Best Europe Dream Vacation Ideas for a One-Week Trip

Fodor's travelers' top destinations for a week-long trip to Europe include cities like Vienna and Paris, as well as wine regions like Bordeaux and Tuscany. With a full week to spare, Fodor's travelers recommend these, and more, for making the most of your European vacation time.

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    Paris »

    Paris

    Whether it's a riverside vista that takes in the Seine, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the Eiffel Tower, or the view of elegant buildings and mansard roofs from a hotel room window, it doesn't take much to convince anyone that Paris is one of the most beautiful... Read more

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    London »

    London

    If London contained only its landmarks it would still rank as one of the world's top destinations. But England's capital is much more. It is a bevy of English bobbies, an ocean of black umbrellas, and an unconquered continuance of more than 2,000 years... Read more

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    Rome »

    Rome

    Italy's vibrant capital lives in the present, but no other city on earth evokes its past so powerfully. For over 2,500 years, emperors, popes, artists, and common citizens have left their mark here. Archaeological remains from ancient Rome, art-stuffed... Read more

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    Amalfi Coast »

    Amalfi Coast

    One of the most gorgeous places on Earth, this corner of the Campania region tantalizes, almost beyond bearing, the visitor who can stay but a day or two. Poets and millionaires have long journeyed here to see and sense its legendary sights: perfect, precariously... Read more

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    Madrid »

    Madrid

    Madrid—the Spanish capital since 1561—celebrates itself and life in general around the clock. A vibrant crossroads, Madrid has an infectious appetite for art, music, and epicurean pleasure, and it's turned into a cosmopolitan, modern urban center while... Read more

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    Provence »

    Provence

    Provence's azure skies, brilliant sunlight, and windswept landscapes have inspired artists like Cézanne and Van Gogh, as well as countless travelers. Medieval villages perch on hilltops between rolling vineyards, fragrant lavender fields, and craggy mountains... Read more

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    Barcelona »

    Barcelona

    The capital of Catalonia is a banquet for the senses, with its beguiling mix of ancient and modern architecture, tempting cafés and markets, and sun-drenched Mediterranean beaches. A stroll along La Rambla and through waterfront Barceloneta, as well as... Read more

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    Istanbul »

    Istanbul

    The only city in the world that can lay claim to straddling two continents, Istanbul—once known as Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine and then the Ottoman Empire—has for centuries been a bustling metropolis with one foot in Europe and the other in... Read more

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    Vienna »

    Vienna

    One of the great capitals of Europe, Vienna was for centuries the main stomping grounds for the Habsburg rulers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The empire is long gone, but many reminders of the city's imperial heyday remain, carefully preserved by the... Read more

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    Capri »

    Capri

    D. H. Lawrence once called Capri "a gossipy, villa-stricken, two-humped chunk of limestone, a microcosm that does heaven much credit, but mankind none at all." He was referring to its once rather farouche reputation as well as its unique natural beauty... Read more

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    Berlin »

    Berlin

    Since the fall of the Iron Curtain, no other city in Europe has seen more change than Berlin, the German capital. The two Berlins that had been physically separated for almost 30 years have become one, and the reunited city has become a cutting-edge destination... Read more

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    Lisbon »

    Lisbon

    Spread over a string of seven hills north of the Rio Tejo (Tagus River) estuary, Lisbon presents an intriguing variety of faces to those who negotiate its switchback streets. In the oldest neighborhoods, stepped alleys whose street pattern dates back to... Read more

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    The Loire Valley »

    The Loire Valley

    A fairy-tale realm par excellence, the Loire Valley is studded with storybook villages, time-burnished towns, and—bien sûr—the famous châteaux de la Loire. These postcard icons, like Chenonceau and Chambord, seem to be strung like a strand of pearls across... Read more

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    Eastern Alps »

    Eastern Alps

    The whole Eastern Alps region is dramatic countryside, with breathtaking scenery and great winter sports equal to those in Switzerland. Here majestic peaks, many well over 9,750 feet, soar above slow-moving glaciers that give way to sweeping Alpine meadows... Read more

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    Burgundy »

    Burgundy

    Producing a rarefied concentration of what many consider the world's greatest wines and harboring a knee-weakening concentration of magnificent Romanesque abbeys, Burgundy hardly needs to be beautiful—but it is. Its green-hedgerowed countryside, medieval... Read more

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