54 days in Western Europe & Dubai Itinerary

54 days in Western Europe & Dubai Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  23 h
1
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
2
Catania, Italy
— Few hours
Train:  1 h 30 min
3
Syracuse, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  4 h
4
Taormina, Italy
— 2 nights
ferry:  2 h
5
Reggio Calabria, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  4 h
6
Pollica, Italy
— 2 nights
bus:  2 h
7
Postiglione, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
8
Salerno, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  5 h 30 min
9
Siena, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
10
San Miniato, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  3 h 30 min
11
Como, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h
12
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  7 h 30 min
13
Marseille, France
— 4 nights
Train:  4 h
14
Toulouse, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
15
Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
Train:  4 h 15 min
16
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
17
Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
Fly:  8 h 30 min
18
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h
End: Melbourne, Australia

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Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Pantheon, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and explore the engaging exhibits at Welcome to Rome.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome day trip planning app.

Melbourne, Australia to Rome is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. In April, daytime highs in Rome are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. You will leave for Catania on the 6th (Mon).

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Museums
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Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Welcome to Rome ©
Welcome to Rome

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Catania, Italy

Catania
The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Catania sightseeing tool.

Fly from Rome to Catania in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In April, daytime highs in Catania are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. On the 6th (Mon), you'll travel to Syracuse.

Things to do in Catania

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Syracuse, Italy

Syracuse
Philosopher Cicero once described Syracuse as "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all." A powerful city-state of ancient Greece, Syracuse now is the capital of the eponymous Italian province on the eastern coast of Sicily.
For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Syracuse trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Catania to Syracuse takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Thu) before leaving for Taormina.

Things to do in Syracuse

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours
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Taormina, Italy

Taormina
With its warm island weather and cliffside location overlooking the Ionion Sea, Taormina has been one of Sicily's most popular getaway destinations since the early 19th century.
For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Taormina trip maker website.

Drive from Syracuse to Taormina in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Reggio Calabria.

Things to do in Taormina

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Reggio Calabria, Italy

Reggio Calabria
Reggio di Calabria, commonly known as Reggio Calabria or simply Reggio in Southern Italy, is the largest city and the most populated comune of Calabria, Southern Italy. To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Reggio Calabria vacation planning site.

Getting from Taormina to Reggio Calabria by taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry. In April, daytime highs in Reggio Calabria are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Pollica.

Things to do in Reggio Calabria

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Pollica, Italy

Pollica
Pollica is a town and comune in the province of Salerno in the Campania region of south-western Italy. To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Pollica driving holiday planning website.

You can drive from Reggio Calabria to Pollica in 5 hours. On the 15th (Wed), you'll travel to Postiglione.

Things to do in Pollica

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Postiglione, Italy

Postiglione
Postiglione is a town and comune in the province of Salerno in the Campania region of south-western Italy.GeographyLocated in Cilento, below the Alburni mountains, borders with the municipalities of Altavilla Silentina, Campagna, Castelcivita, Controne, Contursi Terme, Serre and Sicignano degli Alburni.Postiglione counts 5 frazioni: Canneto, Duchessa, Selvanera, Terzo di Mezzo and Zancuso. To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Postiglione trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pollica to Postiglione takes 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 7°C. You will leave for Salerno on the 17th (Fri).

Things to do in Postiglione

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Salerno, Italy

Salerno
While often overshadowed by the Amalfi Coast's array of quaint villages, Salerno has become one of the region's main areas for culture and entertainment, while remaining relatively unmarked by tourism.
For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Salerno trip planner.

You can drive from Postiglione to Salerno in an hour. In April, Salerno is somewhat warmer than Postiglione - with highs of 22°C and lows of 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Siena.

