8 days in Europe Itinerary

8 days in Europe Itinerary

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8 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  4 h 45 min
1
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  7 h 45 min
2
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: London, United Kingdom

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like San Quirico d'Orcia and Duomo di San Gimignano. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like San Gimignano 1300 and Historic Centre of the City of Pienza. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Poggio al Bosco (in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa), San Gimignano (Torre e Casa Campatelli & Piazza del Duomo) and Comune Di Certaldo (in Certaldo). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Sinagoga di Firenze e Museo ebraico, admire the masterpieces at Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, steep yourself in history at Florence American Cemetery and Memorial, and make a trip to Palazzo Strozzi.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence visit planner.

London, UK to Florence is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in September, with highs in Florence at 30°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

San Gimignano, San Quirico d'Orcia, Poggio al Bosco, Winery Solaria Patrizia Cencioni, Florence American Cemetery and Memorial
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Torre e Casa Campatelli ©
Torre e Casa Campatelli
Florence American Cemetery and Memorial ©
San Quirico d'Orcia ©
San Quirico d'Orcia

2
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin and Bogoslovka Ethnographic Park. Visit Intercession Cathedral and Church of Dmitriy Donskoi for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around St. Petersburg: Church of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God (in Izvara) and Church of Kazan Icon of the God's Mother (in Vyritsa). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at House of Stenbok-Fermorov, Kapnistov, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grand Choral Synagogue, have some family-friendly fun at Poltavskaya 7, and admire the striking features of The National Congress Palace (Constantine Palace).

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read St. Petersburg trip site .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Florence to St. Petersburg takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Moscow Standard Time is 2 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Florence in September; daily highs in St. Petersburg reach 19°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Historic Sites Nightlife Fun & Games

Side Trips

Imeni Sverdlova, Church of Kazan Icon of the God's Mother, Intercession Cathedral, Church of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God
Highlights from your plan
Sobor Svyatoy Zhivonachal'noy Troitsy ©
Grand Choral Synagogue ©
Grand Choral Synagogue

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