26 days in France, Italy & United Kingdom Itinerary

26 days in France, Italy & United Kingdom Itinerary

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
Drive
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Chartres, France
— 1 day
Drive
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Versailles, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Bayeux, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paris, France
Fly
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 5 nights

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom — 4 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get out of town with these interesting Edinburgh side-trips: Glasgow (Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum & Glasgow Tigers Speedway). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, get curious at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, take in the dramatic natural features at Calton Hill, and steep yourself in history at Palace of Holyroodhouse.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh driving holiday planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Edinburgh Airport, Glasgow International Airport and Glasgow Prestwick Airport. In August, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to London.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks
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London, United Kingdom — 2 nights

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.
London is known for museums, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Buckingham Palace, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the London online travel planner.

Fly from Edinburgh to London in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, London is a bit warmer than Edinburgh - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 4 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Rouen (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary maker website.

You can take a train from London to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Chartres.
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Chartres, France — 1 day

Renowned for its medieval cathedral built on a hill by the left bank of the Eure River, Chartres is a small city in the Centre-Val de Loire region and capital of the Eure-et-Loir department in northern France.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): wander the streets of Chartres Historic Preservation Area, take in the architecture and atmosphere at église St Pierre, then steep yourself in history at La Maison Picassiette, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Maintenon.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Chartres trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Paris to Chartres takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Chartres can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Versailles.
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Versailles, France — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Versailles.

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Traveling by car from Chartres to Versailles takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Versailles, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bayeux.
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Bayeux, France — 2 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Bayeux tour planner.

Traveling by car from Versailles to Bayeux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Paris.
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Paris, France

City of Light

Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): wander the streets of Le Marais and then take in the views from Pont Alexandre III.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. On the 28th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 2 nights

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
On the 29th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, then examine the collection at Doge's Palace, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Zaccaria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, view the masterpieces at Max Studio, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, then explore the activities along Canal Grande, and finally have fun and explore at Creature di Gomma - Venice Vintage Toys.

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Fly from Paris to Venice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in August, expect Venice to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Pisa (Leaning Tower of Pisa & Duomo di Pisa). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Florence trip planner.

Drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can take a train to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 5 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, stroll the grounds of Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, and make a trip to Spanish Steps.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rome day trip site.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C.
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United Kingdom travel guide

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Nightlife · Specialty Museums · 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.
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France travel guide

4.3
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.
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Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.
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