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My 8 Night England, Wales & Paris Itinerary

I just returned from my big trip of 2014! It was my second ever trip to Europe and was every bit as amazing as I had hoped it would be. I’m really excited to get to share all of the details with you guys in the coming weeks. I’m first going to start by giving you guys an overview of where I went so that you can get a big picture idea of the trip.

I also know that when I’m planning out a trip that the hardest part is usually picking the overall layout. Choosing how many days to spend where and making sure that I’m taking the best option for getting from Point A to Point B are usually the hardest things for me to figure out. Once I get those items nailed down the rest tends to work out pretty easily.

If you’ve never been to England or France before I’d recommend a different itinerary than this one (see my suggestions below) but this is also a great itinerary for someone who wants to get a good mix of big city (London & Paris) and countryside (northern England & Wales) in a short amount of time!


Here’s how my trip shaped up:

Day 0 – Friday November 21
Flew from PHX to Manchester via PHL (losing a day due the the time difference and flight duration)

Day 1 – Saturday November 22
Arrived in Manchester (England) around 9 AM & drove to Harrogate (England) (about 2ish hours)
Related Posts: Driving On The Opposite Side of The Road // The Day I Got Lost Driving Around in a GPS Equipped Car (Harrogate, UK)

Day 2 – Sunday November 23
Took a quick train ride over to York (England) to spend the day
Spent the night in Harrogate again
Related Posts: Visiting York

Day 3 – Monday November 24
Drove from Harrogate to Conwy (Wales) (3ish hours)
Spent the day in Conwy
Drove to Manchester to return the rental car and spend the night
Related Posts: Visiting Conwy Castle in Wales

Day 4 – Tuesday November 25
Took a train from Manchester to London (Euston station) (2ish hours)

Day 5 – Wednesday November 26
Entire day in London

Day 6 – Thursday November 27 (Thanksgiving)
Eurostar train from London to Paris (2ish hours)

Day 7 – Friday November 28
Entire day in Paris

Day 8 – Saturday November 29
Entire day in Paris

Day 9 – Sunday November 30
Flew from CDG (Paris) to PHX via PHL (16 hours)

If I had it to do over the only thing I’d possibly change would be to trade the first day in London for another day in Wales. I have however already been to London so if that wasn’t the case then I would say way more time in London would be needed.


+ For London & Paris first-timers
If you’ve never been to Europe before and want to check out London and Paris I’d recommend splitting your week equally between London and Paris and then spend a day or two from each location taking day trips. From London my top day trip recommendation would be Oxford. Taking a trip out to the Warner Bros studio is also something I’d highly recommend for Harry Potter fans. I’ve heard good things about Cambridge as well and I’ve used Day Trips from London to think about other great options.
I don’t have any day trip recommendations from Paris yet, but spending a day at Versailles is at the top of my list for when I go back!

+ Adding Wales onto a UK trip
If you want to add Wales to your trip I’d recommend flying into Manchester and spending a couple of days driving through Wales before heading down to London and Paris. If you need to fly into and out of London then you could still easily accommodate Wales from there as well. You could also fly directly into Cardiff.



Detailed posts about this trip are coming soon so stay tuned!


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  • Wow! Can I live vicariously through you?! Can’t wait to read the details!!!!

    • Please do! ;) Looking forward to sharing more details with you guys soon!

  • This sounds like an amazing trip, Mandy!

    Another fun day trip from Paris is EuroDisney. It’s not very far and I really enjoyed it when I was there!

    • I have some friends who just did Disney this past week! Sounds like another fun things to add to my list for next time!

  • I’ve heard a lot of great things about Wales! I’ll definitely have to make a stop there when I go to Europe. Your trip is really making me want to go soon!

    • I read that Wales has the highest number of castles per area or something like that. I’m a huge fan of castles so I’m in loves with Wales now! =D

  • Bailey

    Did you travel by yourself?! I’ve never traveled internationally but I’ve always wanted to!

    • The first couple of days I was visiting friends in England but then the rest of my trip was by myself. There are advantages and disadvantages of traveling solo. Next year I’ll be doing my big international trip with a friend and I’m looking forward to having someone with me next time. =)

  • kerry

    I love traveling, and I love traveling to Europe. Looks like you had a great time. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Kelly

    Hi! I found you through Casey’s Fresh Face Friday Blog Hop. I actually just returned from London. I tried to cram it all into a weekend trip and while I enjoyed London, I definitely want to go back and explore more. Looking forward to reading more about your trip!

    • I’m so glad you stopped by! I’ve been enjoying all of the wonderful people who participate in it. Do you have a blog? I don’t see the link in your Disqus profile. I’d love to read about your time in London!
      Trying to do London in a weekend is intense! What all did you manage to fit in? =D

    • And as soon as I said that I found your blog – ha! =)

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