European Itinerary Ideas

was asked to share my itineraries for my past trips – and you know me, ask and you shall receive. Though you may not be planning on an an immediate trip to Europe, I thought I would still post this anyway so when you do get the opportunity to go – you remember I posted this haha!

I also like to post so I can reference to friends when they ask so my blog is like the online database – recipes, trip itineraries, trials and errors, references, that sort of thing. I’ve also linked to blog photo tour posts that feature that specific city – I will be updating a few of them since I revisited a couple spots recently, or I might just do a new blog post, I’ll have to see how I am feeling with content. You can also check out my travel category which breaks a few of my trips down based by region. (All Europe, France, Ireland)

On another note, you should plan a trip somewhere overseas because the exchange rate is fabulous. Over the past 5-10 years of going to Europe it’s been a 1 to 1.5 ratio for exchange which is terrible, but now it’s 1.1 to 1, or exactly 1 to 1. And 1 to 1 was recent for Switzerland – one of the most expensive countries in the world!!  So check out that Euro, Franc exchange rate and see how far your US dollar will go, we have a great economy right now, so go travel the world! And on that note, here are some European travel itinerary ideas. If you have some suggestions such as cities to squeeze in, please feel free to comment below, I’d love to hear your recommendations as well!


Tip: Ask for a Swiss Travel Pass, which includes free travel on most panorama routes, free public transport in 75 towns and cities, and free admission to more than 490 museums.

All of this travel was done by train – using Google maps you can see the train routes and which platform to get on.

See Switzerland posts and video tour. Check out my guide to discovering Switzerland.

Lucerne Switzerland Travel tips

South of France

Travel by train. South of France is best during warmer months to get a true sense of the culture and activities – my preference.

France – includes Christmas Markets

Travel by train, Uber and a flight to Basel from Nice to get closer to Paris for departing flight. Check for dates when the Christmas markets begin, the last few cities focus on Christmas markets (Strasbourg and Colmar) which also get you back up to Paris for your return flight.

  • Paris/Versailles, 2 days
  • Marseille, 1 day
  • Aix-en-Provence, 1 day
  • Nice, 1 day
  • Monaco, 1 day
  • Basel Switzerland + Colmar, France, 1 day (flew from Nice to Basel)
  • Strasbourg, 1 day
  • Paris, 1 day

France Christmas markets

Ireland Castle Tour, Northern Ireland + London

Travel by car. Flight from Dublin to London.

  • Detour: Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge + Giants Causeway, 2 days
  • Dublin/Cavan, 1 day
  • Cormey Kingscourt (stayed at Cabra Castle) explore Carrickmacross Lace, 1 day
  • Ballyfarnon, (stayed at Kilronan Castle), 2 days
  • Cong, (Ashford Castle), 2 days
  • Dublin/Dunboyne, 1 day (Dunboyne Castle Hotel)
  • London, 3 days

See all Ireland posts here, and video tour.

London + Paris

Take the Chunnel train and experience London and Paris! It’s only two hours. This is a great trip to take with a girlfriend – make sure you know how to speak a little French to politely get you by! Enjoy!

  • London, 4 days
  • Paris, 3 days

diana Elizabeth blogger with friend in front of Tower of London Bridge

Prague + Stockholm

Photo guide to Prague: St. Vitus Cathedral

I went to visit one of my best friends who was living in Prague at the time and then we hopped on a plane to Stockholm! It was a cheap flight and close, and definitely worth checking out. I loved Sweden and found it to be a lovely place to pop in and an added bonus to my original Prague trip!

Check out the Prague and Stockholm videos.


Diana Elizabeth has another upcoming trip in the new year. Taiwan and Japan with her parents for three weeks. Stay tuned for that. She hopes the house stuff will be done before she goes – and it very well should be!

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive thrift shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party. She continues to blog weekly.


  • Carmen

    Hi Diana!

    Thank you for this awesome post! I will definitely be referencing it again. Loved your mini YouTube video in the south of France, how lovely! ❤️


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