18 days in United Kingdom & Azores Itinerary

18 days in United Kingdom & Azores Itinerary

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18 days in United Kingdom & Azores Itinerary

Start: Budapest, Hungary
Fly + Drive:  12​h 45​min
1
Praia da Vitoria, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Ponta Delgada, Portugal
— 6 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
3
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Durness, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Fort William, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Budapest, Hungary

2
nights
Praia da Vitoria, Portugal

Praia da Vitoria ©
Praia da Vitória, translated as the Beach of the Victory, is a municipality in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): head outdoors with Praia dos Biscoitos, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Brasil, then get great views at Miradouro da Serra do Cume, and finally don't miss a visit to Miradouro Do Facho. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Se Cathedral, then explore the fascinating underground world of Algar do Carvão - Monumento Natural Regional, and finally stroll around Duque da Terceira Garden.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Praia da Vitoria trip itinerary maker website .

Budapest, Hungary to Praia da Vitoria is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Budapest to Praia da Vitoria, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Praia da Vitoria when traveling from Budapest in August, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Ponta Delgada.

Things to do in Praia da Vitoria

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Angra do Heroismo, Algar do Carvão - Monumento Natural Regional
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Praia dos Biscoitos ©
Praia dos Biscoitos
Se Cathedral ©
Se Cathedral
Photography Tours

6
nights
Ponta Delgada, Portugal

Ponta Delgada ©
As the busy capital of São Miguel, Ponta Delgada represents the most visited place on the island. Known for its historical buildings, the city offers 17th- and 18th-century convents and churches, as well as cobbled pedestrian streets and hidden squares.
Get out of town with these interesting Ponta Delgada side-trips: Furnas (Parque Terra Nostra, Pico do Ferro Viewpoint, & more). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Caldeira das Sete Cidades, get great views at Boca do Inferno Viewpoint, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and contemplate the waterfront views at Furnas.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Ponta Delgada attractions tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Praia da Vitoria to Ponta Delgada. In May in Ponta Delgada, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sao Miguel, Furnas, Ribeira Grande, Vila Franca do Campo, Boca do Inferno Viewpoint
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Boca do Inferno Viewpoint ©
Boca do Inferno Viewpoint
Caldeira das Sete Cidades ©
Caldeira das Sete Cidades
Lagoa do Fogo ©
Lagoa do Fogo

2
nights
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour and then contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness. On the next day, fly down the slopes at Cairngorm Mountain, then witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield, and then step into the grandiose world of Inverness Castle.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Inverness trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Ponta Delgada to Inverness in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ponta Delgada to Inverness due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Ponta Delgada in August: high temperatures in Inverness hover around 21°C and lows are around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Durness.

Things to do in Inverness

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Culloden Battlefield, Cairngorm Mountain
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Distillery Tours
River Ness ©
River Ness
Cairngorm Mountain ©
Cairngorm Mountain

2
nights
Durness, United Kingdom

Durness
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. On the 23rd (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Wrath, kick back and relax at Balnakeil Beach, and then Head underground at Smoo Cave. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Sandwood Bay Beach, stroll through Durness Beach, and then stroll through Sango Bay.

To find maps and other tourist information, use the Durness sightseeing planning tool .

Getting from Inverness to Durness by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fort William.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Sandwood Bay Beach
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Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Sango Bay ©
Sango Bay
Balnakeil Beach ©
Balnakeil Beach

2
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Fort William, United Kingdom

Fort William ©
Fort William is the second largest settlement in the Highlands of Scotland with around 10,000 inhabitants – and the largest town: only the city of Inverness is larger.Fort William is a major tourist centre, with Glen Coe just to the south, Aonach Mòr to the east and Glenfinnan to the west, on the Road to the Isles. On the 25th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Nevis, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, and finally steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Viaduct. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe, pause for some photo ops at Seated Sculpture, then don't miss a visit to Neptune's Staircase, and finally pause for some photo ops at Commando Monument.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Fort William day trip site .

You can drive from Durness to Fort William in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Fort William

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Glenfinnan Viaduct, Glen Coe, Commando Monument
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Nevis Range Mountain Resort ©
Nevis Range Mountain Resort
Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe

3
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, then explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, then sample the fine beverages at The Scotch Whisky Experience, and finally step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, and finally appreciate the history behind Memorial Duke of Buccleuch.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Edinburgh trip planner.

You can drive from Fort William to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

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