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1. Posted by seyad (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I am visiting Manchester by May 20th 2008. I am with my wife & will be there for 10 to 15 days. I want to travel UK

& any two European countries. Can anybody help me to plan my tour.


2. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

unless you plan on visiting Southern France and then Monaco or Italy, Vatican City and San Marino to try and cram a couple of micro countries in such a short amount of time, you should consider limiting your trip to the UK and possibly try and see some of Scotland and Wales. Officially they are considered to be as part of the UK/One Single country, but unofficially in sporting events such as the Commonwealth Games they are represented as seperate countries.

You will barely see anything if you try and cram two other countries in as well as the UK in only 10-15 days. You would basically need to limit it to just the capital city in each country in most instances, but then you are not really seeing a country, but instead are seeing the largest city in the country.

3. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi Seyad

A few things we need to know...
- What's your budget?
- Are you planning on using public transport, or hiring a car?
- What are your priorities - natural features, historical sites, cities, countryside, etc..?
- Do you like 'active stuff' (walking or kayaking or climbing etc) or would you prefer to see things from the comfort of a visitor centre?
- Is there anything (apart from Manchester) that you already have in mind that you really want to see?

Also - 15 days is going to be a whistlestop tour of 3 countries - maybe that's what you're after but if you want to see any country in any depth you're going to need at least 10 days there.

Just to get you started, here's a plan - assumes you're using public transport, like doing a mix of things, and would like to visit England, Scotland and France.

Day 1 - Look around Manchester, stay overnight in Manchester
Day 2 - Manchester, then travel to the Lake District (Oxenholme or Penrith) in the evening
Day 3 - Sightseeing tour, or walking, in the Lake District - take an evening train to Glasgow - stay overnight in Glasgow
Day 4 - Look around Glasgow - Train to Edinburgh - Overnight in Edinburgh
Day 5 - Sightseeing in Edinburgh, another night in Edinburgh
Day 6 - Back to Glasgow, pick up the train (or a bus) to Fort William, stay overnight.
Day 7- Day 9 - Spend 3 days in the Highlands, walking/climbing/just sighseeing/whatever. The highlands are beautiful.
Day 10 - Train/Bus to Prestwick airport. Fly to Paris
Days 11-13 Sightseeing (and eating) in Paris and Environs
Day 14 - Fly back to Manchester
Day 15 - Home