18 days in Western Europe Itinerary

18 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive
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Market Harborough, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive
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Northampton, United Kingdom
Drive
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Bath, United Kingdom
Drive
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Laugharne, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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Matlock, United Kingdom
Drive
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Shipston on Stour, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive to Birmingham International Airport, Fly to Edinburgh
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Kirkcudbright, United Kingdom
— 1 day
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Drumnadrochit, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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London, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 1 night
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London, United Kingdom

— 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Platform 9 3/4 as well as Windsor Castle. Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, admire the landmark architecture of Clarence House, explore the historical opulence of Windsor Castle, then don't miss a visit to Trafalgar Square, and finally make a trip to Big Ben. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Brunswick Square Gardens, don't miss a visit to Platform 9 3/4, then ride with the locals on St. Pancras International Station, and finally don't miss a visit to Buckingham Palace.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the London road trip site.

Brisbane, Australia to London is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to London is minus 10 hours. When traveling from Brisbane in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in London: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Market Harborough.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites · Transportation · Parks

Side Trip

Market Harborough, United Kingdom

— 3 nights
Market Harborough is a market town within the Harborough district of Leicestershire, England. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Burghley House.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Market Harborough trip maker site.

Traveling by car from London to Market Harborough takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Northampton.

Things to do in Market Harborough

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Northampton, United Kingdom

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Northampton day trip planning site.

Getting from Market Harborough to Northampton by car takes about an hour. September in Northampton sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 14°C at night. On the 18th (Fri), you'll travel to Bath.

Things to do in Northampton

Nightlife · Fun & Games · Parks · Historic Sites

Bath, United Kingdom

Queen of English Cities

A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bath road trip tool.

You can drive from Northampton to Bath in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Laugharne.

Things to do in Bath

Spas
Highlights from your trip

Laugharne, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Laugharne is a town in Carmarthenshire, Wales, lying on the estuary of the River Tâf. To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Laugharne trip planner.

Getting from Bath to Laugharne by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. You will leave for Hereford on the 19th (Sat).

Things to do in Laugharne

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Hereford, United Kingdom

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Drive from Laugharne to Hereford in 2.5 hours. September in Hereford sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 14°C at night. On the 19th (Sat), you're off to Matlock.

Things to do in Hereford

Parks · Historic Sites · Nightlife · Outdoors

Matlock, United Kingdom

Matlock is the county town of Derbyshire, England. To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Matlock day trip planner.

Drive from Hereford to Matlock in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. You will leave for Shipston on Stour on the 19th (Sat).

Things to do in Matlock

Nightlife · Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Shipston on Stour, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Shipston-on-Stour is a town and civil parish on the River Stour about 10mi south of Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire close to the boundaries with Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Shipston on Stour trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Matlock to Shipston on Stour takes 2 hours. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Edinburgh.
Highlights from your trip

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close, and take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Edinburgh holiday tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Shipston on Stour to Edinburgh. In September, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. You will leave for Kirkcudbright on the 24th (Thu).

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Kirkcudbright, United Kingdom

— 1 day
Kirkcudbright, is a town and parish in Kirkcudbrightshire, of which it is traditionally the county town, within Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.The town lies southwest of Castle Douglas and Dalbeattie at the mouth of the River Dee, some 4mi from the Irish Sea.HistoryAn early rendition of the name of the town was Kilcudbrit; this derives from the Gaelic Cille Chuithbeirt meaning "chapel of Cuthbert", the saint whose mortal remains were kept at the town between their exhumation at Lindisfarne and reinterment at Chester-le-Street.Spottiswood, in his account of religious houses in Scotland, mentions that the Franciscans or Grey Friars had been established at Kirkcudbright from the 12th century. Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Threave Castle.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kirkcudbright trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Edinburgh to Kirkcudbright in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Drumnadrochit.

