40 days in United Kingdom, Spain & Athens Itinerary

40 days in United Kingdom, Spain & Athens Itinerary

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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 45 min
3
Athens, Greece
— 7 nights
Fly + Train:  7 h
4
London, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Banbury, United Kingdom
— 7 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Liverpool, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
7
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  25 h
End: Sydney, Australia

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 El Capricho Park. Get out of town with these interesting Madrid side-trips: Toledo (Custodia de Arfe, Catedral Primada, &more), The Walls of Avila (in Avila) and Acueduct of Segovia (in Segovia). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, walk around Parque del Retiro, and make a trip to Plaza de Oriente.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Madrid trip maker site.

Sydney, Australia to Madrid is an approximately 25- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Madrid. Traveling from Sydney in November, expect nights in Madrid to be colder, around 6°C, while days are little chillier, around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Toledo, The Walls of Avila, Acueduct of Segovia
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 30:
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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 Ciutat Vella and Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional. Change things up with these side-trips from Barcelona: Salou (PortAventura Caribe Aquatic Park & Illuminated Fountain), Jardines de Santa Clotilde (in Lloret de Mar) and Vila Vella (Old Town) (in Tossa de Mar). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sant Pau del Camp, and contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar.

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, Jardines de Santa Clotilde, Vila Vella (Old Town)
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 5:
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Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
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 Ancient Agora of Athens. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Athens: Corinth Canal (in Corinth), Nafplio (Nauplion Promenade, Archaeological Museum of Nauplion, &more) and Mycenae (Citadel and Treasury of Atreus & Lion Gate). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion, admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, and wander the streets of Plaka.

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 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train 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 National Portrait Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near London: Cambridge (King's College Chapel & Fitzwilliam Museum). And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Tower Bridge, get engrossed in the history at Natural History Museum, contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace, and make a trip to Tower of London.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the London trip site.

Do a combination of flight and train from Athens to London in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Athens to London. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Athens in December: high temperatures in London hover around 11°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Banbury.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Cambridge, Anglesey Abbey
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 18:
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Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge
National Gallery ©
National Gallery

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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Gloucester Cathedral and Worcester Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Banbury side-trips: Tewkesbury (Tewkesbury Museum & Tewkesbury Abbey), Earl's & Co. (in Cheltenham) and House of The Tailor of Gloucester - Beatrix Potter Shop and Museum (in Gloucester). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Blenheim Palace, take in panoramic vistas at Broadway Tower, step into the grandiose world of Sudeley Castle, and make a trip to Caen Hill Locks.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Banbury visit planner.

You can drive from London to Banbury in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Liverpool.

Things to do in Banbury

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Tewkesbury, Gloucester, Caen Hill Locks, Kenilworth Castle, Corinium Museum
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 25:
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Gloucester Cathedral ©
Gloucester Cathedral
Blenheim Palace ©
Blenheim Palace
Cotswold Motoring Museum ©
Cotswold Motoring Museum

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
Walls of Chester ©
Walls of Chester
Merseyside Maritime Museum ©
Merseyside Maritime Museum

4
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Step off the beaten path and head to IWM Duxford and University of Cambridge. Get out of town with these interesting London side-trips: Ickworth (in Horringer) and Sheffield Park and Garden (in Uckfield). Explore London further: learn about all things military at Imperial War Museums, meet the residents at ZSL London Zoo, admire the masterpieces at Tate Modern, and engage your brain at Science Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the London trip maker website.

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

Things to do in London

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

University of Cambridge, IWM Duxford, Ickworth, Sheffield Park and Garden
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:
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Tate Modern ©
Tate Modern
IWM Duxford ©
IWM Duxford
Sheffield Park and Garden ©
Sheffield Park and Garden

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