The perfect 10 day London Paris itinerary with the addition of Amsterdam. Cover 3 cities with ease!..Travelling is an amazing experience which lets you learn about a lot of things and you get to enjoy the dynamic and diverse cultures and foods from around the world. If you are one of those wanderers who love the history of United Kingdom and want to experience the great Amsterdam and city of romance, Paris, then you have come to the right place. Here is a 10-day itinerary plan so that you can visit these three places and get the most of them with apt management.
Get a local’s guide to London and considering my many trips to Paris and Amsterdam, you will get the best the cities have to offer for your visit. Landing in London then doing London to Paris to Amsterdam by train. You just have to make sure you book your Eurostar train tickets from London to Paris in advance to save money otherwise you will need to fly as the flights can sometimes be cheaper than the train. You can also book city tours in each of the cities to maximise your London Paris Amsterdam itinerary as well as help you get the bearings around the city and then the next day you feel well acquainted with the city because of the tour. For places to stay I have covered this extensively on the blog with tips on best areas to stay in London and Amsterdam as well as cool hotels in Paris with views of the Eiffel tower.
Below I have also mentioned ways of maximising your time and itinerary if you only have a week, tips on how to travel from Amsterdam to Paris. You can also do Amsterdam day trips from London as well as tours to Amsterdam from London. This would allow you to then change your itinerary to a London, Amsterdam, Paris itinerary.
London Paris Amsterdam Itinerary
Day 1- 3 In London
If you have been wanting to do 10 days London Paris itinerary, you are in luck as you also get the addition of Amsterdam without too much effort. Hitting up many of London’s tourist attractions with ease. I have also shared money-saving tips when visiting London on the blog.
Tip: See my post on how to get from London airports to central London.
Day 1 In London
Travelling to London is much more convenient and easier from any part of the world therefore, we will suggest you to start your journey from London. On day one, first you will arrive in the city and get settled into your hotel or accommodation. Prefer to schedule your arrival in the morning which will give you plenty of time to wander around.
- London Eye
Getting the magnificent view of the city from the London Eye is the first thing that you should do after arriving. The city looks amazing when looked from the eye of London. The name explains everything. This place is the eye to see London in a different light. Here there is also a market just by the National Gallery where you can find all kinds of freshly cooked food and desserts. The Southbank is also lined with many restaurants too. I have shared some tips on how to have a romantic experience on Southbank without breaking the bank. Perfect for those visiting London with a partner. You can add a touch of romance to your London Amsterdam Paris itinerary.
Insider Tip: To stay locally, I shared tips on affordable hotels near London Eye. Also as far as starting point. If you are staying elsewhere in London, use the underground and aim for Westminister Station on the Jubilee Line. When you get off here you are immediately met with Big Ben and around the corner on either side within 5 min walking distance on either side is London Eye or Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square. Westminister Abbey is also across from the station. So this is a great starting point. Staying near London Eye means these places are within reach with ease.
- Westminster Abbey
The next place to visit is the Westminster Abbey which holds the history of British monarchs. Many famous personalities are buried within this area and the place itself is full of history, culture and royalty.
- Downing Street
You just need to cross the Westminster Bridge and walk up to the white hall and you will reach the Downing street in 10 minutes. It is the official house of the prime minister of Britain which you should definitely visit!
- Buckingham Palace
Once you are done with the Westminster visit, you can walk through the St. James Park to the Mall and arrive at the Buckingham Palace. It will be a quick tour and you can just admire the beauty of this royal house.
Insider tip: You can beat the queues and buy tickets in advance for the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Harry Potter Studios Tour and more on Attraction Tix, sometimes they also offer two for one discounts.
- Piccadilly Circus
Near to the Westminster side, there is another fascinating place to visit which is the Piccadilly circus. You can roam around there for a bit and near to this circus, there are famous shopping stores as well which you can try for shopping.
- Oxford Street
The last place to visit on your first day in London will be the busiest street known as Oxford Street. The place is filled with branded to local shops and you can do a lot of shopping here and satisfy your shopaholic soul. You can find everything from Burberry to H&M to Selfridges and many other department stores. If you are after bargains they also have one of the biggest Primark stores on Oxford Street.
