28 days in Western Europe Itinerary

28 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Colchester, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Cowes, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Bath, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Fishguard, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Llandudno, United Kingdom
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Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Cork, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Isle of Whithorn, United Kingdom
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Fort Augustus, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Colchester, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Colchester is an historic market town and the largest settlement within the borough of Colchester in the county of Essex.At the time of the census in 2011, it had a population of 121,859, marking a considerable rise from the previous census and with considerable development since 2001 and ongoing building plans; it has been named as one of Britain's fastest growing towns. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): indulge in some personalized pampering at The Angel Therapy Rooms, steep yourself in history at Lavenham, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Long Melford Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Brightlingsea Beach, meet the residents at Colchester Zoo, get answers to all your questions at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St Peter's Chapel, and finally view the masterpieces at Sentinel Gallery.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Colchester tour planner.

Leeds to Colchester is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Cowes.

Things to do in Colchester

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Cowes, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Sir Max Aitken Museum, steep yourself in history at Bembridge Windmill, then get outside with Tackt Isle Adventures, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Boniface Old Church. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Cowes Maritime Museum, brush up on your military savvy at The Wight Military and Heritage Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mildred's Church, then head outdoors with Tennyson Down, and finally see what you can catch with Black Rock Charters and Fishing.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Cowes trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Colchester to Cowes in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 4°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Fri) before leaving for Bath.

Things to do in Cowes

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bath, United Kingdom

— 2 nights

Queen of English Cities

A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Appreciate the collections at The Roman Baths and Brunel's SS Great Britain. Step off the beaten path and head to Castle Combe Village and Shepton Mallet Prison. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bath: Malmesbury Abbey (in Malmesbury), Bristol Cathedral (in Bristol) and Lacock Abbey (in Lacock). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Bath Street, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Margaret's Chapel & Magdalene Almshouses, surround yourself with nature on West of England Falconry, and don't miss a visit to Chalice Well.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Bath journey app.

You can drive from Cowes to Bath in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Fishguard.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Fishguard, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Fishguard is a coastal town in Pembrokeshire, south-west Wales, with a population of 3,419 recorded in the 2011 Census. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): head outdoors with Witches Cauldron, then appreciate the history behind Church of St. Brynach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at West Wales Falconry, and finally contemplate the long history of Preseli Hills.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Fishguard tour app.

Traveling by car from Bath to Fishguard takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Llandudno.

Things to do in Fishguard

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Llandudno, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Llandudno is a seaside resort, town and community in Conwy County Borough, Wales, located on the Creuddyn peninsula, which protrudes into the Irish Sea. On the 3rd (Tue), examine the collection at Home Front Museum, then stroll through RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve, then explore the historical opulence of Conwy Castle, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at West Shore Beach. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pensarn Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Holy Well and Chapel of St Trillo, then kick back and relax at Rhos-on-Sea Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St John's Church.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Llandudno trip app.

Traveling by car from Fishguard to Llandudno takes 4 hours. In May, daytime highs in Llandudno are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Llandudno

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dublin, Ireland

— 2 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin, see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, take an in-depth tour of Dublinia, then admire the masterpieces at Chester Beatty, and finally take a stroll through Temple Bar. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Grafton Street, see the interesting displays at The Irish Rock 'N' Roll Museum Experience, then take an in-depth tour of 14 Henrietta Street, then examine the collection at GPO Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin attractions planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Llandudno to Dublin in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train and flight. May in Dublin sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cork.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Cork, Ireland

— 2 nights

Rebel City

One of the country's major artistic and cultural centers, famed for its many annual festivals, Cork straddles the Lee River and boasts over 30 bridges.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): tee off at Old Head Golf Links, get engrossed in the history at Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Multose Church, then steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, and finally steep yourself in history at Camden Fort Meagher. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens, stop by Blarney Chocolate Factory, then admire the masterpieces at Crawford Art Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at Nano Nagle Place, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter and Paul's Church.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Cork trip planner.

