15 days in Europe Itinerary

15 days in Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Dunedin, New Zealand
Fly:  31​h
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
2
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Dunedin, New Zealand

4
nights
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.
Let the collections at Saint Isaac's Cathedral and The Anna Akhmatova Museum capture your imagination. Get in touch with nature at Eco Path and National Park Shhuchye Lake. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, stroll the grounds of Komarovo Cemetery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas, and get to know the fascinating history of Yakornaya Square.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read St. Petersburg itinerary planner .

Dunedin, New Zealand to St. Petersburg is an approximately 31-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Dunedin to St. Petersburg, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in March, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Catacombe di San Callisto and Piazza Navona. Museum-lovers will appreciate Vatican Museums and Musei Capitolini. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and admire the striking features of Pantheon.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rome day trip planning tool .

Fly from St. Petersburg to Rome in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from St. Petersburg in March; daily highs in Rome reach 19°C and lows reach 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

3
nights
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.
Let the collections at Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Galata Tower. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Ecumenical Patriarchate, and admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Istanbul trip planner .

Fly from Rome to Istanbul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 2 hours. Traveling from Rome in March, you will find days in Istanbul are slightly colder (14°C), and nights are a bit warmer (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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