21 days in United Kingdom, Ireland & Paris Itinerary

21 days in United Kingdom, Ireland & Paris Itinerary

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21 days in United Kingdom, Ireland & Paris Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly + train:  26​h
1
York, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Paris, France
— 6 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

4
nights
York, United Kingdom

York ©
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.
Bring the kids along to Scarborough Beach and Filey Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum and York's Chocolate Story. Venture out of the city with trips to Durham Cathedral (in Durham), Whitby Abbey (in Whitby) and Beamish Museum (in Beamish). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, examine the collection at York Castle Museum, and explore the ancient world of York City Walls.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the York trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to York is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 10 hours. In August, York is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in York

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Whitby Abbey, Scarborough Beach, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, Durham Cathedral, Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum
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York Castle Museum ©
York Castle Museum
Beamish Museum ©
Beamish Museum
RSPB Bempton Cliffs ©
RSPB Bempton Cliffs

3
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rosslyn Chapel and Discovery Point. Museum-lovers will get to explore Scottish National Gallery and The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel. Step out of Edinburgh with an excursion to Stirling Castle in Stirling--about 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: sample the fine beverages at The Scotch Whisky Experience, pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and visit a coastal fixture at Calton Hill.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Edinburgh trip itinerary maker site .

Take a train from York to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, Rosslyn Chapel, Stirling Castle, Discovery Point
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Stirling Castle
Stirling Castle
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Discovery Point ©
Discovery Point

2
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): examine the collection at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, see the interesting displays at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, then see the interesting displays at Irish Whiskey Museum, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, and finally pause for some photo ops at The Famine Sculptures. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Powerscourt Gardens and House, then explore the historical opulence of Trim Castle, and then steep yourself in history at Bru na Boinne.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Dublin online trip maker .

Getting from Edinburgh to Dublin by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. In August in Dublin, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Portsmouth.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Trim Castle, Powerscourt Gardens and House, Bru na Boinne
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Glasnevin Cemetery Museum ©
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
Irish Whiskey Museum ©
Irish Whiskey Museum
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum ©
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

3
nights
Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Portsmouth ©
Portsmouth is a port city and unitary authority in the ceremonial English county of Hampshire and is located south-west of London and south-east of Southampton. Visit Corfe Castle and Osborne House for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Monkey World and Bournemouth Beach. When in Portsmouth, make a side trip to see Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta in Salisbury, approximately 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Portsmouth day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Portsmouth takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Bournemouth Beach, Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta, Osborne House, Corfe Castle, Monkey World
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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard ©
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Osborne House ©
Osborne House
Monkey World ©
Monkey World

6
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.
Popular historic sites such as Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens are in your itinerary. Chateau Royal de Blois and Orléans Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Paroisse de Saint Paterne (in Orleans), Laon (Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon & Porte d'Ardon) and Chateau de Pierrefonds (in Pierrefonds). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de Chantilly, stroll the grounds of Adelaide Cemetery, take a stroll through Trocadero, and examine the collection at Musee Nissim de Camondo.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Paris vacation builder app .

You can take a train from Portsmouth to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Portsmouth to Paris, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Portsmouth in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Reims, Laon, Orleans, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, Chateau de Pierrefonds
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Orléans Cathedral ©
Orléans Cathedral
Chateau de Chantilly
Chateau de Chantilly
Chateau Royal de Blois
Chateau Royal de Blois

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