Travelers often want to grasp the immensity and a short ride to see how much beauty and attractions. Today won’t encourage you to slow down, on the contrary, we offer you to see two times more interesting! In this article we have made a selection of cities that are easily visited in one week.
Rome and Naples
Flights from Moscow to Rome and back: from 10 599 rubles
Train tickets Rome — Naples: from 839 rubles one-way
Journey time: 2 hours 35 minutes
Hotel in Rome for 1 person for 2 days: 2 616 rubles
Hotel in Naples for 1 person for 2 days: from 1 939 rubles
These two Italian cities you even need to watch at a time: from the capital of Italy Naples can be reached by train in two and a half hours. In every city are advised to lay at least two days: it’s enough to see the sights and make sure to come back here in the future.
In Rome be sure to visit the Cathedral of St. Peter and stroll through the square. The Cathedral’s best to arrive as early as possible: the observation deck opens at eight in the morning and nine in a long line of tourists crossing the square. Then go to the Castel Sant’angelo, cross the Tiber on the bridge and get lost in the narrow streets of the old town. The second day can be devoted to walks around the Coliseum and through the ruins, and if the weather is too hot, the Park at Villa Borghese.
Naples — the city is far less rich in attractions, than Rome. It is better to just walk the streets and soak up the local flavor, do not forget to go to bars for coffee: Neapolitan espresso is considered the most tasty in Italy. If the soul asks of history, check out the local castles: Castel Nuovo, in spite of the word “new” in the title, traces its history back to the XIII century, and the Castel del Ovo and older. They say that this place in the VI century BC, was founded Naples. Well, if the weather is especially hot, down to the ground: near Naples many of the catacombs and underground passageways, many of which conduct interesting tours.
Verona and Venice
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Flight Moscow — Verona and back: 14 501 ruble
Train tickets Verona — Venice from 942 rubles one-way
Travel time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Hotel in Verona for 1 person for 2 days: 5 616 rubles
Hotel in Venice for 1 person for 2 days: 4 983 rubles
From Verona to Venice walking a convenient and fast train, so only a little over an hour you will be in the city of canals and palaces. This is useful if the trip is short, but the soul needs more beauty and atmosphere.
A couple of days in Verona will be enough for walking the streets and a tour of the castle of Castelvecchio. Be sure to visit the famous Amphitheatre built in the first century of our era: in the afternoon you can reach them with a guided tour, and on summer evenings there are often concerts and Opera. Look in the Juliet’s courtyard to be photographed on the background of the balcony, touch the statue and, if you want, leave a note in the wall. A hundred meters from this house is the house of Romeo, which, in contrast to the fictional Juliet’s house actually belonged to a real family of the Montagues — the prototype of Shakespeare’s characters.
In Venice a couple of days may not be enough, it is so cool to walk through the narrow streets and little bridges over the canals. See here too what: from the widely known Cathedral of St. Mark and the Doge’s Palace to a more modest basilicas and churches. In General, the whole city is a huge Museum, so hop in a gondola and take a tour on the canals. But on a visit to the famous areas of Murano and Burano two days may not be enough, leave them for the next trip.
Helsinki and Stockholm
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Flights Moscow — Helsinki one-way: 7 950 rubles
Ferry tickets Helsinki — Stockholm: from 80 euros one way
Flights Stockholm — Moscow one way: 8 220 rubles
Journey time: 12 hours
Hotel in Helsinki for 1 person for 2 days: 2 709 roubles
Hotel in Stockholm for 1 person for 2 days: 2 534 rubles
Two Scandinavian capitals in one trip to look easy and, by the way, the journey to Stockholm via Helsinki will be cheaper. Between Finland and Sweden ferries that serve several companies. For example, you can get in Helsinki at 17:30 and already at ten in the morning the next day to be in Stockholm.
On inspection of the Finnish capital two days is enough. Well here and just walk on the center streets in any case will lead you to the seafront and to the Cathedral, and to make in advance a list of attractions. Include the chapel of silence Campi, the Church in the rock Temppeliaukio, the Sibelius monument and Esplanade Park. And if you want to see the city from a height, reach the Ferris wheel Finnair SkyWheel on the boardwalk.
