51 days in Dubai & Europe Itinerary

51 days in Dubai & Europe Itinerary

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51 days in Dubai & Europe Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
2
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Cortona, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
4
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Bellagio, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
8
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Subway:  1 h 30 min
9
Sorrento, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h
10
Lecce, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive + Ferry:  7 h 30 min
11
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
12
Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
13
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h
14
Paros, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
15
Oia, Greece
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  8 h
16
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
17
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
End: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

2
nights
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Dubai Fountains, Al Mansour Dhow, Dubai Spice Souk, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Burj Khalifa, buy something for everyone on your list at The Dubai Mall, then meet the residents at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, and finally admire the local landmark of Dubai Fountains. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Bastakia Quarter, get engrossed in the history at Al Fahidi Fort, then stop by Gold Souk, then hunt for treasures at Dubai Spice Souk, and finally head outdoors with Al Mansour Dhow.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Dubai trip itinerary planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Dubai is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Gulf Standard Time (GST) is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Brisbane in August, things will get warmer in Dubai: highs are around 49°C and lows about 38°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Dubai

Shopping Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
The Dubai Mall ©
The Dubai Mall
Al Fahidi Fort ©
Al Fahidi Fort
Bastakia Quarter ©
Bastakia Quarter

3
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Piazza di Spagna, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and other attractions. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palatine Hill and Pantheon. Vatican Museums and Colosseum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, don't miss a visit to Roman Forum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rome road trip planning website .

Getting from Dubai to Rome by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 3 hours. While traveling from Dubai, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Rome, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Cortona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

3
nights
Cortona, Italy

Cortona ©
The hilltop town of Cortona gained international attention as the subject of the 2003 film "Under the Tuscan Sun." With the Chiana Valley and Lake Trasimeno as its backdrop, Cortona is one of Tuscany's hotspots for art and culture.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Villa Bramasole as well as Piazza della Repubblica. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eremo Le Celle.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cortona trip maker .

Drive from Rome to Cortona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Cortona

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Eremo Le Celle ©
Eremo Le Celle
Villa Bramasole ©
Villa Bramasole

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Piazza della Signoria, San Lorenzo market, Piazza Santo Spirito, and other attractions.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Florence road trip planner .

Getting from Cortona to Florence by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In August in Florence, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Museo Ferrari
Highlights from your plan
Museo Ferrari ©
Museo Ferrari
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo
Piazza della Signoria ©
Piazza della Signoria

4
nights
Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Shop till you drop at Vernazza and Portovenere.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cinque Terre vacation planning tool .

Traveling by car from Florence to Cinque Terre takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Portovenere
Highlights from your plan
Vernazza ©
Vernazza
Portovenere ©
Portovenere

2
nights
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.
Autodromo Nazionale Monza has been added to your itinerary. On the 31st (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano and then don't miss a visit to Piazza del Duomo. On your second day here, admire all the interesting features of Autodromo Nazionale Monza.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Milan travel route planning website .

You can take a train from Cinque Terre to Milan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Milan are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bellagio.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Autodromo Nazionale Monza ©
Autodromo Nazionale Monza

2
nights
Bellagio, Italy

Bellagio ©
Known as the pearl of Lake Como for its luxury accommodations, high-end shops, and fine dining options, Bellagio serves as the lake's premiere resort town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake by Boat - Bellagio Boat Rental as well as i Giardini di Villa Melzi. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): admire the natural beauty at i Giardini di Villa Melzi. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Villa Carlotta and then admire the landmark architecture of Villa del Balbianello.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bellagio road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Milan to Bellagio takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Bellagio

Parks Transportation Tours

Side Trip

Tremezzina
Highlights from your plan
Villa Carlotta ©
Villa Carlotta
Villa del Balbianello ©
Villa del Balbianello
I Giardini di Villa Melzi ©
I Giardini di Villa Melzi

3
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes T Fondaco Dei Tedeschi, Dorsoduro and Venice Free Walking Tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: gain interesting insight with Venice Free Walking Tour, make a trip to Dorsoduro, and then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Venice trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Bellagio to Venice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Venice, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sorrento.

Things to do in Venice

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
St Mark's Campanile ©
St Mark's Campanile
Ponte di Rialto ©
Ponte di Rialto

3
nights
Sorrento, Italy

Sorrento ©
A lovely town easily accessible from almost anywhere in the country, Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and sits right on the Amalfi Drive.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Marina Grande - Antico Borgo Marinaro as well as Ruins of Herculaneum. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Piazza Tasso.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Sorrento trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight, train, and subway from Venice to Sorrento in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and subway; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sorrento when traveling from Venice in September, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Lecce.

