39 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

39 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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39 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

Sydney, Australia
Fly:  25​h
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
bus + Fly + train:  5​h 15​min
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
train + shuttle + Fly:  12​h 45​min
New Delhi, India
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
Jodhpur, India
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Kathmandu, Nepal
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Jaipur, India
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Agra, India
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Varanasi, India
— 1 night
taxi + Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
Patong, Thailand
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Krabi Town, Thailand
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 30​min
Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 3 nights
train + Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  11​h 30​min
Sydney, Australia

4
days
Venice, Italy

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Isola di Burano and Cannaregio. Get some cultural insight at Doges' Palace and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Padua (Basilica di Sant’Antonio - Basilica del Santo & Scrovegni Chapel). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica dei Frari, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, and wander the streets of Dorsoduro.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice vacation trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Venice is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Central European Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Venice hover around 10°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can take a train to Florence.

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Sightseeing Historic Sites Museums

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Padua, Isola di Burano
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Porta della Carta
Canal Grande
Isola di Burano

4
days
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Duomo Pisa and Abbazia di San Miniato al Monte. Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Ponte Vecchio. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Siena (Piazza del Campo & Siena Cathedral), Abbazia di San Galgano (in Chiusdino) and Torre di Pisa (in Pisa). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Uffizi Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, make a trip to Piazza della Signoria, and take an in-depth tour of Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence.

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Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Venice in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Florence: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Milan.

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Sightseeing Historic Sites Museums

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Siena, Pisa, Abbazia di San Galgano
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Uffizi Gallery
Galleria dell'Accademia

2
days
Milan, Italy

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
On the 28th (Thu), get your bearings at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, then make a trip to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, and finally explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca di Brera. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Como, explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery, then examine the collection at Tour delle Merlate - Castello Sforzesco, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio.

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You can take a train from Florence to Milan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Florence in December; daily highs in Milan reach 8°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Budapest.

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Museums Sightseeing Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cathedral of Como
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Pinacoteca Ambrosiana
Duomo di Milano

3
days
Budapest, Hungary

You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Fisherman's Bastion and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Buda Castle and Liberty Statue. There's lots more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Residence Parliament, take in the views from Chain Bridge (Szechenyi lanchid), boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and step into the grandiose world of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar).

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Budapest holiday planner.

Do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Milan to Budapest in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Milan in December, expect Budapest to be little chillier, temps between 4°C and -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to New Delhi.

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Sightseeing Historic Sites Museums
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Fisherman's Bastion
House of Terror
Matthias Church

1
day
New Delhi, India

Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, then admire the natural beauty at Humayun's Tomb, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lodi Gardens.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our New Delhi vacation planner.

Getting from Budapest to New Delhi by combination of train and flight takes about 13 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Budapest to New Delhi. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Budapest in January, with highs in New Delhi at 22°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Jodhpur.

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Sightseeing Historic Sites Parks
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Humayun's Tomb
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
Lodi Gardens

1
day
Jodhpur, India

The blue-walled buildings in the old quarter of Jodhpur have a calming, quaint aesthetic when viewed from up high, but down on the streets the city bustles with a lively atmosphere that belies its toy-town color.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Mehrangarh Fort.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Jodhpur tour planner.

Getting from New Delhi to Jodhpur by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Kathmandu.

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Sightseeing Historic Sites
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Mehrangarh Fort

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Swayambhunath Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shree Pashupatinath Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Boudhanath Stupa.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kathmandu holiday planner.

Fly from Jodhpur to Kathmandu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Kathmandu can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Jaipur.

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Sightseeing Historic Sites
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Boudhanath Stupa
Swayambhunath Temple
Shree Pashupatinath Temple

2
days
Jaipur, India

Known as the "Pink City" because of the color of the stone used for many of its notable structures, Jaipur draws visitors with its chaotic street life and a slew of colorful bazaars selling everything from handmade pottery to tie-dye scarves.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of City Palace of Jaipur, then see the sky in a new way at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, then steep yourself in history at Jaigarh Fort, and finally explore the historical opulence of Amber Fort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a peaceful walk through Grass Farm Nursery, then admire the landmark architecture of Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elefriend, and finally view the masterpieces at Gyan Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Jaipur itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Kathmandu to Jaipur takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Kathmandu in January, with highs in Jaipur at 26°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Agra.

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Sightseeing Museums Wildlife
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Amber Fort
City Palace of Jaipur
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur

1
day
Agra, India

Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
On the 9th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Agra Fort and then admire the landmark architecture of Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Agra travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Jaipur to Agra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Jaipur in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Agra, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Varanasi.

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Sightseeing Historic Sites
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Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah

few
hours
Varanasi, India

A sacred city for Hindus and thought by many to be the place where Buddhism formed as a religion, Varanasi leaves an imprint on the hearts and minds of visitors regardless of their creed, race, or religion.
To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Varanasi trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Agra to Varanasi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll set off for Patong on the 11th (Thu).

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Sightseeing Historic Sites Tours
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3
days
Patong, Thailand

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Relax by the water at Nai Harn Beach and Freedom Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Rawai Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Patong side-trips: Phromthep Cape (in Rawai) and Wat Chalong (in Phuket Town). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Casa Di Moda.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Patong trip generator.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Varanasi to Patong in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Rawai, Nai Harn Beach, Wat Chalong, Niphon's Rich Collection, Casa Di Moda
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nai Harn Beach
Freedom Beach

3
days
Krabi Town, Thailand

Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at PhraNang Cave Beach and Ao Nang Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Railay Beach and Poda Island. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea), see the vivid underwater world at Koh Lao Lading, Head underground at Hong Islands, and step off the mainland to explore Tup Island.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Krabi Town travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Patong to Krabi Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In January in Krabi Town, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Chiang Mai.

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Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Hong Islands
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PhraNang Cave Beach
Railay Beach
Poda Island

3
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 outdoors at Zipline and Maesa Elephant Camp. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wat Phra Singh and Wat Umong. Venture out of the city with trips to Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park (in Mae Rim) and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (in Doi Suthep). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, see the interesting displays at Art in Paradise, Chiang Mai 3D Art Museum, and stop by Mesimu.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai itinerary builder.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Krabi Town to Chiang Mai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Krabi Town in January, Chiang Mai is slightly colder at night with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Adventure Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Mae Rim, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
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Zipline
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Maesa Elephant Camp

3
days
Luang Prabang, Laos

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.
Get outdoors at Mount Phousi and Zipline. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong) and Royal Palace Museum. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Old Quarter Luang Prabang, steep yourself in history at Wat Manorom, look for all kinds of wild species at Kuang Si Falls Butterfly Park, and look for gifts at Queen Design Lao.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Luang Prabang trip generator.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Chiang Mai in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Luang Prabang, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Bangkok.

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Parks Nature Sightseeing
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Mount Phousi
Kuang Si Falls
Zipline

2
days
Bangkok, Thailand

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and finally admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex.

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Do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Luang Prabang to Bangkok in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Luang Prabang in January: high temperatures in Bangkok hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Parks Nature Sightseeing

Side Trip

Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex
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The Grand Palace
Wat Pho

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