Tours by locals in Helsinki
Stockholm for two days certainly will have time to charm you. Start your inspection from the city center, where are located all the main attractions: the Royal Palace, the Reichstag building, St. Nicholas Church and the German Church, the narrowest city alley and the small monument. And the second day can be devoted to walking the streets and boardwalk, look to the island of djurgården with the amusement parks and interesting museums.
Amsterdam and Brussels
Flight Moscow — Amsterdam and back: 13 217 rubles
Train tickets Amsterdam — Brussels: 3 769 rubles one-way
Travel time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Hotel in Amsterdam for 1 person for 2 days: 2 301 rubles
Hotel in Brussels for 1 person for 2 days: 2 462 roubles
Travel in Amsterdam is great because this town can be reached by train to many beautiful places around. We chose a couple to travel to the capital of Belgium: Brussels, many tourists underestimate considering that more than a couple days in this town doing nothing. So you will be able to confirm or refute this opinion. Especially that road from Holland to Belgium will take less than two hours.
How to spend two days in Amsterdam? Depends on your interests. The city will do as youngsters that can go to town (with reservations, of course) and lovers of history and art. And you can combine one with the other: on the first day to walk the streets along the canals, ride a rental bike, sit in the coffeeshops and in the evening to look at the Windows of the Red light district. And in the morning to look in the van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum, visit the Anne Frank house and Rembrandt Museum.
Tours by locals in Amsterdam
Brussels — the city is more rigorous and sedate. To start the examination is with the historic centre, where the Market square, St. Michael’s Cathedral and sacré Coeur. Walking the streets, don’t accidentally go past the famous Manneken Pis: sculpted symbol of Brussels is quite small, and many tourists find it is not the first time. For more modern impressions go to the Atomium — the monument, which is an enlarged iron molecule. The ball at the top is an observation deck with excellent views of the city and at the foot of the Park Mini-Europe with miniatures of the most beautiful sights of the European Union.
Prague and Dresden
Flights Moscow — Prague and back: 12 502 roubles
Rent a car in Prague for 5 days 4 954 rubles
Travel time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Hotel in Prague for 1 person for 2 days: from 1 016 rubles
Hotel in Dresden for 1 person for 2 days: 2 770 rubles
If in Prague rent a car, the choice of neighboring cities for seeing just huge — and the Czech Republic to overtake (to go to Karlovy vary and Brno to see the castles), and to Austria and to Germany to get. We chose the Czech capital a couple of small German Dresden, the inspection of which is enough time for a couple of days.
But two days in Prague may not be enough — this atmospheric medieval city with unusual architecture want to consider and discover over and over again. Be sure to stroll through the castle complex of Prague castle and visit St. Vitus Cathedral — it is good to be back in the evening when the Cathedral is illuminated and looks like a carved lantern. Inspect the city from above — to do this, climb the observation tower of Petřín tower. Walk through the narrow streets with colorful houses and cross the river via the famous Charles bridge to reach old town square with the amazing astronomical clock.
Less than two hours by car and you already find yourself in an amazing city, burned to the ground at the end of the Second world war, but this live today. It’s not the most popular tourist destination, but the more valuable few days spent here. Start sightseeing from the old centre of Dresden with the Frauenkirche Church, which survived the bombardment, but then still collapsed, and 40 years stood in ruins for the edification of posterity. Today it is restored and the observation deck offers great views of the city. Look at the Academy of arts, the Semper Opera, the Zwinger Palace. If you want to join art, visit the Dresden art gallery, where you can see paintings of Vermeer and Rembrandt. And of course, plenty walk on the promenade and the streets in Dresden can meet fascinating buildings and even entire neighborhoods (e.g., bright independent Neustadt).
*Prices are based on travel in September. Prices are quoted at the time of writing of the text. The cost in material, and the final price may vary.