Evening activities: Many of the above attractions are within walking distance so should mainly take half a day. For the evening, you can opt to check out the best views in London or chill in one of many London rooftop bars for a drink.
Day Two In London
On the second day on your Amsterdam, Paris, London itinerary, after having your breakfast, you will travel towards the following places:
Nearest underground station to aim for as a starting point: London Bridge or Tower Gateway.
- Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge is a great glass architecture which one must explore. On the second day, you will need to reach the River Thames and just across it, you will get to visit this bridge and the Tower of London. You can walk around Tower Bridge at night as well and feel totally safe.
- Tower of London
Tower of London holds a significant history of the British as it was used to serve as a royal palace, prison as well as represents the monarchs of England. The tower offers an educational visit of one hour which is really enjoyable.
- The Shard Views
This is a new place to explore in London on your second day. The fairs might be expensive, but it is guaranteed that you will love the view of the city from this place of the London skyline. You can see my post on Shard Views with additional tips on best times to visit the Shard.
- Borough Market
The market is located very close to the Shard. All you do is to walk a little and enjoy your lunch from this place. The Borough Market is famous for its global cuisines. You can find a variety of delicious food items here and can also do a small lunch picnic near the river Thames. I have shared tips on why this is one of the best places in London for breakfast.
- Tate Modern Art Gallery
Those who are art fanatics and love to explore the art of London, must visit the Tate Modern which is London’s famous Globe theater. This place homes a variety of modern art collection. You can spend an hour and admire the peculiar art exhibition.
Insider tip: Next to Tate Modern is Switch House, a new building part of the gallery. There is a new viewing deck which offers amazing views of St Pauls Cathedral and the rest of the city skyline. All for free!
- St Paul’s Cathedral
This place holds a special history as it was built right after the great fire of London in 1666. Moreover, it is famous for the funeral of Winston Churchill that took place here and the wedding ceremony of the nation’s favorite Lady Diana with Prince Charles. Near St Pauls is a little hidden gem, for more see my post on Madison Bar Views of St Pauls.
Evening entertainment: If you have more energy for the evening and want to experience London theatre, I have shared a post on London’s best theatre shows and how to get discounted tickets.
Day 3 In London
The third day in London is a morning spent in Covent Garden which has many cool breakfast and brunch places in London. Before heading to check out Shoreditch in East London.
- Convent Garden
On the third day, in the morning, you will get to visit the Convent Garden to freshen up and relax in nature’s surroundings. The convent garden is a district located in the West end of London and is famous for its shopping area. Moreover, there are a number of options available for dining out here. Explore this locality till afternoon and have your lunch here.
- Neal’s Yard
Located very near to the Convent Garden, there is a place known as Neal’s Yard which is hidden in plain sight. Head off the Monmouth Street and walk down the narrow passageway and tada, you have reached the Neal’s Yard. This place has its famous Organic Remedies store which has all the natural and organic skincare products. Another one of London’s hidden gems and an Instagrammer’s paradise, for those in the know! See my post on Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden with details of how to get there.
In the afternoon head over to Shoreditch and spend the rest of your remaining time in London here. I have recently shared a post on things to do in Shoreditch which takes you through the best cafes, shopping, and the amazing street art to check out in Shoreditch. This is also where you will find the famous Brick Lane market and shops.
Additional London Tips
For additional tips of how to make the most of London in London day, especially for those that don’t have 10 days but have a 6 day London Paris itinerary. I have a post on one day in London which includes a map. With only 3 days in London to make the most of your stay make sure you read my post on the best areas to stay in London which also has tips on the best areas to stay in London for sightseeing. I have also shared a post on London’s free Museums which can also be slotted into in the earlier part of day one as museums like the British Museum as in the Westend so you can do that and then head to London Eye to start the itinerary as shown above.
Days 4-8 In Paris And Versailles
Getting from London to Paris is super easy as trains to Paris can be caught from Kings Cross St Pancras or Stratford. You don’t have to necessarily stay near Kings Cross but as its also close to the Westend its also not a bad place to base yourself. There are plenty of restaurants and bars in the area. I have shared tips on hotels near Kings Cross if you want easy access to the Eurostar for your Paris London and Amsterdam itinerary.
