17 days in Western Europe Itinerary

17 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe travel route planner

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London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Saint-Malo, France
— 3 nights
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Giverny, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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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.
Appreciate the collections at Natural History Museum and Imperial War Museums. Wallace Collection and HMS Belfast will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at British Library, take a stroll through Westminster, explore the world behind art at Victoria and Albert Museum, and catch a live event at Emirates Stadium Tour and Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the London road trip planning site.

Washington DC, USA to London is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC to London, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In February, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nightlife

Saint-Malo, France

— 3 nights
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Espace des Sciences and Scriptorial d'Avranches, musee des manuscrits du Mont Saint-Michel. Let the collections at Cornille Havard - Fondeur de Cloches and Etoile du Roy capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Rennes (Ecomusee de la Bintinais, Les Champs Libres, &more), Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James (in Saint James) and Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes (in Huisnes sur Mer). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Long cours et Cap Horniers (tour Solidor), hike along GR 34, don't miss a visit to Tombeau de Chateaubriand, and head off the coast to Le Grand Be.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Malo online travel planner.

Getting from London to Saint-Malo by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and train; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Saint-Malo. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in February, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Giverny.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Baths

Side Trips

Giverny, France

— 2 nights
Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
On the 12th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, see the interesting displays at Musee archeologique du Val d'Oise, get engrossed in the history at Le Musee de l'Outil, examine the collection at Maison de Claude Monet a Vetheuil, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Collegiale Notre-Dame de Mantes-la-Jolie, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Tour Saint-Maclou. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Musee du Peigne, then head outdoors with Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm, then relax and rejuvenate at Erawan Spa, and finally have fun and explore at La Fabrique des Savoirs.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Giverny vacation planning site.

Getting from Saint-Malo to Giverny by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. February in Giverny sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 33°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Giverny

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Spas

Side Trips

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Step off the beaten path and head to Musee des Arts Forains and Latin Quarter. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Giverny to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February, daytime highs in Paris are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Brittany travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Specialty Museums
Known for its large number of megaliths, which simply means "big rocks," Brittany is famous for its 2,860 km (1,780 mi) of coastline and for its prehistoric menhirs (standing stones) and dolmens (stone tables)--sites that were used for burials and worship. You can see a large variety of seabirds while sightseeing along the ocean, as the region is home to colonies of cormorants, gulls, razorbills, northern gannets, common murres, and Atlantic puffins. The waters of Brittany attract marine animals, including basking sharks, grey seals, leatherback turtles, dolphins, porpoises, jellyfish, crabs, and lobsters. Brittany is widely known for the Breton horse, a local breed of draft horse, and for the Brittany gun dog. The region also has its own breeds of cattle that you can witness at area farms and open-air museums, some of which are on the brink of extinction: the Bretonne pie noir, the Froment du Léon, the Armoricann, and the Nantaise. The region has plenty of places to visit, namely a huge quantity of medieval buildings, including numerous Romanesque and Gothic churches, castles, and the iconic half-timbered houses visible in many villages, towns, and cities.