Things to do in Kirkcudbright

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Drumnadrochit, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Drumnadrochit is a village in the Highland local government council area of Scotland, lying on the west shore of Loch Ness, at the foot of Glen Urquhart.HistoryThe settlement grew up around a bridge over the River Enrick and the name Drumnadrochit derives from the Scottish Gaelic 'druim na drochaid' meaning the 'Ridge of the Bridge'. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): shop like a local with Caledonian Canal Visitor Centre, steep yourself in history at Fort Augustus Abbey, and then get engrossed in the history at Nessieland.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Drumnadrochit trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kirkcudbright to Drumnadrochit takes 5.5 hours. In September in Drumnadrochit, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to London.

Things to do in Drumnadrochit

Nightlife · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

London, United Kingdom

— 1 night

The Square Mile

Platform 9 3/4 has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then make a trip to Platform 9 3/4, and then explore the world behind art at Tate Modern.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the London journey builder app.

Getting from Drumnadrochit to London by car takes about 10 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Drumnadrochit in September, expect nights in London to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Tours · Museums

Paris, France

— 1 night

City of Light

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees, make a trip to Pont Alexandre III, and then take a stroll through Le Marais.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris journey planner.

You can take a train from London to Paris in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from London to Paris, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. September in Paris sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

England travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Historic Sites
A trip through England is a trip through world history, and few places in the world offer such a diverse variety of places to visit, activities, and experiences. The sprawling urban areas surrounding the capital city offer countless sightseeing opportunities, such as museums and historical sites, as well as some of the best shopping, nightlife, and culinary options in the world. To truly experience this country steeped in centuries of history, try to make time to explore the sweeping countryside, where you can enjoy the warm hospitality of small villages and explore the ancient remains of once-powerful societies. England boasts an outstanding transportation system, and many visitors find that even a short train ride through the country’s landscape of rolling hills and plains can be a highlight of their entire vacation. However you choose to move about, remember that in this compact country you’re never very far from a bustling town, where modern pubs, shops, and restaurants await to be explored.

Wales travel guide

4.3
Castles · Beaches · Specialty Museums
Wales attracts tourism with its stunning landscape, a wealth of history, and a huge number of imposing castles. Yet behind the spectacular scenery and the ancient fortress walls hides the simple warmth of the Welsh people, whose pride in their Celtic heritage is only exceeded by the love they feel for their homeland. This may be a relatively small country, but its spirit is truly grand. Your itinerary may just be made up of joining the locals at the pub or a village rugby game to soak up the famous Welsh spirit and learn about "hiraeth," a deep bond the Welsh feel with their land. Though compact, Wales has no shortage of secluded corners easily and quickly explored on an extensive network of footpaths, which makes a trip to this land a true hiker’s paradise.

Cotswolds travel guide

4.4
Gardens · Churches · Zoos
Lush rolling hills and picture-perfect villages make Cotswolds one of the most popular leisure spots for locals and passing visitors alike. During the height of the season, the area gets packed with tourists exploring the region’s numerous stately homes, thatched cottages, historic churches, and attractive stone-built villages. The wood trade brought wealth and prosperity to this area centuries ago, and the region still proudly boasts hundreds of notable buildings constructed during the Middle Ages. Within easy striking distance of London and several other urban centers, this wealthy area supports a thriving artisan scene, as well as a strong food culture centered around farmer's markets and numerous organic producers.

Scotland travel guide

4.4
Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.

Loch Ness Region travel guide

4.2
Castles · Gift & Specialty Shops · Bodies of Water
Few places in the world have inspired more mystery and wonder than Loch Ness. Famed as the home of the legendary Loch Ness monster, the iconic lake sits in the Scottish Highlands, fringed by rolling hills and dense patches of forest. Many people take a trip to Loch Ness for the chance to catch a glimpse of the mythical beast, allegedly seen countless times by those with a keen eye and vivid imagination--you'll find an endless supply of blurry images to "prove" the monster's existence. Even if you don't believe in Nessie, a trip to Loch Ness offers you the perfect chance to soak up some picturesque Scottish scenery, admire the crumbling ruins of the adjacent castle, and open your mind to the possibilities of the supernatural.