17 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

17 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  18 h 45 min
1
Paphos, Cyprus
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Ayia Napa, Cyprus
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
3
Beirut, Lebanon
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Damascus, Syria
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 45 min
5
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 15 min
7
Manama, Bahrain
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 45 min
8
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Drive:  7 h 30 min
9
Sanaa, Yemen
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Taxi:  9 h 30 min
10
Kuwait City, Kuwait
— 1 day
Fly:  2 h
11
Doha, Qatar
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
12
Erbil, Iraq
— 2 nights
Fly:  23 h 30 min
End: Vancouver, Canada

1
night
Paphos, Cyprus

Paphos ©
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Aphrodite's Rock, explore the ancient world of Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, delve into the distant past at Tombs of the Kings, thenlook for gifts at The Little Shop, and finally examine the collection at Panagia (Monastery) of Kykkos.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Paphos day trip tool.

Vancouver, Canada to Paphos is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 10 hours. Traveling from Vancouver in August, expect Paphos to be a bit warmer, temps between 37°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ayia Napa.

Things to do in Paphos

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Aphrodite's Rock, Panagia (Monastery) of Kykkos
Highlights from your plan
Panagia (Monastery) of Kykkos ©
Panagia (Monastery) of Kykkos
Tombs of the Kings ©
Tombs of the Kings
Aphrodite's Rock ©
Aphrodite's Rock

1
night
Ayia Napa, Cyprus

Ayia Napa ©
Though Ayia Napa boasts archaeological sites and the largest water park in Europe, the city is best known as a party hub.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): make a trip to Cape Greco National Forest Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Fig Tree Bay, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Konnos Bay, and finally kick back and relax at Nissi Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ayia Napa journey planner.

Drive from Paphos to Ayia Napa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Beirut.

Things to do in Ayia Napa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Fig Tree Bay
Highlights from your plan
Nissi Beach ©
Nissi Beach
Konnos Bay ©
Konnos Bay
Fig Tree Bay ©
Fig Tree Bay

1
night
Beirut, Lebanon

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint George and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Beirut route planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Ayia Napa to Beirut takes 5 hours. In August in Beirut, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Damascus.

Things to do in Beirut

Tours Wineries Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint George ©
Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint George

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Al Azem Palace (Palace of As'ad, Pasha al-'Azm), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Damascus Umayyad Mosque, thenhunt for treasures at Souq al-Hamidiyyeh, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Qassioun (Jebal Kasioun).

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Damascus visit app.

Getting from Beirut to Damascus by car takes about 2.5 hours. When traveling from Beirut in August, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Damascus: temperatures range from 44°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Dubai.

Things to do in Damascus

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Souq al-Hamidiyyeh ©
Souq al-Hamidiyyeh
Damascus Umayyad Mosque ©
Damascus Umayyad Mosque

3
nights
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Dubai is known for shopping, theme parks, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: cool off at Wild Wadi Waterpark, stop by Dubai Gold Souk, take an in-depth tour of Al Fahidi Fort, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jumeirah Mosque.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Dubai itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Damascus to Dubai takes 6.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Gulf Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Damascus in August, you will find days in Dubai are somewhat warmer (49°C), and nights are much warmer (38°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Abu Dhabi.

Things to do in Dubai

Theme Parks Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Wild Wadi Waterpark ©
Wild Wadi Waterpark
The Dubai Mall ©
The Dubai Mall
Burj Khalifa ©
Burj Khalifa

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Sat), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, thenfind something for the whole family at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Abu Dhabi trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Abu Dhabi sees daily highs of 50°C and lows of 37°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Manama.

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Theme Parks Spas Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque ©
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi ©
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Spas

1
night
Manama, Bahrain

Manama ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Khamis Mosque, thendelve into the distant past at Qal'at al-Bahrain, thenget engrossed in the history at Bahrain National Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Al-Fatih Mosque (Great Mosque).

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Manama online driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Abu Dhabi to Manama in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Arabian Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Abu Dhabi in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Manama: temperatures range from 47°C by day to 38°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Riyadh.

Things to do in Manama

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Al-Fatih Mosque (Great Mosque) ©
Al-Fatih Mosque (Great Mosque)
Qal'at al-Bahrain ©
Qal'at al-Bahrain
Bahrain National Museum ©
Bahrain National Museum

1
night
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Riyadh ©
As the nation's capital, Riyadh represents a hub of commerce, culture, and transport.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Rajhi Grand Mosque, thensteep yourself in history at Masmak Fortress, and finally see the interesting displays at National Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Riyadh trip website.

Getting from Manama to Riyadh by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. In August, daytime highs in Riyadh are 49°C, while nighttime lows are 39°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sanaa.

Things to do in Riyadh

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Al Rajhi Grand Mosque ©
Al Rajhi Grand Mosque
Masmak Fortress ©
Masmak Fortress
National Museum ©
National Museum

1
day
Sanaa, Yemen

Sanaa ©
One of the oldest cities in the world, the capital Sanaa provides visitors with a rich taste of ancient Arabian culture.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): make a trip to Al Saleh Mosque and then explore the historical opulence of Dar al-Hajar.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sanaa attractions planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Riyadh to Sanaa in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Riyadh in August, expect Sanaa to be much colder, temps between 33°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kuwait City.

Things to do in Sanaa

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Dar al-Hajar ©
Dar al-Hajar
Al Saleh Mosque ©
Al Saleh Mosque

1
day
Kuwait City, Kuwait

Kuwait City ©
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.
On the 19th (Wed), admire the majestic nature at Al Shaheed Park, thenadmire the striking features of Kuwait Towers, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Grand Mosque.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kuwait City trip maker website.

You can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi from Sanaa to Kuwait City in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Sanaa in August, expect Kuwait City to be much warmer, temps between 54°C and 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Doha.

Things to do in Kuwait City

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Al Shaheed Park ©
Al Shaheed Park
Kuwait Towers ©
Kuwait Towers
Grand Mosque ©
Grand Mosque

1
night
Doha, Qatar

Doha ©
Doha, Qatar's capital city, draws visitors with its constant development and expansion, making it a destination on the rise.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): don't miss a visit to The Corniche, explore the world behind art at Museum of Islamic Art, and then go for a walk through Souq Waqif.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Doha route maker app.

Fly from Kuwait City to Doha in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Kuwait City in August, expect nights in Doha to be about the same, around 35°C, while days are slightly colder, around 51°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Erbil.

Things to do in Doha

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Islamic Art ©
Museum of Islamic Art
Souq Waqif ©
Souq Waqif
The Corniche ©
The Corniche

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): walk around Shanadar Park, contemplate the long history of Erbil Citadel, and then stroll around Sami Abdulrahman Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Erbil trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Doha to Erbil in 5.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Erbil when traveling from Doha in August, with lows around 32°C. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll 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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