60 days in Asia Itinerary

60 days in Asia Itinerary

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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
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Dushanbe, Tajikistan
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Islamabad, Pakistan
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Paro, Bhutan
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Thimphu, Bhutan
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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Manama, Bahrain
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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Isfahan, Iran
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Doha, Qatar
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Yerevan, Armenia
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Beirut, Lebanon
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Amman, Jordan
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Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, then examine the collection at Turkmen Carpet Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Ashgabat National Museum of History, and finally delve into the distant past at Parthian Fortresses of Nisa - UNESCO World Heritage Site.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Ashgabat trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Ashgabat is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Toronto to Ashgabat due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Toronto in July: highs in Ashgabat hover around 45°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 3:

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Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Little more than a small town at the turn of the 20th century, Dushanbe grew rapidly during the Soviet era and now serves as the national capital and home to nearly 800,000 people.
NOOR ART GALLERY and Hisor HIstorical and Cultural Preserve are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rudaki Park and National Museum of Antiquities. Change things up with these side-trips from Dushanbe: Nurek Dam (in Nurek) and Hisor Fortress (in Hisor). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Tajikistan and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haji Yaqub Mosque.

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Traveling by flight from Ashgabat to Dushanbe takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Ashgabat in July, plan for little chillier nights in Dushanbe, with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Islamabad.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 6:

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Islamabad, Pakistan

The country's capital since 1963, Islamabad has the look and feel of a planned administrative city because, by and large, that's exactly what it is.
Pakistan National Council of the Arts and Tanzara Art Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Faisal Mosque and St. Thomas Church. There's much more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Gallery 6, take an in-depth tour of Pakistan Railways Heritage Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with The Centaurus Mall, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Golrah Shrine.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Islamabad day trip tool.

You can fly from Dushanbe to Islamabad in 8 hours. When traveling from Dushanbe in July, plan for slightly colder days in Islamabad, with highs around 40°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Paro.

Things to do in Islamabad

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 9:

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Paro, Bhutan

A charming historic town with many sacred sites cradled in a verdant valley, Paro offers a scenic base to explore the important Buddhist attractions and pristine nature around it.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyichu Lhakhang, see the interesting displays at National Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinpung Dzong. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Paro Taktsang, steep yourself in history at Drukgyel Dzong, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dzongdrakha Monastry.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Paro online itinerary maker.

You can fly from Islamabad to Paro in 14.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Islamabad to Paro. Traveling from Islamabad in July, expect Paro to be a bit cooler, temps between 29°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Thimphu.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 11:

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Thimphu, Bhutan

The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong) and Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan. Museum-lovers will get to explore National Textile Museum and Simply Bhutan Museum. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, appreciate the history behind Kuenselphodrang, and get a taste of the local shopping with Junction Book Store.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Thimphu holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Paro to Thimphu takes 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Thimphu can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Thimphu

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 14:

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Kandy, Sri Lanka

Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kandy Garrison Cemetery and World Buddhist Museum. Get some cultural insight at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy War Cemetery. There's lots more to do: stroll through Udawattekele Sanctuary, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kandy trip planning tool.

You can fly from Thimphu to Kandy in 11 hours. Traveling from Thimphu to Kandy, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

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Find places to stay Jul 14 — 17:

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Colombo, Sri Lanka

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Safaris and Salie's Fine Jewelry & Gem Stones. Get some cultural insight at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and Sri Vishnu Kovil. Get out of town with these interesting Colombo side-trips: Diyasaru Park (in Sri Jayawardenepura), Ashokaramaya Temple (in Kalutara) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). There's more to do: browse the exhibits of Ganeshism Studio Gallery and pause for some serene contemplation at Borella All Saints Church.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Colombo trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Colombo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Manama.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 20:

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Manama, Bahrain

Bahrain's capital and largest city, Manama serves as a commercial and financial hub, keeping pace with other Gulf capitals dominating this part of the world.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to City Centre Bahrain and Qal'at al-Bahrain. Visit Al-Fatih Mosque (Great Mosque) and Khamis Mosque for their historical value. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Bahrain National Museum, join the crowd at Bahrain International Circuit, stroll through Al Dar Islands, and cool off at The Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Manama trip builder tool.

