25 days in United Kingdom & Paris Itinerary

25 days in United Kingdom & Paris Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Train
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive
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Shipston on Stour, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive
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York, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Versailles (L'Orangerie, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Le Marais, get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Paris attractions planning site.

San Jose, USA to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Jose to Paris due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Jose in May, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are little chillier, around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can take a train to London.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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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: take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our London trip planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to London takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to London. May in London sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Gloucester.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
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Gloucester, United Kingdom — 3 nights

Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gloucester: Cotswold Farm Park (in Guiting Power), Chavenage House (in Tetbury) and The Cotswold Range (in Somerford Keynes).

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Gloucester travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from London to Gloucester in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Gloucester are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Shipston on Stour.
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Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors
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Shipston on Stour, United Kingdom — 3 nights

Shipston-on-Stour is a town and civil parish on the River Stour about 10mi south of Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire close to the boundaries with Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. Step out of Shipston on Stour with an excursion to Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens in Burford--about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Hidcote Manor Garden, meet the residents at Cotswold Falconry Centre, pause for some serene contemplation at St Peter's Church, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sezincote House & Garden.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Shipston on Stour online trip planner.

You can drive from Gloucester to Shipston on Stour in an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to York.
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Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Historic Sites
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York, United Kingdom — 4 nights

City of Festivals

Situated on the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss, York has witnessed an abundance of major political events throughout its two millennia of existence.
Change things up with these side-trips from York: Michael Coates Clay Shooting (in Windermere), Warren Gill (in Masham) and National Centre for Birds of Prey (in Helmsley). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Peak Mountaineering, trek along Wainwright's Coast-to-Coast Walk, learn insider's secrets on Brewtown Tours, and explore the striking landscape at Stanage Edge.

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You can drive from Shipston on Stour to York in 3 hours. In June, daily temperatures in York can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Edinburgh.
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Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Fun & Games
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom — 5 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, make a trip to The Royal Mile, and examine the collection at National Museum of Scotland.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Edinburgh journey planner.

Traveling by train from York to Edinburgh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 48°F at night. On the 10th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
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United Kingdom travel guide

4.3
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.
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Cotswolds travel guide

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Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Zoos
Lush rolling hills and picture-perfect villages make Cotswolds one of the most popular leisure spots for locals and passing visitors alike. During the height of the season, the area gets packed with tourists exploring the region’s numerous stately homes, thatched cottages, historic churches, and attractive stone-built villages. The wood trade brought wealth and prosperity to this area centuries ago, and the region still proudly boasts hundreds of notable buildings constructed during the Middle Ages. Within easy striking distance of London and several other urban centers, this wealthy area supports a thriving artisan scene, as well as a strong food culture centered around farmer's markets and numerous organic producers.
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