12 days in France, London & Cotswolds Itinerary

12 days in France, London & Cotswolds Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Cirencester, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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London, United Kingdom
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Giverny, France
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Rouen, France
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Deauville City, France
— 1 night
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Bayeux, France
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 1 night
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London, United Kingdom — 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tate Modern. Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Tate Modern. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Trafalgar Square, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery, and then admire the masterpieces at Royal Academy of Arts.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our London trip itinerary maker.

Durham, USA to London is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Durham to London. Traveling from Durham in October, expect nights in London to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are slightly colder, around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for the train ride to Cirencester.
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Cirencester, United Kingdom — 2 nights

Cirencester is a market town in east Gloucestershire, England, west northwest of London. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Parish Church of St. Mary.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cirencester visit planning site.

You can take a train from London to Cirencester in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Mon) before leaving for London.
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London, United Kingdom

The Square Mile

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the London trip itinerary maker tool.

You can take a train from Cirencester to London in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to Paris.
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Nightlife · Fun & Games · Parks · Tours
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Paris, France — 3 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.
You've added Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, Musee d'Orsay, Louvre Museum, and other attractions to your itinerary. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay and then see the interesting displays at Musee Picasso-Paris.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Paris tour planner.

Traveling by train from London to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Paris is 1 hour. In October in Paris, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 48°F at night. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Giverny.
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Giverny, France

Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
You've now added Fondation Claude Monet to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): explore the galleries of Fondation Claude Monet.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Giverny vacation planning website.

You can drive from Paris to Giverny in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Rouen.
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Parks · Museums
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Rouen, France

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rouen travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Giverny to Rouen by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In October in Rouen, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 47°F at night. You'll set off for Deauville City on the 13th (Thu).
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Deauville City, France — 1 night

With its race course, harbour, international film festival, marinas, conference centre, villas, Grand Casino and sumptuous hotels, Deauville is regarded as the "queen of the Norman beaches" and one of the most prestigious seaside resorts in all of France.
To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Deauville City travel route planner.

Getting from Rouen to Deauville City by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Deauville City can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Fri) before leaving for Bayeux.
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Bayeux, France

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bayeux route planner.

Drive from Deauville City to Bayeux in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. You will leave for Mont-Saint-Michel on the 14th (Fri).
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. You've now added Mont Saint-Michel to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Mont Saint-Michel.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Mont-Saint-Michel are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Sat) before leaving for Paris.
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Paris, France — 1 night

City of Light

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Mont-Saint-Michel to Paris takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Nightlife · Tours · Shopping · Fun & Games
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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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France travel guide

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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.
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