52 days in England & France Itinerary

52 days in England & France Itinerary

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Fly to Newcastle, Train to York
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York, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Manchester, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
— 7 nights
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Bristol, United Kingdom
— 8 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 7 nights
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Paris, France
— 8 nights
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Amboise, France
— 2 nights
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Marseille, France
— 3 nights
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Six-Fours-les-Plages, France
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 4 nights
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York, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

City of Festivals

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at York Shambles and Yorkshire Antiques.com. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to York Bird of Prey Centre and York Cold War Bunker. Get out of town with these interesting York side-trips: Ampleforth Abbey (in Ampleforth), World of James Herriot (in Thirsk) and Helmsley Castle (in Helmsley). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Richard III Experience at Monk Bar, admire the striking features of Merchant Adventurers' Hall, brush up on your military savvy at The York Army Museum, and delve into the distant past at York City Walls.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the York travel route planner.

Adelaide, Australia to York is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Adelaide to York is minus 9.5 hours. When traveling from Adelaide in November, plan for cooler days and slightly colder nights in York: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Manchester.

Things to do in York

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Manchester, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

Capital of the North

Unofficially dubbed the Capital of the North, Manchester is known for its influence on industry and music, as well as its world-renowned connection to sports.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like National Football Museum and Manchester Cathedral. Head to Manchester Art Gallery and Saul Hay Galleryfor plenty of shopping. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Ann's Church, contemplate the long history of Victoria Baths, see the interesting displays at Greater Manchester Police Museum, and take a stroll through Market Street.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Manchester trip planner.

Getting from York to Manchester by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In December, daytime highs in Manchester are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Birmingham.

Things to do in Manchester

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Birmingham, United Kingdom

— 7 nights

City of a Thousand Trades

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.
Winterbourne House and Garden and Packwood House will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as National Motorcycle Museum and Birmingham Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Birmingham: Collegiate Church of St Mary's (in Warwick), Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall (in Stratford-upon-Avon) and Tamworth (Tamworth Castle & Statfold Barn Railway). The adventure continues: hit the slopes at SnowDome, pause for some serene contemplation at St Peter's Market Bosworth, examine the collection at Soho House, and take an in-depth tour of Coffin Works.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Birmingham online route maker.

Drive from Manchester to Birmingham in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Birmingham are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bristol.

Things to do in Birmingham

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Bristol, United Kingdom

— 8 nights
Bristol is famous for its Georgian and Victorian architecture, street art, underground music, maritime history, and the world-famous Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Take a break from the city and head to The Cotswold Range and Blaise Castle House Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Castle Combe Village and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Bristol side-trips: The Saxon Church, Bradford on Avon (in Bradford-on-Avon), Warminster (Longleat & Longleat House) and Lacock Abbey (in Lacock). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at The Roman Baths, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Mary Redcliffe Church, contemplate the long history of Bath Street, and examine the collection at Brunel's SS Great Britain.

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Getting from Birmingham to Bristol by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Bristol

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

London, United Kingdom

— 7 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The British Museum and Natural History Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wallace Collection and Sir John Soane's Museum. When in London, make a side trip to see Hampton Court Palace in East Molesey, approximately East Molesey away. There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at HMS Belfast, admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, stroll the grounds of Highgate Cemetery, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of London.

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Traveling by car from Bristol to London takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In December in London, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Paris, France

— 8 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.
Shop till you drop at Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Reims (Basilique Saint-Remi, Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin, &more), Musee de la Grande Guerre (in Meaux) and Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte (in Maincy). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, explore the world behind art at Petit Palais, brush up on your military savvy at The Army Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Chateau de Fontainebleau.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Paris sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from London to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Amboise.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Amboise, France

— 2 nights
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Parc Plage de Montrichard, then learn about winemaking at Troglo Degusto, and then take an in-depth tour of Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Denis, then do a tasting at Plou Et Fils, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal d'Amboise, and finally take an in-depth tour of Eglise Saint-Florentin.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Amboise day trip tool.

Take a train from Paris to Amboise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can fly to Marseille.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Marseille, France

— 3 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chateau La Coste en Provence and Palais du Pharo. Your inner history buff will appreciate Palais Longchamp and Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine. Take a break from Marseille with a short trip to Trolib in Cassis, about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Histoire de Marseille, see the interesting displays at Musee Regards de Provence, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vincent de Paul Church.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Marseille route planner.

You can fly from Amboise to Marseille in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Amboise, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Marseille, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Six-Fours-les-Plages.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Wildlife

Side Trips

Six-Fours-les-Plages, France

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): brush up on your military savvy at Fort Balaguier, then explore the world behind art at Hotel des Arts, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Louis, and finally admire the masterpieces at La Maison du Cygne. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame du Mai, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Spa O de Soleil, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle Notre-Dame de Pitie, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre Dame de Pepiole.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Six-Fours-les-Plages tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Marseille to Six-Fours-les-Plages in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Six-Fours-les-Plages

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Nice, France

— 4 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate and Tourrettes-sur-Loup. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Vieille Ville and Palais Lascaris. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs (in St-Paul-de-Vence), Juan les Pins Main Beach (in Juan-les-Pins) and La Croisette (in Cannes). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Massena Museum, admire the local landmark of Fontaine du Soleil, delve into the lush surroundings at Parc du Mont Boron, and step into the grandiose world of Haut de Cagnes.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nice trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Six-Fours-les-Plages to Nice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Nice sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

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.

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.

French Riviera - Cote d'Azur travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Beaches · Historic Sites
On the Mediterranean Sea coast, the French Riviera-Côte d'Azur has the glitz and glamour rivaled by few places on earth. It is a modern resort area with luxury shopping, seaside cafés for people watching, and several marinas for yachts and super-yachts along its coast. Although the Riviera is famous for the glamour of St. Tropez, Monaco, and the Cannes Film Festival, there are many other lesser known attractions and places to visit, such as the perched villages of Gourdon and Eze, the perfumeries in Grasse, the potters of Vallauris, and the glassblowers of Biot.The Riviera has been the inspiration for many works by artists, such as Picasso and Renoir, which are on display in local museums. Sea-front hotels and holiday resorts are the most expensive options, with smaller, modest, more affordable accommodations available as you move away from major cities or further inland. Cafés, bars, and restaurants are diverse enough to respect your vacation budget and tastes, with the vast majority of eateries serving food local to the area--Provençal cuisine with Italian influences, and Cassis and Bandol regional wines.The small independent state of Monaco is surrounded on three sides by France, and the fourth by the Mediterranean. It has been ruled by the Grimaldi family since the 13th century and is a major center for tourism on the Mediterranean. The glamor of Monaco has been replaced by Monte Carlo for its opulence, designer and luxury shopping, and its casino.The busiest travel season is in July and August, when crowds and prices both skyrocket. But, with 300 days of sunshine per year, 115 km (71 mi) of warm blue coastline and beaches, 18 golf courses, 14 ski resorts, and 3,000 restaurants, you're sure to have a wonderful time and find plenty of things to do whenever you plan to stay.