You can drive from Dublin to Cork in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in May, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Golf

Side Trip

Galway, Ireland

— 2 nights

City of the Tribes

A major hub for visitors exploring Ireland's western regions, Galway serves as a city of art and culture, renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, enjoy the sand and surf at Salthill Beaches, then view the masterpieces at Spiddal Craft & Design Studios, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverside Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ross Errily Friary, trot along with a tour on horseback, surround yourself with nature on Ireland's School of Falconry, then pause for some serene contemplation at Royal Abbey of Cong, then contemplate the long history of Monk's Fishing House, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from The Guinness Tower/Leonard's Tower.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Galway day trip planning site.

Getting from Cork to Galway by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Belfast, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
A city with character, Belfast remains a great place for a leisurely exploration, as it is still relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists, who usually opt to visit Dublin instead.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Irish Republican History Museum, take in the exciting artwork at MAC, then take an in-depth tour of Cultra Manor, and finally learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Titanic Belfast, examine the collection at SS Nomadic, then contemplate the long history of The Tropical Ravine House, then learn more about the world around you at Ulster Museum, and finally shop like a local with Culturlann MacAdam O Fiaich.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Belfast online road trip planner.

You can drive from Galway to Belfast in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May in Belfast, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Isle of Whithorn.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Side Trip

Isle of Whithorn, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
On the 13th (Fri), take in panoramic vistas at Sorbie Tower, look for gifts at Galloway Farmhouse Cheese, then contemplate the long history of Chapel Finian, then steep yourself in history at Barsalloch Fort, and finally play a few rounds at St Medan Golf Club. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bladnoch Distillery, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Ninian's Chapel, and then stop by Galloway Astronomy Centre.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Isle of Whithorn trip planner.

Drive from Belfast to Isle of Whithorn in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Fort Augustus.

Things to do in Isle of Whithorn

Outdoors · Golf · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fort Augustus, United Kingdom

— 3 nights
Fort Augustus is a settlement in the parish of Boleskine and Abertarff, at the south west end of Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fort Augustus Abbey and Invergarry Castle. Get in touch with nature at The Falls of Foyers and General Wade’s Military Roads. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fort Augustus: Loch Affric Circular Walk (in Beauly), Foyers (River Foyers & Hillside Path) and Falls of Glomach (in Kyle of Lochalsh). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Urquhart Castle, play a few rounds at Fort Augustus Golf Club, admire the landmark architecture of Fort Augustus War Memorial, and stroll through Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Fort Augustus trip itinerary app.

Drive from Isle of Whithorn to Fort Augustus in 5.5 hours. In May in Fort Augustus, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Fort Augustus

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 2 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Fort Augustus to Edinburgh takes 3.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Whitby.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Whitby, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Mary, Whitby, get to know the fascinating history of 199 Steps, take in the dramatic scenery at Falling Foss Tea Garden and Waterfall, then examine the collection at Whitby Museum, then see the interesting displays at RNLI Lifeboat museum, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Whitby Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): cast your line with a fishing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Cayton Bay Beach, examine the collection at The Scarborough Fair Collection, then see the interesting displays at Filey Museum, and finally trek along Cleveland Way National Trail.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Whitby trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Edinburgh to Whitby by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Whitby, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Whitby

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

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.

Isle of Wight travel guide

3.8
Nature & Parks · Historic Sites · Gardens
Just a short ferry ride from the mainland, the Isle of Wight has been a magnet for family vacationers for many decades. Today, the largest English island draws a young party crowd with its multitude of music festivals, rustic fishermen’s cafes, and eco-friendly campsites. The island’s main appeal remains its mild climate, allowing for a wide range of outdoor activities and watersports. Its coastline attracts families, who come here to enjoy warm beaches, dramatic cliffs, and ever-changing sand dunes. Despite being only 10 km (6 mi) from the mainland city of Portsmouth, the island is a world apart in terms of scenery, culture, and pace of life.

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.

Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.

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.