55 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

55 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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55 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

Start: Trieste, Italy
1
Trieste, Italy
— 7 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
2
Tirana, Albania
— 1 day
Fly:  8​h 15​min
3
Goreme, Turkey
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
4
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— Few hours
Fly:  10​h
5
Kathmandu, Nepal
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  30​min
6
Pokhara, Nepal
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
7
Langkawi, Malaysia
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
8
Singapore, Singapore
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
10
Isfahan, Iran
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 45​min
11
Beirut, Lebanon
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
12
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 15​min
13
Athens, Greece
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  7​h 45​min
End: Trieste, Italy

7
nights
Trieste, Italy

Trieste ©
Trieste is a charming old town with a quiet atmosphere often compared to eastern European cities.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cividale del Friuli - UNESCO World Heritage Centre and Basilica di Aquileia. You'll get in some beach time at La Spiaggia di Snoopy and Spiaggia di Marina Julia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Trieste: Military Memorial Redipuglia (in Fogliano Redipuglia), Cripta Degli Scavi (in Aquileia) and Il Castello di Udine (in Udine). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Castle of Duino, make a trip to Chiesa Serbo Ortodossa di San Spiridione, take in the awesome beauty at Mt Lussari, and step into the grandiose world of Castello di San Giusto.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Trieste travel route planning tool .

If you are flying in from Italy, the closest major airports are Trieste–Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport, Venice Marco Polo Airport and Treviso-Sant'Angelo Airport. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Tirana.

Things to do in Trieste

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Bibione, Aquileia, La Spiaggia di Snoopy, Military Memorial Redipuglia, Santuario della Madonna dell'Angelo
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Military Memorial Redipuglia ©
Military Memorial Redipuglia
Basilica of Santa Eufemia ©
Basilica of Santa Eufemia

1
day
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): brush up on your military savvy at BunkArt 1, get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tirana trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Trieste to Tirana in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from Trieste, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tirana, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:
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BunkArt 1 ©
BunkArt 1
Et`hem Bey Mosque ©
Et`hem Bey Mosque
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar

5
nights
Goreme, Turkey

Goreme ©
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Get some historical perspective at Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri and Uchisar Castle. Let the collections at Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme and Goreme Acik Hava Muzesi capture your imagination. When in Goreme, make a side trip to see Ihlara Valley in Guzelyurt, approximately 1h 15 min away. Spend the 16th (Mon) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. Spend the 17th (Tue) floating through the air with a balloon tour. There's still lots to do: Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, make a trip to Pasabag, go for a walk through Gore Harabeleri, and take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Goreme trip planner .

You can fly from Tirana to Goreme in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Tirana to Goreme due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tirana in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 13°C in Goreme. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Uchisar, Urgup, Gore Harabeleri, Ihlara Valley, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 21:
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri

few
hours
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ascension Cathedral and then take some stellar pictures from Kok-Tobe Hill.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Almaty travel itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Goreme to Almaty with the Route module. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Goreme to Almaty due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Goreme in September, expect nights in Almaty to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Kathmandu.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 23:
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Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral

4
nights
Kathmandu, Nepal

Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square - www.nepaltourpackage.com and Swayambhunath Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Shree Pashupatinath Temple - Gwola Mahadyo and Dattatreya Temple are in your itinerary. Make the 25th (Wed) a memorable day with a climbing tour. Make the 26th (Thu) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple (Hiranya Varna Mahavihar), see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kathmandu trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Almaty to Kathmandu by flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: drive. In September, Kathmandu is a bit warmer than Almaty - with highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Pokhara.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bhaktapur, Golden Temple (Hiranya Varna Mahavihar)
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 27:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Swayambhunath Temple ©
Swayambhunath Temple

3
nights
Pokhara, Nepal

Pokhara ©
Pokhara, the second largest city in the country, attracts visitors with its superlative natural wonders and easygoing atmosphere.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parasailing & Paragliding and Sarangkot. Take a break from the city and head to Poon Hill and Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake). It doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Peace Temple and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Pokhara trip planner .

Pokhara is just a short distance from Kathmandu. In September, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Langkawi.

Things to do in Pokhara

Parks Nature Adventure
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Poon Hill ©
Poon Hill
Parasailing & Paragliding
Peace Temple ©
Peace Temple

3
nights
Langkawi, Malaysia

An archipelago of 104 islands, Langkawi is tailor-made for adventurous holidays, filled with exploration and relaxation.
Step off the beaten path and head to Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Zipline. Get outdoors at Kayaking & Canoeing and Cenang Beach. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Tanjung Rhu Beach, admire the masterpieces at Art In Paradise, snap pictures at Langkawi Sky Bridge, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see ratings and other tourist information, read our Langkawi attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Pokhara to Langkawi takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Pokhara to Langkawi, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Pokhara in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Langkawi, with lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Singapore.

