40 days in Europe & Dubai Itinerary

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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 7 nights
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Helsinki, Finland
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Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
— 6 nights
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Saint-Tropez, France
— 5 nights
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Portofino, Italy
— 1 night
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Nice, France
Fly to Santorini, Bus to Oia
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Oia, Greece
— 2 nights
Taxi to Santorini, Ferry to Mykonos Town
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Mykonos Town, Greece
— 5 nights
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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St. Petersburg, Russia — 7 nights

Venice of the North

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.
Architect Rossi Street (Ulitsa Zodchego Rossi) and Gosudarstvennyy muzey istorii Sankt-Peterburga. Vystavka forfora i stekla XVIII-XXI vekov are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Attractions like Saint Isaac's Square and Russian State Museum of Arctic and Antarctic make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Dostoevsky Museum, contemplate the long history of Peter I House, and explore the galleries of Sheremetevskiy Palace in Museum of Music.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our St. Petersburg day trip tool.

Sydney, Australia to St. Petersburg is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Sydney in May, things will get slightly colder in St. Petersburg: highs are around 62°F and lows about 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Helsinki.
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Find places to stay May 25 — Jun 1:

Helsinki, Finland

Daughter of the Baltic

Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
On the 1st (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of Toolo Bay (Toolonlahti), pause for some serene contemplation at Kallio Church, and then learn about all things military at Submarine Vesikko.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki day trip tool.

Fly from St. Petersburg to Helsinki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In June, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can fly to Venice.
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Find places to stay Jun 1 — 2:

Venice, Italy — 4 nights

City of Romance

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.
Kids will enjoy Santa Croce and Palazzo Mocenigo. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chiesa di Santa Maria della Pieta and Campo Santa Margherita. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Creature di Gomma - Venice Vintage Toys, admire the striking features of Venetian Arsenal, admire the masterpieces at Fondazione Querini Stampalia, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Lazzaro degli Armeni.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice tour planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Venice by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Helsinki to Venice is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Helsinki in June, things will get a bit warmer in Venice: highs are around 81°F and lows about 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Welcome To Rome and Ghetto Ebraico. Attractions like Roma dal Cielo Terrazza delle Quadrighe and Borgo medievale di Nettuno make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Rome side-trips: Sicily Rome American Cemetery and Memorial (in Nettuno) and Beach Head War Cemetery (in Anzio). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem, admire the natural beauty at Monte Pincio, explore the world behind art at Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna E Contemporanea, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of Maxentius.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome journey tool.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Rome takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.
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Paris, France — 6 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Barbizon School Museum (Musee de l'Ecole de Barbizon) and Chateau De Courances. Get a sense of the local culture at Philippe-Chatrier Court and 1st Arrondissement. Venture out of the city with trips to Musee de l'Air et de l'Espace - National Air and Space Museum of France (in Dugny), Fontainebleau Forest (Foret de Fontainebleau) (in Fontainebleau) and Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Left Bank (Rive Gauche), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Louis des Invalides, appreciate the extensive heritage of Triumphal Way (Voie Triomphale), and stroll the grounds of Cimetiere de Montmartre.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Rome in June: high temperatures in Paris hover around 74°F and lows are around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Saint-Tropez.
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Find places to stay Jun 9 — 15:

Saint-Tropez, France — 5 nights

Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Discover out-of-the-way places like Plage d'Aiguebelle and Plage de Jean Blanc. Kids will appreciate attractions like Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas and La Ponche Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Tropez: Frejus (Memorial des Guerres en Indochine & Frejus Beach), Eglise Saint-Trophyme (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Saint-Raphael). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez, stroll through Plage du Gros Pin, walk around Sentier du Littoral, and make a trip to Church St Francis of Assisi.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Saint-Tropez sightseeing website.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Saint-Tropez takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Paris in June, you will find days in Saint-Tropez are a bit warmer (85°F), and nights are about the same (59°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Portofino.
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Find places to stay Jun 15 — 20:

Portofino, Italy — 1 night

Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Galleria d'Arte Portofino, admire the masterpieces at Museo Del Parco, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Giorgio, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parrocchia Di San Martino.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Portofino vacation planner.

You can drive from Saint-Tropez to Portofino in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Saint-Tropez in June, expect nights in Portofino to be somewhat warmer, around 66°F, while days are little chillier, around 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Nice.
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Find places to stay Jun 20 — 21:

Nice, France

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
On the 21st (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de l'Annonciation dite de Sainte-Rita, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau, then make a trip to Eglise, and finally examine the collection at Musee des Coquillages.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice trip planner.

You can drive from Portofino to Nice in 3.5 hours. In June in Nice, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Oia.
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Oia, Greece — 2 nights

Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Oria Art Gallery, then look for gifts at Earth Vibes 'n' Spirit Mystic Gates, and then view the masterpieces at Mnemossyne Gallery. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Eros Beach, see the interesting displays at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, then explore the world behind art at MATI Art Gallery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church of St. Stylianos.

Before you visit Oia, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Nice to Oia takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nice to Oia due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Nice, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Oia, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Mykonos Town.
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Mykonos Town, Greece — 5 nights

Chora Mykonos

A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Step off the beaten path and head to Archaeological Site of Delos and Armenistis Lighthouse. Get some cultural insight at Avenue of the Lions and HOFA Gallery (House of Fine Art) Mykonos. Venture out of the city with trips to Delos (Mount Kynthos & Archaeological Museum of Delos). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Psaros Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Agios Ioannis Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Panayia Tourliani, and go for a stroll along the water at Old Port.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Mykonos Town trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Oia to Mykonos Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. In June, daily temperatures in Mykonos Town can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. On the 28th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Dubai.
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates — 3 nights

City of Gold

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Get in touch with nature at Aura Skypool and Al Zorah Golf Club. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like OliOli and Al Noor Mosque. Get out of town with these interesting Dubai side-trips: Ajman Beach (in Ajman) and King Faisal Mosque (in Sharjah). And it doesn't end there: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, shop like a local with Sisters Beauty Lounge, get in on the family fun at TEPfactor Dubai, and make a splash at Splash n Party.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Dubai trip website.

Traveling by flight from Mykonos Town to Dubai takes 9.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Gulf Standard Time is 2 hours. When traveling from Mykonos Town in June, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Dubai: temperatures range from 104°F by day to 86°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 1:

Santorini travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.
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