12 days in Western Europe Itinerary

12 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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Fly
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London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train
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Llandudno, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Taxi to Holyhead, Ferry to Dublin
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Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Fly
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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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.
IWM Duxford and National Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Westminster and St. Paul's Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from London: Cambridge (King's College Chapel & Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace, don't miss a visit to Trafalgar Square, ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our London itinerary planner.

Ottawa, Canada to London is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Ottawa to London due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Ottawa in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in London: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can take a train to Llandudno.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Llandudno, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Llandudno is a seaside resort, town and community in Conwy County Borough, Wales, located on the Creuddyn peninsula, which protrudes into the Irish Sea. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): explore the galleries of Conwy Castle, then enjoy the sand and surf at Angel Bay, then examine the collection at Home Front Museum, and finally go for a walk through Llandudno Promenade. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the waterfront at Llandudno Pier, don't miss a visit to Great Orme, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Tudnos Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, and finally stop by Mostyn Street.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Llandudno online trip maker.

Traveling by train from London to Llandudno takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from London in August, expect nights in Llandudno to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Llandudno

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Dublin, Ireland

— 2 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): examine the collection at Bram Stoker's Castle Dracula Dublin, then examine the collection at The Irish Rock 'N' Roll Museum Experience, then see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, and finally view the masterpieces at James Joyce Cultural Centre. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of The Jeanie Johnston: An Irish Famine Story, then wander the streets of Grafton Street, then admire the masterpieces at Chester Beatty, and finally visit Temple Bar.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Dublin trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Llandudno to Dublin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Dublin are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Belfast.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites

Belfast, United Kingdom

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Belfast Cathedral - The Cathedral Church of St. Anne, explore the galleries of MAC, see the interesting displays at SS Nomadic, then see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast, and finally browse the different shops at Victoria Square Shopping Centre.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Belfast day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Belfast takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Belfast can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Explore hidden gems such as Holyrood Abbey and St Giles' Cathedral. Do some cultural sightseeing at Grassmarket and The Real Mary King's Close. Get out of town with these interesting Edinburgh side-trips: The Tenement House (in Glasgow) and Summerlee - Museum of Scottish Industrial Life (in Coatbridge). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Surgeons' Hall Museums, get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town, and stroll the grounds of Greyfriars Kirk.

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Fly from Belfast to Edinburgh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Belfast in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Edinburgh, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

England travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Historic Sites
A trip through England is a trip through world history, and few places in the world offer such a diverse variety of places to visit, activities, and experiences. The sprawling urban areas surrounding the capital city offer countless sightseeing opportunities, such as museums and historical sites, as well as some of the best shopping, nightlife, and culinary options in the world. To truly experience this country steeped in centuries of history, try to make time to explore the sweeping countryside, where you can enjoy the warm hospitality of small villages and explore the ancient remains of once-powerful societies. England boasts an outstanding transportation system, and many visitors find that even a short train ride through the country’s landscape of rolling hills and plains can be a highlight of their entire vacation. However you choose to move about, remember that in this compact country you’re never very far from a bustling town, where modern pubs, shops, and restaurants await to be explored.

Wales travel guide

4.3
Castles · Beaches · Specialty Museums
Wales attracts tourism with its stunning landscape, a wealth of history, and a huge number of imposing castles. Yet behind the spectacular scenery and the ancient fortress walls hides the simple warmth of the Welsh people, whose pride in their Celtic heritage is only exceeded by the love they feel for their homeland. This may be a relatively small country, but its spirit is truly grand. Your itinerary may just be made up of joining the locals at the pub or a village rugby game to soak up the famous Welsh spirit and learn about "hiraeth," a deep bond the Welsh feel with their land. Though compact, Wales has no shortage of secluded corners easily and quickly explored on an extensive network of footpaths, which makes a trip to this land a true hiker’s paradise.

Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.

Northern Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Geologic Formations
Unlike the place travelers found several decades ago, the Northern Ireland of today is a rejuvenated and dynamic region attracting increasing amounts of tourism. Belfast, the region’s biggest urban center and capital, is a hip city with vibrant nightlife and a thriving gourmet culinary scene, providing an extensive list of indulgent things to do. The region’s renowned coastline, featuring the World Heritage-listed Giant’s Causeway, is an attractive holiday destination for hikers, cyclists, photographers, and other adventurers of all descriptions. Northern Ireland has seen more than its fair share of political and economic unrest, yet the people of this region have always remained proud of their cultural and artistic heritage, providing visitors with a warm hospitality hard to find almost anywhere else in the world.

Scotland travel guide

4.4
Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.