60 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

60 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

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60 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  23 h
1
Kabul, Afghanistan
— 1 day
Fly:  6 h 30 min
2
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Beirut, Lebanon
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Damascus, Syria
— 7 nights
+4
Bus + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Fly:  8 h
5
Jerusalem, Israel
— 7 nights
Drive:  5 h
6
Wadi Rum, Jordan
— 7 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Istanbul, Turkey
— 8 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
8
Shiraz, Iran
— 7 nights
+2
Fly + Train + Bus:  6 h
9
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
— 8 nights
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Melbourne, Australia

1
day
Kabul, Afghanistan

Kabul ©
A trip to Kabul reveals an intense portrait of Afghanistan's past, present, and future.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Christian Cemetery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ziarat-e Sakhi, then stroll around Bagh-e Babur, and finally explore the galleries of National Museum of Afghanistan.

Discover how to plan a Kabul trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Melbourne, Australia to Kabul is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Melbourne to Kabul due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Riyadh.

Things to do in Kabul

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Bagh-e Babur
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
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National Museum of Afghanistan ©
National Museum of Afghanistan
Christian Cemetery ©
Christian Cemetery
Bagh-e Babur ©
Bagh-e Babur

6
nights
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Riyadh ©
As the nation's capital, Riyadh represents a hub of commerce, culture, and transport.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at At-Turaif District in ad-Dir'iyah and Old Dir'aiyah. Popular historic sites such as King Khalid Grand Mosque and Othman Ibn Affan Mosque are in your itinerary. Take a break from Riyadh with a short trip to Ayun AlSeih (Means Eyes of Al-Seeh) in Al Kharj, about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at King Abdullah Road Walk, take in the spiritual surroundings of Princess Latifa Bint Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Mosque, admire nature's extreme beauty at Al Thumama Desert, and visit Underground Gallery.

For where to stay, maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, use the Riyadh tour planner.

Getting from Kabul to Riyadh by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Traveling from Kabul to Riyadh, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Beirut.

Things to do in Riyadh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ayun AlSeih (Means Eyes of Al-Seeh), Al-Turaif District
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 4:
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Al-Turaif District ©
Al-Turaif District
National Museum ©
National Museum
Ad Diriyah ©
Ad Diriyah

7
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Temples of Baalbek and Beaufort Castle. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Our Lady of Lebanon and National Museum of Beirut. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Beirut: Hajar al-Hibla (in Baalbeck), Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve (in Keserwan District) and Hadchit (in Bcharre). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Jeita Grotto, explore the ancient world of Fortress of Niha, take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of Mantara, and make a trip to Zaitunay Bay.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Beirut trip builder tool .

You can fly from Riyadh to Beirut in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Riyadh to Beirut due to the time zone difference. In January in Beirut, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Damascus.

Things to do in Beirut

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Baalbeck, Byblos, Beiteddine, Our Lady of Lebanon, Grotte de Cana
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 11:
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Temples of Baalbek ©
Temples of Baalbek
Our Lady of Lebanon ©
Our Lady of Lebanon
National Museum of Beirut ©
National Museum of Beirut

7
nights
Damascus, Syria

Damascus ©
Locals claim that the Prophet Muhammad refused to enter Damascus on his journey to Mecca--he wished to enter Paradise only once in his lifetime.
Get in touch with nature at Mount Qassioun (Jebal Kasioun) and Caves of Maaloula. Explore hidden gems such as Helios Temple and Shahba City. Venture out of the city with trips to Maaloula (Deir Mar Musa El-Habashi & Ma'alula Village (Maaloula)), Khalid ibn Al-Walid Mosque (in Homs) and As Suwayda (Temple of the Sun God & As Suwayda Museum). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Damascus Umayyad Mosque, admire the striking features of Sayyida Ruqayya Mausoleum, contemplate the long history of Damascus Center, and delve into the distant past at Bosra ash-Sham.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Damascus itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Beirut to Damascus by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January, Damascus is little chillier than Beirut - with highs of 15°C and lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Damascus

