21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
2
Cannes, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
La Croix-Valmer, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Cassis, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Gloucester, United Kingdom
— 1 night
+2
Fly + bus + train:  6​h 15​min
7
Aviemore, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
+2
train + tram + Fly:  9​h 15​min
8
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

1
night
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 4th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Colosseum.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rome trip maker .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rome is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Rome is minus 3 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Dubai in May: high temperatures in Rome hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cannes.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

3
nights
Cannes, France

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Plage de Guerrevieille and Plage des Canebiers. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Plage de l'Escalet will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Waterskiing & Jetskiing (in Sainte-Maxime) and La Ponche Beach (in Saint-Tropez). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get outside with Route Napoleon, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cannes trip builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Cannes takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Rome in May since evenings lows in Cannes dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to La Croix-Valmer.

Things to do in Cannes

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Saint-Tropez, Mandelieu-la-Napoule, Waterskiing & Jetskiing, Plage de Guerrevieille, Route Napoleon
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Plage de l'Escalet ©
Plage de l'Escalet
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

3
nights
La Croix-Valmer, France

La Croix-Valmer ©
La Croix-Valmer is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.Geographythumb La Croix-Valmer is at the foot of the Massif des Maures hills in the Bay of Cavalaire-sur-Mer, halfway between Le Lavandou and Saint-Tropez.HistoryThe Emperor Constantine the Great, on the way to wage war against his brother-in-law Maxentius in 312 AD, is said to have had a vision of a cross in the sky stating "in hoc signo vinces" (by this sign you will conquer) at the location where La Croix-Valmer is now situated. Visit Plage de Sylvabelle and Plage de Gigaro for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Heraclee Beach and Plage de Vergeron. Step out of La Croix-Valmer to go to Bormes-Les-Mimosas and see Scuba & Snorkeling, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the vivid underwater world at Le Cap Lardier, kick back and relax at Plage du Gros Pin, stroll through Plage du Debarquement, and explore by horseback at La Mene.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our La Croix-Valmer online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Cannes to La Croix-Valmer takes 1.5 hours. May in La Croix-Valmer sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Cassis.

Things to do in La Croix-Valmer

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Grimaud, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Scuba & Snorkeling
Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro

3
nights
Cassis, France

Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France.It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Plage du Capelan and Bestouan Beach. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Get out of town with these interesting Cassis side-trips: Bandol (Foret de Roustagnon & Sentier Littoral) and Ile du Gaou (in Six-Fours-les-Plages). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at La Calanque de Figuerolles and cruise along Calanque de Port-Miou.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cassis vacation maker site .

Drive from La Croix-Valmer to Cassis in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Cassis

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Bandol, Ile du Gaou, La Calanque de Figuerolles
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Foret de Roustagnon ©
Foret de Roustagnon
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, then stroll around Parc Guell, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Cassis to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. May in Barcelona sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Gloucester.

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Scuba & Snorkeling
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

1
night
Gloucester, United Kingdom

Gloucester ©
Gloucester is a city and district in southwest England, the county city of Gloucestershire. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Walks With Hawks, then head outdoors with Head 4 Heights Ltd, then identify plant and animal life at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Alney Island Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): enjoy some diversion at Cotswold Archery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Birdland, then take a peaceful walk through Cirencester Park, and finally get outside with The Cotswold Range.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Gloucester online tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Gloucester takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Barcelona in May: high temperatures in Gloucester hover around 20°C and lows are around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Aviemore.

Things to do in Gloucester

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cirencester, Cotswold Archery, Walks With Hawks, Birdland, WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre
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The Cotswold Range ©
The Cotswold Range
WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre ©
WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre
Walks With Hawks ©
Walks With Hawks

2
nights
Aviemore, United Kingdom

Aviemore ©
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Get outdoors at Loch Garten Nature Reserve and Abernethy National Nature Reserve. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Loch Morlich, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and admire the natural beauty at Boat of Garten Community Garden.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Aviemore journey maker site .

Getting from Gloucester to Aviemore by combination of flight and train takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gloucester in May, things will get little chillier in Aviemore: highs are around 16°C and lows about 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Aviemore

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kingussie, Abernethy National Nature Reserve
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Loch Garten Nature Reserve ©
Loch Garten Nature Reserve
RSPB - Insh Marshes ©
RSPB - Insh Marshes
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre ©
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre

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nights
Krakow, Poland

One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Jagiellonian University - Collegium Maius, contemplate the long history of Wawel Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Basilica, then enjoy some diversion at Shooting in Krakow - Cracow Shooting Academy - Strzelnica Krakow, and finally Head underground at Wieliczka Salt Mine.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Krakow trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Aviemore to Krakow takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Aviemore to Krakow. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Aviemore in May; daily highs in Krakow reach 22°C and lows reach 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Krakow

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©

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