Things to do in Langkawi

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Tanjung Rhu Beach ©
Tanjung Rhu Beach

6
nights
Singapore, Singapore

Singapore ©
A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and Sentosa Boardwalk. Get outdoors at MacRitchie Nature Trail and East Coast Park. The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Battlebox, take an in-depth tour of Asian Civilisations Museum, identify plant and animal life at Jurong Bird Park, and walk around Singapore Botanic Gardens.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Singapore travel route builder tool .

You can fly from Langkawi to Singapore in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. October in Singapore sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Singapore

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Sentosa Boardwalk
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 10:
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Battlebox ©
Battlebox
MacRitchie Nature Trail ©
MacRitchie Nature Trail
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum ©

2
nights
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur ©
A holiday in Kuala Lumpur, a modern metropolis and capital of Malaysia, reveals a place where colonial influences, Asian traditions, and modern aesthetics come together in urban architecture and street layout.
On the 11th (Fri), walk around KLCC Park, Head underground at Batu Caves, then walk around KL Bird Park, and finally examine the collection at National Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of KLCC - Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway, admire the landmark architecture of Petronas Twin Towers, and then explore the world behind art at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kuala Lumpur day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Isfahan.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Batu Caves
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:
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Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia ©
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
KLCC - Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway ©

1
night
Isfahan, Iran

Isfahan ©
A cultural hub in the center of the country, Esfahan boasts a proud heritage of art, architecture, and craftsmanship.
On the 13th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Jameh Mosque of Isfahan, don't miss a visit to Naqsh-e Jahan Square, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, and finally see the interesting displays at Vank Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Chehel Sotoun, step into the grandiose world of Aali Qapu Palace, admire the masterpieces at Isfahan Music Museum, then snap pictures at Khajou Bridge, and finally take in the views from Siosepol Bridge.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Isfahan online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Kuala Lumpur to Isfahan takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Isfahan due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Kuala Lumpur in October, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Isfahan: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Beirut.

Things to do in Isfahan

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 14:
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Naqsh-e Jahan Square ©
Naqsh-e Jahan Square
Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque ©
Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque
Isfahan Music Museum ©
Isfahan Music Museum

5
nights
Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut ©
Sitting on the Mediterranean coast, Beirut, the country's capital and largest city, has plenty of appeal itself, as well as offering a convenient base for exploring the country's other sights and cities.
You'll explore and learn at National Museum of Beirut and American University of Beirut Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque and The Silk Museum. Dedicate the 16th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Mim Museum - Mineral Museum, get engrossed in the history at Choco Story Beirut, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale St Elie des Grecs-Catholiques, and admire all the interesting features of American University of Beirut.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Beirut day trip website .

You can fly from Isfahan to Beirut in 8 hours. The time zone changes from Iran Standard Time (IRST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Isfahan in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much warmer in Beirut, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Petra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Beirut

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Mim Museum - Mineral Museum ©
Mim Museum - Mineral Museum
National Museum of Beirut ©
National Museum of Beirut
Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque ©
Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque

3
nights
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan

Petra - Wadi Musa ©
Visitors flock to Wadi Musa to witness the rose colored rock-carved temples and tombs of Petra, the famous ancient city and World Heritage Site.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Al-Beidha - Little Petra and Mosesquelle. Step off the beaten path and head to Dana Nature Reserve and Shobak Castle. Step out of Petra - Wadi Musa with an excursion to Montreal in Shoubak--about 42 minutes away. Spend the 21st (Mon) exploring ancient history at Petra. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Street of Facades, admire the landmark architecture of The Great Temple, and contemplate the long history of Obelisk Tomb.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Petra - Wadi Musa trip planner .

Getting from Beirut to Petra - Wadi Musa by combination of flight and car takes about 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Dana Nature Reserve, Montreal
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 24:
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Petra ©
Petra
Al-Beidha - Little Petra ©
Al-Beidha - Little Petra
Street of Facades ©
Street of Facades

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nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Get some cultural insight at Temple of Poseidon and National Archaeological Museum. Get in touch with nature at Asteras Glyfada Beach and Vouliagmeni Beach. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, take an in-depth tour of Ancient Agora of Athens, delve into the distant past at Temple of Hephaestus, and pause for some photo ops at Temple of Athena Nike.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Athens day trip app .

Getting from Petra - Wadi Musa to Athens by combination of car and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. October in Athens sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Temple of Poseidon, Asteras Glyfada Beach, Vouliagmeni Beach
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus

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