My DH and I are going to Scotland and England over June 13-29, 2013, with a full day layover in Brussels, Belgium on the way. I have our itinerary sketched out, but I wanted to know if I'm trying to do to much/missing something really big. So here it is, any and all suggestions would be appreciated!
June 13: Fly out
June 14: Arrive in Brussels- have about 8 hrs on the town after factoring in getting off the plane, through all the lines and trains both ways. We are planning to see Grand Place no set plans here just going wherever we feel impelled to go (suggestions?) and hoping to squeeze in the EU Parliament building and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral, also think we should swing by Manneken Pis just to say we have, some chocolate, waffles and fries are also in order! Anything else that is a must see in a day?
June 15: First of 3 full days in Edinburgh, Scotland. I figured we will be pretty tired/jet lagged so hoping to do the Princes St. Gardens/Royal Botanical Gardens and maybe the Scottish National Portrait Gallery or one of the other museums.
June 16: We originally though we would do a full highland tour up to Loch Ness and Glencoe, but decided we would rather do a shorter tour and spend more time off the bus as I understand the Loch Ness tour is pretty much snap and go so we are doing a Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond tour instead. We will get back to Edinburgh around 6:30 so maybe strolling around town and finding some out of the way treasures.
June 17: I would love to climb to Arthur's Seat on of the days and see the sunrise over Edinburgh (I know Sunrise is like 4:30am, but I'll only be doing this once right?). I'm trying to decide which day to do this but for now it seems like it will be this day. Then we will head down to Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyroodhouse, St Giles Cathedral and the Royal Mile.
June 18: We are taking the train from Edinburgh to London and then on to Guildford where we will be staying for a week prior to returning to London for our last 3-4 days. This is pretty much going to take all day (10am-5:30pm with stops and train switching and everything). That evening we are meeting up with the MIL who will be joining us for the week in Guildford. I think we will probably stay close to home that day and just explore Guildford.
June 19: After a few busy days we are planning to site see around Guildford and relax a little bit (take a row on some pond/lake and maybe enjoy some tea?). We will be renting a car to do day trips over the next week so probably will be picking that up on this day so maybe a drive out to Box Hill and see what the view has to offer.
June 20: All of the day trips are flexible pending weather and how we feel, none are set in stone so we can adjust and change as needed. We are currently planning to do Stonehenge and Bath on this day. I'm wondering how much I should try to see Bath, I'm a Jane Austen fan, but we are also trying not to spend TOO much money on this trip and if it isn't terrible spectacular we might see Salisbury instead as it is closer and sounds like it has a lot to offer as well.
June 21: This will be another day to stick closer to home, we wanted some down time and time to go wherever the wind takes us incase we are inspired (any ideas?).
June 22: I thought it would be fun to head down to Brighton for a day and see the Royal Pavilion, the piers and the beaches (Anything fun to see/do in and around Brighton?).
June 23: Day trip to Dover (must see the white cliffs!) and then skip over to Canterbury to see the town and cathedral. (Anything good to see in either of these two places or along the road between?)
June 24: Not sure what this day will hold, possible a day trip up to Oxford, any thoughts?\
June 25: MIL flies home, we transfer to London were we will be staying with a friend (she lives near Heathrow airport). The afternoon we will probably just explore or try to shift some of what we are planning to do in the next three days to make for a lighter load.
London (I've been before when I was a kid but the DH has not). As with Edinburgh the days are interchangeable as weather permits etc.
June 26: Tower of London, Tower Bridge, St Pauls, Old Bailey, British Museum, Sherlock Holmes Museum.
June 27: Westminster Abbey, Parliament building and Big Ben, Churchill War Rooms, Trafalgar Square including National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery
June 28: St James Palance, changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace, Royal Mews, Kensington Gardens and Palace, Victoria and Albert Museum.
June 29: Fly home.
Wow... that was much longer then I had meant it to be, hope that doesn't throw some people off. Anyway, I'm open to suggests and ideas please! Are we trying to do too much or is this reasonable?
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