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1 week for Families

If you’re planning the ultimate family holiday in Europe, you’ll be spoilt for choice with a Eurail Pass. All cities in Europe have activities suited to families, and traveling between them by train will add an extra element of excitement to the journey. If you’re considering 1 week in Europe for the family, here’s an itinerary worth considering.

Itinerary highlights


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Days 1 - 2: London, England

    The National Gallery
The National Gallery
  • Visit Hamleys, a world famous multi-level toy store that will delight the younger members of the family as much as the older ones.

  • Explore the artworks at the National Gallery, and time your visit to coincide with storytelling for the kids on the “magic carpet”.

  • Witness the spectacle of the changing of the guards outside Buckingham Palace.

tip-image Flying in to London Heathrow? The quickest way to reach the centre of London is by direct train from the terminals.

Days 3 - 4: Paris, France

    Disneyland Paris
Disneyland Paris
  • Dedicate a day to the rides and attractions at Disneyland Paris.

  • Take a sightseeing cruise on the Seine to see some of the city’s most iconic attractions.

  • Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower for panoramic views of Paris.

tip-image There are direct Eurostar trains between London and Paris running approximately every hour. The journey time is only 3 hours, an advance reservation is required.

Days 5 - 6: Amsterdam, Netherlands

    The national maritime museum
The national maritime museum
  • Learn about Dutch maritime history at the National Maritime Museum - the installations are interesting for young and old.

  • Nice weather? Pack a picnic and head for one of the many parks.

  • Expand your family’s tastebuds at Foodhallen - a large indoor food market with the very best of culinary Amsterdam.

tip-image There are several daily direct trains between Paris and Amsterdam. The Thalys high-speed train gets you there in 3 hours, an advance reservation is required.

Day 7: Bruges, Belgium

    Night view of Bruges with the Canal
Night view of Bruges with the Canal
  • If time allows it, stop in Bruges on your way back to London!

  • Explore the medieval old town and canals on foot, and have a taste of the local beer Brugse Zot.

  • Climb the Belfry of Bruges for the best views of the town.

tip-image There are regular trains between Amsterdam and Bruges. You can get there in 3 hours, including a change of train in Brussels. An advance reservation is required, and you can easily take the Eurostar from Brussels back to London.

Is this itinerary for me?

This 1 week for families itinerary has a tight schedule, but it allows you to see a lot Europe in only 7 days. And if you travel with a Eurail Pass you have the freedom to either skip cities or add more to your itinerary. Whatever way you do it, you're in for a family holiday you'll never forget!