6 Summer Europe Itineraries

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Europe seems to be the hot ticket in terms of travel and there’s no denying that with so much to see and experience in one continent, a summer Europe adventure is one for the memory banks and will surely be a trip you talk about for years to come. But where does one start? Where does on go in Europe? Should you do it all or pack in a lot of culture in a small circumference and stick to a few countries? Here are the best summer Europe itineraries (June, July, August) to help you sift through the info online and break it down for you:

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Coastal: Portugal & Spain

So you’re looking for coastal towns, colourful capitals and a reasonable holiday in terms of how much cash you’ll spend? I’d suggest you head for Portugal & Spain, two vibrant countries with much to offer for a 2-3 week summer itinerary.

Kick things off in Lisbon overlooking the terracotta rooftops, making your way up to Sintra & Cascais for an out-of-the-city getaway, followed by heading South to Portugal’s most loved summer destination; the Algarve. Here, be sure to spend some time exploring Lagos, Faro and make time for lazy beach days.

From there, make your ways across into Spain to the stunning city of Seville. From there, you can choose to either travel by road to the sleepy seaside town of Alicante via Granada (2.5 hours drive to Granada, further 3.5 hours to Alicante), or catch a quick 1 hour flight through to Alicante. Alicante to Barcelona is a further 5 hour drive (or 1 hour flight) and an entirely different scene + experience altogether. One simply does not travel to Barcelona and not enjoy themselves! Be prepared for incredible Gaudi architecture, amazing food (try a tapas tour) and an enviable beachside location.

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Central Europe: Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary

Central Europe is great any time of year as each season offers something new (be prepared for harsh winters in the colder months), but none is more enjoyable than those glorious sunny days in summer.

Start your trip in Prague, the capital of Czech Republic and home to the famous Charles Bridge, neo-Gothic architecture and gorgeous winding alleyways to explore.

From there, make your way by road (2-3 hours by bus or car) to Cesky Krumlov, the most charming town in Central Europe and certainly one of the hidden treasures in all of the region.

If you haven’t rented a car you can then catch a shuttle bus or book a private car to drive you from Cesky Krumlov through to Salzburg or Hallstatt. Salzburg is of course the city of music, being the birthplace of Mozart and home to the Sound of Music. Nearby Hallstatt is easiest to reach by road (train connections are pretty miserable but possible) and absolutely should not be missed. This is another of Central Europe’s most stunning small towns!

Your next stop should be the Austrian capital; Vienna. Vienna is home to a thriving cafe culture, opulent architecture and one of Europe’s most impressive opera houses. After a couple of days in Vienna, make your way onwards to Budapest, stopping in at Bratislava for a day visit or overnight stay should you wish. Budapest is undoubtedly one of the most underrated cities in Europe so be sure to spend at least a few nights here, ideally four or five.

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Greek Island Hopping

Start your Greek adventure in Athens, the timeless capital that literally looks as if time itself has been frozen. After a night or two to catch up on jet lag, head onwards to Mykonos, Santorini and Ios – the most popular islands to visit on a summer vacation in Greece.

Should you wish to venture beyond the known and highly talked about, head onwards to Skiathos, Zakynthos and Corfu Island. No matter where you go in Greece you can’t really go wrong – it is all so stunning in the summer time!

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The Balkans: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro

It may come as a surprise to hear that Bosnia & Herzegovina is one of my favourite countries in Europe, especially if you’ve never even heard of it before. When I visited Bosnia & Herzegovina a couple of years ago I was welcomed so warmly into a family home from which I explored parts of the country on day trips and even made my way into Croatia, sadly missing Montenegro to tie off a fantastic trip to the Balkans. If you’re looking for somewhere a little less known and less ordinary, head for the Balkans this summer!

Arrive in the capital of Bosnia & Herzegovina; Sarajevo. Be sure to spend at least a day here as it is quite an interesting city to explore and has a gorgeous old town at the heart of it. From there, jump on a bus to Mostar, the countries’ most touristic town but for good reason – it is absolutely gorgeous! In summer you can even jump off the bridge, which is incredibly popular among travellers. But the best kept secret is just a short drive nearby – Blagaj, with its stunning tekke by the watering hole.

Head across the border (a literal border – yes, there are still a few in Europe!) into Croatia and make your first stop popular Dubrovnik, a gorgeous seaside city with one of Europe’s most mesmerising old town landscapes. From there you could join The Yacht Week to sail around Croatia or make your way up the coastline towards Split.

After you’re finished exploring the Croatian coastline, make your final stop Montenegro, an often overlooked country but with stunning small towns to explore. Kotor and Budva are great starting points.

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According to a quick Google search “Fritaly” isn’t really a word which is a shame because I really feel as if I could be on to something here. Two of the most exciting countries for travellers with so much to offer in terms of stunning coastlines, quaint and charming towns, exciting capitals, alps, and so much more… are France and Italy, thus “Fritaly” (you heard it here first).

