18 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

18 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

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18 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
St. Helier, Jersey
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
London
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
3
Caernarfon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Alnwick
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
5
Edinburgh
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Stromness, Mainland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Inverness
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Fort William
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  15​h
End: Vancouver

1
night
St. Helier, Jersey

St. Helier ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Mont Orgueil Castle, then explore the historical opulence of Elizabeth Castle, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at St. Saviour Parish Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at St. Brelade's Bay Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Corbiere Lighthouse (La Corbiere), and then examine the collection at Jersey War Tunnels - German Underground Hospital.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the St. Helier trip itinerary planner .

Vancouver, Canada to St. Helier is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Vancouver to St. Helier due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vancouver in August, expect nights in St. Helier to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are little chillier, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel to London.

Things to do in St. Helier

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

St. Brelade, St. Saviour Parish Church, Jersey War Tunnels - German Underground Hospital, Mont Orgueil Castle
Highlights from your plan
Mont Orgueil Castle ©
Mont Orgueil Castle
Corbiere Lighthouse (La Corbiere) ©
Corbiere Lighthouse (La Corbiere)
Elizabeth Castle ©
Elizabeth Castle

3
nights
London

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.
Buckingham Palace and Tower of London will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, walk around St. James's Park, and admire the striking features of Clarence House.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our London itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from St. Helier to London takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, daytime highs in London are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Caernarfon.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Tower of London ©
Tower of London

2
nights
Caernarfon

Caernarfon ©
Caernarfon is a royal town, community, and port in Gwynedd, Wales, with a population of 9,615. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Beaumaris Castle, explore the historical opulence of Conwy Castle, explore the striking landscape at Great Orme, then steep yourself in history at Caernarfon Castle, and finally admire the striking features of St Beuno's Church. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Harlech Castle, then explore the historical opulence of Gwydir Castle, then contemplate the long history of Plas Mawr, and finally take in panoramic vistas at South Stack Lighthouse.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Caernarfon vacation planning site .

Take a train from London to Caernarfon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Caernarfon can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Alnwick.

Things to do in Caernarfon

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Conwy, South Stack Lighthouse, St Beuno's Church, Gwydir Castle, Great Orme
Highlights from your plan
Beaumaris Castle ©
Beaumaris Castle
Plas Mawr ©
Plas Mawr
Conwy Castle ©
Conwy Castle

2
nights
Alnwick

Alnwick ©
Alnwick is a relatively large market town in north Northumberland, England, of which it is the county town. On the 6th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Bamburgh Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Parish Church of Saint Peter, then step into the grandiose world of Alnwick Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Cragside House and Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of The Alnwick Garden, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Trinity, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Aidan Bamburgh, and finally delve into the distant past at Lindisfarne Priory.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Alnwick vacation planning app .

Getting from Caernarfon to Alnwick by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Alnwick are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Alnwick

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Bamburgh, Church of the Holy Trinity, The Parish Church of Saint Peter, Cragside House and Gardens, Lindisfarne Priory
Highlights from your plan
Bamburgh Castle ©
Bamburgh Castle
Lindisfarne Priory ©
Lindisfarne Priory
Alnwick Castle ©
Alnwick Castle

2
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town, steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, then sample the fine beverages at The Scotch Whisky Experience, and finally explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rosslyn Chapel, step into the grandiose world of Palace of Holyroodhouse, then steep yourself in history at Georgian House, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Calton Hill.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh trip maker app .

Traveling by train from Alnwick to Edinburgh takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Stromness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Rosslyn Chapel
Highlights from your plan
St Giles' Cathedral ©
St Giles' Cathedral
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle

2
nights
Stromness, Mainland

Stromness ©
Stromness is the second-most populated town in Orkney, Scotland. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Standing Stones of Stenness, don't miss a visit to Ness of Brodgar, delve into the distant past at Ring of Brodgar, then explore the ancient world of Maeshowe, and finally contemplate the long history of The Viking Centre. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Skara Brae, steep yourself in history at Barony Mill, head off the coast to Brough Of Birsay, then get engrossed in the history at Broch of Gurness, and finally delve into the distant past at Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Stromness trip builder .

You can fly from Edinburgh to Stromness in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Stromness

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Stenness, Birsay, Orkneyinga Saga Centre, Broch of Gurness
Highlights from your plan
Ring of Brodgar ©
Ring of Brodgar
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Orkneyinga Saga Centre ©
Orkneyinga Saga Centre

2
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Beauly Priory, appreciate the extensive heritage of Glen Strathfarrar, then take in the pleasant sights at St Ninians Church, then delve into the distant past at Corrimony Chambered Cairn, and finally step into the grandiose world of Urquhart Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Fort George, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield, and finally take in the history at Battlefield Select Tours.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Inverness online travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Stromness to Inverness takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Drumnadrochit, Beauly, Culloden Battlefield
Highlights from your plan
Urquhart Castle ©
Urquhart Castle
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Fort George
Fort George

2
nights
Fort William

Fort William ©
Fort William is the second largest settlement in the Highlands of Scotland with around 10,000 inhabitants – and the largest town: only the city of Inverness is larger.Fort William is a major tourist centre, with Glen Coe just to the south, Aonach Mòr to the east and Glenfinnan to the west, on the Road to the Isles. On the 14th (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Nevis, contemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Monument, contemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Viaduct, then pause for some serene contemplation at Glenfinnan Church, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castle Stalker. On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, then contemplate the long history of Fort Augustus, and then snap pictures at Bridge of Oich.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Fort William tour planner.

Drive from Inverness to Fort William in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fort William

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Glenfinnan, Fort Augustus Abbey, Castle Stalker, Bridge of Oich
Highlights from your plan
Glenfinnan Viaduct ©
Glenfinnan Viaduct
Fort Augustus Abbey ©
Fort Augustus Abbey
Castle Stalker ©
Castle Stalker

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