27 days in United Kingdom, Paris & Ireland Itinerary

27 days in United Kingdom, Paris & Ireland Itinerary

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27 days in United Kingdom, Paris & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  14​h
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Stromness, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  5​h 15​min
8
Isle of Lewis, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
+4
bus + foot + Fly + tram + train:  7​h 45​min
9
York, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  13​h
10
Port Ellen, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  30​h
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

2
nights
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.
On the 19th (Fri), appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, then head off the coast to Île de la Cité, and then take a stroll through Le Marais.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Paris tour website .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Paris is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in April; daily highs in Paris reach 18°C and lows reach 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): wander the streets of Westminster, then head outdoors with Moose X-Training Ltd, and then wander the streets of Greenwich. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Grays Beach Riverside Park and then kick back and relax at King George's Playing Fields.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our London trip planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to London takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to London. April in London sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Melton Mowbray.

Things to do in London

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Grays Beach Riverside Park, King George's Playing Fields
Highlights from your plan
King George's Playing Fields ©
King George's Playing Fields
Greenwich ©
Greenwich
Westminster ©
Westminster

3
nights
Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom

Melton Mowbray ©
Melton Mowbray is a town in Leicestershire, England, 19mi northeast of Leicester, and 20mi southeast of Nottingham. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): play a few rounds at Stoke Rochford Golf Club, contemplate the long history of The Workhouse, Southwell, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Southwell Minster. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Rutland Water, steep yourself in history at Burghley House, and then make a trip to Woolsthorpe Manor.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Melton Mowbray trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from London to Melton Mowbray in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Melton Mowbray

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Grantham, Newark-on-Trent, Rutland Water, Burghley House
Highlights from your plan
Burghley House ©
Burghley House
Rutland Water ©
Rutland Water
Woolsthorpe Manor ©
Woolsthorpe Manor

2
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wicklow Mountains National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): kick back and relax at Seapoint Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Powerscourt Gardens and House, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Portmarnock Beach.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Dublin trip itinerary builder tool .

Explore your travel options from Melton Mowbray to Dublin with the Route module. In April, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Dublin

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Wicklow Mountains National Park, Powerscourt Gardens and House, Portmarnock Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wicklow Mountains National Park ©
Wicklow Mountains National Park
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol

3
nights
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
On the 29th (Mon), examine the collection at Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition, see the interesting displays at ShipSpace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dornoch Cathedral, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Dornoch Beach. Keep things going the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then take a peaceful walk through Anagach Woods.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Inverness online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Inverness takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. In April, daytime highs in Inverness are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Stromness.

Things to do in Inverness

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Dornoch, River Rafting & Tubing, Anagach Woods, Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition
Highlights from your plan
Dornoch Beach ©
Dornoch Beach
Dornoch Cathedral ©
Dornoch Cathedral
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Stromness, United Kingdom

Stromness ©
Stromness is the second-most populated town in Orkney, Scotland. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): examine the collection at Kirbuster Museum, then contemplate the long history of Barony Mill, then have fun and explore at Corrigall Farm Museum, and finally delve into the distant past at Maeshowe. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement, contemplate the long history of The Viking Centre, pause for some serene contemplation at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, learn about winemaking at Orkney Wine Company, then take in the exciting artwork at Hoxa Tapestry Gallery, and finally delve into the distant past at Earl's Bu.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Stromness travel route planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Inverness to Stromness in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Inverness in May, you will find days in Stromness are little chillier (13°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Stromness

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Orphir, Birsay, Corrigall Farm Museum, Orkney Wine Company, Maeshowe
Highlights from your plan
Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm ©
Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm
Maeshowe ©
Maeshowe
Earl's Bu ©
Earl's Bu

3
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Edinburgh Castle and Edinburgh Old Town. Get some historical perspective at Rosslyn Chapel and Holyrood Park. Go for a jaunt from Edinburgh to North Berwick to see Seacliff Beach about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Calton Hill, make a trip to Real Mary King's Close, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and take a tour of Royal Yacht Britannia.

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

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Stromness to Edinburgh in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Isle of Lewis.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Seacliff Beach, Rosslyn Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

2
nights
Isle of Lewis, United Kingdom

Isle of Lewis ©
Forming the northern part of Lewis and Harris, the largest island in the Outer Hebrides archipelago, Isle of Lewis offers scenery consisting of fertile pastures and a meandering, rocky coastline.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Norse Mill and Kiln, then stroll through Traigh Bhostadh (Bosta Beach), and then take in the exciting artwork at Blue Pig Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museum nan Eilean, take in the exciting artwork at Morven Gallery, and then stroll through Huisinis Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Isle of Lewis trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Edinburgh to Isle of Lewis takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Isle of Lewis can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to York.

Things to do in Isle of Lewis

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Huisinis Beach
Highlights from your plan
Traigh Bhostadh (Bosta Beach) ©
Traigh Bhostadh (Bosta Beach)
St Moluag's Episcopal Church ©
St Moluag's Episcopal Church
Norse Mill and Kiln ©
Norse Mill and Kiln

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at York City Walls and 199 Steps. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at York Castle Museum and RSPB Bempton Cliffs. Go for a jaunt from York to Whitby to see Whitby Beach about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at National Railway Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of York Minster, and contemplate the long history of Treasurer's House.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read York trip planner .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Isle of Lewis to York in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Isle of Lewis in May, expect nights in York to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Ellen.

Things to do in York

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Whitby, RSPB Bempton Cliffs
Highlights from your plan
York Castle Museum ©
York Castle Museum
York City Walls ©
York City Walls
RSPB Bempton Cliffs ©
RSPB Bempton Cliffs

2
nights
Port Ellen, United Kingdom

Port Ellen ©
Port Ellen is a small town on the island of Islay, in Argyll, Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Kildalton High Cross and Old Parish Church, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bowmore Distillery, and then identify plant and animal life at RSPB Loch Gruinart Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Museum of Islay Life, then see the interesting displays at Islay Natural History Trust, then steep yourself in history at Finlaggan, and finally sample the fine beverages at Caol Ila Distillery.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Ellen route planner.

Explore your travel options from York to Port Ellen with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Ellen

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Charlotte, Bridgend, Outback Art Gallery, Bowmore Distillery, Finlaggan
Highlights from your plan
Islay Natural History Trust ©
Islay Natural History Trust
Finlaggan ©
Finlaggan
Museum of Islay Life ©
Museum of Islay Life

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