Day 4 In Paris
On the next day, pack up your bags and travel from London to directly Paris via the Euro Star train. This is the only direct train which will allow you to reach Paris in about 2 and a half hour. Don’t worry about the costs and after reaching Paris Gare du Nord, grab a map of the city along with the metro map and catch RER B to St. Mitchel. This will take you to central Paris from where you can easily access the other locations.
You also have easy access to the metro taking you into many of the Paris hotels with views of the Eiffel Tower. I have also used Airbnbs in the city so the options are plenty depending on your budget. The metro in Paris is also easy to use and many of which are beautiful and uniquely decorated. I shared a couple in my post on Paris in black and white.
After settling in, walk the neighborhood and do a little exploration to relax and freshen yourself after travelling for the day. If you need something to do for the evening go and grab a drink at the many bars and restaurants in Paris with a view.
Day 5 In Paris
- Cafes to check out
Paris is rich in culture, food and traditions. So, here is a list of some top coolest Paris cafes which you should visit on your second day in the city:
- Merci Used Book Café
- Café des Chats
- Shakespeare & Company Café
- Soul Kitchen
- Café Marlette
- La Maison Rose
- Boot Café
- Printemps cafe – a hidden gem in Paris with amazing views.
This is the best place in the entire world to admire arts. This is an unmissable place on your Paris, London, Amsterdam itinerary. The magnificent pyramid-shaped glass museum structure present outside the place, The Louvre is Paris’s greatest attraction which piques the interest of many travelers. You can visit the outsides in about an hour but, if you really want to stay there longer, you can spend several hours to fully explore this marvel.
- Le Palais Royal
To explore the royalty of Paris, Le Palais Royal is the best place to visit. The magnificent palace was built for Cardinal Richelieu and then became the childhood home for Louis XIV.
- Muse D’ Orsay
Paris has a lot of art museums but Muse D’Orsay tops all as it homes almost every impression art present in the world starting from the Monet and ending to Van Gough. You will visit this magnificent place on you fifth day of commute. This is one museum not to miss. I shared some pictures and a video here of Muse D’Orsay.
- Pont Alexander III
The famous deck arch bridge in Paris is a must-visit as it covers the Seine in Paris. Walk around it for a while and enjoy the view of the water from here. You can also view it from the many amazing Paris river cruises.
- Place De La Concorde
Paris major public square De La Concorde is the attraction of the city which grabs the attention of everyone due to its unique architecture. You can explore the neighborhood here and enjoy the view.
- Eiffel Tower
What comes to mind when you think of Paris? Yes, of course the Eiffel Tower is the architectural representation of Paris. You can either walk to the top by the stairs or use an elevator. Whichever route you wish to take, you will land at the top of the city and will have the best view of your life from there! Among many Paris experiences not to miss.
- Champs De Mars
Near the Eiffel tower, there is a green lush place known as Champs De Mars which is full of greenery and nature. Stroll across the lanes and inhale the fresh and pure air for a relaxing moment.
- Jardins Trocadero
This is another open space located very close to the Eiffel tower and you will get to explore the Fountain of Warsaw which is the main attraction here. This is one of my favourite places in Paris as I shared some pictures of my sunrise shoot in Paris.
- Arc De Triomphe
As the name suggests, this is the most famous place which gives you the best view of the city from the top.
Day 6 In Paris
On the sixth day during your stay in Paris, you will get to visit Jardin du Luxemburg from where you will travel to Montparnasse Tower, another famous attraction of the city. Monteparnes offers amazing views. After spending some time there, you will move forward towards the Paris Catacombes. Form there, your next stop will be the famous Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Note: When I wrote this post the Notre Dame was still open. Sadly now closed because of the fire.
You will need few hours to fully explore this historical marvel and don’t forget to admire the view from the gargoyle’s eye.
Next in your travel plan, you will get to explore the Sacre Coeur followed by the Montmarte. The last place to visit on your sixth day will be the Centre Pompidou and then head back to your place for some rest.
Day 7 A Day Trip To Versailles
On the seventh day, you will experience some more historically significant places in France. Pack up your backpacks and get ready for exploring the UNESCO World heritage sites in France. Versailles is famous for its Château de Versailles and the gardens of Versailles. There is so much history about these places that you will be in awe as you explore them further. Explore the hall of mirrors and surroundings.
