45 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

45 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
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Irkutsk, Russia
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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Moscow, Russia
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Tokyo, Japan — 3 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.
Head to Ginza and Kimono Mefor some retail therapy. Get in touch with nature at Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi and Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Odaiba District, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, shop like a local with Asakusa, and gear up at Asakusa Samurai Ai Armor Experience.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo itinerary planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Brisbane in December, with highs in Tokyo at 14°C and lows at 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Osaka.
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Find places to stay Dec 9 — 12:

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.
Shop till you drop at Dotombori District and Four-M. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Nara Park & Experience YAMATO). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and take a stroll through Minami (Namba).

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Osaka route planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Osaka in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In December in Osaka, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Seoul.
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Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:

Seoul, South Korea — 4 nights

One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Escape the urban bustle at Nami Island and Cheonggyecheon Stream. When in Seoul, make a side trip to see Jarasum Island in Gapyeong-gun, approximately Gapyeong-gun away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Insadong, see the interesting displays at Love Museum, walk around Namsan Park, and take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Seoul trip itinerary app.

Fly from Osaka to Seoul in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Osaka in December, things will get little chillier in Seoul: highs are around 3°C and lows about -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Almaty.
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Find places to stay Dec 15 — 19:

Almaty, Kazakhstan — 4 nights

Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Get outdoors at Shymbulak Mountain Resort and Kok-Tobe Hill. Shop till you drop at Zeleny Bazar and Arvest Art Gallery. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Ascension Cathedral, walk around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen, soak in style at Turkish baths, and pause for some photo ops at Monument Bust to Ivan Panfilov.

To find where to stay and tourist information, read Almaty trip maker app.

You can fly from Seoul to Almaty in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway, ferry, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Korean Standard Time to East Kazakhstan Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. December in Almaty sees daily highs of 2°C and lows of -7°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Tashkent.
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Find places to stay Dec 19 — 23:

Tashkent, Uzbekistan — 3 nights

City of Bread

One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Head to Chorsu Bazaar and Autograph Art Galleryfor some retail therapy. Take a break from the city and head to Pulatkhan Plateau and Chimgon. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at Silver Rain Spa Salon, make a trip to Independence Square (Mustakillik Square), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kukeldash Madrasah, and enjoy breathtaking views from TV Tower.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tashkent journey planner.

Getting from Almaty to Tashkent by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Almaty to Tashkent due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Irkutsk.
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Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:

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.
Shop till you drop at Dorenberg and Gallery of V. Bronshteyn. Get out of town with these interesting Irkutsk side-trips: Memorable Sign A.V. Vampilov (in Listvyanka) and Taltsy Museum (in Taltsy). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Baikal, get engrossed in the history at Irkutsk Regional Historical and Memorial Museum of Decembrists, appreciate the history behind V.A. Obruchev Monument, and stroll around Volkonskikh Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Irkutsk trip itinerary builder website.

Explore your travel options from Tashkent to Irkutsk with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Tashkent to Irkutsk is 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Irkutsk are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to St. Petersburg.
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Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:

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.
Get in touch with nature at Samsonovskiy Kanal and Isaakievskiy Square. Head to Nevsky Prospekt and Maker Design Loftfor some retail therapy. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, examine the collection at Russian Museum, steep yourself in history at Palace Square, and explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg planner.

You can fly from Irkutsk to St. Petersburg in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Irkutsk Standard Time (IRKT) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK), which is usually a -5 hour difference. When traveling from Irkutsk in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in St. Petersburg, with highs around 1°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Moscow.
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Moscow, Russia — 14 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.
Shop till you drop at Perlov Tea House and Kuznetsky Most Street. Take a break from the city and head to Ski Stadium Zorkiy and Guy Severin's alpine ski club. Change things up with these side-trips from Moscow: The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra (in Sergiyev Posad), Bath House in Borzyye (in Borzyye) and Sports and Entertaining Park Yakhroma (in Yakhroma). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Red Square, stroll the grounds of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, buy something for everyone on your list at Central Children's Store, and explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Moscow trip planner.

Fly from St. Petersburg to Moscow in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Moscow are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Jan 6 — 20: