21 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

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Aviemore
— 1 night
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Edinburgh
— 4 nights
Fly
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Cheltenham
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bath
— 3 nights
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London
— 5 nights
Train
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York
— 3 nights
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Bakewell
— 1 night
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Aviemore — 1 night

Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. On the 15th (Thu), learn insider's secrets on Strathspey Tours, then see Off-Road Tours, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cairngorm Brewery. On the next day, browse for treasures at Grantown Antiques and Collectables, stroll through Loch Morlich, then identify plant and animal life at Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, then stop by Kilted Fudge Company Ltd, and finally admire the striking features of Aviemore Railway Station.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Aviemore trip maker tool.

Manchester to Aviemore is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Aviemore can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh — 4 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and take some stellar pictures from Calton Hill.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Edinburgh driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Aviemore to Edinburgh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Cheltenham.
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Cheltenham — 3 nights

Cheltenham, also known as Cheltenham Spa, is a regency spa town and borough which is located on the edge of the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Gloucestershire, England. Explore Cheltenham's surroundings by going to Hatton Country World (in Hatton), Highgrove Gardens (in Tetbury) and Stratford-upon-Avon (The Tower @ RSC & Shakespeare Distillery). There's still lots to do: sample the fine beverages at Cotswolds Distillery, stop by Favourite Beers, look for all kinds of wild species at Walks With Hawks, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cheltenham route planning tool.

Fly from Edinburgh to Cheltenham in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Cheltenham when traveling from Edinburgh in December, with lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bath.
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Bath — 3 nights

Queen of English Cities

A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Get out of town with these interesting Bath side-trips: Castle Combe Village (in Castle Combe), Salisbury (Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta, &more) and Westonbirt Arboretum (in Tetbury). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at The Roman Baths, look for all kinds of wild species at West of England Falconry, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bath Abbey, and examine the collection at The Jane Austen Centre.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bath tour builder tool.

Drive from Cheltenham to Bath in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to London.
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London — 5 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.
London is known for museums, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, stroll around Hyde Park, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the London trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Bath to London by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in London are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to York.
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York — 3 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.
York is known for museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, get engrossed in the history at National Railway Museum, admire the striking features of York Minster, and don't miss a visit to Police Box Wetherby.

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You can take a train from London to York in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. December in York sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bakewell.
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Bakewell — 1 night

Bakewell is a small market town and civil parish in the Derbyshire Dales district of Derbyshire, England, well known for the local confection Bakewell pudding. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): browse the exhibits of Chatsworth House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Anne's Church, Baslow, then explore the activities along Ladybower Reservoir, and finally surround yourself with nature on Peak Mountaineering.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bakewell trip planner.

You can drive from York to Bakewell in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Bakewell can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive back home.
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United Kingdom travel guide

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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.
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