4 European holiday itineraries for 2022

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These European itineraries are perfect if you only have a week to spare

It’s never too early to think about your next vacation. And with most European countries currently open to travelers from the US (some requiring a negative COVID test and/or proof of vaccination to enter), now is the perfect time to start planning that trip across the Atlantic. . One of the advantages of traveling in Europe is the ease with which it is possible to get around once there thanks to high-speed rail systems and affordable international flights. So you can make a trip work even if you only have seven days. Whether you’re booking a trip this summer or planning for later in the year (or beyond), check out these four itineraries that can be done in a week.

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London + Paris

The Trafalgar St. James London, Curio Collection by Hilton rooftop

Start in London, England

Begin in London and visit sites such as Trinity Buoy Wharf, the British Library’s Treasures Gallery, and Portobello Market. Try the famous fish, chips and mushy peas, a traditional high tea, and watch the sunset while drinking a fabulous cocktail at the rooftop Aqua London bar. If you want to stay in an area close to attractions, The Trafalgar St. James London, Curio Collection by Hilton sits around the corner from its namesake, with stunning views of the famous square and Nelson’s Column. Just steps from the National Gallery and less than a mile from Buckingham Palace, there are also hidden gems to discover nearby. Stroll along Cecil Court, also known as Bookseller’s Row for its second-hand bookstores and antique shops. After a day of exploring, head to the hotel’s rooftop bar, considered one of the best in town for its craft cocktails and views of the London skyline. Lost Property St Paul’s London, Curio Collection by Hilton opens this summer in front of the famous Saint Paul’s Cathedral. With a historic facade and design focused on London’s lost history, this new hotel makes it easy to explore London’s biggest attractions while providing a welcome respite from the bustle of the city.

Taking a train to Paris, France

On day four, head to London St. Pancras International Station to catch the 2.5-hour train to Paris Gare du Nord. There are over 10 trains from London to Paris each day, but leave in the morning if you want to arrive in Paris for lunch.

Hotel roof overlooking the rooftops of Paris, France
Canopy by Hilton Paris Trocadéro terrace

In Paris, visit museums like the Louvre and the Center Pompidou, and marvel at the Panthéon and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Montmartre. Enjoy delicacies like snails, steak frites and macaroons. For an authentic Parisian experience close to all the top attractions, book a room at The Belgrand Hotel Paris Champs Elysées, Tapestry Collection by Hilton. The new hotel has a cozy lounge bar and a landscaped patio garden. If you like the elegant and vibrant atmosphere of 16e borough, newly opened Canopy by Hilton Paris Trocadero was designed by renowned interior designer Jean-Philippe Nuel with a blend of period architecture and modern Parisian elegance. The hotel’s restaurant, L’Esprit Nouveau, serves classic French seasonal cuisine, and the Eylau Paris rooftop lounge offers unobstructed views of the Eiffel Tower.

Rome + Sardinia

Start in Rome, Italy

In Rome, visit the new Gladiator Tunnels of the Colosseum and marvel at the architectural splendor of the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain, all located within walking distance of the Cosmopolita Hotel Rome, Tapestry Collection by Hilton debuts this summer.

view of the rooftops of Rome, Italy, from the Cosmopolita Hotel Rome, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
Rooftop view of Cosmopolita Hotel Rome, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Admire the works of art in the Galleria Borghese and the MAXXI, or explore the vintage stores and independent boutiques of Trastevere. Taste Roman Jewish fried artichokes and any or all of the city’s famous pasta dishes. Hotel Aleph Rome, Curio Collection by Hilton is in the heart of the city and has a rooftop swimming pool and bar, as well as a spa with steam bath and sauna. Visit ONYX Lobby Lounge and Bar to sip a traditional Italian aperitif or Aleph cocktail while munching on savory snacks.

Fly to Cagliari, Italy on the island of Sardinia

On day four, take a short morning flight from Rome to Cagliari Airport in Sardinia. The journey only takes about an hour, so you can experience the cobbled lanes, imposing architecture, and breathtaking views of Cagliari’s old town while checking into your hotel before the afternoon.

