53 days in Western Europe & Dubai Itinerary

53 days in Western Europe & Dubai Itinerary

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53 days in Western Europe & Dubai Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  29​h 30​min
1
Catania, Italy
— Few hours
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Syracuse, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Taormina, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Reggio Calabria, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  5​h
5
Pollica, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Postiglione, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
7
Positano, Italy
— 3 nights
subway + train:  4​h
8
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
San Miniato, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Bologna, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
11
Como, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
12
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
13
Amsterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
14
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
15
Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
16
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h
17
Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
18
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

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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 find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Catania trip itinerary maker .

Melbourne, Australia to Catania is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Catania due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. On the 5th (Sun), you're off toSyracuse.

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Syracuse Cathedral and Teatro Greco. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Basilica di San Sebastiano and Maniace Castle. Change things up with a short trip to Necropolis of Pantalica in Pantalica (about 1h 15 min away). It doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giovanni Alle Catacombe.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Syracuse road trip planning tool .

Drive from Catania to Syracuse in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. On the 7th (Tue), you'll travel to Taormina.

Things to do in Syracuse

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Basilica di San Sebastiano, Necropolis of Pantalica
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Duomo di Siracusa ©
Duomo di Siracusa
Basilica di San Sebastiano ©
Basilica di San Sebastiano
Necropolis of Pantalica ©
Necropolis of Pantalica

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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 8th (Wed): kick back and relax at Lido La Dolce Vita.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Taormina trip planner .

You can drive from Syracuse to Taormina in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Taormina sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Reggio Calabria.

Things to do in Taormina

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Lido La Dolce Vita ©
Lido La Dolce Vita

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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. For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Reggio Calabria journey maker app .

Getting from Catania to Reggio Calabria by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Catania in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Reggio Calabria, with lows around 14°C. You'll set off for Pollica on the 11th (Sat).

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 more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Pollica trip planning app .

Drive from Reggio Calabria to Pollica in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to 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 more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Postiglione trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Pollica to Postiglione in 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Postiglione can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Positano.

Things to do in Postiglione

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Villa Cimbrone Gardens and Duomo di Sant'Andrea. Popular historic sites such as Duomo di Ravello and Villa Rufolo are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fornillo, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cloister del Paradiso, and view the masterpieces at Art & Craft Gallery.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Positano trip itinerary website .

Getting from Postiglione to Positano by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Postiglione in April, things will get a bit warmer in Positano: highs are around 22°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rome.

Things to do in Positano

Parks Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Ravello, Amalfi
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Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Duomo di Sant'Andrea ©
Duomo di Sant'Andrea

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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.
To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rome itinerary planner .

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 Florence on the 20th (Mon).

Things to do in Rome

Tours Historic Sites Nightlife
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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 find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Miniato trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rome to San Miniato takes 3.5 hours. In April in San Miniato, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. You will leave for Bologna on the 25th (Sat).

Things to do in San Miniato

Historic Sites Nightlife Tours
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Bologna, Italy

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Piazza Maggiore and Basilica San Francesco will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano and Battistero degli Ariani. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Basilica di San Petronio, work some fitness into your day at Torre Prendiparte, examine the collection at Oratorio Di Santa Cecilia, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Portico di San Luca.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Bologna day trip planning site .

Getting from San Miniato to Bologna by car takes about 2 hours. April in Bologna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Como.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Battistero degli Ariani
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Piazza Maggiore ©
Piazza Maggiore
Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano ©
Basilica di San Petronio ©
Basilica di San Petronio

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Como Guided Tours as well as Como-Brunate funicular. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Abbondio and appreciate the history behind Monumento alla Resistenza Europea.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Como sightseeing planning app .

You can take a train from Bologna to Como in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Como are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Como

Transportation Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Greenway del Lago di Como
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Lake Como Guided Tours ©
Lake Como Guided Tours
Greenway del Lago di Como ©
Greenway del Lago di Como
Basilica di Sant'Abbondio ©
Basilica di Sant'Abbondio

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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 see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Milan online day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Como to Milan takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Milan sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. You will leave for Amsterdam on the 4th (Mon).

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Nightlife Outdoors
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Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Anne Frank House and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Van Gogh Museum and The Jordaan. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, examine the collection at Zaanse Schans, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, and steep yourself in history at Magere Brug.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam online journey planner .

You can fly from Milan to Amsterdam in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May, Amsterdam is a bit cooler than Milan - with highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Zaanse Schans
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower and then take a stroll through Trocadero. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Paris road trip website .

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. May in Paris sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like St. Andre Cathedral and Chateau Paloumey. Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron and Port of the Moon will appeal to history buffs. There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pey-Berland Tower.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Paris to Bordeaux by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. When traveling from Paris in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bordeaux: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries

Side Trips

Chateau Paloumey, Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron
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Chateau Paloumey ©
Chateau Paloumey
St. Andre Cathedral ©
St. Andre Cathedral
Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron ©
Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron

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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

San Sebastian - Donostia ©
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Concha Beach and Ondarreta Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Parte Vieja and San Telmo Museoa. There's more to do: take a stroll through La calle 31 de agosto and take a leisurely stroll along Paseo Nuevo.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read 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. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. You will leave for Porto on the 17th (Sun).

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Parks Neighborhoods Beaches
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La Concha Beach ©
La Concha Beach
Parte Vieja ©
Parte Vieja
Ondarreta Beach ©
Ondarreta Beach

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima. Step off the beaten path and head to Quinta da Regaleira and Monastery of Alcobaca. Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Batalha (Batalha Monastery & Capelas Imperfeitas) and Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana) (in Evora). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, steep yourself in history at Palacio Chiado, take in the spiritual surroundings of Igreja de Sao Roque, and admire the landmark architecture of Panteao Nacional.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lisbon visit planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from San Sebastian - Donostia to Lisbon takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia to Lisbon is minus 1 hour. When traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lisbon: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 15°C at night. On the 21st (Thu), you'll travel to Dubai.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Batalha, Monastery of Alcobaca, Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), Quinta da Regaleira, Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima
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Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
On the 22nd (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Gurudwara, then admire the striking features of Al Noor Mosque, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Al Mamzar Beach Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the waterfront at Deira Old Souk Abra Station, take an in-depth tour of Al Fahidi Fort, then admire the landmark architecture of Emirates Towers, and finally don't miss a visit to The Walk at JBR.

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You can fly from Lisbon to Dubai in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Western European Time to Gulf Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Lisbon in May, with highs in Dubai at 44°C and lows at 32°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Dubai

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Al Noor Mosque
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Al Mamzar Beach Park ©
Al Mamzar Beach Park
Al Fahidi Fort ©
Al Fahidi Fort
Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Gurudwara ©
Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Gurudwara

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