20 days in Paris, Ireland & United Kingdom Itinerary

20 days in Paris, Ireland & United Kingdom Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Fort William, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Inverness, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Bath, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Paris, France

— 4 nights

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Saint Germain des Pres Quarter and Champs-Elysees. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte in Maincy, about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, examine the collection at Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Paris visit planner.

Chennai, India to Paris is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 4.5 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Chennai in December; daily highs in Paris reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Dublin.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum and Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Get a sense of the local culture at Guinness Storehouse and Temple Bar. Get out of town with these interesting Dublin side-trips: Kilkenny Castle (in Kilkenny) and Rock of Cashel (in Cashel). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, and take a stroll through Grafton Street.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Dublin trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Dublin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to Dublin due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get some cultural insight at Edinburgh Castle and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Your inner history buff will appreciate Rosslyn Chapel and The Scottish Parliament. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Scotland, take a tour of Royal Yacht Britannia, and don't miss a visit to The Real Mary King's Close.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Edinburgh vacation planner.

You can fly from Dublin to Edinburgh in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In December, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:

Fort William, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Fort William is the second largest settlement in the Highlands of Scotland with around 10,000 inhabitants – and the largest town: only the city of Inverness is larger.Fort William is a major tourist centre, with Glen Coe just to the south, Aonach Mòr to the east and Glenfinnan to the west, on the Road to the Isles. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, and then delve into the distant past at Castle Tioram. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Glencoe Lochan, then stroll through Glen Etive, and then contemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Viaduct.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Fort William day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Fort William takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:

Inverness, United Kingdom

— 1 night

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nairn Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Inchmore Gallery, and finally explore the historical opulence of Urquhart Castle.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Inverness tour planner.

Getting from Fort William to Inverness by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Inverness are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Bath.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:

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 6th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Longleat and then contemplate the long history of Wells Cathedral. On your second day here, examine the collection at Brunel's SS Great Britain, take an in-depth tour of The Roman Baths, and then contemplate the long history of Bath Abbey.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Bath road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Inverness to Bath takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to London.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum and then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at The British Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Coca-Cola London Eye.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the London itinerary builder tool.

Take a train from Bath to London in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in London sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:

Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.

United Kingdom travel guide

4.3
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.