40 days in United Kingdom, Spain & Athens Itinerary

40 days in United Kingdom, Spain & Athens Itinerary

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40 days in United Kingdom, Spain & Athens Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Athens, Greece
— 7 nights
Fly:  7​h
4
London, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Banbury, United Kingdom
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Liverpool, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
7
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney, Australia


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6
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mirador del Valle and The Walls of Avila. Get out of town with these interesting Madrid side-trips: Toledo (Custodia de Arfe, Catedral Primada, & more) and Acueduct of Segovia (in Segovia). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, explore the world behind art at Museo Sorolla, and take in nature's colorful creations at El Capricho Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip maker app .

Sydney, Australia to Madrid is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Madrid, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in November: highs in Madrid hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Toledo, The Walls of Avila, Acueduct of Segovia
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Mirador del Valle ©
Mirador del Valle

5
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Vila Vella (Old Town) and Palau Guell. Change things up with these side-trips from Barcelona: Salou (PortAventura Caribe Aquatic Park & Illuminated Fountain) and Jardines de Santa Clotilde (in Lloret de Mar). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, make a trip to Casa Batllo, stroll around Parc Guell, and contemplate the long history of Ciutat Vella.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Barcelona trip builder site .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in November, expect Barcelona to be a bit warmer, temps between 21°C and 11°C. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Salou, Vila Vella (Old Town), Jardines de Santa Clotilde
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 5:
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

7
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Step off the beaten path and head to Temple of Hephaestus and Fortress Palamidi. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Athens: Corinth Canal (in Corinth), Mycenae (Citadel and Treasury of Atreus & Lion Gate) and Nafplio (Nauplion Promenade & Archaeological Museum of Nauplion). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum, and appreciate the history behind Erechtheion.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Athens online travel route builder .

Fly from Barcelona to Athens in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Barcelona to Athens is 1 hour. In December, daytime highs in Athens are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for travel to London.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Nafplio, Mycenae, Corinth Canal
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 12:
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus

6
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Anglesey Abbey and King's College Chapel. Step out of London with an excursion to Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge--about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament, don't miss a visit to Trafalgar Square, and contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace.

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You can fly from Athens to London in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Athens in December, things will get little chillier in London: highs are around 11°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Banbury.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Cambridge, Anglesey Abbey
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Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

7
nights
Banbury, United Kingdom

Banbury ©
Banbury is a market town on the River Cherwell in Oxfordshire, England, 64mi northwest of London, 38mi southeast of Birmingham, 27mi south of Coventry and 21mi north-by-northwest of the county town of Oxford. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Blenheim Palace and Caen Hill Locks. Venture out of the city with trips to Gloucester (Gloucester Cathedral & House of The Tailor of Gloucester - Beatrix Potter Shop and Museum), Earl's & Co. (in Cheltenham) and Worcester Cathedral (in Worcester). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Tewkesbury Abbey, explore the historical opulence of Kenilworth Castle, take in panoramic vistas at Broadway Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hereford Cathedral.

To find reviews and tourist information, use the Banbury online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from London to Banbury takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Liverpool.

Things to do in Banbury

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Gloucester, Tewkesbury, Sudeley Castle, Blenheim Palace, Caen Hill Locks
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 25:
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Gloucester Cathedral ©
Gloucester Cathedral
Blenheim Palace ©
Blenheim Palace
Worcester Cathedral ©
Worcester Cathedral

2
nights
Liverpool, United Kingdom

Liverpool ©
Famous for being the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool is a vibrant city with an outstanding cultural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Walls of Chester, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Chester Zoo, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museum of Liverpool, explore the different monuments and memorials at Liverpool Cathedral, then have a few drinks at The Cavern Club, and finally examine the collection at Merseyside Maritime Museum.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Liverpool sightseeing tool .

Getting from Banbury to Liverpool by car takes about 3 hours. December in Liverpool sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Liverpool

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chester
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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Chester Zoo ©
Chester Zoo
Liverpool Cathedral
Liverpool Cathedral
Museum of Liverpool
Museum of Liverpool

4
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Step off the beaten path and head to IWM Duxford and Sheffield Park and Garden. Get out of town with these interesting London side-trips: Ickworth (in Horringer) and University of Cambridge (in Cambridge). Enjoy London some more: learn about all things military at Imperial War Museums, admire nature's wide array of creatures at ZSL London Zoo, admire the striking features of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, and explore the world behind art at Tate Modern.

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Traveling by train from Liverpool to London takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

University of Cambridge, Ickworth, IWM Duxford, Sheffield Park and Garden
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Tate Modern ©
Tate Modern
IWM Duxford ©
IWM Duxford
Sheffield Park and Garden ©
Sheffield Park and Garden

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