Things to do in Sorrento

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
Highlights from your plan
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano ©
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
Marina Grande - Antico Borgo Marinaro ©

4
nights
Lecce, Italy

Lecce ©
Known as the Florence of the South, Lecce is distinguished for its elaborate Baroque monuments.
Popular historic sites such as Fishing Charters & Tours and Masseria Brancati are in your itinerary. Head to Sidereus and Duomo di Leccefor some retail therapy. Explore Lecce's surroundings by going to Torre dell'Orso Beach (in Torre Dell'Orso), Otranto (Cattedrale Di Otranto, Centro Storico Otranto, & more) and L'Ulivo che Canta (in Ostuni).

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lecce trip planner .

Drive from Sorrento to Lecce in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, train, and flight; or do a combination of subway and train. Traveling from Sorrento in September, Lecce is a bit cooler at night with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Lecce

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Otranto, Ostuni, Torre dell'Orso Beach, Sidereus
Highlights from your plan
Masseria Brancati ©
Masseria Brancati
Centro Storico Otranto ©
Centro Storico Otranto
Cattedrale Di Otranto ©
Cattedrale Di Otranto

4
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Old Town and War Photo Limited will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Walls of Dubrovnik and Fort Lovrijenac. On the 17th (Tue), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Island of Lokrum, look for gifts at Life According to Kawa, take an in-depth tour of Rector's Palace, and take in the exciting artwork at Art by Stjepko.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Dubrovnik trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Lecce to Dubrovnik takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for the bus ride to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours Outdoors Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Rector's Palace ©
Rector's Palace

3
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Popular historic sites such as Ilirio's Hvar Tours and Galerija Mestrovic are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Diocletian's Palace and Historic City of Trogir. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Domnius, walk around Marjan Park, take in the exciting artwork at Jaman Art, and delve into the distant past at Grgur Ninski Statue.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Split trip maker app .

Getting from Dubrovnik to Split by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In September in Split, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Church Of St. Roch, Historic City of Trogir, Ilirio's Hvar Tours
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Ilirio's Hvar Tours ©
Ilirio's Hvar Tours
Galerija Mestrovic ©
Galerija Mestrovic

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nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, then take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, then shop like a local with Technohoros Art Gallery, and finally explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum. On your second day here, make a trip to Ermou Street, then view the masterpieces at Pandora Art Gallery, and then take a stroll through Plaka.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Athens day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Split to Athens takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Split to Athens due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Split in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Athens, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Paros.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

3
nights
Paros, Greece

Paros ©
Long ignored by tourists because of its reputation as a plain ferry hub, Paros today serves as one of the Aegean's major holiday destinations, luring travelers with its fashionable resort towns and quaint mountain villages.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Lefkes, then go for a walk through Kolymbithres Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Yria Ceramic Studio, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Panayia Ekatondapiliani Cathedral. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum Parou, kick back and relax at Martselo beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Piso Aliki Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Paros online trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Athens to Paros in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Oia.

Things to do in Paros

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kolymbithres Beach ©
Kolymbithres Beach
Parikia Town ©
Parikia Town
Panagia Ekatondapiliani ©
Panagia Ekatondapiliani

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nights
Oia, Greece

Oia ©
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
On the 26th (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at Art Space. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): deepen your understanding at MATI Art Gallery, explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, and then stroll through KAMARA BEACH.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Oia tour itinerary app .

You can drive from Paros to Oia in 7 hours. September in Oia sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Oia

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santorini, Akrotiri, Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, MATI Art Gallery, Kamari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Kamari Beach ©
Kamari Beach
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail ©
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail

3
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Casa Batllo and El Barri Gòtic are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Relax by the water at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Museo Picasso. Spend the 1st (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: walk around Parc Guell, appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera, browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, and shop like a local with Galeria La Lesia.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona attractions planner .

You can fly from Oia to Barcelona in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Oia in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 21°C in Barcelona. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Barcelona

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Museu Picasso ©
Museu Picasso

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nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 3rd (Thu), steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, then step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, then take in the exciting artwork at The Red Door Gallery, and finally take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): see the interesting displays at National Museum of Scotland, explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, and then identify plant and animal life at Dalhousie Castle Falconry.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh planning tool .

You can fly from Barcelona to Edinburgh in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Barcelona in October: high temperatures in Edinburgh hover around 15°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Dalhousie Castle Falconry
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
Edinburgh Old Town ©
Edinburgh Old Town

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