What do you do if you’ve got 18 days in Europe and want to see a little bit of everything?
See a little bit of everything!
7 countries, 9 cities in 18 days. (Well, it’s actually 5 countries, 1 city-state, and 1 principality, but the latter two are technically countries, and “7 countries” somehow makes it a bit easier to justify the price of the plane ticket.)
Specifically, this itinerary will take you to France (Paris and Nice), Italy (Rome and Venice), Germany (Munich), the Netherlands (Amsterdam), and Belgium (Brussels, but only for a few hours), plus the Vatican City and Monaco (also only a couple of hours). It definitely won’t let you live like a local — for that, you should spend all 18 days in only 1 or 2 places. Instead, this itinerary is more like taking the tourist bus on your first day in a new place: it lets you get a glimpse of each place of interest, and from those initial glimpses, you can decide where you would like to spend more time next time.
Here’s the 18-day itinerary I followed back in 2014:
Favorite moments from the trip:
- Walking along the canals and visiting the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam
- Joining a walking tour in Munich
- Going to confession in St. Peter’s Basilica
- Participating in the papal audience
- Visiting colorful Burano, an island in Venice
- All’s-well-that-ends-well encounters with the shadier elements of society in Milano Centrale, the Eiffel Tower, and Brussels Midi
- Standing at the threshold of a shop in Nice when its speakers suddenly blast Bruno Mars’ Treasure — it was all I could do not to dance in the street!
- 2 French guys suddenly speaking to us in Tagalog — surreal, and I swear they speak better Tagalog than I do
- A conversation just when I needed it at the back of the Notre Dame
If you’ve only got 10 days in Europe, try this itinerary instead.
7 countries in 18 days: A sample European itinerary
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