60 days in Asia, Middle East & Europe Itinerary

60 days in Asia, Middle East & Europe Itinerary

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60 days in Asia, Middle East & Europe Itinerary

London, United Kingdom
Fly:  12​h 30​min
Beijing, China
— 6 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 45​min
Hong Kong, China
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
Hanoi, Vietnam
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 45​min
Bagan, Myanmar
— Few hours
Drive + Fly + train:  4​h 45​min
Bangkok, Thailand
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  13​h 45​min
Tel Aviv, Israel
— 6 nights
+3
Fly + bus + taxi + bus:  7​h 15​min
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Wadi Rum, Jordan
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
Istanbul, Turkey
— 9 nights
Fly:  5​h
Athens, Greece
— 9 nights
Fly:  7​h
London, United Kingdom

5
days
Beijing, China

Beijing ©
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 inner history buff will appreciate Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace (Yiheyuan). The Palace Museum and Lama Temple (Yonghegong) will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at The Great Wall at Badaling, admire the landmark architecture of Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tian'an Men), steep yourself in history at The Great wall of Jiankou-The Great Wall Alternative, and take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Beijing trip generator.

London, UK to Beijing is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from London to Beijing due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in September, expect Beijing to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hong Kong.

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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Great Wall at Badaling ©
The Great Wall at Badaling

5
days
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Appreciate the collections at Hong Kong Museum of History and Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware. Get in touch with nature at Lantau Island and Tai Long Wan. Pack the 9th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 10th (Mon) in some colorful company at Ocean Park. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), take in the waterfront at Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, stroll through Big Wave Bay Beach, and admire the landmark architecture of IFC mall.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong vacation trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Beijing to Hong Kong takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. When traveling from Beijing in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Hong Kong, with highs around 37°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

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Lantau Island ©
Lantau Island
Hong Kong Museum of History ©
Hong Kong Museum of History
Big Wave Bay Beach ©
Big Wave Bay Beach

5
days
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi
The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
Head to 54 Traditions Gallery and Phúc Lợi Shopfor plenty of shopping. Museum-lovers will appreciate Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and Vietnam Fine Arts Museum. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Old Quarter, contemplate the waterfront views at West Lake, get out on two wheels at MotoTours Asia, and steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hanoi holiday planner.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Hanoi in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Hong Kong Time (HKT) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Luang Prabang.

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MotoTours Asia
MotoTours Asia
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

3
days
Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang ©
Designated a World Heritage Site in 1995, Luang Prabang sits at the meeting point of two rivers and offers numerous opportunities for sailing, climbing, and exploring scenic caves and waterfalls.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong) and Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham. Visiting Kuang Si Falls and Mount Phousi will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: relax in the rural setting at The Living Land Company, look for gifts at Kopnoi Export Promotion Center, and get engrossed in the history at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre.

To find maps and tourist information, read Luang Prabang trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Hanoi to Luang Prabang takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Luang Prabang can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chiang Mai.

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Queen Design Lao ©
Queen Design Lao
Kuang Si Falls ©
Kuang Si Falls
Mount Phousi ©
Mount Phousi

5
days
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Get a sense of the local culture at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and Wat Phra Singh. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Thai Elephant Conservation Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chiang Mai: Doi Inthanon (in Doi Inthanon National Park) and Thai Elephant Home (in Mae Taeng). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, stop by G.G Armani collection, browse the eclectic array of goods at Night Bazaar, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Chiang Mai travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by flight from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Chiang Mai sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Bagan.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Doi Inthanon, Thai Elephant Conservation Center, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Thai Elephant Home
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Wat Phra That Doi Suthep ©
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan

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hours
Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan
The thousands of temples at Bagan rise up from the plain, each with their own history, style, and spiritual meaning.
To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bagan vacation planner.

Getting from Chiang Mai to Bagan by combination of flight and car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. You will leave for Bangkok on the 26th (Wed).

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4
days
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Head to Chatuchak Weekend Market and Rajawongse Clothierfor plenty of shopping. The Grand Palace and Jim Thompson House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, look for all kinds of wild species at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, buy something for everyone on your list at Siam Paragon, and don't miss a visit to Khao San Road.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bangkok vacation trip planner.

You can do a combination of car, flight, and train from Bagan to Bangkok in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. In September, daytime highs in Bangkok are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tel Aviv.

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Chatuchak Weekend Market ©
Chatuchak Weekend Market
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho

5
days
Tel Aviv, Israel

Tel Aviv ©
Called the "White City" thanks to the color of its World Heritage-listed architectural landmarks, Tel Aviv serves as Israel's modern and cosmopolitan second city.
Get outdoors at Safari Park and Hilton Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center and Old City of Jerusalem. Venture out of the city with trips to Jerusalem (Tower of David Museum, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, & more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People, get engrossed in the history at Eretz Israel Museum Complex (Haaretz Museum), take a leisurely stroll along Tayelet, and admire the masterpieces at Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tel Aviv travel planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Bangkok to Tel Aviv in 14 hours. Traveling from Bangkok to Tel Aviv, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Bangkok in October: high temperatures in Tel Aviv hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Petra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Museums Parks Historic Sites

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Jerusalem, Safari Park
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Israel Museum ©
Israel Museum
Western Wall ©
Western Wall
Mount of Olives ©
Mount of Olives

2
days
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.
On the 7th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Byzantine Church. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Petra World Heritage Site.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Petra - Wadi Musa vacation planner.

Getting from Tel Aviv to Petra - Wadi Musa by combination of flight and bus takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tel Aviv to Petra - Wadi Musa due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Wadi Rum.

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Petra World Heritage Site ©
Petra World Heritage Site
Street of Facades ©
Street of Facades
Al-Beidha - Little Petra ©
Al-Beidha - Little Petra

1
day
Wadi Rum, Jordan

Wadi Rum ©
Tourism in Wadi Rum revolves around UNESCO-protected desert scenery and spectacular limestone rock formations following a dry river bed, which in World War I served as the headquarters of a British-inspired Arab revolt against the Ottomans.
On the 10th (Wed), explore the fascinating landscape at Wadi Rum Protected Area.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Wadi Rum sightseeing planner.

Getting from Petra - Wadi Musa to Wadi Rum by car takes about 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

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Wadi Rum Protected Area ©
Wadi Rum Protected Area

8
days
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
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.
Head to Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi) and Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisifor some retail therapy. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Florya Sahil Parkı and Solar Plajı. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern, take a stroll through Ortakoy, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and browse the exhibits of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya).

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul vacation builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wadi Rum to Istanbul. Traveling from Wadi Rum to Istanbul, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Athens.

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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

10
days
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
For shopping fun, head to Monastiraki or Gallery Demeter. Museum-lovers will appreciate National Archaeological Museum and Acropolis Museum. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Glyfada Beach, admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, delve into the distant past at Erechtheion, and pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Athens tour planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Athens in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Istanbul in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 19°C in Athens. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum

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