13 days in Amsterdam, Paris & Scotland Itinerary

13 days in Amsterdam, Paris & Scotland Itinerary

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13 days in Amsterdam, Paris & Scotland Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
bus + Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
3
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
4
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  23​h 30​min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Red Light District and The Jordaan. You'll explore and learn at Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank House. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, take an in-depth tour of Verzetsmuseum, steep yourself in history at Museum Willet-Holthuysen, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip generator.

Cape Town, South Africa to Amsterdam is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, Amsterdam is cooler than Cape Town - with highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

4
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Let the collections at Musée d'Orsay and Louvre Museum capture your imagination. Head to Champs-Elysees and Le Maraisfor some retail therapy. Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dôme Sacre Coeur, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Île de la Cité.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Paris vacation planner.

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Paris in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Urquhart Castle.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Inverness vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Inverness takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Culloden Battlefield, Urquhart Castle
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Urquhart Castle ©
Urquhart Castle
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Fort George
Fort George

1
night
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 5th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle and then get to know the fascinating history of The Royal Mile. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of Royal Yacht Britannia, take in the exciting artwork at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, and finally wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town.

For ratings and more tourist information, read Edinburgh custom trip planner.

Drive from Inverness to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
St Giles' Cathedral ©
St Giles' Cathedral

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