EUROPE FEATURED TRAVEL

Itinerary: How to spend Two Weeks in Europe

Europe is amazing and here is how to travel Europe in two weeks. With its abundance of cultures, cuisines and access to transport, it’s no wonder every man and his wife is heading off on a two-week itinerary to Europe at the moment. It is the place to go, with the continent being as big as Europe, there being over 50+ countries to explore and cultures varying over a few hundred miles. Of course, like anywhere a region of this size could be explolred over a couple of months, but for those that work full time here is my guide to spending two weeks in Europe itinerary…

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. 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 two weeks.

OVERVIEW OF TWO WEEKS IN EUROPE ITINERARY

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

 

THINGS TO CONSIDER

Here are a few points to consider when planning your itinerary of two 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 it’s 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

 

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

Highlights 

  • 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 with emphasis on e)
Please – Por Favor

 

Day 3 – Travel to Madrid

  • Path – Barcelona to Madrid
  • Time on train – 2h 45m
  • 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

Day 4-5 (2 days, 2 nights) – Madrid

  • 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 with emphasis on e)
Please – Por Favor

 

 

Day 6 – TRAIN Madrid to Paris

  • Path – Madrid to Paris Gare de Lyon station
  • Time on 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

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

Highlights

  • 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 stop

  • Path – Paris Gare de Lyon to Venecia Santa Luzia
  • Time on train – 14 hours 25 minutes
  • Type of train – Thello Night Train to get a train without connection
  • Suggested time – 7:10pm departure

 

Europe in two weeks

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

Highlights

  • 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 favore

 

Day 11 – Travel to Rome 

  • Path – Venezia S Lucia to Roma Termini (the most central of the 2 stations)
  • Time on 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

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

Highlights

  • 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

 

WHICH PASS TO BUY FOR EUROPE ITINERARY – 2 WEEKS

The Interrail Pass best matching your trip is, drum roll please… 5 Days within 15 Days – £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 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 two weeks in Europe? Make sure you use this itinerary to plan your trip! 

Let me know how your trip to Europe goes!

 

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Thank you for reading and as always happy adventuring! 

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