Start your trip to Fritaly in Paris, the French capital that offers great global connections and due to low airport taxes is often one of the cheapest cities to fly into internationally.

From Paris, make your way by train through to the stunning French coastline in the ever popular South of France. Here you can visit popular towns and cities such as Nice, St Tropez and Cannes, or opt for smaller towns like Arles, Aix-en-Provence, St-Remy-de-Provence or the stunning Gorges du Verdon (France’s equivalent to the Grand Canyon).

After a couple of weeks in the South of France, make your way by train or car to Northern Italy, ready to make your way down the centre towards the beautiful Italian coastline. Stop in at Milan to see the gorgeous Cathedral and grab a night of rest, following onwards to Bologna, the birthplace of spaghetti bolognese, Florence, the capital of Tuscany, and onwards to the coastal region of Cinque Terre – home to the stunning little seaside towns. Finish your adventure by travelling onwards to Rome, the eternal city.

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The Grand Adventure

Or perhaps you’d just rather see it all? If this is your first trip to Europe, it is entirely justified to make your way around as many countries in as little time as possible, as that is of course the essence of Europe – diversity! This is a great way to get a taster for the region but I certainly wouldn’t recommend doing it this way alone… you really need to come back and spend more time in each country in order to fully experience it!

Start in London for at least a couple of nights as there is plenty to see including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Palace, Big Ben, The London Eye, London Tower & Tower Bridge… and SO much more! Once you’ve run yourself off your feet in London, kick back on the high speed train through to Paris for a couple of nights to continue the scurry from the Eiffel Tower to Sacre Couer and everywhere in between.

Next you can either fly or make your way by land to Barcelona for a couple of nights to experience Spanish food and culture — just don’t miss that fantastic Gaudi architecture! From there, head back over into France for the South of France. Nice is a great place to base yourself on the coastline, followed by a quick visit to Monaco.

Onwards to Italy where you’ll visit Pisa en route to Florence for a couple of nights, followed by two nights in the capital city of Rome. After you’ve walked yourself off your feet again, catch the fast train up to Venice and spend a slow couple of days meandering through the canals.

From Venice make your way onwards to the Austrian capital; Vienna. Spend at least two nights here as this is a big city to explore and should be enjoyed at a slow pace, so if you have more time up your sleeve this is a great city to stop in for a few days to unwind. Next travel onwards to Munich in the south of Germany, before making your way onwards through the Rhine Valley. From there make your way to Amsterdam for your last stop of the trip – be sure to spend a few nights here to relax from your trip and enjoy the tree-lined canals!


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    February 23, 2016 at 5:37 am

    Thanks for totally skipping Slovenia 🙁

    February 22, 2016 at 4:11 am

    These itineraries look so amazing, and ‘Fritaly’ is a great word too! I did a similar ‘grand adventure’ a few years ago and I really want to do it again!

    February 22, 2016 at 12:59 am

    Thank you for mentions Croatia and my hometown Split 🙂

    Lyn Littlefair
    February 22, 2016 at 12:19 am

    We are going overseas and we woild like to experince the country and culture but if we could stay with local people[so long as the speak english] My husband and I prefer to see sights that are not always for the tourist Like most aged people {we are late sizties} and like most on a budget. thank you.

    Lyn Littlefair
    February 22, 2016 at 12:12 am

    we are going overseas on budget.What I would love to know and experience is to stay with local families {must speak english} My husband and I like to see the culture, food etc instead of all the touristy things. Any ideas how we can explore and enjoy the countries. Thanks a lot.

    V Söderqvist
    February 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Travel is the best thing there is! Whole worlds of experiences open up, I live for it! Great post!

    February 21, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    I have just found out I am Croatian. I would love more info on seasons and best jobs?
    Do you have any pictures to share?

    janny scholma
    February 21, 2016 at 5:40 am

    Europe is beautiful. Do not try to see Europe in 14 days. it is better to visit two or three places (Rome, Paris and London) in 14 days or spend more time. Why? The atmosphere is good. Sit down and get comfortable. Enjoy the people (they are willing to talk to you), smell and tast the food (especcially Italian food is good), enjoy the history (Rome is very old). If you need advice or a guide just send me an email.

    February 16, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    All of these sound/look amazing! I have the travel bug!

    February 16, 2016 at 8:56 am

    I will definitely be using some of these guides for my Eurotrip in June! 3 weeks to work with, so hopefully I’ll be able to see many of those places!

    February 15, 2016 at 7:55 am

    All these photos are absolutely amazing! I’m going to be in Greece in the spring, and I’m so excited for the classic white Santorini architecture!

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    Marcia Lourenco
    February 14, 2016 at 6:06 am

    great countries 🙂

    February 14, 2016 at 5:43 am

    Yes, The Balkans!! 🙂 One of my first blog post was about Dubrovnik, then Petrovac, a town near Budva ( and I fell in love with it! I’m from Croatia and I definitely recommend everyone to visit the sea side during summer, you won’t regret it! I loved this post. Have a great weekend 🙂 x

    February 14, 2016 at 4:47 am

    Hello !