Then moving forward, you will go to the Domaine de Marie-Antoinette by taking the RER train from the nearest Versailles Château Rive Gauche station which is located near the palace. The costs of travelling are the cheapest which is just €7,10 per person from central Paris. Here, you can spend few hours and roam around to see the fascinating architecture. As this will be the last resort of your day so enjoy as much as you can and then go back to your staying hotel.
Days 8-10 In Amsterdam
The final city in the 10-day itinerary for London, Paris and Amsterdam is of course Amsterdam. Below are tips on things to see and do as well as the best way to travel from Paris to Amsterdam. Travel between Paris and Amsterdam is super easy and doesn’t take that long. There are plenty of options for trains and really cheap compared to train travel in London and the UK. You can book your train tickets between Amsterdam and Paris but this is not always as necessary as booking the London and Paris train tickets.
Day 8-9 In Amsterdam
On the 8th day, you will be packing your bags and travelling to your last and final destination; Amsterdam. The best way to go to Amsterdam from Paris is via train as it is the cheapest and comfortable travel source. Take the train map from the station and find the earliest train to the capital of the Netherlands. You Amsterdam and Paris trip is super easy. When planning your trip you can also do these the other way round as train travel in Europe is a lot cheaper and easier than that of London. You don’t necessarily have to do Paris, London, Amsterdam vacation package either as self-planning can be easily done.
After arriving in the morning, you will have plenty of time to relax and do a light exploring of the neighborhood. Visit the Jordaan and its surrounding galleries, shops and boutiques.
In the afternoon, you will visit the Museumplein from where you can go back to your staying place. Then after some snacks, travel to Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh museum and the Stedelijk Museum. Spend an hour or half in all these places and then have dinner at a good hotel near your staying place. If you want a unique dining experience I shared a post on The Dylan’s High Wine experience which has amazing food paired with even more amazing wine.
For additional things to do on day 9 I also shared a post on romantic things to do in Amsterdam but includes plenty to do if you are not on a romantic break with a partner. If you are a lover of food also check out my post on eating your way through Amsterdam which includes a cruise on the canal in Amsterdam
Day 10 In Amsterdam
Since it will be your last day in Amsterdam so try to explore as much as possible. Start from the Anne Frank house which is famous due to a woman who lived there secretly from the Nazis. During her stay there with her family, she wrote a diary which is now very famous.
Explore the bookcase that moves and covers the entrance of the rooms. Then moving forward, you can visit the Canal and tour it and lastly the Vondelpark which is Amsterdam’s biggest park. Stroll here and you can visit the art museums located near to it.
There is so much to explore so if you have some time left in the night you can visit many more famous places such as Dam square and the Nine little streets. Get to experience the local food cuisines at famous hotels, cafes and bars during your exploring as eating food of the locality is a great way to know about the culture and traditions of the place. Then have a good night sleep and pack your bags for home. If you have an addition day in Amsterdam there are plenty of day trips from Amsterdam you can check out.
Where To Stay In Amsterdam
For tips on where to stay in Amsterdam, I have a detailed post on how to choose the best area to stay in Amsterdam. Where you are visiting and want to stay near tourist sights or want to be near markets, galleries or nightlife in Amsterdam.
If you don’t have 10 days you can also opt to do London, Paris Amsterdam in one week or also do a London and Paris itinerary in 6 days. You can do 2 days in each city and then one day would be eaten up by travel and chill time between travel from one city to the other. So you can condense your trip into a week for sure.
You can also opt to do London Amsterdam then Paris or even starting your by way of a Paris, London and Amsterdam. Where you start will very much depending on where you land first and where you happen to get the best travel deal tickets. EuroStar now runs new options to travel from Amsterdam to London and the other way round. As I mentioned above, if you only have one week, you can also opt to do tours to Amsterdam from London and some of these can also be a day trip to Amsterdam from London.
Again you have to book these early. The cheapest way to go from London to Amsterdam is usually by plane by I have found that if you land in London and then take the train to Paris and then on to Amsterdam is a much more enjoyable trip with less crazy airport security also less worry about baggage limits
There you have it, the perfect way to maximise your exploring time on a London, Paris and Amsterdam itinerary. There are plenty of tours on Viator as well as Get Your Guide to not only help you get your bearings around the city but also make the most of your time.
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