13 days in Europe Itinerary

13 days in Europe Itinerary

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13 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Pune, India
Fly:  12 h 45 min
1
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
3
Cannes, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
4
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h 15 min
5
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: Pune, India

2
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 20th (Mon), don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, and then admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, then delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, and then admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese.

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

Pune, India to Rome is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Pune to Rome. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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 22nd (Wed): make a trip to Piazza della Signoria, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, and finally steep yourself in history at The Baptistery of St. John. On your second day here, examine the collection at Galleria dell'Accademia and then examine the collection at Pitti Palace.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Florence travel app .

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Rome in August since evenings lows in Florence dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Cannes.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

3
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Plage de Sylvabelle and Plage de Gigaro. Explore hidden gems such as Plage de Jean Blanc and Plage de Cavaliere. Change things up with these side-trips from Cannes: Plage des Canebiers (in Saint-Tropez) and Plage des Esclamandes (in Saint-Aygulf).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cannes online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Florence to Cannes by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in August, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Cannes

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

La Croix-Valmer, Le Lavandou, Plage des Canebiers
Highlights from your plan
Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
Plage de Cavaliere ©
Plage de Cavaliere

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.
On the 27th (Mon), see the interesting displays at The Bath Block, see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Museum Complex The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral and then see the interesting displays at State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the St. Petersburg travel tool .

Getting from Cannes to St. Petersburg by combination of train and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Cannes in August, things will get a bit cooler in St. Petersburg: highs are around 25°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Bath Block ©
The Bath Block
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

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 29th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, then take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and then admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul trip tool .

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Istanbul in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from St. Petersburg in August; daily highs in Istanbul reach 34°C and lows reach 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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