37 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

37 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

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Fly to Ramon, Foot to Taba, Ferry to Aqaba, Taxi to Wadi Rum
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Wadi Rum, Jordan
— 1 night
Fly
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Hvar, Croatia
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Bol, Croatia
— 3 nights
Ferry to Split, Fly to Berlin
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Berlin, Germany
— 5 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
Drive
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Budapest, Hungary
— 5 nights
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Paphos, Cyprus
— 4 nights
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Kyrenia, Cyprus
— 1 night
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Ayia Napa, Cyprus
— 2 nights
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Wadi Rum, Jordan — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): get a dose of the wild on Wadi Rum Desert Eyes. On your second day here, explore the fascinating landscape at Wadi Rum Protected Area.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Wadi Rum day trip planning app.

Jerusalem, Israel to Wadi Rum is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight, ferry, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can fly to Istanbul.
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Istanbul, Turkey — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, then admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, and finally contemplate the long history of Galata Tower. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and finally admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern | Istanbul Museum of Modern Art.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul trip planner.

Getting from Wadi Rum to Istanbul by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. July in Istanbul sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Dubrovnik.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Dubrovnik, Croatia — 4 nights

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Walls of Dubrovnik and Fort Lovrijenac will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Old Town and Wine Tours & Tastings. Take a break from Dubrovnik with a short trip to Cavtat Old Town in Cavtat, about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, head off the coast to Lokrum Island, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Franciscan Church and Monastery, and don't miss a visit to Onophrian Fountain.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik holiday planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Dubrovnik by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Dubrovnik due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Hvar.
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Hvar, Croatia — 4 nights

The Croatian island of Hvar serves as a picturesque location for a Mediterranean holiday, with a range of offerings from quiet coves to a lively medieval town.
Take a break from the city and head to Pakleni Otoci and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Spanish Fortress and Franciscan Monastery will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Mlini Beach, head off the coast to Jerolim, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Cathedral, and pause for some serene contemplation at Benedictine Monastery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hvar sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by ferry from Dubrovnik to Hvar takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. July in Hvar sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Bol.
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Bol, Croatia — 3 nights

An hour boat ride from Split on the island of Brac, Bol boasts a charming old town, pebble beach, and great windsurfing conditions. Historical charm abounds here in the form of stone houses, narrow pedestrian streets, and historical attractions marked with panels.
Visit Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn) and Paklina Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vidova Gora and Fun Dive Club. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bol: Sumartin Beach (in Sumartin) and Museum uja (in Skrip). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Murvica Beach and head outdoors with Zoo Station Bol.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bol holiday builder site.

You can ride a ferry from Hvar to Bol in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Berlin.
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Berlin, Germany — 5 nights

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Berlin-Hohenschonhausen Memorial. Get some cultural insight at Potsdam's Gardens and Classic Remise Berlin. Change things up with these side-trips from Berlin: Potsdam (Neues Palais, Sanssouci Palace, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Gemaldegalerie, examine the collection at Stasimuseum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, and take in nature's colorful creations at Großer Tiergarten.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Berlin online road trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Bol to Berlin in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Vienna.
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Vienna, Austria — 5 nights

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Get some historical perspective at Schonbrunn Palace and Belvedere Palace. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Melk Abbey and Wine Tours & Tastings. Change things up with a short trip to Schallaburg in Schallaburg (about 1h 10 min away). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Peterskirche, explore the engaging exhibits at Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof), and brush up on your military savvy at Heeresgeschichtliches Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Vienna road trip planning website.

You can fly from Berlin to Vienna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Budapest.
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Budapest, Hungary — 5 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Liberty Statue and Faust Wine Cellar. Get a sense of the local culture at Fisherman's Bastion and Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral. There's much more to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, get engrossed in the history at Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and contemplate the long history of Matthias Church.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Budapest road trip planner.

You can drive from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In August in Budapest, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Paphos.
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Paphos, Cyprus — 4 nights

The legendary birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite and the capital of western Cyprus, the city of Paphos showcases an abundance of archaeological, architectural, and historical sites.
You'll get in some beach time at Coral Bay and Finikoudes Beach. Get some cultural insight at Agios Neophytos Monastery and Paphos Harbour Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paphos: Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement (in Choirokoitia), Larnaca (Hala Sultan Tekke & Church of Saint Lazarus) and Aphrodite's Rock (in Kouklia). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of The House of Dionysus, contemplate the long history of Kourion, take in the pleasant sights at Paphos Harbour and Port, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Paphos takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Budapest to Paphos. Traveling from Budapest in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Paphos: highs are around 37°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kyrenia.
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Kyrenia, Cyprus — 1 night

Famous for its natural port and Byzantine castle, Kyrenia is not only a lovely old Venetian town, but also the most visited tourist destination in Northern Cyprus.
On the 21st (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Saint Hilarion Castle, then steep yourself in history at Bellapais Monastery, then explore the historical opulence of Kyrenia Castle, and finally make a trip to Agha Cafar Pasha Mosque.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kyrenia trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Paphos to Kyrenia by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Paphos in August, expect nights in Kyrenia to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 43°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ayia Napa.
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Ayia Napa, Cyprus — 2 nights

Though Ayia Napa boasts archaeological sites and the largest water park in Europe, the city is best known as a party hub.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Cape Greco National Forest Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Lagoon, then explore the activities along Konnos Bay, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Profitis Elias. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): stroll through Fig Tree Bay, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then kick back and relax at Makronissos Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ayia Napa vacation planner.

Getting from Kyrenia to Ayia Napa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Kyrenia in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Ayia Napa: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Jordan travel guide

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Historic Sites · Ruins · Nightlife
For such a small country, Jordan boasts a surprising variety of natural landscapes and urban attractions. A trip to Jordan takes visitors on a journey back to biblical times, when sites like the Dead Sea and the ancient yet astonishingly well-preserved city of Petra seemed to be at the heart of world events. Although covered in rocky deserts, Jordan boasts a good network of roads, which makes sightseeing by car an easy way to discover many of the country's top highlights. Begin your tour of Jordan in Amman, the largest urban center and a major political, cultural, and economic hub of this Middle Eastern kingdom.
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Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
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Cyprus travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Castles
From sandy beaches to stone castles, and from bustling nightclubs to romantic tavernas, Cyprus is the perfect destination for those who seek a complete Mediterranean experience. Many civilizations have left their mark on the island's long and vibrant history, and consequently its customs, cuisine, and architecture. Beyond the divide between the predominantly Greek south and Turkish north, throughout the island you'll recognize Venetian, Genoese, British, and Middle Eastern influences. Of course, the main attraction that draws tourists from all over the world is the sunny coast, dotted with historical cities and fully equipped beaches. There is also a selection of peaceful villages, both inland and by the sea, where those looking for a more secluded holiday can retreat. A visit to the country's capital Nicosia, with its vibrant art and culture scene and numerous sightseeing opportunities, is definitely worth adding to your itinerary wherever you're staying.
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