38 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

38 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

Make it your trip
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
Train
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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Train
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Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Train
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Genoa, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Como, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Verona, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
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Seminyak, Indonesia
— 5 nights
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Paris, France — 5 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.
Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Rouen (Les Racines du Ciel, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde, explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Paris is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Paris due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in August, expect Paris to be a bit warmer, temps between 29°C and 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Barcelona.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Barcelona, Spain — 4 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Step out of Barcelona to go to Salou and see PortAventura, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, admire the local landmark of The Magic Fountain, take a stroll through Las Ramblas, and visit Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic).

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Barcelona journey builder website.

You can fly from Paris to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in August, expect Barcelona to be somewhat warmer, temps between 33°C and 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can fly to Marseille.
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Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Find places to stay Aug 13 — 17:

Marseille, France — 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, steep yourself in history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio, and then take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through The Panier, take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Marseille journey tool.

You can fly from Barcelona to Marseille in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 22°C in Marseille. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nice.
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Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Find places to stay Aug 17 — 19:

Nice, France — 3 nights

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.
Spend the 21st (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice day trip website.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Marseille in August, expect nights in Nice to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are little chillier, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Genoa.
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Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
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Find places to stay Aug 19 — 22:

Genoa, Italy — 2 nights

Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium of Genoa and then don't miss a visit to Piazza De Ferrari.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Genoa trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nice to Genoa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Genoa are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Como.
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Como, Italy — 3 nights

City of Silk

Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
Get out of town with these interesting Como side-trips: I Giardini di Villa Melzi (in Bellagio), Leolandia (in Capriate San Gervasio) and Tremezzina (Villa Carlotta & Villa del Balbianello). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of La Citta Alta, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Abbondio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant’Orsola, and stop by Teatro del Gusto Como.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Como driving holiday planner.

Drive from Genoa to Como in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Genoa in August since evenings lows in Como dip to 20°C. You will leave for Verona on the 27th (Sun).
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Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks
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Verona, Italy — 3 nights

City of Romeo and Juliet

The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Verona: Lago di Garda (in Garda), Gardaland Park (in Castelnuovo del Garda) and Padua (Padua Botanical Garden - World Heritage Site, Basilica of St. Anthony, &more). The adventure continues: see a show at Arena di Verona, take a stroll through Piazza delle Erbe, make a trip to Piazza Bra, and take in panoramic vistas at Torre dei Lamberti.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Verona sightseeing planner.

Getting from Como to Verona by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In August, daytime highs in Verona are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Rome.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Nature
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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.
Rome is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps, and steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Verona to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Istanbul.
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Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 2:

Istanbul, Turkey — 5 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, slough off your stress at Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam, admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Istanbul planner.

Fly from Rome to Istanbul in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Turkey Time is 2 hours. When traveling from Rome in September, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 26°C at night. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Seminyak.
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Seminyak, Indonesia — 5 nights

A popular resort town offering a good range of tourist trips, activities, and amenities, Seminyak houses numerous tour companies providing excursions into the jungles of Bali.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seminyak: Uluwatu Temple (in Pecatu) and Tanah Lot Temple (in Beraban). On the 10th (Sun), spend a relaxing day on the river with a rafting and tubing tour. And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, let the kids burn off some steam at Cubby House Kids Club, cool off at Waterbom Bali, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Seminyak trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Seminyak takes 16.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Istanbul to Seminyak. Traveling from Istanbul in September, expect nights in Seminyak to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 35°C. On the 13th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches
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Find places to stay Sep 8 — 13:

Lake Como travel guide

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A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."
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Bali travel guide

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World heritage site · Spas · Beaches
Island of the Gods
A province of Indonesia, the island of Bali remains one of the world's top tourist destinations thanks to its beaches, diving spots, and resorts. Take a trip to Bali to discover the island's smiling and famously hospitable locals--perhaps the biggest treasure of this tropical paradise. More than just another fun-in-the-sun getaway, Bali also reveals a rich history and varied geography of mountains, rugged coastal areas, sandy beaches, thriving rice terraces, and stark volcanic hillsides that seem transported from another planet. A Bali tour uncovers some of the world's best surfing spots, as well as a deeply spiritual local culture and globally significant archeological attractions.
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