23 days in United Kingdom, Paris & Spain Itinerary

23 days in United Kingdom, Paris & Spain Itinerary

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23 days in United Kingdom, Paris & Spain Itinerary

Start: New Delhi, India
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Birmingham, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
foot + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: New Delhi, India

4
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 appreciate attractions like Natural History Museum and Tower Bridge. And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye, take in nature's colorful creations at Buckingham Palace, get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the London online trip itinerary planner .

New Delhi, India to London is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from New Delhi to London due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New Delhi in December, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in London: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Birmingham.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
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Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

4
nights
Birmingham, United Kingdom

Birmingham ©
Britain's second-largest city, Birmingham was known as the City of a Thousand Trades and the Workshop of the World in the Victorian era.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Warwick Castle and Alton Towers. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Birmingham: Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare's Birthplace & Waterside Food and Craft Market), Chester Zoo (in Chester) and Church of St Peter & St Paul (in Northleach). There's more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens and pause for some serene contemplation at St Oswald's Church.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Birmingham route maker .

Getting from London to Birmingham by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Birmingham sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Birmingham

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stratford-upon-Avon, Burford, Chester Zoo, Warwick Castle, Alton Towers
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 23:
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Chester Zoo ©
Chester Zoo
Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens ©
Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens
Warwick Castle ©
Warwick Castle

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Marne-la-Vallee (about 42 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, admire the striking features of Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, examine the collection at Musee d'Orsay, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Paris online journey maker .

Traveling by flight from Birmingham to Paris takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Paris
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Disneyland Paris ©
Disneyland Paris
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia and then admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro) and then examine the collection at Prado National Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip planning app .

Getting from Paris to Madrid by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Paris in December, expect nights in Madrid to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Retiro Park ©
Retiro Park
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

3
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera, admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip planner.

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in December, Barcelona is a bit warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to London.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

5
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Attractions like ZSL London Zoo and Covent Garden make great kid-friendly stops. Explore London further: brush up on your military savvy at Churchill War Rooms, race across the water with a speed boat tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hyde Park, and see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds London.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read London road trip website .

Fly from Barcelona to London in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Barcelona to London, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Barcelona in December, you will find days in London are little chillier (11°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Shopping Museums Tours
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 5:
Highlights from your plan
Camden Market ©
Camden Market
ZSL London Zoo ©
ZSL London Zoo
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery

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