47 days in Europe, Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

47 days in Europe, Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

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Kazan, Russia
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Moscow, Russia
— 3 nights
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
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Irkutsk, Russia
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Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
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Nara, Japan
— 2 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
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Beijing, China
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Shanghai, China
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Hong Kong, China
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Xi'an, China
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Melbourne, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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Gold Coast, Australia
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Kazan, Russia

— 2 nights

Sports Capital of Russia

The heart of Tatar culture, Kazan carries the epithet of the "Third Capital of Russia" because of its rich history and thriving economy.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Monument of Musa Jalil, stroll around Victory Park memorial complex, pause for some photo ops at Monument Philanthropist, then don't miss a visit to Kazan Family Center/ Viewpoint, then take in the exciting artwork at Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum "Tatarskaya Sloboda". On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a walk through Kremlyovskaya Embankment, admire the striking features of Agricultural Palace, appreciate the history behind Sculpture Composition Doveriye, examine the collection at Konstantin Vasiliev Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Monument Fountain Kazan, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kazan trip itinerary builder.

Baghdad, Iraq to Kazan is an approximately 17-hour flight. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Baghdad in June: high temperatures in Kazan hover around 27°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Moscow.

Things to do in Kazan

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 3:

Moscow, Russia

— 3 nights

Third Rome

Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Moscow is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Red Square, contemplate the long history of Lenin's Mausoleum, explore the galleries of Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve, and examine the collection at Moscow Kremlin.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Moscow trip maker.

You can fly from Kazan to Moscow in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to fly to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 6:

St. Petersburg, Russia

— 3 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.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, step off the mainland to explore Yelagin Island, steep yourself in history at Palace Square, and get engrossed in the history at Catherine Palace and Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg travel route builder app.

Traveling by flight from Moscow to St. Petersburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Irkutsk.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 9:

Irkutsk, Russia

— 3 nights

Paris of Siberia

The most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian railway, Irkutsk gained fame as the cultural center of Decembrist exiles.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Monument to The Dog, make a trip to Sculpture Babr, don't miss a visit to 130 Kvartal, see the interesting displays at Professor Kozhov Baikal Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of The Epiphany, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Founders of Irkutsk. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Tourist Monument, make a trip to Memorial Eternal Flame, get to know the fascinating history of Nizhnyaya Naberezhnaya Angary, don't miss a visit to Monument to Admiral Alexander Kolchak, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Znamensky Monastery, and finally get engrossed in the history at House-Museum of Trubetskoy Decembrist.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Irkutsk road trip website.

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Irkutsk in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from St. Petersburg to Irkutsk, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from St. Petersburg in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Irkutsk, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Irkutsk

Find places to stay Jun 9 — 12:

Tokyo, Japan

— 4 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
You've added Tokyo Dome City, Tokyo Dome, Japan National Stadium, and other attractions to your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

You can fly from Irkutsk to Tokyo in 11 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Irkutsk to Tokyo. Traveling from Irkutsk in June, Tokyo is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 12 — 16:

Kyoto, Japan

— 2 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, then admire the striking features of Jishu Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): take a stroll through Gion, make a trip to Heian Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, then examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

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Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. June in Kyoto sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 16 — 18:

Nara, Japan

— 2 nights

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): learn the secrets of beer at Japan Tour Adventure in Nara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Akishinodera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokondo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, then take a peaceful walk through Kasugayama, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo, don't miss a visit to Naramachi Townhouse of Traditional Lifestyle, browse for treasures at Experience YAMATO, then contemplate the long history of Tegaimon, then steep yourself in history at Todai-ji Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nara trip builder.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daytime highs in Nara are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 18 — 20:

Osaka, Japan

— 3 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kyocera Dome Osaka as well as Yanmar Studium Nagai. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, walk around Nakanoshima Park, and look for gifts at Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Nara to Osaka by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Osaka when traveling from Nara in June, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can fly to Beijing.

Things to do in Osaka

Fun & Games · Shopping · Theme Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 23:

Beijing, China

— 3 nights
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Your day by day itinerary now includes National Olympic Sports Center, Beijing Workers' Stadium and Niaochao National Stadium. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Mutianyu Great Wall, take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling), and take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong).

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Beijing road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Beijing takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Osaka to Beijing, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Osaka, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Beijing, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Trails
Find places to stay Jun 23 — 26:

Shanghai, China

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Orient

With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Jiangwan Sports Complex as well as Shanghai Stadium. And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), buy something for everyone on your list at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market, see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Shanghai travel planner.

Getting from Beijing to Shanghai by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Beijing in June, plan for little chillier days in Shanghai, with highs around 33°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 25°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping · Outdoors · Classes · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 29:

Hong Kong, China

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): walk around Nan Lian Garden and then find something for the whole family at Hong Kong Disneyland.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong vacation app.

You can fly from Shanghai to Hong Kong in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Shanghai in June: high temperatures in Hong Kong hover around 38°C and lows are around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Xi'an.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 2:

Xi'an, China

— 2 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), delve into the distant past at Xi'an Bell Tower, then make a trip to Muslim Quarter, and finally get in on the family fun at International Horticulture Exhibition 2011 Xi'an. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on Travel China Guide.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Xi'an day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Xi'an takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hong Kong in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 26°C in Xi'an. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Melbourne.

Things to do in Xi'an

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 4:

Melbourne, Australia

— 3 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Marvel Stadium as well as Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Change things up with a short trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee (about 42 minutes away). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Melbourne takes 16 hours. The time zone changes from China Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In July, Melbourne is colder than Xi'an - with highs of 15°C and lows of 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 5 — 8:

Sydney, Australia

— 3 nights

The Harbour City

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Sydney Cricket Ground as well as ANZ Stadium. There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, get great views at Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney day trip planning site.

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Melbourne in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can fly to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 11:

Gold Coast, Australia

— 2 nights
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, walk around Anzac Park, then find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, then get in on the family fun at Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast, and finally catch some excitement at Infinity Attraction. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Climb and then meet the residents at Sea World Theme Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 13:

Brisbane, Australia

— 2 nights

Australia's New World City

Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
On the 13th (Tue), walk around South Bank Parklands, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, get great views at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, stroll through Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then see the interesting displays at Opal Museum, and finally take in the waterfront at Eagle Street Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Birrunga Gallery & Dining, examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, explore the world behind art at Gallery of Modern Art, then stroll around Roma Street Parkland, and finally don't miss a visit to Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Museums · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 15: