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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.

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.

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.

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.

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!