16 days in United Kingdom, Athens & Rome Itinerary

16 days in United Kingdom, Athens & Rome Itinerary

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16 days in United Kingdom, Athens & Rome Itinerary

Start: Leicester, United Kingdom
1
Leicester, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
flight:  30​min
2
Athens, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly + foot:  6​h
4
Birmingham, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
End: Birmingham, United Kingdom

4
nights
Leicester, United Kingdom

Leicester ©
Leicester is a city and unitary authority area in the East Midlands of England, and the county town of Leicestershire. Your list of things to see and do now includes Warwick Castle, Natural History Museum, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter, and other attractions. IWM Duxford and Wimpole Estate are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at King's College Chapel and New Walk. Take a break from Leicester with a short trip to Ely Cathedral in Ely, about 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Leicester Cathedral, explore the ancient world of St Nicholas Church, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Haymarket Memorial Clock Tower.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Leicester trip planning website .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are East Midlands Airport, Birmingham International Airport, Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport and London Luton Airport. October in Leicester sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Leicester

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

IWM Duxford, Wimpole Estate, King's College Chapel, Warwick Castle, Natural History Museum
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Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
IWM Duxford ©
IWM Duxford
Ely Cathedral ©
Ely Cathedral

5
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Temple of Hephaestus and Philopappos Hill. Let the collections at Acropolis Museum and National Archaeological Museum capture your imagination. Step out of Athens to go to Sounio and see Temple of Poseidon, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Plaka, explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus, see where the action happens at Panathenaic Stadium, and appreciate the history behind Temple of Athena Nike.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Athens attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Leicester to Athens takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Leicester to Athens. Traveling from Leicester in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Athens: highs are around 75°F and lows about 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Temple of Poseidon
Highlights from your plan
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

4
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
You've now added Vatican Museums to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Duomo di Orvieto and Church of St. Louis of the French. Get a sense of the local culture at St. Peter's Basilica and Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Vatican Necropolis, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rome trip builder app .

You can fly from Athens to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Rome is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder evenings in Rome when traveling from Athens in October, with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Birmingham.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Duomo di Orvieto
Highlights from your plan
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Birmingham Back to Backs, buy something for everyone on your list at Grand Central, then admire the landmark architecture of Aston Hall, then examine the collection at Pen Museum, and finally take a stroll through Gas Street Basin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): delve into the distant past at Tewkesbury Abbey, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Edward's Church, then steep yourself in history at Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Martin in the Bull Ring.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Birmingham trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Birmingham takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Rome in October; daily highs in Birmingham reach 58°F and lows reach 47°F. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Birmingham

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

St. Edward's Church, Tewkesbury Abbey, Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall
Highlights from your plan
Birmingham Back to Backs ©
Birmingham Back to Backs
Tewkesbury Abbey ©
Tewkesbury Abbey
Gas Street Basin ©
Gas Street Basin

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