23 days in United Kingdom, France & Italy Itinerary

23 days in United Kingdom, France & Italy Itinerary

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23 days in United Kingdom, France & Italy Itinerary

Start: Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  20​h
1
Birmingham, United Kingdom
— 9 nights
foot + Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h
3
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Nova Levante, Italy
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  24​h
End: Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

9
nights
Birmingham, United Kingdom

Birmingham ©
Britain's second-largest city, Birmingham was known as the City of a Thousand Trades and the Workshop of the World in the Victorian era.
Get out of town with these interesting Birmingham side-trips: Cotswold Clay Club (in Farmington), Old Baptist Chapel (in Tewkesbury) and Walks With Hawks (in Cheltenham). Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at Cotswold Archery, explore the world behind art at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and don't miss a visit to Brindleyplace.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Birmingham trip itinerary planner.

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa to Birmingham is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Pietermaritzburg to Birmingham. In December, Birmingham is cooler than Pietermaritzburg - with highs of 10°C and lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Birmingham

Fun & Games Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cotswold Archery, Walks With Hawks, Cotswold Clay Club, Old Baptist Chapel, Chester Zoo
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Walks With Hawks ©
Walks With Hawks
Cotswold Clay Club ©
Cotswold Clay Club
Cotswold Archery ©
Cotswold Archery

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe and then explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Paris road trip planner.

Fly from Birmingham to Paris in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Birmingham to Paris. In December, daytime highs in Paris are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Fri) before leaving for Milan.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

1
night
Milan, Italy

Milan
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Milan tour planner.

Fly from Paris to Milan in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nova Levante.

Things to do in Milan

Nightlife Historic Sites Parks

7
nights
Nova Levante, Italy

Nova Levante ©
Bring the kids along to KinderPark Ciampedie and Obereggen - Ski Center Latemar. Get out of town with these interesting Nova Levante side-trips: Val de San Nicolo (in Pozza di Fassa), Passo Rolle (in San Martino di Castrozza) and Malga Varena (in Varena).

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nova Levante trip planner .

You can drive from Milan to Nova Levante in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Nova Levante when traveling from Milan in December, with lows around -3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sat) before leaving for Venice.

Things to do in Nova Levante

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Moena, Canazei, Cavalese, Val de San Nicolo, Marmolada
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La Terrazza delle Dolomiti ©
La Terrazza delle Dolomiti
Sass Pordoi ©
Sass Pordoi
Marmolada ©
Marmolada

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Bring the kids along to Canal Grande and Doge's Palace. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Venice: Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Palazzo delle Debite) and Arena di Verona (in Verona). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, and take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice journey maker app .

You can drive from Nova Levante to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Venice when traveling from Nova Levante in December, with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Padua, Arena di Verona
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Ponte di Rialto ©
Ponte di Rialto

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