13 days in Europe Itinerary

13 days in Europe Itinerary

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13 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Doha, Qatar
Fly:  10 h 15 min
1
Cannes, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
3
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  7 h 30 min
4
Plakias, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8 h 30 min
5
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  8 h
End: Doha, Qatar

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at La Croisette and Rue d'Antibes. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Plage de Sylvabelle and Plage de Gigaro. Get out of town with these interesting Cannes side-trips: Plage des Esclamandes (in Saint-Aygulf) and Plage de Jean Blanc (in Le Lavandou).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cannes trip itinerary maker app .

Doha, Qatar to Cannes is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Doha to Cannes. Traveling from Doha in August, expect Cannes to be much colder, temps between 33°C and 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Cannes

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

La Croix-Valmer, Plage de Jean Blanc
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Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
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 15th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, and finally contemplate the long history of The Baptistery of St. John. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Galleria dell'Accademia.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Florence trip planner .

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 August, daytime highs in Florence are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rome.

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

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 17th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, admire the landmark architecture of Vatican Museums, and then admire the striking features of Pantheon. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Colosseum and then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planner .

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Plakias.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Plakias, Greece

Plakias ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Reptisland and Episkopi Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Glika Nera Beach and Skinaria Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Plakias: Rethymnon Old Town (in Rethymnon) and Agios Pavlos beach (in Agios Pavlos).

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Plakias attractions planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rome to Plakias. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Plakias is 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Plakias

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Glika Nera Beach, Episkopi Beach, Reptisland, Agios Pavlos beach, Rethymnon Old Town
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
Glika Nera Beach ©
Glika Nera Beach
Agios Pavlos beach ©
Agios Pavlos beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and finally admire the striking features of Suleymaniye Cami . Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern and then get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Istanbul itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Plakias to Istanbul with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Plakias to Istanbul. August in Istanbul sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

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