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30 Days in Europe: Travel Tips & Itinerary Ideas

Planning to spend 30 days in Europe? One month is a fantastic amount of time to explore a mix of countries and cultures, but four weeks can go by in the blink of an eye on this staggeringly diverse continent.

With so many iconic sites, world-famous landmarks, and fairytale cities to see, deciding which destinations to visit and how to spend your time in Europe can be a tad bit overwhelming.

We know that feeling all too well, so we’ve compiled a list of useful tips, itinerary ideas, and sightseeing highlights to help you make the most of your European holiday.

Let’s dive right in — here’s how to plan a month-long holiday in Europe.

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A staircase between two buildings in Montmartre, Paris, France
Set aside time to get lost among Paris’ gorgeous backstreets and alleyways | © John Towner/Unsplash

Tips for planning your itinerary

1. Don’t try to see everything in one go

With so much to see and do in Europe, the biggest challenge is trying to narrow down your options and map out an itinerary. If you want to cover a lot of ground, one month gives you enough time to spend at least two or three nights in each destination. 

If, on the other hand, you want to do more than just scratch the surface of each country, it’s best to stick to fewer destinations and travel at a slower pace. 

Regardless of how many cities and countries you choose to visit, the worst thing you can do is go in with the expectation that you’ll be able to fit everything in on one trip. 

Truthfully, you could spend a lifetime exploring this continent and still not see it all — so don’t make the mistake of trying to do all the things while burning yourself out in the process.

2. Remember to schedule in downtime, too

In other words, don’t let your FOMO dictate your itinerary! You’ll need to leave yourself time experience each destination, plus time to rest and recharge (30 days is a long time to be constantly on the go).

The northern lights over water in Northern Norway
Chase the northern lights in Scandinavia and Iceland | © Max Stoiber/Unsplash

3. Pick your top destinations and interests

Once you’ve prioritised your top dream destinations, start to think about your personal preferences. Are you really into classical art, or do you have a passion for medieval history? Do you want to kick-back on beautiful beaches, or challenge yourself on a multi-day hike? Let your passions and interests help guide the itinerary planning process.

4. Consider transit time and seasons

Last but not least, you’ll need to consider a few important factors: the distance between each destination, the time of year you’re planning to visit, and your budget.

Close up of the bottom half of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
Paris is a quintessential European destination for good reason | © Soroush Karimi/Unsplash

How to get around Europe

In terms of convenience and value for money, travelling by train is arguably the best way to see the continent. Europe’s extensive rail network is reliable and efficient, so no matter what region you choose to visit, it’s virtually guaranteed to be accessible by train. 

Alternatively, if you’re working with a modest budget, you can choose to travel by coach bus. Certain companies (like Flixbus, for example) offer a range of routes in more than 20 countries across continental Europe with affordable ticket prices.

For longer distances, flying is your best bet. Budget airlines like Ryanair and EasyJet offer notoriously inexpensive flights to just about anywhere and everywhere on the continent (remember to keep an eye out for those extra fees, though).

If trying to plan a 30-day Europe trip is making your head spin, you could always join a guided tour and leave the planning to the people who do it best!

A red train travelling along forest and mountain peaks in Switzerland
Travelling by train is the best way to get around Europe | © Andreas Stutz/Unsplash

30 days in Europe: Where to go and what to do

Now that we’ve got those practical matters out of the way, let’s move onto the fun stuff: choosing the places you’ll visit and the experiences you’ll have on your Euro trip.

Of course, we can’t possibly cover everything there is to do on this continent, so we’ll highlight the top things to see and do in each region — those big bucket list destinations, once-in-a-lifetime activities, and quintessentially European experiences that will ensure your holiday is one to remember.

Gondolas gliding down a canal in Venice, Italy
Plan your visit to Venice in the shoulder seasons to avoid the crowds | © Rebe Adelaida/Unsplash

Western Europe

Encompassing the likes of London, Paris, and Amsterdam, Western Europe is the first region that typically comes to mind when people think of a classic Euro trip.

It’s the perfect choice for first-time visitors, and for those wanting to get a taste of the very best of the continent.

Popular cities to visit in Western Europe:

  1. London
  2. Paris
  3. Amsterdam
  4. Barcelona
  5. Rome

Top things to do in Western Europe:

  • Explore Amsterdam’s waterways on a canal cruise
  • Scope out the best views of Paris’ skyline from the top of the Arc de Triomphe or the Montparnasse Tower
  • See the Swiss Alps, home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe
  • Admire the outlandish, whimsical designs of Gaudi’s architecture in Barcelona
  • Throw a coin in Rome’s Trevi Fountain
  • Have afternoon tea on a double-decker bus in London
  • Take a scenic train journey between Italy and Switzerland
The Colosseum hidden between trees in Rome, Italy
You’ll never forget the moment you lay eyes on the Colosseum for the first time | © Dennis Van Den Worm/Unsplash

Southern Europe

For an idyllic holiday filled with dreamy beaches, out-of-this-world food, ancient ruins, and spectacular scenery, head for the spirited cities of Southern Europe and the Mediterranean — from Nice to Dubrovnik, Sorrento and Corfu.

