9 days in United Kingdom, France & Bruges Itinerary

9 days in United Kingdom, France & Bruges Itinerary

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Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Bath
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Bath, United Kingdom
— 1 day
Train
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London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Versailles, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Bath, United Kingdom

Queen of English Cities

A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, take an in-depth tour of No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath, explore the galleries of The Roman Baths, then steep yourself in history at Bath Abbey, and finally hunt for treasures at Pulteney Bridge.

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Atlanta, USA to Bath is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from Atlanta to Bath, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catch the train to London.

Things to do in Bath

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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London, United Kingdom

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Westminster Abbey, steep yourself in history at Tower of London, and then explore the world behind art at The British Museum. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament, and then get engrossed in the history at Natural History Museum.

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You can take a train from Bath to London in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in London can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites
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Paris, France

City of Light

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and finally wander the streets of Île de la Cité. Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

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Traveling by train from London to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. May in Paris sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Versailles.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
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Versailles, France

Royal Paradise

Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
On the 8th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Versailles.

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Traveling by car from Paris to Versailles takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites
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Highlights from your trip

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Bruges, Belgium

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): make a trip to The Markt, then take an in-depth tour of Groeningemuseum, and then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Blood, then get to know the fascinating history of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, then sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and finally go for a walk through Walplein.

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You can drive from Versailles to Bruges in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In May in Bruges, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries
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United Kingdom travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.