up on your 2 weeks in Europe is Madrid to Paris Gare de Lyon station
  • Time on the train – 6h
  • Type of train – Choose the “directs” with High-speed trains
  • Suggested time – Morning departure for arrival mid-afternoon or beginning of afternoon departure for arrival in the evening

Europe in two weeks

Itinerary for Europe in 2 weeks

Day 6-8 (2 days, 2 nights) – Paris, France

Highlights

  • Begin your adventure 2 weeks in Europe, and admire the iconic Eiffel Tower and its impressive structure
  • Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and travel back in time
  • Visit the underground world at the Catacombs
  • Admire the stained glass windows at Sainte-Chapelle
  • Get up to the Sacré-Coeur to look over Paris
  • Watch a show at one of the cabarets
  • Enjoy an evening cruise on the River Seine to see the lights of Paris
  • Feel royal at the Versailles Castle

Useful words in French

Good morning: Bonjour
Hello – Salut
Thank you – Merci
Please – S’il vous plait

 

Overnight Day 9-10 – Travel to Venice via a stop

  • Now on your 2 weeks in Europe is Paris Gare de Lyon to Venecia Santa Luzia
  • Time on the train – 14 hours 25 minutes
  • Type of train – Thello Night Train to get a train without a connection
  • Suggested time – 7:10pm departure

 

Europe in two weeks

Itinerary for Europe in 2 weeks

Day 10-11 (2 days, 2 nights) – Venice, Italy

Highlights

  • Arriving in Italy, from 2 weeks in Europe, you can marvel at Saint Mark’s Basilica
  • Enjoy a Gondola ride on the canals
  • Get up the Campanile di San Marco

Useful words in Italian

Good morning – Buongiorno
Hello – Ciao
Thank you – Grazie
Please – Per favour

 

Day 11 – Travel to Rome 

  • Nearly there, next up on your 2 weeks in Europe is Venezia S Lucia to Roma Termini (the most central of the 2 stations)
  • Time on the train – 3h45
  • Type of train – Regional Train
  • Suggested time – Morning or afternoon depending on if you want to see more of Venice or Rome

 

Europe in two weeks

 

Itinerary for Europe in 2 weeks

Day 11-14 (3 days, 3 nights) – Rome, Italy

Highlights

  • And the last part of your 2 weeks in Europe, imagine ancient games at the Colosseum
  • Imagine how life was as you explore the Roman forum
  • Make a wish at the Trevi Fountain
  • Admire the many historical buildings, especially the pantheon
  • Visit another country: the Vatican

Useful words in Italian

  • Good morning – Buongiorno
  • Hello – Ciao
  • Thank you – Grazie
  • Please – Per favore

Itinerary for Europe in 2 weeks

WHICH PASS TO BUY FOR EUROPE ITINERARY – 2 WEEKS

The best way to travel during your 2 weeks in Europe, is via the Interrail Pass, as you can best match your trip and it only costs, drum roll please… 5 Days within 15 Days Pass = £660.

INTERRAIL GLOBAL PASS

You can use this Interrail Pass on 5 days of your choice during a set period of 15 days. Travel on a back-to-back, consecutive days, or spread them out during the fortnight. It’s up to you. On each day, ride on as many trains as you like between midnight and midnight.

  • Get a taste of a city in a couple of days, before boarding a train to your next destination.
  • Take 5 long-distance rail journeys to 5 European countries.
  • Perfect if you only have 2 weeks to hit the highlights.

 

So, do you fancy spending 2 weeks in Europe? Make sure you use this itinerary to plan your trip! 

Let me know how your trip to Europe goes!

 


My Travel Tips and Recommendations

Flights

To book flights, I always use flight search engine, Skyscanner, I regularly use the Everywhere tool to find the cheapest places to travel. It’s how I get to travel so much all around the world. I find it the easiest way to compare flight prices across airlines and get the best deals. 

Accommodation

For accommodation, I usually book most of my hotels or hostels through Booking.com. I love using this platform as it provides me with some amazing deals for accommodation all around the world. Or if you prefer, I also recommend using Airbnb. If you haven’t signed up with Airbnb already, you can use this link to get £25 off your first visit!

Photography and Technology

Here is a list of the technology I always travel with:

Travel Insurance

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