Discover 6 European Countries in 2 Weeks
Haven't got much time but you want to take a Europe trip this summer? You'll get a different answer from anyone you ask about the must-sees and must-dos so it can be tough to make sure you get the most from your trip so we've pooled our knowledge and put together the ultimate 2-week Europe trip. From Lisbon to Madrid to Paris to Berlin, be prepared to experience a wide range of vibes and experiences. We recommend spending between 1 and 3 days in each city depending on your preferences. And we'd highly recommend ending the trip on a weekend so you can get a feel for the infamous Berlin night-life scene.
While this trip completely skips Italy, you can't see everything and there's always next time! Check out our 2 week Italian itinerary!
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United and American Airlines operate daily flights from the US to Lisbon as does the low-cost carrier, TAP Portugal. Once you arrive at Lisbon Airport, you're about 15-20 minutes by cab or public transport from the city centre.
Start your trip in Lisbon and soak up the sun this summer as you explore the Portuguese vibes of the capital city. A paradise for the burgeoning photographer, the city's Alfama and Bairro Alto districts are filled with colorful tiled houses and charming old-fashioned yellow trams making their ways up and down the city's many steep hills. With every turn, you'll find a view more spectacular than the last. After a long day, exploring treat yourself to a fresh bacalhau for dinner and the delicious local delicacy, pasteis de belem, for desert.
Overnight trains between Lisbon and Madrid run daily departing at 11:34 p.m. and arriving in Madrid at 8:40 a.m. The service runs throughout the week, departing at the same time from Monday to Sunday.
Lisbon to Madrid
After your overnight trip to Madrid, get ready to explore the gorgeous art-deco architecture of the Gran Via and take a trip into the impressive Prado museum. Now do like the locals, and have a quick siesta before heading out on the town and into one of the cosy tapas bars to enjoy a hearty red wine and some delicious Spanish ham.
Direct trains from Madrid to Barcelona depart from Puerta de Atocha station, while buses from Madrid to Barcelona depart from Intercambiador Avenida de America bus station.
Madrid to Barcelona
You simply cannot visit Spain without checking out Barcelona, the vibrant Catalan city is the perfect summer destination with its beaches, parties and even stunning architecture. Relax and get some sun on Barcelonetta beach or take a stroll through the gorgeous Park Güell designed by Gaudi himself. If your a fan of electronic music, we'd recommend a visit in June so you can catch the famous 3-day Sónar music festival featuring famous DJs from around the globe.
The journey between Barcelona and Paris is relatively popular with regular trains and buses departing daily from Barcelona Sants and Barcelona Nord stations.
Barcelona to Paris
You've certainly pictured visiting Paris while planning your trip and imagined yourself strolling along the Seine, wearing a beret and enjoying a deliciously fresh croissant, but Paris is much more than just a cliché. Visit the funky Centre Pompidou and see a truly impressive collection of modern art featuring works from Matisse, Dali and Warhol just to name a few (while you're there, don't miss the stunning view of Parisian rooftops from the terrasse). And if you're looking for something a little more off the beaten path, why not explore the multi-cultural district of Belleville and admire some of its incredible street art.
There are several Thalys trains and numerous long-distance coaches departing daily from Gare du Nord, Paris Bagnolet and Paris Bercy to connect Paris with Brussels.
Paris to Brussels
Home to the United Nations and many multinational organisations, Brussels is one of the most international cities in Europe with more than 30% of its population born outside Belgium. But the city is much more than just diplomats rubbing shoulders, Brussels boasts a vibrant night-life and an incredible food culture. While France may be more renowned for its haute cuisine, Belgian food is certainly just as delicious and maybe slightly more accessible with the undeniably the best french fries in the world.
The trip from Brussels to Amsterdam usually takes around 2 hours whether you choose to travel by bus or by train. There are a variety of low-cost bus companies offering the journey or you can choose to travel with Thalys.
Brussels to Amsterdam
The first thing you'll want to do when you get to Amsterdam is rent a bike and get exploring, you'll soon notice that cyclists own the roads in this charming city so you're actually better off by bike than by foot. Take to the canals and soak up the charming vibes of this gorgeous city while visiting a coffee shop or two along the way. Make time to check out some of the cosy bars in the Jordaan area and meet some of the friendly locals who are always eager to introduce you to their incredible city.
The train to Berlin departs from Amsterdam Centraal and is nearly twice as quick as traveling by bus but also twice as expensive on average.