Getting from Colombo to Manama by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Traveling from Colombo to Manama, you'll gain 2.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Colombo in July, with highs in Manama at 46°C and lows at 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Riyadh.

Things to do in Manama

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 23:

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

As the nation's capital, Riyadh represents a hub of commerce, culture, and transport.
You'll explore and learn at National Museum and Al Masmak Palace Museum. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Al Nakheel Mall and Kingdom Centre Tower. There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at Granada Center, steep yourself in history at Masmak Fortress, and walk around King Abdullah Park.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Riyadh day trip planner.

Fly from Manama to Riyadh in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. In July in Riyadh, expect temperatures between 49°C during the day and 38°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Jeddah.

Things to do in Riyadh

Shopping · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 26:

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

The Bride of the Red Sea

The commercial and entertainment capital of Saudi Arabia, Jeddah offers a dazzling range of sites and activities combined with mouthwatering cuisine.
Head to Red Sea Mall and Hafez Galleryfor plenty of shopping. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Al Rahma Mosque and Masjid Taneem. Venture out of the city with trips to Mecca (Station of Ibrahim, Kaaba, &more). There's more to do: browse the different shops at Mall of Arabia and ponder the design of King Fahd's Fountain.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Jeddah day trip planning tool.

Getting from Riyadh to Jeddah by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Riyadh in July: high temperatures in Jeddah hover around 45°C and lows are around 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Kuwait City.

Things to do in Jeddah

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 26 — 29:

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Kuwait City, Kuwait

Kuwait City, the country's capital and largest urban area, combines many of the aspects of a modern, rich city of the Gulf region, with a more rugged and ordinary core.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Scientific Center and Grand Mosque. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Avenues and Marina Mall. There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at 360 Mall, shop like a local with Souk Al-Mubarakiya, explore the world behind art at Mirror House, and admire the majestic nature at Al Shaheed Park.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kuwait City travel route builder site.

Fly from Jeddah to Kuwait City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Jeddah in July: high temperatures in Kuwait City hover around 55°C and lows are around 38°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Isfahan.

Things to do in Kuwait City

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 1:

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Isfahan, Iran

Half of the World

A cultural hub in the center of the country, Esfahan boasts a proud heritage of art, architecture, and craftsmanship.
Do your shopping at Aun Art House and Iran art gallery. Visit Vank Cathedral and Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque for their historical value. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Chehel Sotoun, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jameh Mosque of Isfahan, explore the world behind art at Isfahan Music Museum, and see the interesting displays at Isfahan Seashell Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Isfahan trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Kuwait City to Isfahan in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Iran Standard Time (IRST), which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. When traveling from Kuwait City in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Isfahan, with highs around 41°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Doha.

Things to do in Isfahan

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 4:

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Doha, Qatar

Doha, Qatar's capital city, draws visitors with its constant development and expansion, making it a destination on the rise.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at National Museum of Qatar and Villaggio Mall. Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum and Museum of Islamic Art will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of State Grand Mosque, look for gifts at Mall of Qatar, take in the pleasant sights at Souq Waqif, and make a trip to The Pearl-Qatar.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Doha day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Isfahan to Doha takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Isfahan to Doha due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Isfahan in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Doha, with highs around 51°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 35°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Yerevan.

Things to do in Doha

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 4 — 7:

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Yerevan, Armenia

Pink City

Old and new sit side by side in Yerevan, showing the country's capital to be a city on the move, but also proud of its history and traditions.
Do your shopping at Eduard Isabekyan Gallery Yerevan and Gala Art Gallery. Get some cultural insight at The Monastery of Geghard and History Museum of Armenia. Get out of town with these interesting Yerevan side-trips: Tushpa Wine Cellar (in Taperakan), Garni Temple (in Garni) and Khor Virap (in Lusarat). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts, take in nature's colorful creations at Armenian Genocide Museum, admire the masterpieces at Cafesjian Center for the Arts, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Vernissage Market.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Yerevan trip builder site.

