54 days in Western Europe & Dubai Itinerary

54 days in Western Europe & Dubai Itinerary

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54 days in Western Europe & Dubai Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Catania, Italy
— Few hours
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Syracuse, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Taormina, Italy
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h
5
Reggio Calabria, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
6
Pollica, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Postiglione, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Salerno, Italy
— Few hours
train + taxi:  1​h 30​min
9
Positano, Italy
— 3 nights
subway + train:  4​h
10
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
11
San Miniato, Italy
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
12
Bologna, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
13
Como, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
14
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  7​h 30​min
15
Marseille, France
— 3 nights
train:  4​h
16
Toulouse, France
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
17
Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
18
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h
19
Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
20
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.
For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rome route maker website .

Melbourne, Australia to Rome is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -9 hour difference. April in Rome sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 4th (Sat), you're off toCatania.

Things to do in Rome

Tours Historic Sites Nightlife
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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.
On the 4th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa della Badia di Sant'Agata.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Catania holiday maker .

Getting from Rome to Catania by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Syracuse.

Things to do in Catania

Historic Sites
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Chiesa della Badia di Sant'Agata ©
Chiesa della Badia di Sant'Agata

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi. Here are some ideas for day two: ponder the design of Fountain of Diana, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siracusa, and then step off the mainland to explore Ortigia.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Syracuse online vacation planner .

You can drive from Catania to Syracuse in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Taormina.

Things to do in Syracuse

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Corso Vittorio Emanuele III, Mulino ad Acqua - Museo Cavallo d'Ispica, A Rutta ri Ron Carmelu
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Duomo di Siracusa ©
Duomo di Siracusa
Fountain of Diana ©
Fountain of Diana

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Taormina, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Duomo, go for a walk through Chiesa Madonna della Rocca, walk around Villa Comunale, then don't miss a visit to Corso Umberto, and finally step off the mainland to explore Isola Bella.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Taormina visit app .

You can drive from Syracuse to Taormina in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April in Taormina, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 14°C at night. You will leave for Reggio Calabria on the 9th (Thu).

Things to do in Taormina

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Duomo di Taormina ©
Duomo di Taormina
Villa Comunale ©
Villa Comunale
Corso Umberto ©
Corso Umberto

2
nights
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. For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Reggio Calabria itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Taormina to Reggio Calabria takes 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 14°C. On the 11th (Sat), you're off toPollica.

Things to do in Reggio Calabria

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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2
nights
Pollica, Italy

Pollica
Pollica is a town and comune in the province of Salerno in the Campania region of south-western Italy. For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Pollica trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Reggio Calabria to Pollica takes 5 hours. You will leave for Postiglione on the 13th (Mon).

Things to do in Pollica

Outdoors Tours Parks
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2
nights
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. For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Postiglione sightseeing planner .

Drive from Pollica to Postiglione in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in April, and nighttime lows around 7°C. On the 15th (Wed), you'll travel to Salerno.

Things to do in Postiglione

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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hours
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 where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Salerno trip planner .

Drive from Postiglione to Salerno in an hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Postiglione in April: high temperatures in Salerno hover around 22°C and lows are around 17°C. You will leave for Positano on the 15th (Wed).

Things to do in Salerno

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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3
nights
Positano, Italy

Positano ©
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
On your second day here, stroll through Villa Cimbrone Gardens and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Antichi Sapori d'Amalfi.

To find out how to plan a trip to Positano, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can ride a ferry from Salerno to Positano in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Rome.

Things to do in Positano

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Villa Cimbrone Gardens, Antichi Sapori d'Amalfi
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Walk of the Gods ©
Walk of the Gods
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens
Antichi Sapori d'Amalfi ©
Antichi Sapori d'Amalfi

2
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): ponder the design of Trevi Fountain and then delve into the distant past at Pantheon. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have fun and explore at Welcome to Rome.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Rome trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Positano to Rome takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Positano in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 11°C in Rome. You'll set off for San Miniato on the 20th (Mon).

Things to do in Rome

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

5
nights
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. For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Miniato trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Rome to San Miniato takes 3.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in San Miniato are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. You will leave for Bologna on the 25th (Sat).

