16 days in United Kingdom, Paris & Zurich Itinerary

16 days in United Kingdom, Paris & Zurich Itinerary

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16 days in United Kingdom, Paris & Zurich Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  11 h
1
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  8 h 45 min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Natural History Museum and Churchill War Rooms. Your inner history buff will appreciate Shakespeare's Globe and Buckingham Palace. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, explore the world behind art at National Gallery, take in the views from Tower Bridge, and contemplate the long history of Tower of London.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read London vacation trip planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to London is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 4 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Dubai in July; daily highs in London reach 26°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
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Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral

3
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, then step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, and then don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Edinburgh Old Town, then learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, and then explore the historical opulence of Palace of Holyroodhouse.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Edinburgh sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from London to Edinburgh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, Edinburgh is slightly colder than London - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Paris.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

5
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.
Appreciate the collections at Musée d'Orsay and Louvre Museum. Visit Palace of Versailles and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris for their historical value. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville, take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower, and see the interesting displays at Musée Rodin.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Paris itinerary maker.

You can fly from Edinburgh to Paris in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Edinburgh to Paris. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Edinburgh in July: high temperatures in Paris hover around 30°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Town (Altstadt) and Fraumünster Church. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen and Seebad Katzensee. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, look for gifts at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and stroll the grounds of Friedhof Fluntern (Fluntern Cemetery).

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Zurich travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Zurich takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Zurich are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen ©
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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