Things to do in Salerno

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Siena, Italy

Siena ©
Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Palazzo Salimbeni, get lost in a book at Biblioteca Piccolomini, contemplate the long history of Casa di Santa Caterina, gain insight at Scuola di Cucina di Lella, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico, and finally ponder the design of Fontebranda.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Siena trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Salerno to Siena takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Salerno in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 9°C in Siena. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to San Miniato.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites Shopping
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Scuola di Cucina di Lella ©
Scuola di Cucina di Lella
Biblioteca Piccolomini ©
Biblioteca Piccolomini
Casa di Santa Caterina ©
Casa di Santa Caterina

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San Miniato, Italy

San Miniato
San Miniato is a town and comune in the province of Pisa, in the region of Tuscany, Italy.San Miniato sits at an historically strategic location atop three small hills where it dominates the lower Arno valley between the valleys of Egola and Elsa. To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Miniato trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Siena to San Miniato in 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in San Miniato are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. On the 26th (Sun), you're off to Como.

Things to do in San Miniato

Historic Sites Nightlife Tours
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Como, Italy

Como ©
Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cathedral of Como (Duomo) and Libreria Ubik.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Como tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Miniato to Como takes 4 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Como can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Milan.

Things to do in Como

Shopping Historic Sites
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Libreria Ubik ©
Libreria Ubik
Cathedral of Como (Duomo) ©
Cathedral of Como (Duomo)

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Milan, Italy

Milan
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Milan trip planner.

Traveling by car from Como to Milan takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. On the 2nd (Sat), you're off to Marseille.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Nightlife Outdoors
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Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Panier, Chateau d'If and Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. Discover out-of-the-way places like Le Vieux Port and Calanque de Morgiou. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vincent de Paul Church.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Marseille trip planner.

You can fly from Milan to Marseille in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May in Marseille, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Wed) before leaving for Toulouse.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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St. Vincent de Paul Church ©
St. Vincent de Paul Church
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Le Vieux Port
Le Vieux Port

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Toulouse, France

Toulouse ©
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
You've now added Le Canal a Velo to your itinerary. Fill the 8th (Fri) with science at Cite de l'espace.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Toulouse itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Marseille to Toulouse in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. May in Toulouse sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Sat) before leaving for Bordeaux.

Things to do in Toulouse

Childrens Museums Museums Outdoors
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Cite de l'espace ©
Cite de l'espace
Le Canal a Velo ©
Le Canal a Velo

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Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pont de Pierre, La Cite du Vin and Place de la Bourse. There's more to do: make a trip to Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux.

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You can drive from Toulouse to Bordeaux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Museums Historic Sites
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La Cite du Vin ©
La Cite du Vin
Place de la Bourse ©
Place de la Bourse
Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux ©
Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux

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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
Step off the beaten path and head to Parte Vieja and Monte Igueldo. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Peine del Viento, enjoy the sand and surf at Zurriola Beach, step into the grandiose world of Miramar Palace, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Sebastian - Donostia trip maker website.

Drive from Bordeaux to San Sebastian - Donostia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Wineries Tours Parks
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Parte Vieja ©
Parte Vieja
Peine del Viento ©
Peine del Viento

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Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Step off the beaten path and head to Miradouro da Senhora do Monte and Wine Tours & Tastings. Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Batalha Monastery (in Batalha), Cabo da Roca (in Colares) and Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima (in Fatima). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, appreciate the history behind Arco do Triunfo, make a trip to Belém Tower, and explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from San Sebastian - Donostia to Lisbon takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia to Lisbon is minus 1 hour. Traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in May, expect nights in Lisbon to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Dubai.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Wineries Tours

Side Trips

Batalha Monastery, Cabo da Roca, Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Miradouro da Senhora do Monte ©
Miradouro da Senhora do Monte
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Observation Deck at 300 and Etihad Towers. Step out of Dubai with an excursion to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi--about 1h 55 min away. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Burj Khalifa and make a trip to Dubai Frame.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Dubai online road trip planner.

You can fly from Lisbon to Dubai in 10.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time to Gulf Standard Time is 4 hours. Traveling from Lisbon in May, things will get warmer in Dubai: highs are around 44°C and lows about 32°C. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Dubai

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Abu Dhabi
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Burj Khalifa ©
Burj Khalifa
Observation Deck at 300 ©
Observation Deck at 300
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque ©
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

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