45 days in France, England & Croatia Itinerary

45 days in France, England & Croatia Itinerary

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45 days in France, England & Croatia Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
London, United Kingdom
— 7 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Bath, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Gloucester, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Ambleside, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Shipston on Stour, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
6
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Korcula Town, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 45​min
8
Nice, France
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Carcassonne, France
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  6​h
10
Bayeux, France
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
11
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Sydney, Australia

7
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.
Visit Tower of London and Buckingham Palace for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Winchester Cathedral in Winchester (about 1h 30 min away). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, make a trip to Big Ben, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read London travel planning website .

Sydney, Australia to London is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to London is minus 10 hours. Traveling from Sydney in April, things will get little chillier in London: highs are around 15°C and lows about 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Bath.

Things to do in London

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Rye Waterworks MIcropub, Winchester Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Hayman's Distillery ©
Hayman's Distillery
Tower of London ©
Tower of London
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace

5
nights
Bath, United Kingdom

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Roman Baths and Bath Abbey. Venture out of the city with trips to Bournemouth Beach (in Bournemouth), Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta (in Salisbury) and Malmesbury (Malmesbury Abbey & Malmesbury Market Cross). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Stonehenge, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Bishop's Palace and Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Manvers Street Baptist Church, and admire the landmark architecture of The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bath trip planner .

Getting from London to Bath by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Gloucester.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Malmesbury, Wells, Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta, Stonehenge, Avebury Stone Circle
Highlights from your plan
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Stonehenge ©
Stonehenge
Wells Cathedral ©
Wells Cathedral

5
nights
Gloucester, United Kingdom

Gloucester ©
Gloucester is a city and district in southwest England, the county city of Gloucestershire. Your inner history buff will appreciate Gloucester Docks and Mariners Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Gloucester: Spas (in Cirencester), Woodchester Valley Vineyard (in Woodchester) and Cotswold Edge Golf Club (in Wotton-under-Edge). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Three Choirs Vineyard, admire the landmark architecture of Gloucester Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Ashleworth Tithe Barn, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St John the Evangelist Church, Slimbridge, Glos.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Gloucester tour itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Bath to Gloucester takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daytime highs in Gloucester are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ambleside.

Things to do in Gloucester

Historic Sites Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Stroud, Hereford, Ludlow Castle, Spas, Cotswold Edge Golf Club
Highlights from your plan
Woodchester Valley Vineyard ©
Woodchester Valley Vineyard
Gloucester Docks ©
Gloucester Docks
Three Choirs Vineyard ©
Three Choirs Vineyard

5
nights
Ambleside, United Kingdom

Ambleside ©
Ambleside is a town in Cumbria, in North West England. Loughrigg Fell and Rydal Mount & Gardens will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ambleside: The Quayside (in Newcastle upon Tyne), Fountains Abbey (in Ripon) and The Lakes Distillery (in Bassenthwaite). The adventure continues: sample the tasty concoctions at Keswick Brewing Company, explore the activities along Derwentwater, explore the historical opulence of Wray Castle, and have fun and explore at The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ambleside road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Gloucester to Ambleside takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Shipston on Stour.

Things to do in Ambleside

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Keswick, The Lakes Distillery, The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Jesus Church, The Quayside
Highlights from your plan
Keswick Brewing Company ©
Keswick Brewing Company
Loughrigg Fell ©
Loughrigg Fell
Jesus Church ©
Jesus Church

3
nights
Shipston on Stour, United Kingdom

Shipston on Stour ©
Shipston-on-Stour is a town and civil parish on the River Stour about 10mi south of Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire close to the boundaries with Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Warwick Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Oswald's Church, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Cotswolds Distillery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's Church. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of High Street Broadway, then admire the natural beauty at Snowshill Manor, and then make a trip to Blenheim Palace.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Shipston on Stour trip planner .

You can drive from Ambleside to Shipston on Stour in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Shipston on Stour

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Museums

Side Trips

Snowshill Manor, St Oswald's Church, Blenheim Palace, High Street Broadway, Warwick Castle
Highlights from your plan
Cotswolds Distillery ©
Cotswolds Distillery
Snowshill Manor
Snowshill Manor
High Street Broadway ©
High Street Broadway

4
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Visit Dubrovnik City Walls and The Franciscan Church and Monastery for their historical value. Take a break from Dubrovnik with a short trip to Cavtat Old Town in Cavtat, about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Old Town, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, go for a stroll along the water at City Harbor, and contemplate the long history of Fort Lovrijenac.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik journey planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Shipston on Stour to Dubrovnik. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Shipston on Stour to Dubrovnik. May in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Cavtat Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

4
nights
Korcula Town, Croatia

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Korcula Town Walls and Church Gospojina. Change things up with these side-trips from Korcula Town: Matusko Winery (in Potomje), Orebic (Natura Antunovic & Korta Katarina Winery) and Vino Spaleta (in Kuna Peljeska). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Lovric Winery, admire the striking features of Church Sveti Petar, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sveti Mihovil, and contemplate the long history of Kula Morska Vrata.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Korcula Town trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Dubrovnik to Korcula Town in 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Korcula Town are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Lumbarda, Orebic, Vino Spaleta, Matusko Winery, Korcula Old City
Highlights from your plan
St. Mark's Cathedral ©
St. Mark's Cathedral
Korcula Town Walls ©
Korcula Town Walls
Lovric Winery ©
Lovric Winery

1
night
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take a stroll through La Croisette, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, and then wander the streets of Vieille Ville. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Orthodoxe Saint Nicolas et Sainte Alexandra, then get to know the fascinating history of Saint-Paul de Vence, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Nicholas Cathedral.

For other places to visit and tourist information, use the Nice trip itinerary builder .

Explore your travel options from Korcula Town to Nice with the Route module. In May, daytime highs in Nice are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

La Croisette, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Paul de Vence
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence

2
nights
Carcassonne, France

Carcassonne ©
Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
On the 1st (Mon), do a tasting at Chateau St Jacques d’Albas, learn about winemaking at Chateau Du Donjon, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, and finally learn about winemaking at Domaine Rose et Paul. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Winemaker Workshops, learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal.

Planning Carcassonne trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Getting from Nice to Carcassonne by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Carcassonne, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Wineries Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles

2
nights
Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ardenne Abbey, then look for gifts at Cave a Vin - Le Volet qui penche, and finally stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the history at Around Europe Battlefields Tours Day Tours, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, then make a trip to Atelier Galerie Ludovic Grand-Guillot, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Bayeux trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Carcassonne to Bayeux takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In June, Bayeux is little chillier than Carcassonne - with highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Normandy American Cemetery, Omaha Beach
Highlights from your plan
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach

3
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 5th (Fri), explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, then admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Versailles, and then steep yourself in history at The Trianons & The Hamlet.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Paris tour itinerary website .

You can take a train from Bayeux to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trip

Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

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