23 days in Holland & England Itinerary

23 days in Holland & England Itinerary

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23 days in Holland & England Itinerary

Start: Durban, South Africa
Fly:  31​h
1
Holland, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h
2
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
3
York, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Grasmere, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Bourton-on-the-Water, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Bath, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  15​h
End: Durban, South Africa

1
night
Holland, United States

Holland ©
Holland is a city in the western region of the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): stroll through Pere Marquette Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Holland State Park Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oval Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Holland trip planner .

Durban, South Africa to Holland is an approximately 31-hour flight. Traveling from Durban to Holland, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Durban in December, things will get colder in Holland: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Holland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Oval Beach, Pere Marquette Park
Highlights from your plan
Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach
Oval Beach ©
Oval Beach

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.
Bring the kids along to St. Paul's Cathedral and Tower Bridge. Your inner history buff will appreciate Westminster Abbey and Houses of Parliament. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, get engrossed in the history at The British Museum, contemplate the long history of Tower of London, and see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds London.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the London road trip website .

You can fly from Holland to London in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Holland in December: high temperatures in London hover around 11°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to take a train to York.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
The British Museum ©
The British Museum

4
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Durham Heritage Coast and York Castle Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate York Minster and York City Walls. Get out of town with these interesting York side-trips: Chatsworth House (in Bakewell), St Lawrence Church (in Appleby-in-Westmorland) and Durham Cathedral (in Durham). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at National Railway Museum, step into the grandiose world of Brough Castle, get a taste of the local shopping with Pandora's Box Antiques and Oddities, and wander the streets of York Shambles.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our York trip planner .

You can take a train from London to York in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Grasmere.

Things to do in York

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Durham, Chatsworth House, St Lawrence Church, Brough Castle, Stainmore Railway Company
Highlights from your plan
Durham Heritage Coast ©
Durham Heritage Coast
National Railway Museum ©
National Railway Museum
Chatsworth House ©
Chatsworth House

3
nights
Grasmere, United Kingdom

Grasmere ©
Grasmere is a village and tourist destination in the centre of the English Lake District. Get some cultural insight at Castle Crag and St John's in the Vale. Get some historical perspective at St. Andrew's Church and St Catherine's Chruch. Get out of town with these interesting Grasmere side-trips: Seascale Beach (in Seascale), Silecroft Beach (in Silecroft) and Alpacaly Ever After (in Portinscale). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Helvellyn, explore the striking landscape at Jack"s Rake, and pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Grasmere trip planner .

You can drive from York to Grasmere in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bourton-on-the-Water.

Things to do in Grasmere

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Grange-in-Borrowdale, Alpacaly Ever After, Seascale Beach, Jack"s Rake, Helvellyn
Highlights from your plan
Silecroft Beach ©
Silecroft Beach
Castle Crag ©
Castle Crag
Helvellyn
Helvellyn

3
nights
Bourton-on-the-Water, United Kingdom

Bourton-on-the-Water ©
Bourton-on-the-Water is a village and civil parish in Gloucestershire, England that lies on a wide flat vale within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Get some cultural insight at St Mary's Church and Hailes Church. Appreciate the collections at Bugatti Trust Visitor Center and Corinium Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bourton-on-the-Water: Octavia's Bookshop (in Cirencester), St. Mary's Church (in Fairford) and Combe Mill (in Long Hanborough). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, examine the collection at Mechanical Music Museum, get outside with The Cotswold Range, and admire the landmark architecture of St Nicholas Church.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bourton-on-the-Water trip builder .

You can drive from Grasmere to Bourton-on-the-Water in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. December in Bourton-on-the-Water sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bath.

Things to do in Bourton-on-the-Water

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Cirencester, Burford, Winchcombe, St Mary's Church, Lodge Park and Sherborne Estate
Highlights from your plan
The Cotswold Range ©
The Cotswold Range
St Mary's Church ©
St Mary's Church
Bugatti Trust Visitor Center ©
Bugatti Trust Visitor Center

4
nights
Bath, United Kingdom

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
The Roman Baths and Stonehenge are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Bournemouth Beach and Warwick Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bath: Wells Cathedral (in Wells), Tewkesbury (Tewkesbury Abbey & Old Baptist Chapel) and Malmesbury Market Cross (in Malmesbury). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bath Abbey, get to know the fascinating history of Castle Combe Village, admire the landmark architecture of Gloucester Cathedral, and contemplate the long history of Purton Ships Graveyard.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bath trip planning website .

You can drive from Bourton-on-the-Water to Bath in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tewkesbury, Gloucester Cathedral, Purton Ships Graveyard, Stonehenge, Warwick Castle
Highlights from your plan
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Stonehenge ©
Stonehenge
Warwick Castle ©
Warwick Castle

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