Getting from Doha to Yerevan by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Armenia Standard Time (AMT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, Yerevan is a bit cooler than Doha - with highs of 41°C and lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Beirut.

Things to do in Yerevan

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 11:

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Beirut, Lebanon

Paris of the East

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Temples of Baalbek and Churches of Harissa. Appreciate the collections at Mim Museum - Mineral Museum and Memoire Du Temps. Change things up with these side-trips from Beirut: Byblos (Byblos Castle & Miky's Accessories), Our Lady of Lebanon (in Harissa) and Baalbek Roman Ruins (in Baalbeck). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Beit Eddine, see the interesting displays at Banque Du Liban Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. George Maronite Cathedral, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Beirut.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Beirut holiday maker tool.

You can fly from Yerevan to Beirut in 5.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Yerevan to Beirut. Traveling from Yerevan in August, you will find days in Beirut are slightly colder (38°C), and nights are a bit warmer (30°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Amman.

Things to do in Beirut

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 15:

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Amman, Jordan

White City

Jordan's capital city, Amman spreads across 19 hills and includes many distinct districts, each with their own historical and cultural marvels.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Royal Automobile Museum and TIRAZ Widad Kawar Home for Arab Dress. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ajloun Castle and Jerash Ruins. Go for a jaunt from Amman to Madaba to see St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Jordan Museum, contemplate the long history of Roman Amphitheater, view the masterpieces at Love on a Bike, and explore the galleries of Dar Al-Anda Art Gallery.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Amman online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Beirut to Amman takes 5 hours. Traveling from Beirut in August, expect little chillier with lows of 24°C in Amman. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Petra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Amman

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 18:

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Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Byzantine Church and Street of Facades. Popular historic sites such as Petra and Obelisk Tomb are in your itinerary. Step out of Petra - Wadi Musa to go to Dana and see Dana Nature Reserve, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Al-Beidha - Little Petra, delve into the distant past at Temple of Dushares, take an in-depth tour of Petra Museum, and admire the striking features of The Great Temple.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Petra - Wadi Musa trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Amman to Petra - Wadi Musa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Bethlehem.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 21:

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For many, Bethlehem needs no introduction.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Dar Zahran Heritage Building and Qumran National Park. Get some cultural insight at Church of the Nativity and Mahmoud Darwish Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Bethlehem: Hebron (Masjid-e-Khalil Mosque & Me'arat ha-Makhpela) and Taybeh Winery (in Ramallah). There's much more to do: revel in the low prices at Blessings Gift Shop and The Olive Wood Factory, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Lazarus, stop by St. John Souvenir, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mar Saba Monastery.

Planning Bethlehem trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Getting from Petra - Wadi Musa to Bethlehem by combination of bus, flight, and train takes about 9.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Bethlehem

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 24:

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Jerusalem, Israel

Holy City

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at International Center Mary of Nazareth and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. For shopping fun, head to Levantine Gallery or Mahane Yehuda Market. Get out of town with these interesting Jerusalem side-trips: Jaffa Old City (in Jaffa), Tel Aviv (Neve Tzedek, The Russian Orthodox Church, &more) and Nazareth (Nazareth Village & The Church of the Annunciation). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Old City of Jerusalem, steep yourself in history at Temple Mount, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Jerusalem Archaeological Park, and take an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Jerusalem online road trip planner.

Getting from Bethlehem to Jerusalem by bus takes about an hour. In August, daytime highs in Jerusalem are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 24 — 29:

Turkmenistan travel guide

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Ruins · Landmarks · Geologic Formations
With a population of just 5 million and the majority of its area part of one of the driest deserts on the planet, Turkmenistan remains one of the world's least explored destinations. Known largely for the eccentric dictatorship of Saparmyrat Niyazov, who died in 2006, this desert land boasts great natural beauty and centuries-old traditions. A tour of Turkmenistan reveals a series of thriving cities, once important stops on the ancient Silk Road. Probably the most convenient of the country's urban centers, Ashgabat serves as the national capital and most developed city, known for its white-marble buildings housing theaters, museums, and shopping malls.

