18 days in United Kingdom & France Itinerary

18 days in United Kingdom & France Itinerary

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Fly
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London, United Kingdom
Train
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York, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bristol, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arras, France
— 2 nights
Train to Paris Nord, Train to Strasbourg
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Strasbourg, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nancy, France
— 1 night
Train to Paris l'Est, Train to London
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London, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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London, United Kingdom

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.
To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our London day trip tool.

Saint John, Canada to London is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Saint John in April; daily highs in London reach 15°C and lows reach 5°C. You'll set off for York on the 3rd (Sun).

Things to do in London

Nightlife · Fun & Games · Parks · Tours

York, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

City of Festivals

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fountains Abbey (in Ripon) and Harrogate (Nidderdale Llamas & Spirit of Harrogate Ltd). There's lots more to do: learn the secrets of beer at Brewtown Tours, get engrossed in the history at National Railway Museum, see the interesting displays at York's Chocolate Story, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at York Minster.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the York online road trip planner.

Traveling by train from London to York takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. April in York sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Liverpool.

Things to do in York

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Side Trips

Liverpool, United Kingdom

— 2 nights

Capital of Pop Music

Famous for being the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool is a vibrant city with an outstanding cultural heritage.
On the 8th (Fri), see the interesting displays at The Beatles Story and then get to know the resident critters at Chester Zoo. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Museum of Liverpool, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Liverpool Cathedral, then examine the collection at Merseyside Maritime Museum, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Royal Albert Dock Liverpool.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Liverpool day trip tool.

Traveling by car from York to Liverpool takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bristol.

Things to do in Liverpool

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bristol, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Bristol is famous for its Georgian and Victorian architecture, street art, underground music, maritime history, and the world-famous Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Bristol Cathedral, take in the views from Clifton Suspension Bridge, then see the interesting displays at Brunel's SS Great Britain, and finally admire the striking features of Wills Memorial Building.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Bristol itinerary maker app.

Getting from Liverpool to Bristol by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Canterbury.

Things to do in Bristol

Museums · Historic Sites

Canterbury, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Canterbury is a historic English cathedral city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, which lies at the heart of the City of Canterbury, a local government district of Kent, England. Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): delve into the distant past at St. Augustine's Abbey, then admire the natural beauty at Westgate Gardens, then pause for some serene contemplation at Canterbury Cathedral, and finally look for gifts at Fudge Kitchen. Keep things going the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Howletts Wild Animal Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Joe's Bows, and then get to know the fascinating history of Christ Church Gate.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Canterbury trip maker app.

Getting from Bristol to Canterbury by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Arras.

Things to do in Canterbury

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Arras, France

— 2 nights
Arras is just small enough for you to enjoy over a leisurely walk along the two great squares providing a splendid collection of 155 unique façades of Flemish baroque architecture, with stop at the many bars and cafés along the way for refreshments.
On the 13th (Wed), take in panoramic vistas at Le Beffroi d'Arras, stroll the grounds of Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, learn about all things military at Carriere Wellington, then make a trip to Grand Place, and finally don't miss a visit to Heroes Square. On the next day, examine the collection at Musée du Louvre-Lens, pause for some photo ops at Monument et Parc commémoratifs du Canada à Vimy, then stroll the grounds of Agny Military Cemetary, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Arras day trip site.

Getting from Canterbury to Arras by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Canterbury to Arras is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to fly to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Arras

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Strasbourg, France

— 3 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Venture out of the city with trips to Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller), Little Venice (in Colmar) and Vieille ville d'Eguisheim (in Eguisheim). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, stroll around Parc de l'Orangerie, take a stroll through La Petite France, and don't miss a visit to Vieille Ville.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Strasbourg travel planner.

You can fly from Arras to Strasbourg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Strasbourg are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. On the 18th (Mon), you'll travel to Nancy.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Nancy, France

— 1 night

Cultural Heart of Lorraine

Crossed by the Canal de la Marne au Rhin, Nancy has many small boats and péniches (barges) that navigate the canal waterways, giving you a fantastic vantage point of the city's historical architecture from the water.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): don't miss a visit to La Porte de la Craffe, then admire the striking features of Hotel de Ville, and then make a trip to Place Stanislas.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Nancy trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Strasbourg to Nancy takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to London.

London, United Kingdom

— 1 night

The Square Mile

Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, enjoy breathtaking views from Tower Bridge, and then take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the London itinerary builder tool.

You can take a train from Nancy to London in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Nancy to London, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Nancy in April, plan for a bit cooler days in London, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites

United Kingdom travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · 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.

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.