18 days in France, Ireland & United Kingdom Itinerary

18 days in France, Ireland & United Kingdom Itinerary

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18 days in France, Ireland & United Kingdom Itinerary

Start: Sacramento, United States
fly:  35​h 30​min
1
Paris, France
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Aix-en-Provence, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
London, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Bath, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
York, United Kingdom
— 1 night
train:  1​h
6
Durham, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
8
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
9
Ennis, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
+2
Fly + subway + bus:  15​h 30​min
End: Sacramento, United States

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Champs-Elysees, Musee d'Orsay and Eiffel Tower. On the 29th (Sat), take a stroll through Ile Saint-Louis, tour the pleasant surroundings at Île de la Cité, then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, then shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and finally admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Paris holiday planner .

Sacramento, USA to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 9 hour difference. While traveling from Sacramento, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Champs-Elysees ©
Champs-Elysees

3
nights
Aix-en-Provence, France

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Musee de la Lavande has been added to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole and Calanques. Carrieres des Lumieres and Paul Cezanne’s Studio will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Tarascon (in Tarascon) and Palais Longchamp (in Marseille). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Vieil Aix, see the interesting displays at Museum Calisson, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle des Bourras ou Penitents Gris, and contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Aix-en-Provence journey maker tool .

You can fly from Paris to Aix-en-Provence in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in June, with highs in Aix-en-Provence at 82°F and lows at 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to London.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Chateau de Tarascon, Calanques, Musee de la Lavande, Carrieres des Lumieres, Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole
Highlights from your plan
Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole ©
Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres
Calanques ©
Calanques

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tower of London as well as The British Museum. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Tower of London, explore the world behind art at The British Museum, then contemplate the long history of Westminster Abbey, and finally explore the historical opulence of Buckingham Palace.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the London online trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Aix-en-Provence to London takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Aix-en-Provence to London. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Aix-en-Provence in July: high temperatures in London hover around 73°F and lows are around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Bath.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
The British Museum ©
The British Museum
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace

1
night
Bath, United Kingdom

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sally Lunn's Museum, Fudge Kitchen and No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath. On the 4th (Thu), examine the collection at No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath, look for gifts at Fudge Kitchen, get engrossed in the history at The Roman Baths, then don't miss a visit to Sally Lunn's Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bath Abbey.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Bath trip maker website .

Traveling by train from London to Bath takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to York.

Things to do in Bath

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath ©
No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Bath Abbey ©
Bath Abbey

1
night
York, United Kingdom

York ©
Situated on the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss, York has witnessed an abundance of major political events throughout its two millennia of existence.
You've now added York Castle Museum to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): examine the collection at York Castle Museum, steep yourself in history at Merchant Adventurers' Hall, then make a trip to York Shambles, then take in the spiritual surroundings of York Minster, and finally see the interesting displays at York's Chocolate Story.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our York planning website .

You can drive from Bath to York in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, daily temperatures in York can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Durham.

Things to do in York

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
York Castle Museum ©
York Castle Museum
York's Chocolate Story ©
York's Chocolate Story
York Minster ©
York Minster

1
night
Durham, United Kingdom

Durham ©
Durham is a historic city and the county town of County Durham in North East England. You've now added Durham Cathedral to your itinerary. On the 6th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Nicholas Church, pause for some photo ops at The Durham Light Infantry Memorial, explore the historical opulence of Durham Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Durham Cathedral, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Durham Riverside Walk.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Durham online tour planner .

Getting from York to Durham by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. When traveling from York in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Durham: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Durham

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Durham Cathedral ©
Durham Cathedral
Durham Castle ©
Durham Castle
St Nicholas Church ©
St Nicholas Church

2
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, then get to know the fascinating history of Edinburgh Old Town, and then get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at St Andrews Links, make a trip to Greyfriars Kirk, and then step into the grandiose world of Holyrood Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Durham to Edinburgh by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Belfast.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Golf

Side Trip

St Andrews Links
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
St Andrews Links ©
St Andrews Links
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland

1
night
Belfast, United Kingdom

Belfast ©
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.
You've now added Titanic Belfast to your itinerary. On the 9th (Tue), examine the collection at Titanic Belfast.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Belfast trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to Belfast takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Belfast are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ennis.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Titanic Belfast ©
Titanic Belfast

3
nights
Ennis, Ireland

Ennis ©
Ennis is the county town of Clare, Ireland. Explore hidden gems such as Quin Abbey and Tyrone House. Popular historic sites such as Kilmacduagh Tower and Poulnabrone Dolmen are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ennis: Thoor Ballylee - Yeats Museum (in Gort) and Liscannor (Cliffs of Moher & Hag's Head). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of The Clare Museum, look for gifts at The Woollen Market, explore the historical opulence of Dysert O'Dea Castle and Archaeology Centre, and browse the collection at de Valera Public Library.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ennis trip planner .

Traveling by car from Belfast to Ennis takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Ennis

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

County Clare, Liscannor, Gort, Tyrone House
Highlights from your plan
Clare Abbey ©
Clare Abbey
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Kilmacduagh Tower ©
Kilmacduagh Tower

1
night
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
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 13th (Sat): take a stroll through Temple Bar, then take an in-depth tour of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, then see the interesting displays at Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum, and finally browse the exhibits of Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Dublin trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Ennis to Dublin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Dublin, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum ©
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum ©
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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