12 days in Western Europe Itinerary

12 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Drive to Folkestone, Train to Calais-Fréthun, Drive to Bruges
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive
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Reims, France
— 1 night
Train
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Paris, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Giverny, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Versailles, France
— 1 night
Train
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Tours, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Chessy, France
— 1 night
Drive to Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport, Fly to Tijuana

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London, United Kingdom

— 1 night

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.
On the 10th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, examine the collection at Lord's Cricket Ground, explore the world behind art at Wallace Collection, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Cathedral, and finally take a stroll through Westminster.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the London tour builder site.

Tijuana, Mexico to London is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Tijuana in July, things will get a bit cooler in London: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bruges.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 10:

Bruges, Belgium

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
On the 11th (Sat), make a trip to Burg Square, steep yourself in history at The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, then examine the collection at Torture Museum Oude Steen, then contemplate the long history of Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally don't miss a visit to The Markt. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Tyne Cot Cemetery, then get engrossed in the history at Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, then contemplate the long history of Saint Bavo's Cathedral, and finally step into the grandiose world of Gravensteen.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bruges road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and train from London to Bruges takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Bruges is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Reims.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 12:

Reims, France

— 1 night

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
On the 13th (Mon), walk around Square des Victimes de la Gestapo, admire the striking features of Basilique Saint-Remi, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Reims road trip planning website.

You can drive from Bruges to Reims in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bruges in July: highs in Reims hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Reims

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 13:

Paris, France

— 1 night

City of Light

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.
On the 14th (Tue), explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, then examine the collection at Musee Rodin, then appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and finally don't miss a visit to Ile Saint-Louis.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip planner.

Traveling by train from Reims to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Giverny.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 14:

Giverny, France

— 1 night
Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
On the 15th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Bizy, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Giverny.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Giverny day trip planning site.

Drive from Paris to Giverny in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July in Giverny, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Versailles.

Things to do in Giverny

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 15:

Versailles, France

— 1 night

Royal Paradise

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): admire the striking features of The Hall of Mirrors, then admire the striking features of Palace of Versailles, then make a trip to France Miniature, and finally admire the striking features of The Trianons & The Hamlet.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Versailles trip planner.

You can drive from Giverny to Versailles in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Versailles are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Tours.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 16:

Tours, France

— 1 night

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
On the 17th (Fri), take in the pleasant sights at Place Plumereau, explore the historical opulence of Château de l'Islette, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Saint-Gatien.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tours trip site.

Getting from Versailles to Tours by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Chessy.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 17:

Chessy, France

— 1 night
On the 18th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Village de Chessy.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Chessy trip maker tool.

Drive from Tours to Chessy in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In July, daytime highs in Chessy are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Chessy

Museums
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 18:
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