22 days in United Kingdom, Paris & Versailles Itinerary

22 days in United Kingdom, Paris & Versailles Itinerary

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22 days in United Kingdom, Paris & Versailles Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Bath, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Oxford, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 30​min
5
Bushmills, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
6
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  15​min
7
Versailles, France
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

5
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
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've added LEGOLAND Windsor Resort, Kyoto Garden, Trafalgar Square, and other attractions to your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore The British Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum. Get some cultural insight at Natural History Museum and National Gallery. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Tower of London, take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye, and make a trip to Big Ben.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the London online trip itinerary planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to London is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Johannesburg to London due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in London, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Dover, LEGOLAND Windsor Resort, HMS Victory, Blenheim Palace, Royal Pavilion
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Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Blenheim Palace ©
Blenheim Palace
Dover Castle ©
Dover Castle

2
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh has been added to your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Rosslyn Chapel and Greyfriars Kirk. Get some historical perspective at Edinburgh Castle and The Necropolis. Explore Edinburgh's surroundings by going to Doune Castle (in Doune) and National Wallace Monument (in Stirling). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, and make a trip to Palace of Holyroodhouse.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh visit planning tool .

Getting from London to Edinburgh by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from London in August; daily highs in Edinburgh reach 21°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Breasclete.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Rosslyn Chapel
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland

3
nights
Bath, United Kingdom

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lulworth Cove as well as Corfe Castle. The Roman Baths and Sally Lunn's Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Attractions like Longleat and Boscombe Down Aviation Collection make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bath: Stonehenge (in Amesbury), Lytes Cary Manor (National Trust) (in Somerton) and St. Margaret's Chapel & Magdalene Almshouses (in Glastonbury). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Castle Combe Village, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Manvers Street Baptist Church, steep yourself in history at Bath Abbey, and admire the landmark architecture of Lacock Abbey.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bath trip planner .

Traveling by car from Caernarfon to Bath takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tintagel.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Corfe Castle, Lulworth Cove, St. Margaret's Chapel & Magdalene Almshouses, Lytes Cary Manor (National Trust), Longleat
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Corfe Castle ©
Corfe Castle
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Bath Abbey ©
Bath Abbey

2
nights
Oxford, United Kingdom

Oxford ©
A busy, cosmopolitan city, Oxford is perhaps best known for its ancient university.
Get a sense of the local culture at Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology and Magdalen College. Dorchester Abbey and University Church of St. Mary the Virgin will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Oxford to go to Winchester and see Winchester City Mill, which is approximately 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Pitt Rivers Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Sheldonian Theatre, get curious at History of Science Museum, and stop by Blackwell's Bookshop.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Oxford tour itinerary planner .

Take a train from Bath to Oxford in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Bushmills.

Things to do in Oxford

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

St. Martin's Church, Dorchester Abbey, Winchester City Mill
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Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology ©
Pitt Rivers Museum ©
Pitt Rivers Museum
Dorchester Abbey ©
Dorchester Abbey

2
nights
Bushmills, United Kingdom

Bushmills ©
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. You've now added Giant's Causeway to your itinerary. On the 29th (Sat), sample the fine beverages at Bushmills Distillery, delve into the distant past at Dunseverick Castle, then cruise along Causeway Coastal Route, then explore the striking landscape at Giant's Causeway, and finally look for gifts at McConaghy's Souvenir Shop. On the next day, kick back and relax at Portrush East Strand and then contemplate the long history of Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bushmills trip maker site .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Oxford to Bushmills in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Oxford in August, plan for slightly colder days in Bushmills, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Paris.

Things to do in Bushmills

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Portrush East Strand
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Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route
Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway
Portrush East Strand ©
Portrush East Strand

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Escape the urban bustle at Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Cathedrale Saint-Pierre in Beauvais--about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Petit Palais, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse, see the interesting displays at Atelier des Lumieres, and stroll through Paris Plage.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Bushmills to Paris takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bushmills to Paris. Traveling from Bushmills in August, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Versailles.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Cathedrale Saint-Pierre
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

3
nights
Versailles, France

Versailles ©
Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Trianons & The Hamlet and Eglise Notre-Dame de Versailles. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Royal Chapel and Le Petit Trianon. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to The Hall of Mirrors, get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint Louis, and take an in-depth tour of Galerie des Carrosses.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Versailles attractions planner.

Versailles is just a stone's throw from Paris. In September in Versailles, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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The Royal Chapel ©
The Royal Chapel
The Trianons & The Hamlet ©
The Trianons & The Hamlet
Eglise Notre-Dame de Versailles ©
Eglise Notre-Dame de Versailles

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