Sunrise at Conrad Chia Laguna Sardinia Cogoni Beach
Conrad Chia Laguna Sardinia Cogoni Beach sunrise

After the bustle and culture of Rome, the beautiful coastline and warm Mediterranean waters of Sardinia will help you relax and rejuvenate. Surrounded by natural beauty, Conrad Chia Laguna Sardinia opened in April and is located on the south coast of the island, approximately 45 minutes by car from Cagliari airport. With an extensive spa and restaurants serving both Mediterranean cuisine and international dishes, the luxurious property is nestled between two of Italy’s most beautiful beaches, Monte Cogoni and Dune di Campana. If you are lucky you may see some of the flamingos that have lived on the south coast of the island for centuries.

Madrid + Mallorca

hotel rooftop swimming pool in Madrid
Canopy by Hilton Madrid Castellana rooftop pool

Start in Madrid, Spain

The Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid has one of the best collections in Europe, and the Parque de Buen Retiro offers activities such as boating, running and a burlesque puppet theatre. Cheer on Real Madrid at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, known for its loyal fans. The city’s bustling tapas scene offers specialties like jamon iberico and tortilla de patata. Stay at the recently opened Canopy by Hilton Madrid Castellana, which features stunning design and an outdoor swimming pool. Retreat to the terrace for tapas and drinks from the Planta Z food truck. To stay within walking distance of museums and other landmarks, book a stay at Atocha Hotel Madrid, Tapestry Collection by Hilton. Its name is inspired by the alfa–or atocha grass weaving — a technique traditionally used for basketry in southern Spain, and the property’s green decor and rattan furniture are a nod to that heritage.

Fly to Mallorca in the Spanish Balearic Islands

Once you’ve soaked up the city’s culture, history and cuisine, you can embark on an 80-minute flight to the jewel in the crown of Spain’s Balearic Islands, Mallorca. With a coastline of secluded coves, long sandy beaches and rugged cliffs, Mallorca is the perfect place to take a break from the city.

hotel hilton mallorca galatzo balearic islands spain
Hilton Majorca Galatzo

Once in Mallorca, you can fill your day with water parks, golf, sea caving adventures, hiking and more. But if you prefer to relax by the pool, visit Hilton Majorca Galatzo, opening this summer on the Costa de la Calma. Set in immaculately presented gardens with three swimming pools, two pool bars, an expansive rooftop terrace and an indulgent spa and wellness centre, the Hilton Mallorca Galatzo will be an oasis of calm. Enjoy the fine sand and clear water of the beaches of Paguera, which are a five-minute taxi ride from the hotel.

Lisbon + Porto + Vila Nova de Gaia

lobby of The Emerald House Lisbon, Curio Collection by Hilton
The Emerald House Lisbon, Curio Collection by Hilton hall

Start in Lisbon, Portugal

When visiting Lisbon, São Jorge Castle, Sé Cathedral and Belém Tower should also be on every architecture lover’s bucket list. Discover modern art at the Berardo Museum and decorative tiles at the National Azulejo Museum. Try bacalhau à brás (cod with fried potatoes, onions and scrambled eggs) and pastel de nata (cream pies). The Emerald House Lisbon, Curio Collection by Hilton opened in January and is within walking distance of some of the city’s main attractions and the historic neighborhoods of Chiado and Baixa. The 67-room property has a fitness center and an on-site restaurant and bar, serving contemporary Portuguese food and drink.

Take a train to Porto, Portugal

Take a high-speed train from Lisbon’s Santa Apolóni station to reach Porto in less than three hours. From here you can reach Vila Nova de Gaia in 10-15 minutes by metro, 5 minutes by taxi or even take a 2 mile walk across the Ponte de Dom Luís I.

lobby of Se Catedral Hotel Porto, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
Se Catedral Hotel Porto, Tapestry Collection by Hilton lobby

In Porto, climb the 76-meter-high Torre dos Clérigos for stunning views and admire the gilded interior of the Igreja de São Francisco.

Walk to Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal (or take a taxi or the metro)

Stop at Mercado do Bolhão for picnic ingredients and take them across the river to Jardim do Morro in Vila Nova de Gaia to watch the sunset over Porto. Vila Nova de Gaia is known for its port cellars where you can book a fortified wine tasting. Recently opened this year, Se Catedral Hotel Porto, Tapestry Collection by Hilton is a unique property close to all the action, and its restaurant and bar offer fabulous views of the city. If you prefer to stay across the river in Vila Nova de Gaia, Boeira Garden Hotel Porto Gaia, Curio Collection by Hilton has indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a spa with thermal bath, sauna and hammam. Admire panoramic sunsets from your personal balcony or the Rooftop Sky Lounge and sample modern Portuguese cuisine at Raizes Restaurant.

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