Europe has endless destination possibilities and my wishlist was a mile long. It took two years of planning and countless inspiration boards to get to the final itinerary. In the end, I chose the countries (and cities) at the top of my list. I have to say, this trip was planned for adventure, not rest and relaxation. Eighteen cities and towns (spread across five countries) made the cut.  

I used a mix of travel sites, apps and direct bookings to reserve tours, flight and hotels and I cashed in hotel and airline points to pay for hotels, flights and tours where I could.  Some trips were only a few hours, others were days and each one was spectacular. To make the most of the short days this time of year, I booked the first flights into a city and the last flight flying out and I had more time to explore. The trip started on November 6th.

Trafalgar square

London, United Kingdom - 4 Days

  • Flight: American Airlines - Dallas/Fort Worth to London Heathrow. 
  • Sightseeing: Notting Hill, Portebello market, Big Ben , London eye, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham palace, Liverpool street , Tate Britain, St. Paul's cathedral, Covent garden, Fulham, Leister square
  • Tour:  Day trip to Bath and Salisbury with Anderson tour group. My tour guide Rebecca was ah-mazing.
  • Lodging: With friends
covent garden
Portebello market
Bath, United Kingdom
Kings Cross

Nice and the French Riviera  - 6 Days

  • Nice was my base to explore the French Riviera.
  • Flight: British Airways from London Gatwick to Nice Cote d' Azur
  • Day trips to Monaco , Eze Village, Ville Franche Sur Mer and Antibes. I navigated these trips myself via buses and trains (more on that in another post)
  • Lodging: Hotel Villa Rivoli, booked via American Airlines Vacations
  • Flight: Air France from Nice to Paris Orly
Ville Franche Sur Mer

Barcelona - 2 Days

  • Flight: Vueling from Paris Charles De Gaulle to Barcelona El Prat Airport
  • Sightseeing: La Ramblas neighboorhood , La Bouqueria, Plaza Catalunya, La Sagrada la familia, FC Barcelona, Port Vuell, Catalonia museum, Olympic park
  • Tours: Booked Barcelona sightseeing and Montserrat tour with Barcelona Day tour Company and tour guide was incredible.
  • Lodging: Internacional Ramblas Cool, booked via Expedia
La Ramblas
La Bouqueria
Park Guell

Paris - 2 Days

  • Flight: Vueling from Barcelona El Prat to Paris Orly airport.
  • Signtseeing: Versailles and Petite Trianon ; Eiffel Tower, Le Cler neighborhood, Notredame, Arc De Triomphe, Paris Christmas market, Champ de Elysees, Lourve, Palais Royale.
  • Lodging: Hotel Kleber, booked via Hotel Tonight App
Le Petit Cler
Hotel Kleber
Arc De Triomphe

Rome - 5 Days

  • Flight: British Airways flight from Paris Orly airport to Rome Fuimicino Airport
  • Day Trips to: Florence, Pisa, Ostia Antica and Tivoli
  • Sightseeing: Coloseum, Ancient city of Rome, Vatican city, Spanish steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Piazza del Popolo
  • Lodging: Hotel Piranesi , booked via
Florence, Italy
Florence, Italy

London**** - 5 Days

  • Flight: British Airways flight from Rome Fuimicino Airport to London Heathrow
  • Sightseeing: Borough market, Tate Modern, Arsenal FC, Oxford Street, Canaberry street, Thames, Winter wonderland at Hyde park, Tate Modern Christmas market, Southwark, Kings Cross/St Pancreas, British Library, Platform 3/4, SoHo
  • Lodging: with friends

****The plan was Greece after Rome, but some unexpected events, including a stolen credit card led to a change in plans. There was no downside to the change in plans, London is always a good idea. 

London Bridge
The breakfast club, london bridge
St Paul's Cathedral

Tuesday - December 2nd - London Heathrow to Dallas Fort-worth on American Airline. Back to Reality.

If I could do it over, without the unexpected events, I will: 

  • Day trip to Oxford and Winslow Palace
  • Extend my time in Barcelona and include a day trip to Girona and Costa Brava
  • Spend more time in France - include a stop in Marseille and Lyon

I hope you liked this run down of my travel itinerary and it was helpful for your travel plans. I feel incredibly blessed to have spent time in Europe. More specific details of each stop on the itinerary coming to this space soon.