34 days in United Kingdom & France Itinerary

34 days in United Kingdom & France Itinerary

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Fly to Dublin, Bus to Belfast
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly
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Dumfries, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Train
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive
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York, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Train
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Train
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London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Train
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Dover, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive to Folkestone, Train to Calais
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Calais, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Amiens, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Reims, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Metz, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Strasbourg, France
— 1 night
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): get a new perspective on nature at Ulster Museum, hunt for treasures at St. George's Market, and then ponder the world of politics at Parliament Buildings. On your second day here, ponder the world of politics at City Hall, then take in nature's colorful creations at Belfast Botanical Gardens, then examine the collection at SS Nomadic, and finally contemplate the long history of Crumlin Road Gaol.

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Orlando, USA to Belfast is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Orlando to Belfast, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Orlando in February, expect nights in Belfast to be little chillier, around 37°F, while days are colder, around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Dumfries.

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Dumfries, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Dumfries is a market town and former royal burgh within the Dumfries and Galloway council area of Scotland.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at River Nith, stroll through WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, then step into the grandiose world of Caerlaverock Castle, and finally walk around Dock Park Dumfries.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Dumfries trip maker site.

Getting from Belfast to Dumfries by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In February in Dumfries, expect temperatures between 44°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Glasgow.

Things to do in Dumfries

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature
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Glasgow, United Kingdom

— 2 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at The Tall Ship Glenlee, then see the interesting displays at The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, and then wander the streets of Buchanan Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at People's Palace and Winter Gardens, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Five Sisters Zoo, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at The Necropolis.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Glasgow travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Dumfries to Glasgow takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Dumfries in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 33°F in Glasgow. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Photography Tours and The Dundee Law. Step out of Edinburgh to go to Dundee and see The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery & Museum, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Pickering's Gin Distillery, stroll through Calton Hill, and walk around Princes Street Gardens.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh road trip site.

You can drive from Glasgow to Edinburgh in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. February in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 33°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Newcastle upon Tyne.

Things to do in Edinburgh

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

Student City

One of the hippest urban centers in the northeastern part of the country, Newcastle upon Tyne once had a reputation for being an industrial wasteland with little to offer casual tourists.
Step off the beaten path and head to Victoria Tunnel and Gateshead Millennium Bridge. Get out of town with these interesting Newcastle upon Tyne side-trips: Durham Castle (in Durham) and Roker & Seaburn Beaches (in Sunderland). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of The Quayside, see the interesting displays at Beamish Museum, and take in the dramatic scenery at Jesmond Dene.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Newcastle upon Tyne driving holiday website.

You can take a train from Edinburgh to Newcastle upon Tyne in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 44°F in February, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to York.

Things to do in Newcastle upon Tyne

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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York, United Kingdom

— 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to York Bird of Prey Centre and York Castle Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Kingston-upon-Hull (The Humber Bridge, Streetlife Museum of Transport, &more). There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at York City Walls, see the interesting displays at York's Chocolate Story, and have some family-friendly fun at The York Dungeon.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the York trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Newcastle upon Tyne to York in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sheffield.

Things to do in York

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Sheffield, United Kingdom

— 2 nights

Greenest City in England

A major industrial and cultural center, Sheffield is renowned for its green open spaces, art galleries, and state-of-the-art sports facilities.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): relax in the rural setting at Cannon Hall Farm and then take in nature's colorful creations at Sheffield Botanical Gardens. On your second day here, explore the fascinating underground world of Poole's Cavern & Buxton Country Park and then meet the residents at Tropical Butterfly House Wildlife And Falconry Centre.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sheffield driving holiday planner.

You can drive from York to Sheffield in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Sheffield can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nottingham.

Things to do in Sheffield

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Nottingham, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

Queen of the Midlands

With its historic connection to the legend of Robin Hood, Nottingham is a vibrant blend of medieval and modern.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wollaton Hall and Park and Birmingham Back to Backs. Explore Nottingham's surroundings by going to Coombe Abbey Park (in Coventry), Steep Hill (in Lincoln) and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (in Birmingham). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of National Justice Museum and stroll around Bradgate Park.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nottingham trip planner.

Getting from Sheffield to Nottingham by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Nottingham are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Peterborough.

Things to do in Nottingham

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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Peterborough, United Kingdom

— 3 nights
Peterborough is a cathedral city in Cambridgeshire, England, with a population of 183,631 in 2011. Explore hidden gems such as Anglesey Abbey and Snozone. Change things up with these side-trips from Peterborough: National Trust Stowe (in Buckingham) and Fitzwilliam Museum (in Cambridge). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Peterborough Cathedral and contemplate the long history of The Prebendal Manor.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Peterborough road trip planner.

Take a train from Nottingham to Peterborough in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. February in Peterborough sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 34°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can catch the train to London.

Things to do in Peterborough

Parks · Historic Sites · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

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London, United Kingdom

— 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sky Garden and Beer Tastings & Tours. And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, don't miss a visit to Tower Bridge, get engrossed in the history at Natural History Museum, and explore the galleries of Emirates Stadium Tour and Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the London driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Peterborough to London takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Dover.

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Dover, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Dover is a town and major ferry port in the home county of Kent, in South East England. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): stroll through Viking Bay and then steep yourself in history at Ramsgate Tunnels.

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You can take a train from London to Dover in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll set off for Calais on the 5th (Fri).

Things to do in Dover

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Calais, France

— 1 night

Gate to the North

Overlooking the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point of the English Channel, Calais is a major port for ferry traffic between France and England as the closest French town to Dover.
On the 6th (Sat), look for gifts at Calais Wine Superstore and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cap Blanc-Nez.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Calais day trip site.

Traveling by combination of car and train from Dover to Calais takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. March in Calais sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Amiens.

Things to do in Calais

Nature · Parks · Shopping

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Amiens, France

— 1 night

City of Canals

Lovers of literature will adore Amiens as the hometown of author Jules Verne, along with the Somme canal linked to the Canal du Nord that runs through the town to the English Channel.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): look for gifts at Carnet de Voyages, tour the pleasant surroundings at Veloroute Vallee de Somme, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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Traveling by car from Calais to Amiens takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in March, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Reims.

Things to do in Amiens

Trails · Outdoors · Parks · Spas
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Reims, France

— 1 night

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
On the 8th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Porte de Mars, do a tasting at Champagne Taittinger, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Saint-Remi, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Reims itinerary app.

You can drive from Amiens to Reims in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Metz.

Things to do in Reims

Historic Sites · Wineries
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Metz, France

— 2 nights

City of Light

Located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille rivers bordering Luxembourg and Germany, Metz has a cultural confluence as well with a merging of its French and German heritage and military traditions.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Place Stanislas, walk around Parc de la Pepiniere, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Museum-Aquarium de Nancy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Centre Pompidou-Metz, don't miss a visit to Gare de Metz-Ville, then get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Comedie, and finally admire the striking features of Œuvre de la cathédrale.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Metz route planner.

Getting from Reims to Metz by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Reims in March, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Metz: temperatures range from 50°F by day to 34°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Metz

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

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Strasbourg, France

— 1 night

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
On the 11th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Alsatian Museum and then make a trip to Barrage Vauban.

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Drive from Metz to Strasbourg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in March, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow time for travel 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.

France travel guide

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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.