Things to do in San Miniato

Historic Sites Nightlife Outdoors
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nights
Bologna, Italy

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
On the 25th (Sat), get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo della Mercanzia, then make a trip to Quadrilatero, and then contemplate the long history of Piazza Maggiore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Complesso Monumentale San Michele In Bosco and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di San Pietro.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bologna vacation planner .

Drive from San Miniato to Bologna in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. You'll set off for Como on the 27th (Mon).

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Piazza Maggiore ©
Piazza Maggiore
Cattedrale di San Pietro ©
Cattedrale di San Pietro
Quadrilatero ©
Quadrilatero

4
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Villa del Balbianello and Cathedral of Como (Duomo). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at I Falconieri del Feudo, go for a walk through Centro Storico, get into the urban bustle at Broletto, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Fedele.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Como itinerary planner .

Take a train from Bologna to Como in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Como sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 1st (Fri), you're off toMilan.

Things to do in Como

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Villa del Balbianello
Find places to stay Apr 27 — May 1:
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di San Fedele ©
Basilica di San Fedele
Villa del Balbianello ©
Villa del Balbianello
Cathedral of Como (Duomo) ©
Cathedral of Como (Duomo)

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nights
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.
For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Milan travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Como to Milan takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In May in Milan, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. You'll set off for Marseille on the 3rd (Sun).

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Nightlife Outdoors
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3
nights
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.
On the 4th (Mon), take a stroll through The Panier, then take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and then make a trip to Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc national des Calanques, make a trip to Calanque de Morgiou, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vincent de Paul Church.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Marseille trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Milan to Marseille takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. On the 6th (Wed), you'll travel to Toulouse.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Museums
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Parc national des Calanques ©
Parc national des Calanques
The Panier ©
The Panier

3
nights
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'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Basilique Saint-Sernin and Espace EDF Bazacle. Fill the 7th (Thu) with science at Cite de l'espace. It doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Couvent des Jacobins.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Toulouse trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Marseille to Toulouse by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 12°C. You will leave for Bordeaux on the 9th (Sat).

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
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Highlights from your plan
Cite de l'espace ©
Cite de l'espace
Basilique Saint-Sernin ©
Basilique Saint-Sernin
Espace EDF Bazacle ©
Espace EDF Bazacle

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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 (Place Royale). You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux and Basilique Saint-Michel.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bordeaux trip itinerary builder app .

You can take a train from Toulouse to Bordeaux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
La Cite du Vin
La Cite du Vin
Place de la Bourse (Place Royale) ©
Place de la Bourse (Place Royale)
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and Zurriola Beach. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Parte Vieja, step into the grandiose world of Miramar Palace, take a leisurely stroll along Paseo Nuevo, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Igueldo.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Sebastian - Donostia trip planner.

You can drive from Bordeaux to San Sebastian - Donostia in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in San Sebastian - Donostia are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

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

5
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Convent of Christ and Miradouro da Senhora do Monte. Venture out of the city with trips to Batalha Monastery (in Batalha), Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima (in Fatima) and Cabo da Roca (in Colares). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Belém Tower, pause for some photo ops at Arco do Triunfo, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lisbon online visit planner .

Getting from San Sebastian - Donostia to Lisbon by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Lisbon: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Dubai.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, Convent of Christ, Batalha Monastery, Cabo da Roca
Find places to stay May 16 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

3
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Observation Deck at 300 and Dubai Frame. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dubai: Abu Dhabi (Bur Dubai Grand Mosque & Etihad Towers). There's more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Burj Khalifa.

To find reviews and tourist information, use the Dubai vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Dubai takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Dubai is 4 hours. Traveling from Lisbon in May, things will get much hotter in Dubai: highs are around 44°C and lows about 32°C. On the 25th (Mon), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Dubai

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Abu Dhabi
Find places to stay May 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Burj Khalifa ©
Burj Khalifa
Observation Deck at 300 ©
Observation Deck at 300
Bur Dubai Grand Mosque ©
Bur Dubai Grand Mosque

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