How To Travel Europe In Seven Days
Before you embark on your travels, make sure you take your European Health Insurance (EHIC) Card, because if anything does happen along the way, you’ll get peace of mind knowing you have valid insurance in 31 European countries other than the UK. Is it possible to travel around Europe in seven days? It certainly is. Here’s our guide to doing it:
Day 1: London to Amsterdam
On your approach to Dover, bask in the marvels of the white cliffs before boarding a ferry to Calais. Then, travel north via Belgium and on to Amsterdam, one of Europe’s friendliest cities. Here there are many incredible attractions, including the famous Mint Tower and the beautiful Dam Square. To wind down at the end of the day, why not enjoy a few cocktails on a relaxing canal cruise?
Day 2: Amsterdam to Germany
Via Arnhem, travel to the gorgeous Rhine Valley where you can gently cruise past medieval castles and terraced vineyards. Then continue past the famed Lorelei Rock which, according to legend, was named after a mermaid who bewitched fisherman with a deathly lullaby. Finally, once in Heidelberg, feast your eyes on the red castle, a rare architectural gem.
Day 3: Germany to Switzerland
From Mannheim, drive through the mysterious Black Forest, where you can watch local artisans crafting cuckoo clocks. Arrive in Switzerland and prepare to be transfixed by Schaffhausen, Europe’s mightiest waterfall, before sampling the alpine views among the stunning backdrop of Lake Lucerne.
Day 4: Switzerland
Once in Lake Lucrene, engage in the 14th century delights of Chapel Bridge in the morning. Afterwards, make sure you don’t miss the Lion Monument, homage to the tragedy that befell the Swiss Guard in 1792. Following this, for something a bit lighter, why not indulge in the luxury of handmade Swiss chocolates in the old town?
Day 5: Switzerland to France
Now off to the land of love. While driving, make sure you take in the landscape which changes remarkably as you travel through the rustic Burgundy countryside, one of the country’s central wine producing hubs, famed for pinot noir and chardonnay in particular. In the evening, feast on all of the culinary delights this region has to offer; you may even consider watching a traditional cabaret.
Day 6: Paris sightseeing
There are so many incredible things to see in Paris, we can hardly do them all justice here. Highlights include Notre Dame Cathedral, and the imposing Charles Garnier-designed Opera House. For those not scared of heights, it is possible to make the trek up the Eiffel Tower by lift, where you will be treated with breathtaking views of the metropolis.
Day 7: Paris to London
Finally, say ‘au revoir’ to Paris as you cross the battlefields of the Somme en route to Calais. Board the Dover-bound ferry and travel onwards to London where your pan-European tour sadly comes to an end.