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Maaloula, As Suwayda, Khalid ibn Al-Walid Mosque, Helios Temple, Bosra ash-Sham
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 18:
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Damascus Umayyad Mosque ©
Damascus Umayyad Mosque
Helios Temple ©
Helios Temple
Khalid ibn Al-Walid Mosque ©
Khalid ibn Al-Walid Mosque

7
nights
Jerusalem, Israel

Few places in the world boast such a long history and such a rich multiethnic culture as Jerusalem, a city sacred to Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
Take a break from the city and head to Tayelet and Off-Road Tours. Get a sense of the local culture at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center and Food Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Jerusalem: Tel Aviv (Palmach Museum, Old Tel Aviv Port Area, &more), Nazareth (International Center Mary of Nazareth, Nazareth Village, &more) and Ramla Museum (in Ramla). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Mt of Olives, make a trip to Jaffa Gate, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Garden Tomb, and examine the collection at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

For traveler tips and tourist information, use the Jerusalem trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Damascus to Jerusalem takes 8 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Damascus in January; daily highs in Jerusalem reach 20°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Wadi Rum.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Tel Aviv, Nazareth, Ramla Museum, Dead Sea
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 26:
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Food Tours
Hezekiah's Tunnel - Siloam Tunnel ©
Hezekiah's Tunnel - Siloam Tunnel
Jewish Quarter ©
Jewish Quarter

7
nights
Wadi Rum, Jordan

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Wadi Rum Protected Area and Scuba & Snorkeling. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Wadi Rum Trail will get you outdoors. Explore Wadi Rum's surroundings by going to Arts of Sham Countries Art Gallery (in Aqaba) and Petra - Wadi Musa (Byzantine Church, Al-Beidha - Little Petra, &more). It doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Wadi Rum trip planning tool .

You can drive from Jerusalem to Wadi Rum in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Wadi Rum

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Petra - Wadi Musa, Aqaba
Find places to stay Jan 26 — Feb 2:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wadi Rum Protected Area ©
Wadi Rum Protected Area
Al-Beidha - Little Petra ©
Al-Beidha - Little Petra

8
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ulu Cami and Yeni Camii. Get some historical perspective at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Suleymaniye Cami . Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Istanbul: Bursa (Isabey CAMii, Yesil Camii, &more). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern.

For reviews, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul visit planning website .

You can fly from Wadi Rum to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Shiraz.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Bursa
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

7
nights
Shiraz, Iran

Shiraz ©
An esteemed center of Persian culture, Shiraz boats plentiful artistic, architectural, and religious points of interest.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Persepolis and Shah-e-Cheragh Shrine. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nasir al-Mulk Mosque and Eram Garden (Baq e Eram). Change things up with these side-trips from Shiraz: Beheshte Gomshode (in Kamfiruz), Estakhr (in Marvdasht) and Tang Chogan (in Kazerun). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Royal Road, trek along Baba Koohi Tomb and Heights, pause for some photo ops at Tomb of Hafez, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Bi Bi Dokhtaran mausoleum.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Shiraz trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Shiraz takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. While traveling from Istanbul, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Shiraz, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Abu Dhabi.

Things to do in Shiraz

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pasargad, Beheshte Gomshode, Estakhr, Tang Chogan, Persepolis
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 17:
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Persepolis ©
Persepolis
Nasir al-Mulk Mosque ©
Nasir al-Mulk Mosque
Shah-e-Cheragh Shrine ©
Shah-e-Cheragh Shrine

8
nights
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi ©
Take a trip to Abu Dhabi to discover a modern metropolis built on a strip of land jutting out into the Persian Gulf.
Step off the beaten path and head to Safaris and Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital. Do some cultural sightseeing at Bur Dubai Grand Mosque and Louvre Abu Dhabi. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, stroll through Saadiyat Public Beach, join the crowd at Yas Marina Circuit, and don't miss a visit to The Corniche.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Abu Dhabi vacation builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Shiraz to Abu Dhabi in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Shiraz in February, you will find days in Abu Dhabi are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are much warmer (19°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Jahili Moschee
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 25:
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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque ©
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Louvre Abu Dhabi ©
Louvre Abu Dhabi

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