60 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
Ferry to Holyhead, Taxi to Llandudno
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Llandudno, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Alnwick, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive
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Fort William, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
Drive
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Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
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Inverness, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Stromness, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Newquay, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Poole, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Kilkenny, Ireland — 4 nights

Marble City

The country's smallest city in terms of population, Kilkenny boasts a rich cultural heritage and diverse tourist attractions that include well-preserved medieval architecture, exciting nightlife, a vibrant culinary scene, and abundant shopping opportunities.
Let the collections at Hook Lighthouse and Reginald's Tower capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Kilkenny Castle and Hore Abbey. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kilkenny: Loftus Hall (in Hook Head), Ferns Castle (in Ferns) and St. Aidan's Cathedral (in Enniscorthy). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Rock of Cashel, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, and enjoy the sand and surf at Curracloe Beach.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kilkenny road trip planning tool.

Sydney, Australia to Kilkenny is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Sydney to Kilkenny. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Sydney in November: high temperatures in Kilkenny hover around 12°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Dublin.
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Dublin, Ireland — 5 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Discover out-of-the-way places like National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology and Chester Beatty. Your inner history buff will appreciate Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol Museum. Go for a jaunt from Dublin to Donore to see Bru na Boinne about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Temple Bar, get a sense of history and politics at Dublin Castle, see the interesting displays at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Trinity College Dublin.

To find out how to plan a trip to Dublin, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Dublin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. November in Dublin sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Llandudno.
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Llandudno, United Kingdom — 5 nights

Llandudno is a seaside resort, town and community in Conwy County Borough, Wales, located on the Creuddyn peninsula, which protrudes into the Irish Sea. Get some historical perspective at Caernarfon Castle and Harlech Castle. Discover out-of-the-way places like Conwy Castle and Conwy Town Walls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Llandudno: National Slate Museum (in Llanberis), Zipline (in Blaenau Ffestiniog) and Portmeirion Village (in Portmeirion). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Llandudno Promenade, step into the grandiose world of Beaumaris Castle, steep yourself in history at Smallest House in Britain, and take in nature's colorful creations at Bodnant Garden.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Llandudno online road trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Dublin to Llandudno in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in November, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Alnwick.
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Alnwick, United Kingdom — 4 nights

Alnwick is a relatively large market town in north Northumberland, England, of which it is the county town. Vindolanda and Cragside House and Gardens will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Bamburgh Castle and Housesteads Roman Fort - Hadrian's Wall. Venture out of the city with trips to Lindisfarne Castle (in Holy Island) and Ross Back Sands Beach (in Bamburgh). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of The Alnwick Garden, look for gifts at Barter Books, and enjoy the sand and surf at St Aiden Beach.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Alnwick trip planner.

Traveling by car from Llandudno to Alnwick takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In November, daily temperatures in Alnwick can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom — 4 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rosslyn Chapel and Buchanan Street. Get some historical perspective at Edinburgh Castle and The Real Mary King's Close. Take a break from Edinburgh with a short trip to Glamis Castle in Glamis, about 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, take a tour of Royal Yacht Britannia, take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, and sample the fine beverages at The Scotch Whisky Experience.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Edinburgh online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Alnwick to Edinburgh by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Fort William.
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Fort William, United Kingdom — 6 nights

Fort William is the second largest settlement in the Highlands of Scotland with around 10,000 inhabitants – and the largest town: only the city of Inverness is larger.Fort William is a major tourist centre, with Glen Coe just to the south, Aonach Mòr to the east and Glenfinnan to the west, on the Road to the Isles. You'll explore and learn at West Highland Museum and Inveraray Jail. Glenfinnan Viaduct and Kilchurn Castle will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Morar Beach (in Morar), Camusdarach Beach (in Arisaig) and Inveraray Castle (in Inveraray). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Ben Nevis, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Andrew's Church, look for gifts at Woodland Pottery & Crafts, and make a trip to Neptune's Staircase.

Before you visit Fort William, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Fort William takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Isle of Skye.
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Isle of Skye, United Kingdom — 6 nights

Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Skye Museum of Island Life and Trotternish Art Gallery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Duntulm Castle and Dunvegan Castle & Gardens. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at The Quiraing, explore the activities along The Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye, make a trip to Neist Point, and stop by Skye Weavers.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Isle of Skye vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Fort William to Isle of Skye in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Inverness.
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Inverness, United Kingdom — 5 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Step out of the city life by going to Nairn Beach and RZSS Highland Wildlife Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Culloden Battlefield and Highland Folk Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: Elgin Cathedral (in Elgin), Dunrobin Castle and Gardens (in Golspie) and Glenfiddich Distillery (in Dufftown). Next up on the itinerary: deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort George, contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness, steep yourself in history at Clava Cairns, and step into the grandiose world of Cawdor Castle.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Inverness trip planner.

Traveling by car from Isle of Skye to Inverness takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Inverness can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time for the flight to Stromness.
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Stromness, United Kingdom — 5 nights

Stromness is the second-most populated town in Orkney, Scotland. Do your shopping at Pier Arts Centre and Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre. Do some cultural sightseeing at Skara Brae and Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm. Go for a jaunt from Stromness to South Ronaldsay to see Tomb of the Eagles about 3h 30 min away. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Ring of Brodgar, take an unorthodox tour of Standing Stones of Stenness, take an in-depth tour of Broch of Gurness, and stop by ArtWorks of the Earth.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Stromness vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Inverness to Stromness in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Newquay.
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Newquay, United Kingdom — 5 nights

Surf Capital of the UK

Known as the Surf Capital of the UK, Newquay is a vibrant city with youthful energy.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Carbis Bay Beach and Fistral Beach Bar. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tintagel Castle and St Just-in-Roseland Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Newquay: The Lost Gardens of Heligan (in Pentewan), Lanhydrock House and Garden (in Bodmin) and St. Michael's Mount (in Marazion). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Porthminster Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Crantock Beach, contemplate the long history of Wheal Coates, and sample the tasty concoctions at Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Newquay trip maker app.

You can fly from Stromness to Newquay in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Poole.
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Poole, United Kingdom — 4 nights

Poole is a large coastal town and seaport in the county of Dorset, on the south coast of England. Explore hidden gems such as The Tank Museum and Corfe Castle. Escape the urban bustle at Weymouth Beach and Poole Harbour. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Poole: Hengistbury Head Beach (in Bournemouth) and Lulworth Cove (in West Lulworth). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sandbanks Beach and identify plant and animal life at Monkey World.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Poole trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Newquay to Poole in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In January in Poole, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to London.
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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.
Do your shopping at North Laine and The Lanes. Get some historical perspective at Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, take an in-depth tour of The British Museum, and contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the London trip tool.

Traveling by car from Poole to London takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in London are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Ireland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · History Museums
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.
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Wales travel guide

4.3
Castles · Beaches · Specialty Museums
Wales attracts tourism with its stunning landscape, a wealth of history, and a huge number of imposing castles. Yet behind the spectacular scenery and the ancient fortress walls hides the simple warmth of the Welsh people, whose pride in their Celtic heritage is only exceeded by the love they feel for their homeland. This may be a relatively small country, but its spirit is truly grand. Your itinerary may just be made up of joining the locals at the pub or a village rugby game to soak up the famous Welsh spirit and learn about "hiraeth," a deep bond the Welsh feel with their land. Though compact, Wales has no shortage of secluded corners easily and quickly explored on an extensive network of footpaths, which makes a trip to this land a true hiker’s paradise.
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England travel guide

4.4
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.
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Scotland travel guide

4.4
Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.
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