Tajikistan travel guide

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Landmarks · Parks · History Museums
Caravans loaded with goods passed through Tajikistan when the ancient Silk Road ran through this country; today, it is one of the world's poorest and least explored nations. Devastated by the civil war of the 1990s, Tajikistan tourism has recently bounced back, as the country's unspoiled mountain landscapes attract a growing number of daring climbers and adventurous travelers. Picturesque highland villages welcome foreign explorers searching for an authentic Central Asian experience in a place seemingly frozen in time. Roads are practically nonexistent in many places and public transport unreliable, but the hospitable Tajiks treat visitors with such warmth and kindness you're not likely to mind the lack of amenities and modern distractions.

Pakistan travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Shopping Malls · Specialty Museums
Occupying territory inhabited since prehistoric times, Pakistan saw more than its share of ancient invaders, from the Bronze Age civilizations that thrived in the Indus Valley to the armies of Alexander of Macedonia. Each culture left a deep mark on the country's cultural heritage, shaping its religious traditions, art, and cuisine. Because of continued political instability in the region, few casual travelers consider a trip to Pakistan for pleasure, yet the intrepid explorers who do will discover a land blessed with numerous natural and cultural treasures. While thriving cities lie in the country's south, the remote and rarely visited north remains a wild frontier of soaring mountain ranges, which include K2, the world's second-highest mountain.

Bhutan travel guide

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Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Sacred & Religious Sites
Last Shangrila
Thanks to its location in the Himalayas, tiny Bhutan's main tourist attraction is its stunning natural scenery. The last of the world's Buddhist kingdoms, this mountainous country boasts stretches of fertile land and a small population surviving on subsistence farming. Visitors seeking culturally enriching experiences take a trip to Bhutan to discover a mysterious and magic mountain kingdom where traditional Buddhism slowly and carefully accepts the developments of the modern world. Popular things to do in this "Last Shangrila" include bird-watching, hiking, and biking through some of the planet's least-spoiled wilderness areas, where commercial tourism still seems a concept from a distant future.

Sri Lanka travel guide

4.1
Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.

Bahrain travel guide

3.6
Water Parks · Gift & Specialty Shops · Sacred & Religious Sites
Popular with tourists for its blend of ancient heritage and modern Arabian culture, the compact island country of Bahrain sits near the Persian Gulf's western shores and boasts a lively economy largely based on petroleum refining and international banking. Claiming to be the actual location of the biblical Garden of Eden, the country enjoys a tropical climate and offers a string of luxury beachfront resorts, appealing to some of the world's wealthiest vacationers. Budget travelers on holiday in Bahrain concentrate on the thriving food and arts scenes of capital Manama, known for having one of the world's largest mosques. From there, you'll have easy access to plenty of other popular activities, such as scuba diving, horse racing, pearl diving, and bird-watching.

Saudi Arabia travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Shopping Malls
With coastlines on two seas, Saudi Arabia boasts some of the world's top scuba diving locations. At the same time, it has tourist attractions of such cultural heft as Mecca and Medina, the most sacred destinations for Muslim travelers and pilgrims. When it comes to relaxation and recreation, a trip to Saudi Arabia opens a world of possibilities for outdoor adventures, which include desert excursions by horse or camel, mountain climbing, cycling, and camping under the starry sky. Think about beginning or ending your tour of Saudi Arabia in Jeddah, a cosmopolitan center of commerce, shopping, and dining situated on the Red Sea coastline.

Kuwait travel guide

3.9
Shopping Malls · Architectural Buildings · Shopping
Small in terms of land area but hugely rich in oil reserves, Kuwait sits in the middle of a region disputed by many would-be conquerors, each of whom has left an indelible mark over the ages. Expatriates make up nearly two thirds of Kuwait's population, drawn here by the thriving economy based almost entirely on petroleum exports. For casual travelers, a holiday in Kuwait means a chance to explore outstanding museums, sun-kissed beaches, and a lively restaurant scene serving authentic Arab cuisine. Less popular than some of the other oil-rich Gulf countries, Kuwait remains relatively unspoiled by mass tourism, though it boasts more than a fair share of extravagant shopping malls, picturesque marinas, and modern waterfront resorts.

