18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Lucknow, India
Fly:  12​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
2
Naxos, Greece
— 4 nights
ferry:  5​h 30​min
3
Plakias, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h
4
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
5
Cannes, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Lucknow, India

1
night
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

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Lucknow, India to Istanbul is an approximately 12-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Lucknow to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Lucknow in July; daily highs in Istanbul reach 34°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Naxos.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

4
nights
Naxos, Greece

Naxos ©
Zeus, the master of all gods from Greek mythology, allegedly grew up in a cave on Naxos, a small but fertile island in the South Aegean Sea.
We've included these beaches for you: Maragas Beach and Plaka Beach. Visiting Alyko Beach and Agios Prokopios Beach will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Mikri Vigla Beach, delve into the lush surroundings at Alyko Dimou Naxou, examine the collection at Eggares Olive Press Museum, and delve into the distant past at Portara.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Naxos travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Naxos by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Naxos are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Plakias.

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Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Portara ©
Portara
Plaka Beach ©
Plaka Beach
Mikri Vigla Beach ©
Mikri Vigla Beach

3
nights
Plakias, Greece

Plakias ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): stroll through Damnoni Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Damoni Beach and then kick back and relax at Skinaria Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Plakias trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Naxos to Plakias takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. July in Plakias sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Plakias

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Rethymnon, Episkopi Beach, Frangokastello Beach
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Skinaria Beach ©
Skinaria Beach
Frangokastello Beach ©
Frangokastello Beach
Damnoni Beach ©
Damnoni Beach

1
night
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Plakias to St. Petersburg. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Moscow Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Plakias in July; daily highs in St. Petersburg reach 26°C and lows reach 16°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Tue) before leaving for Cannes.

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Museums Historic Sites
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Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

4
nights
Cannes, France

Cannes ©
Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Visiting Plage de Sylvabelle and Plage de Jean Blanc will get you outdoors. Head to La Croisette and Rue d'Antibesfor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cannes: Plage de Gigaro (in La Croix-Valmer) and Plage des Esclamandes (in Saint-Aygulf).

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cannes travel route planning website .

Do a combination of flight and train from St. Petersburg to Cannes in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Cannes. Traveling from St. Petersburg in July, things will get a bit warmer in Cannes: highs are around 33°C and lows about 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Cannes

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

La Croix-Valmer, Plage de Jean Blanc
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Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Rue d'Antibes ©
Rue d'Antibes

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Galleria dell'Accademia, make a trip to Piazza del Campo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Siena Cathedral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Florence trip planner .

You can drive from Cannes to Florence in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Siena
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

1
night
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, then explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, and then steep yourself in history at Colosseum.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome online sightseeing planner .

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Rome are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

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