    That makes me want to travel even more ! Just booked a trip to Ireland with a friend a few hours ago, can’t wait to go there !!!!!

    And Prague is definitely on my list for the upcoming month !!! 🙂

    Thank you for this article.

    Kenza from

    February 14, 2016 at 4:33 am

    Great post. Well done
    What a beautiful photos for a stunning location
    Thanks for sharing
    many kisses

    February 13, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Hi Brooke, I’m only 15 but I really want to travel the world, and see some of the amazing places that you have. Obviously I’m still at school, but I can’t wait to leave so I can travel the world. What age would you recommend that I start travelling, because I would also like to go to university, so I could get a successful job , but I would also consider becoming a travel blogger? When do you think I should start travelling?

      February 14, 2016 at 5:44 am

      Hey Georgia! On Monday I will have a post about traveling tips for students so you can check that out, maybe it will help you. I started traveling with school (going on school trips) and when I was 18 strarted working a summer job that helped me travel to many places 🙂 x

        February 14, 2016 at 8:49 pm

        Thanks Roberta, I will have a look at your post on Monday. I have already been to Italy and France with a school trip, and I would be interested in getting a summer job that would help me travel more. What sort of job would you recommend?

    February 13, 2016 at 4:55 am

    Nice! I’m going to Denmark and Sweden in April, but I want to visit Macedonia or something in that area in the summer. I really like your photos!

    February 13, 2016 at 4:51 am

    I want to visit Greece this spring. Santorini and Mykonos are in the planning right now. Great pictures

    Posh, Broke, & Bored
    February 13, 2016 at 2:05 am

    Hahaha, FRITALY is hilarious, I’m going to use that!

    I was in Lisbon last summer and I found it UNBEARABLY HOT (that’s saying something given that I’m from tropical Malaysia!). I absolutely loved Montenegro though so maybe I’m just a ‘city in Spring, beach in Summer’ person. x

    Jasiminne: Posh, Broke, & Bored

    February 13, 2016 at 12:36 am

    Hello, the article is very interesting, but there is an inaccuracy of Bologna because there are not the spaghetti bolognese, but the “tagliatelle with ragù.” The “tagliatelle” are a different type of long pasta from spaghetti why are flat while the “ragù” is a typical Bolognese sauce made with meat and tomato. The sauce “bolognese” does not exist. As travelers it’s good to know the places you visit and their properly specialties. From Bologna with love.

    February 12, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Hello, the article is very interesting, but there is an inaccuracy of Bologna because doesn’t exist “spaghetti bolognese”, but the “tagliatelle al ragù”. The “tagliatelle” are a different type of long pasta from spaghetti why are flat, while the “ragù” is a typical Bolognese sauce made with meat and tomato. The sauce “bolognese” does not exist. As travelers it’s good to know the places you visit and their properly specialties. Have a nice trip in Itlay. From Bologna with love.

    rajasthan tour operator
    February 12, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Wow this a great itinerary to travel Europe. Santorini Hungary etc are the great place to spend holidays.

    February 12, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    These all look like so much fun!

    February 12, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Great suggestions! I’d love to island hop in Greece for the summer.

    February 12, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    I can’t wait for summer! I want to see more of Italy & France and want to head back to Greece!

    February 12, 2016 at 10:24 am

    These are great suggestions! I haven’t really been to Europe other than to Amsterdam & Iceland, so I’m thinking of going next year.

    And I’ve been toying with the idea of visiting the Balkans next year (and I think most would’ve heard the beauty and also the war history in Bosnia Herzegovina at least once in their lifetime… or maybe that’s my generation), so this is pretty timely 🙂

    I do feel like doing it all in one month but: 1) I’m not made of money, 2) there’s only so many leave my boss is going to allow me to take, lol.

    Anyway thanks as always for the great list!

    February 12, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Aaaand I’m bookmarking this. Thank you!

    February 12, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Woaaah! This sounds really really great! Can’t wait to go everywhere in Europe!! 🙂 Thanks for the fantastic itineraries:)

    February 12, 2016 at 8:38 am

    All of these sound absolutely divine! Although, I’ve never given much thought about the Balkans until reading this! Thanks for the input 🙂 🙂

    February 12, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Oh you missed Poland here. I still vote for Gdansk – romantic Old Town visit for a romantic Valentine’s day 🙂

    February 12, 2016 at 8:06 am

    These are all great itineraries, and I couldn’t possibly choose just one! 🙂 I think a Scandinavian trip would be a great addition too 😉

    Rachael @ Catch Me if You Can
    February 12, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Fritaly…thats so cute! Im headed to Paris in September and thanks to all your fantastic advise I simply cannot wait!