Iran travel guide

4.5
Sacred & Religious Sites · Ruins · Specialty Museums
Known as Persia for most of its long history, Iran once represented a mighty empire that encompassed everything from modern Turkey in the west to India in the east. Today, visitors on a tour of Iran discover a country of numerous ethnic groups and a culture revealing traces of Arab, Greek, Mongol, and Turkish influences. Sightseeing in Iran allows you to follow in the ancient footsteps of a former world power, nowhere more apparent than at Persepolis, an old Persian capital established long before the birth of Christ and burned down by Alexander of Macedonia. Other highlights on an Iranian itinerary may include visits to cozy teahouses, busy open-air markets, vast deserts dotted with otherworldly oases, and rugged mountains presiding over plains, forests, and meandering rivers.

Qatar travel guide

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Scenic Walking Areas · Art Museums · Landmarks
Sitting on a peninsula that juts out into the Persian Gulf, little Qatar covers a small amount of territory but contains big reserves of natural gas and oil, boosting the per capita income to levels greater than in many highly industrialized Western countries. Ideal for travelers interested in taking a trip back in time, a vacation in Qatar also allows explorers to discover modern cities boasting outstanding museums, a lively arts scene, and an eclectic culinary heritage. In a country that embraces the future without forgetting its past, it's still possible to spend time learning about the centuries-old art of falconry or ride off into the sunset on the back of a docile camel.

Armenia travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Specialty Museums
A trip to Armenia may very well feel like a journey back in time, yielding the treasures of an ancient land that became the first Christianized country in distant 301 CE. Landlocked and mountainous, Armenia features a varied scenery that quickly shifts from extremely dry landscapes to dense forests carpeting steep foothills of the Lesser Caucasus. Perhaps the highlight of a vacation in Armenia, the magnificent mountains are ideal for hiking and any other outdoor activity you can think of. National capital Yerevan remains one of the world's least explored ancient cities; spend some time here to discover the bulk of Armenia's museums and other cultural venues narrating the rich story of an often-troubled region straddling two continents.

Lebanon travel guide

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Landmarks · Monuments · Ruins
With a lengthy coastline along the Mediterranean, Lebanon has attracted its share of foreign invaders, from ancient Phoenicians and Egyptians to the medieval Crusaders and Ottoman Turks. Each of these peoples left an indelible mark on the tiny country's cultural heritage, art, religious traditions, and cuisine. Though it shares a border with troubled Syria, Lebanon remains one of the Arab world's most charming destinations. A tour of Lebanon allows travelers to discover modern seaside resorts, ancient ruins, lush nature reserves, and dynamic cities. Base your Lebanon vacation in Beirut, a cosmopolitan capital known for its cafe culture and European architecture, as well as many museums, parks, and squares.

Jordan travel guide

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Historic Sites · Ruins · Deserts
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.

West Bank travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Ruins
Steeped in biblical history, the West Bank offers a wide variety of historical and heritage tours. A trip to the West Bank would normally include a visit to the birthplace of Jesus, various ancient baptismal sites, and East Jerusalem. Churches, mosques, and old palace walls, historic souks, and bustling neighborhoods give much color to this politically divided region, where checkpoints are never far from sight. Follow the footsteps of ancient saints and see some fine Arab heritage, then get out into nature in the wadis and oases. A typical summer vacation in the West Bank will invariably involve a dip in the Dead Sea. The delicious local Mediterranean cuisine needs no introduction: think falafel, shawarma, hummus, and seasonal salads.

Israel travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Ruins
Land of Creation
Surprisingly diverse for such a narrow strip of land pressed against the Mediterranean, modern Israel only dates back to 1948, though the history of this "Holy Land" spans many millennia. The big three monotheistic religions--Christianity, Judaism, and Islam--maintain extremely strong ties to this part of the world, so you can expect to see plenty of historic churches, mosques, and synagogues during your holiday in Israel. Beyond the undeniable cultural appeal, Israel also offers impressive natural features, including the Dead Sea and Makhtesh Ramon, one of the world's biggest craters. As you tour Israel, you'll find yourself following in the footsteps of figures that helped shape the world thousands of years ago.