54 days in France, Spain & United Kingdom Itinerary

54 days in France, Spain & United Kingdom Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe travel planner
Make it your trip
Fly
1
London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Drive
2
Bristol, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Drive
3
Bath, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Train
4
London, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Train
5
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Drive
6
Rouen, France
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Rennes, France
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Nantes, France
— 4 nights
Drive
9
Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Bilbao, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive
11
Salamanca, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive
12
Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
Train
13
Valencia, Spain
— 6 nights
Fly
14
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

London, United Kingdom — 5 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, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace, explore the world behind art at Victoria and Albert Museum, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and learn about all things military at Churchill War Rooms.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the London trip builder website.

New York City, USA to London is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from New York City to London. Traveling from New York City in August, things will get little chillier in London: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Bristol.
more
Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 19:

Bristol, United Kingdom — 5 nights

Bristol is famous for its Georgian and Victorian architecture, street art, underground music, maritime history, and the world-famous Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Get out of town with these interesting Bristol side-trips: Tewkesbury Abbey (in Tewkesbury), Malmesbury Market Cross (in Malmesbury) and Tetbury (Highgrove Gardens & Chavenage House). The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens, sample the tasty concoctions at Cotswold Brew Co, see the interesting displays at Brunel's SS Great Britain, and take in the views from Clifton Suspension Bridge.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Bristol sightseeing website.

Traveling by car from London to Bristol takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bath.
more
Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 24:

Bath, United Kingdom — 3 nights

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 25th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Bath Abbey, then browse the exhibits of The Roman Baths, then look for all kinds of wild species at West of England Falconry, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): see the sights as you ascend with Original Wild, then explore the ancient world of Stonehenge, and then admire the landmark architecture of Wells Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bath trip planning app.

Drive from Bristol to Bath in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to London.
more
Historic Sites · Spas · Museums · Outdoors
Side Trips
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 27:

London, United Kingdom — 1 night

The Square Mile

On the 27th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, enjoy breathtaking views from Tower Bridge, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, and finally explore the world behind art at National Gallery.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our London road trip tool.

Traveling by train from Bath to London takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Paris.
more
Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 28:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Versailles (La Galerie des Batailles, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and make a trip to Champs-Elysees.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from London to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from London to Paris, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August in Paris, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Rouen.
more
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Side Trip
Find places to stay Aug 27 — Sep 2:

Rouen, France — 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rouen: Etretat (Jardins d'Etretat & Falaises d'Etretat), Collegiale Notre Dame (in Vernon) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, and don't miss a visit to Place du Vieux-Marche.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rouen trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Paris to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Rouen sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Rennes.
more
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 5:

Rennes, France — 2 nights

Many tour guides skip Rennes, a "City of Art and History," but that doesn't mean you should.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): ponder the world of politics at Parlement de Bretagne, don't miss a visit to Portes Mordelaises, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, then don't miss a visit to Centre Historique de Rennes, then see the interesting displays at Les Champs Libres, and finally walk around Parc du Thabor. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Fougeres, walk around Parc des Gayeulles, and then slough off your stress at Awelys Spa Privatif.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rennes online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Rouen to Rennes takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Rennes are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nantes.
more
Parks · Spas · Baths · Historic Sites
Side Trip
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:

Nantes, France — 4 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nantes: Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry) and Puy du Fou (in Les Epesses). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Les Machines de L'ile, wander the streets of Passage Pommeraye, admire the local landmark of Le Miroir d'Eau, and walk around Parc de la Beaujoire.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nantes trip maker site.

You can drive from Rennes to Nantes in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Nantes are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bordeaux.
more
Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 11:

Bordeaux, France — 2 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame-des-Passes and then take in the dramatic natural features at La Grande Dune du Pilat. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Chateau de Reignac, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, and finally don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Nantes to Bordeaux takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In September in Bordeaux, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bilbao.
more
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wineries
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 13:

Bilbao, Spain — 4 nights

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Venture out of the city with trips to San Sebastian - Donostia (Konstituzio Plaza, Parte Vieja, &more). Dedicate the 15th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, pause for some photo ops at Puppy, wander the streets of Casco Viejo, and shop like a local with La Ribera Market.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bilbao trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Bilbao in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Bilbao sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Salamanca.
more
Wineries · Tours · Museums · Neighborhoods
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 17:

Salamanca, Spain — 3 nights

Golden City

Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
Change things up with these side-trips from Salamanca: Avila (Basilica de San Vicente, Las Murallas de Avila, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco Casa Lis, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Convent (Convento de San Esteban), and ponder the world of politics at Universidad de Salamanca.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Salamanca online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bilbao to Salamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Bilbao in September, Salamanca is slightly colder at night with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Madrid.
more
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:

Madrid, Spain — 5 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Madrid: Toledo (Church of Santo Tomé, Catedral Primada, &more) and Acueduct of Segovia (in Segovia). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip tool.

Drive from Salamanca to Madrid in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Salamanca in September since evenings lows in Madrid dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can take a train to Valencia.
more
Tours · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 25:

Valencia, Spain — 6 nights

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Change things up with these side-trips from Valencia: Benidorm (Playa de Levante & Aqualandia), Cala Denia (in Denia) and Javea (Playa del Arenal & Siesta Advisor). Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, steep yourself in history at Valencia Cathedral, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Bioparc Valencia, and make a trip to Micalet - Miguelete.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Valencia day trip tool.

Getting from Madrid to Valencia by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Valencia when traveling from Madrid in September, with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Barcelona.
more
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Theme Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 25 — Oct 1:

Barcelona, Spain — 4 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tossa de Mar (Diving & Combat & Vila Vella (Old Town)) and Fenals Beach (in Lloret de Mar). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, stop by El Barri Gòtic, and kick back and relax at Playa de La Barceloneta.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Barcelona day trip website.

You can fly from Valencia to Barcelona in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Valencia in October, you will find days in Barcelona are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
more
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Neighborhoods
Side Trips
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 5:

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.
more

France travel guide

4.3
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.
more

Normandy travel guide

4.7
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Gardens
Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards.
more

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Architectural Buildings · Nightlife
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.
more