Popular cities to visit in Southern Europe:

  1. Lisbon
  2. Athens
  3. Venice
  4. Nice
  5. Dubrovnik

Top things to do in Southern Europe:

  • Sail around the Greek Islands
  • Take a trip back in time at the Acropolis in Athens
  • Attend the Grand Prix in Monaco
  • Rub shoulders with celebrities in the French Riviera
  • Visit a fado club in Lisbon
  • Walk along Dubrovnik’s city walls
  • Sail between two continents in Istanbul
A sailboat floating in the sea off the coast of Santorini, Greece
Head to Santorini for incredible vistas like this | © Matthew Waring/Unsplash

Central & Eastern Europe

Spanning countries such as Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Poland, a holiday in Central and Eastern Europe delivers a mix of captivating history, diverse culture, and delectable cuisine in equal measure.

Plus, you’ll find some of the continent’s most affordable and under-the-radar destinations here, too.

Popular cities to visit in Central and Eastern Europe:

  1. Vienna
  2. Berlin
  3. Prague
  4. Budapest
  5. Krakow
  6. Bucharest
  7. Moscow

Top things to do in Central and Eastern Europe:

  • Walk the length of the Berlin Wall
  • Soak in a thermal bath in Budapest
  • Spend a night at the opera in Vienna
  • Stroll along Prague’s famous Charles Bridge
  • Drink a stein of beer in a traditional beer hall in Munich
  • Marvel at the grandeur of the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg
  • Explore Europe’s largest medieval square in Krakow
A monument at Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest, Hungary
Budapest is beautiful and budget-friendly | © Ma Fab/Unsplash

Northern Europe

Home to epic expanses of wilderness, chic cities, rugged fjords, and the natural phenomenon that is the aurora borealis, this is the region to choose if you want to venture a bit more off the beaten track, immerse yourself in nature, and see some of the most starkly beautiful landscapes on the continent.

Popular cities to visit in Northern Europe:

  1. Reykjavik
  2. Stockholm
  3. Copenhagen
  4. Oslo
  5. Helsinki

Top things to do in Northern Europe:

  • Cruise through Western Norway’s fjords 
  • See the northern lights in Iceland
  • Seek solitude in Finnish Lapland
  • Snap photos of Copenhagen’s colourful harbourfront area
  • Explore Helsinki’s vibrant Design District
  • Visit Stockholm Palace, official residence of the Swedish monarch
  • Get lost among the winding streets of Tallinn’s Old Town
A fishing village and rocky shoreline in Norway
Escape the crowds in the Lofoten Islands, Norway | © Kym Ellis/Unsplash

30 days in Europe: Itinerary ideas

Covering heavy hitters like London and Paris — along with underrated cities and lesser-known locales — use these four itinerary ideas to inspire your 30-day Europe itinerary.

They’ll take you through some of the continent’s can’t-miss destinations, but you can (and should!) alter them and make them your own.

Classic Europe

  • Days 1 – 3 – London
  • Days 4 – 6 – Paris
  • Days 7 – 9 – Rome
  • Days 10 + 11 – Venice
  • Days 12 + 13 – Salzburg
  • Days 14 + 15 – Vienna
  • Days 16 – 18 – Budapest
  • Days 19 + 20 – Krakow
  • Days 21 – 23 – Prague
  • Days 24 – 26 – Berlin
  • Days 27 – 29 – Amsterdam
  • Day 30 – London

Europe’s icons and a taste of the Mediterranean

  • Days 1 – 3 – London
  • Days 4 – 6 – Paris
  • Days 7 – 9 – Barcelona
  • Days 10 + 11 – Nice
  • Days 12 – 14 – Florence
  • Days 15 + 16 – Bologna
  • Days 17 – 19 – Venice
  • Days 20 + 21 – Salzburg
  • Days 22 – 24 – Prague
  • Days 25 – 27 – Berlin
  • Days 28 – 30 – Amsterdam 
Person standing in front of Skógafoss waterfall in Iceland
Add Iceland to your itinerary if you want to be surrounded by spectacular natural wonders | © Kym Ellis/Unsplash

Paris to Athens

  • Days 1 – 3 – Paris
  • Days 4 + 5 – Lyon
  • Days 6 + 7 – Avignon
  • Days 8 – 10 – Barcelona
  • Days 11 + 12 – French Riviera
  • Days 13 + 14 – Venice
  • Days 15 – 17 – Florence
  • Days 18 – 20 – Rome
  • Days 21 + 22 – Athens
  • Days 23 – 25 – Mykonos
  • Days 26 – 29 – Santorini
  • Day 30 – Athens

Nordic highlights

  • Days 1 – 3 – Copenhagen
  • Days 4 + 5 – Aarhus
  • Days 6 + 7 – Frederikshavn
  • Days 8 + 9 – Gothenburg 
  • Days 10 – 12 – Stockholm
  • Days 13 + 14 – Karlstad
  • Days 15 + 16 – Lillehammer
  • Days 17 – 19 – Flåm/Sognefjord
  • Days 20 + 21 – Bergen
  • Days 22 + 23 – Oslo
  • Days 24 + 25 – Reykjavik 
  • Day 26 – Golden Circle
  • Days 27 – 29 – South Coast
  • Day 30 – Reykjavik

Europe temperature averages

To help give you a better idea of the best time to visit Europe, here are a few average seasonal temperatures for major capitals across the continent.


If you’re looking for more itinerary inspiration — or if you’re keen to book a hassle-free holiday and travel with a group of like-minded people — check out our full range of 30-day Europe tours!

Ashley is a Content Editor at TourRadar. When she’s not writing, travelling, or obsessively checking flight prices on Skyscanner, you can find her attempting to fine-tune her photography skills or watching a shark documentary.

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