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 Wallace Collection. HMS Belfast and Westminster Abbey will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Emirates Stadium Tour and Museum, admire the masterpieces at The Courtauld Gallery, step aboard Cutty Sark, and take a stroll through South Bank.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the London route website.

Washington DC, USA to London is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Washington DC to London. In February, daily temperatures in London can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough 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 Les Champs Libres capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Rennes (Ecomusee de la Bintinais & Awelys Spa Privatif), Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes (in Huisnes sur Mer) and Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James (in Saint James). 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 · Spas · Baths

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 Petit Palais. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Latin Quarter, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, and see the interesting displays at Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner.

You can drive from Giverny to Paris in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature

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.