23 days in France, United Kingdom & Amsterdam Itinerary

23 days in France, United Kingdom & Amsterdam Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
Avranches, France
— 4 nights
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
— 8 nights
London, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights


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.
Paris is known for museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris online trip itinerary planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Paris is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in February; daily highs in Paris reach 9°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Avranches.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Avranches, France — 4 nights

Avranches is a commune in the Manche department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. Change things up with these side-trips from Avranches: Coutances (Jardin des plantes de Coutances & Cathedrale de Coutances), Fougeres (Jardin Public & Chateau de Fougeres) and Mont Saint-Michel Bay (in Mont-Saint-Michel). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo de Champrepus, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame-des-Champs.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Avranches journey planner.

You can drive from Paris to Avranches in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. In February in Avranches, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bournemouth.
Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
Side Trips
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom — 8 nights

Bournemouth is a large coastal resort town on the south coast of England directly to the east of the Jurassic Coast, a 155km World Heritage Site. Explore Bournemouth's surroundings by going to Salisbury (Old Sarum & Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta), Bath (Spas, The Roman Baths, &more) and Stonehenge (in Amesbury). The adventure continues: walk around Welford Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Winchester Cathedral, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and explore the galleries of Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bournemouth trip tool.

Getting from Avranches to Bournemouth by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In February, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to London.
Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors
Side Trips
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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 25th (Sun), explore the world behind art at National Gallery, then ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, then enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Tower Bridge.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the London trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Bournemouth to London by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in London can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Amsterdam.
Museums · Historic Sites
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 4 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: Haarlem (Grote Markt & Frans Hals Museum). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Anne Frank House, pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif, admire the striking features of Royal Palace Amsterdam, and explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam day trip planner.

You can fly from London to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. In February in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trip
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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.

United Kingdom travel guide

Nightlife · Specialty Museums · 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.