13 days in Amsterdam, Paris & Scotland Itinerary

13 days in Amsterdam, Paris & Scotland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  15 h 45 min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
2
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h
3
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Fly:  23 h 30 min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

3
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Appreciate the collections at Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Get a sense of the local culture at Anne Frank House and The Jordaan. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), browse the exhibits of Willet-Holthuysen Museum, stop by Red Light District, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip builder app.

Cape Town, South Africa to Amsterdam is an approximately 15- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in December; daily highs in Amsterdam reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Discover out-of-the-way places like Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis. Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, wander the streets of Le Marais, admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Paris road trip planning site.

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December in Paris, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough 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
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

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.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Inverness visit planning site.

Getting from Paris to Inverness by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from Paris to Inverness, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. January in Inverness sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle and then make a trip to The Royal Mile. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of Royal Yacht Britannia, then view the masterpieces at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, and finally take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Edinburgh trip app.

You can drive from Inverness to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time 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
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh ©
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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