16 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

16 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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16 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

Start: Erbil, Iraq
Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 15​min
2
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
3
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  19​h 30​min
4
Ahmadi, Kuwait
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
5
Yasuj, Iran
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
6
Isfahan, Iran
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
7
Erbil, Iraq
— 1 night
End: Erbil, Iraq

3
nights
Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany

Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler ©
Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler is a renowned spa town in the German Bundesland of Rhineland-Palatinate that serves as the capital of the Ahrweiler district. Explore Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler's surroundings by going to Burg Eltz (in Wierschem) and Trier (Hauptmarkt, St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), & more). There's more to do: examine the collection at Dokumentationsstaette Regierungsbunker.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler vacation maker tool .

Erbil, Iraq to Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Trier, Burg Eltz
Highlights from your plan
St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom) ©
St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom)
Porta Nigra ©
Porta Nigra

3
nights
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Higashiyama), Kyoto (Kinkaku-ji & Gion) and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler to Osaka. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. In June, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kyoto
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

3
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, wander the streets of Odaiba, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel route planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ahmadi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
day
Ahmadi, Kuwait

Ahmadi ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at Miral Complex and then don't miss a visit to The Ahmad Al-Jaber Oil & Gas Exhibition.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ahmadi trip itinerary maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tokyo to Ahmadi. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time to Arabia Standard Time is minus 6 hours. When traveling from Tokyo in June, plan for much warmer days in Ahmadi, with highs around 52°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 35°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Yasuj.

Things to do in Ahmadi

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Ahmad Al-Jaber Oil & Gas Exhibition ©
Miral Complex ©
Miral Complex

1
day
Yasuj, Iran

Yasuj
Yasuj is a city in and the capital of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province, Iran. On the 17th (Mon), admire the local landmark of Yasuj Waterfall.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Yasuj sightseeing planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ahmadi to Yasuj. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Isfahan.

2
nights
Isfahan, Iran

Isfahan ©
A cultural hub in the center of the country, Esfahan boasts a proud heritage of art, architecture, and craftsmanship.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jameh Mosque of Isfahan, then contemplate the long history of Naqsh-e Jahan Square, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, and finally see the interesting displays at Vank Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Chehel Sotoun, explore the historical opulence of Aali Qapu Palace, snap pictures at Khajou Bridge, then take in the views from Siosepol Bridge, and finally explore the world behind art at Isfahan Music Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Isfahan travel route app .

Drive from Yasuj to Isfahan in 4.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Erbil.

Things to do in Isfahan

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Isfahan Music Museum ©
Isfahan Music Museum
Naqsh-e Jahan Square ©
Naqsh-e Jahan Square
Siosepol  Bridge ©
Siosepol Bridge

1
night
Erbil, Iraq

Erbil ©
The capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, Erbil occupies perhaps the longest-inhabited land in the world, with the earliest human settlement here possibly dating back to 5000 BCE.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): walk around Sami Abdulrahman Park, steep yourself in history at Erbil Citadel, and then stroll around Shanadar Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Erbil road trip planning tool .

Fly from Isfahan to Erbil in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Isfahan in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Erbil, with lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sami Abdulrahman Park ©
Sami Abdulrahman Park
Erbil Citadel ©
Erbil Citadel
Shanadar Park ©
Shanadar Park

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