24 days in United Kingdom, France & Barcelona Itinerary

24 days in United Kingdom, France & Barcelona Itinerary

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Fly to London Gatwick Airport, Drive to Horley
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Horley, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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London, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Lyon, France
— 4 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 6 nights
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Horley, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Horley is a town in Surrey on the border of Surrey and West Sussex, England, south of the twin towns of Reigate and Redhill, and neighbouring Gatwick Airport and in turn Crawley. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of The Deepdene Trail.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Horley sightseeing planning website.

San Francisco, USA to Horley is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from San Francisco to Horley. Traveling from San Francisco in August, Horley is slightly colder at night with lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to London.

Things to do in Horley

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

London, United Kingdom

— 6 nights

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.
Popular historic sites such as Buckingham Palace and Houses of Parliament are in your itinerary. St. Paul's Cathedral and Wallace Collection are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to IWM Duxford (in Duxford) and Cambridge (King's College Chapel & University of Cambridge). There's still lots to do: take a tour of HMS Belfast, steep yourself in history at Royal Mews, examine the collection at Emirates Stadium Tour and Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our London trip planner.

Traveling by car from Horley to London takes 1.5 hours. In August in London, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 4 nights

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.
Eiffel Tower and Pantheon will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Louvre Museum and Arc de Triomphe. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Saint-Denis to see Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville, tour the pleasant surroundings at Île de la Cité, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Paris online attractions planner.

Getting from London to Paris by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris. In August, daytime highs in Paris are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

Lyon, France

— 4 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Get a sense of the local culture at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Vieux Lyon. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cathedrale saint Jean-Baptiste and Le Mur Des Canuts. There's still lots to do: stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de l'Immaculee Conception, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint Pothin, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lyon online tour planner.

Take a train from Paris to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Barcelona, Spain

— 6 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Get some cultural insight at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo. Girona Cathedral (Catedral) and El Barri Gòtic will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Barcelona: Illuminated Fountain (in Salou), Bridge of Besalu (in Besalu) and Patronat Call de Girona (in Girona). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Anfiteatro de Tarragona, make a trip to Ciutat Vella, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Playa de Sitges, and walk around Parc Guell.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona online tour planner.

You can fly from Lyon to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Lyon in August since evenings lows in Barcelona dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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.