21 days in United Kingdom & France Itinerary

21 days in United Kingdom & France Itinerary

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21 days in United Kingdom & France Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly + train:  26​h
1
York, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Bushmills, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Bath, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
6
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

3
nights
York, United Kingdom

York ©
Situated on the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss, York has witnessed an abundance of major political events throughout its two millennia of existence.
Get in touch with nature at Scarborough Beach and Peasholm Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like York City Walls and York Bird of Prey Centre. Venture out of the city with trips to Durham Cathedral (in Durham), Filey Beach (in Filey) and Whitby (Whitby Harbour, Whitby Abbey, & more). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at RSPB Bempton Cliffs.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the York itinerary planning website .

Melbourne, Australia to York is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 10 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in August, things will get a bit warmer in York: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in York

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Whitby, Scarborough, York Bird of Prey Centre, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, Durham Cathedral
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Durham Cathedral ©
Durham Cathedral
York Bird of Prey Centre ©
York Bird of Prey Centre
RSPB Bempton Cliffs ©
RSPB Bempton Cliffs

3
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh Castle and Rosslyn Chapel will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Stirling Castle and Princes Street Gardens. The adventure continues: visit a coastal fixture at Calton Hill, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Edinburgh driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from York to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bushmills.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Stirling Castle, Rosslyn Chapel
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Stirling Castle
Stirling Castle

1
night
Bushmills, United Kingdom

Bushmills ©
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Dunluce Castle, then enjoy the sand and surf at Causeway Coastal Route, then take in the dramatic natural features at Giant's Causeway, and finally head outdoors with The Dark Hedges.

Plan trip to Bushmills with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Edinburgh to Bushmills in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Edinburgh in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Bushmills. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Bushmills

Scenic Drive Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

The Dark Hedges, Dunluce Castle
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Dunluce Castle ©
Dunluce Castle
Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route
The Dark Hedges ©
The Dark Hedges

1
night
Belfast, United Kingdom

Belfast ©
A city with character, Belfast remains a great place for a leisurely exploration, as it is still relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists, who usually opt to visit Dublin instead.
On the 18th (Tue), ponder the world of politics at City Hall, learn more about the world around you at Ulster Museum, steep yourself in history at Crumlin Road Gaol, then see the interesting displays at SS Nomadic, and finally ponder the world of politics at Parliament Buildings.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Belfast trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Bushmills to Belfast in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Belfast are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Bath.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Historic Sites
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Crumlin Road Gaol ©
Crumlin Road Gaol
Parliament Buildings ©
Parliament Buildings
City Hall ©
City Hall

4
nights
Bath, United Kingdom

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Longleat and Bournemouth Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Corfe Castle and Farleigh Hungerford Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Weymouth Beach (in Weymouth), Monkey World (in Wareham) and Dorset Adventure Park (in Corfe Castle). It doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Bath Abbey and admire the striking features of Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bath trip planner .

Fly from Belfast to Bath in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Bath

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Corfe Castle, Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta, Monkey World, Longleat, Weymouth Beach
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Dorset Adventure Park ©
Dorset Adventure Park
Longleat ©
Longleat
Monkey World ©
Monkey World

3
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Kids will enjoy Coca-Cola London Eye and Royal Pavilion. Your inner history buff will appreciate Tower of London and Buckingham Palace. Go for a jaunt from London to Canterbury to see Canterbury Cathedral about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Big Ben, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, and get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read London attractions planning tool .

Traveling by train from Bath to London takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Nightlife

Side Trips

Royal Pavilion, Canterbury Cathedral
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Canterbury Cathedral ©
Canterbury Cathedral
Royal Pavilion ©
Royal Pavilion
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral

3
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip app .

Getting from London to Paris by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Paris is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Palace of Versailles, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims
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Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

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