23 days in England, Southern Italy & France Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Bourton-on-the-Water, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Bath, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Naples, Italy
— 5 nights
Nice, France
— 4 nights
Paris, France
— 5 nights


London, United Kingdom — 4 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, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, snap pictures at Tower Bridge, take an in-depth tour of Natural History Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Tower of London.

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New York City, USA to London is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 5 hours. March in London sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bourton-on-the-Water.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
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Bourton-on-the-Water, United Kingdom — 3 nights

Bourton-on-the-Water is a village and civil parish in Gloucestershire, England that lies on a wide flat vale within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Explore Bourton-on-the-Water's surroundings by going to The Cotswold Range (in Somerford Keynes) and Corinium Museum (in Cirencester). Next up on the itinerary: sample the fine beverages at Cotswolds Distillery, make a trip to The Model Village, take in nature's colorful creations at Batsford Arboretum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Birdland.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Bourton-on-the-Water tour itinerary builder.

Drive from London to Bourton-on-the-Water in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. March in Bourton-on-the-Water sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bath.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Wildlife
Side Trips
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Bath, United Kingdom — 1 night

Queen of English Cities

A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bath Abbey, then get engrossed in the history at The Roman Baths, and then see the interesting displays at No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bath trip planner.

Drive from Bourton-on-the-Water to Bath in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Naples.
Museums · Historic Sites
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Naples, Italy — 5 nights

Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Get out of town with these interesting Naples side-trips: Villa dei Misteri (in Pompeii) and Ravello (Duomo di Ravello & Villa Rufolo). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Pompeii Archaeological Park, gain interesting insight with Oltre I Resti, stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Gennaro, and see the interesting displays at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Naples vacation website.

Getting from Bath to Naples by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. In March, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Nice.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wineries
Side Trips
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Nice, France — 4 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Change things up with a short trip to Lérins Islands in Cannes (about 52 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, make a trip to Place Massena, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Nice trip builder website.

You can fly from Naples to Nice in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Nice are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can fly to Paris.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Side Trips
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Paris, France — 5 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.
Paris is known for museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, shop like a local with Le Marais, and explore the galleries of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Paris travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in March, expect Paris to be slightly colder, temps between 53°F and 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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England travel guide

Nightlife · Specialty Museums · Gardens
A trip through England is a trip through world history, and few places in the world offer such a diverse variety of places to visit, activities, and experiences. The sprawling urban areas surrounding the capital city offer countless sightseeing opportunities, such as museums and historical sites, as well as some of the best shopping, nightlife, and culinary options in the world. To truly experience this country steeped in centuries of history, try to make time to explore the sweeping countryside, where you can enjoy the warm hospitality of small villages and explore the ancient remains of once-powerful societies. England boasts an outstanding transportation system, and many visitors find that even a short train ride through the country’s landscape of rolling hills and plains can be a highlight of their entire vacation. However you choose to move about, remember that in this compact country you’re never very far from a bustling town, where modern pubs, shops, and restaurants await to be explored.

France travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.