26 days in Western Europe Itinerary

26 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Bath
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Bath, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive
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Castleton, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive
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York, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Train
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly
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Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive
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Waterford, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cork, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly
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London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Bath, United Kingdom

— 2 nights

Queen of English Cities

A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Castle Combe Village, then admire the natural beauty at Westonbirt Arboretum, and then contemplate the long history of Malmesbury Market Cross. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bath Abbey, take an in-depth tour of The Roman Baths, get a dose of the wild on West of England Falconry, then steep yourself in history at St Mary Redcliffe Church, and finally pause for some photo ops at Admiral Arthur Phillip Memorial Globe.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bath visit planner.

Durban, South Africa to Bath is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from Durban to Bath, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cheltenham.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:

Cheltenham, United Kingdom

— 2 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. On the 20th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Walks With Hawks, head outdoors with The Cotswold Range, and then admire the striking features of Chavenage House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Gardens at Highgrove and then look for all kinds of wild species at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cheltenham day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bath to Cheltenham takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nottingham.

Things to do in Cheltenham

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:

Nottingham, United Kingdom

— 1 night

Queen of the Midlands

With its historic connection to the legend of Robin Hood, Nottingham is a vibrant blend of medieval and modern.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Erewash Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Wollaton Hall and Park, then stop by Notts Derby Wine School, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at The Exchange.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nottingham vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Cheltenham to Nottingham takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Castleton.

Things to do in Nottingham

Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:

Castleton, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Castleton is a village in the High Peak district of Derbyshire, England, at the western end of the Hope Valley on the Peakshole Water, a tributary of the River Noe, between the Dark Peak to the north and the White Peak to the south. On the 23rd (Fri), explore the fascinating underground world of Speedwell Cavern, hike along Longshaw Estate, then explore the activities along Ladybower Reservoir, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castleton Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ridge Walk Mam Tor to Losehill, then Head underground at Treak Cliff Cavern, then Head underground at Peak Cavern, and finally surround yourself with nature on Peak Mountaineering.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Castleton sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Nottingham to Castleton in 1.5 hours. In December in Castleton, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to York.

Things to do in Castleton

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

York, United Kingdom

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): examine the collection at National Railway Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Castle Howard, and then go for a walk through York City Walls.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our York day trip planning site.

Getting from Castleton to York by car takes about 2 hours. In December in York, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in York

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 3 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 nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, take some stellar pictures from Calton Hill, and don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh journey builder website.

Traveling by train from York to Edinburgh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:

Dublin, Ireland

— 4 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Guinness Storehouse, take a stroll through Temple Bar, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Merrion Square.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Dublin road trip planning tool.

Getting from Edinburgh to Dublin by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In December, daytime highs in Dublin are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Waterford.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:

Waterford, Ireland

— 3 nights
Ireland's oldest city, Waterford maintains its small-town charm and attracts a growing number of travelers with its rich history, lively nightlife, and thriving festival scene.
Change things up with these side-trips from Waterford: Kilkenny (Kilkenny Castle, Black Abbey, &more), Castlecomer Discovery Park (in Castlecomer) and Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Mayfield Birds of Prey, examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, and walk around Irish National Heritage Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Waterford trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Waterford takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Waterford can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Waterford

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:

Cork, Ireland

— 2 nights

Rebel City

One of the country's major artistic and cultural centers, famed for its many annual festivals, Cork straddles the Lee River and boasts over 30 bridges.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church, then explore the galleries of Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre, then learn about all things military at Irish Veterans Museum, and finally stop by Granny's Bottom Drawer. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a tour by water with Eire Bass and then pause for some photo ops at Annie Moore Monument.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cork online day trip planner.

Drive from Waterford to Cork in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Cork

Shopping · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:

London, United Kingdom

— 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, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Coca-Cola London Eye, steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace, take in panoramic vistas at Tower Bridge, and get engrossed in the history at Natural History Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the London trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Cork to London takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daily temperatures in London can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 11:

United Kingdom travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
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.