18 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

18 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Dublin, Ireland
Fly:  5 h 45 min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
2
Kathmandu, Nepal
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  2 h
3
Thimphu, Bhutan
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Paro, Bhutan
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
5
Pokhara, Nepal
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
6
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  16 h 15 min
End: London, United Kingdom

2
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.
On the 17th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Rustem Pasha Mosque, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , then admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, then don't miss a visit to Hippodrome, and finally don't miss a visit to Sultanahmet Square.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul travel planning tool.

Dublin, Ireland to Istanbul is an approximately 6- hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Turkey Time is 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Dublin in August, with highs in Istanbul at 34°C and lows at 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Kathmandu.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

3
nights
Kathmandu, Nepal

Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
Kathmandu is known for historic sites, spas, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Garden of Dreams, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Boudhanath Stupa, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kathmandu travel route planner.

Fly from Istanbul to Kathmandu in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Nepal Time (NPT) is 2.8 hours. In August in Kathmandu, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Thimphu.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Helicopter Tours
Walking tours
Climbing Tours

3
nights
Thimphu, Bhutan

Thimphu ©
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Thimphu is known for scenic drive, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), appreciate the history behind Kuenselphodrang, don't miss a visit to Changangkha Lhakhang, and contemplate the long history of Simtokha Dzong.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Thimphu route planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Kathmandu to Thimphu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, train, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Kathmandu to Thimphu is 0.2 hours. Traveling from Kathmandu in August, things will get little chillier in Thimphu: highs are around 30°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Paro.

Things to do in Thimphu

Historic Sites Tours Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong) ©
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong)
Kuenselphodrang ©
Kuenselphodrang
Chagri Dorjeden Monastery ©
Chagri Dorjeden Monastery

2
nights
Paro, Bhutan

Paro ©
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.
On the 26th (Wed), see the interesting displays at National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyichu Lhakhang, and then explore and take pictures at Chele La Pass. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Drukgyel Dzong, make a trip to Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang, then steep yourself in history at Rinpung Dzong, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dzongdrakha Monastry.

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Traveling by car from Thimphu to Paro takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Pokhara.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Rinpung Dzong ©
Rinpung Dzong
Kyichu Lhakhang ©
Kyichu Lhakhang
Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang ©
Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang

2
nights
Pokhara, Nepal

Pokhara, the second largest city in the country, attracts visitors with its superlative natural wonders and easygoing atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake), glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then admire the sheer force of Devi's Fall. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Gupteswar Gupha, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Pokhara day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Paro to Pokhara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Paro to Pokhara is minus 0.2 hours. In August, Pokhara is somewhat warmer than Paro - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yangon (Rangoon).

Things to do in Pokhara

Tours Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake) ©
Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake)
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar

Although Myanmar moved its capital to Naypyidaw in 2005, Yangon remains the largest city and commercial hub in the country.
Step out of Yangon (Rangoon) with an excursion to Bogyoke Aung San Market in Pabedan--about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Shwedagon Pagoda, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Botahtaung Pagoda, and try for a hole-in-one at SWING High Definition Golf.

For maps and tourist information, use the Yangon (Rangoon) visit planner.

You can fly from Pokhara to Yangon (Rangoon) in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Pokhara to Yangon (Rangoon), you'll lose 0.8 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yangon (Rangoon)

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Bogyoke Aung San Market
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Shwedagon Pagoda ©
Shwedagon Pagoda
Sule Pagoda ©
Sule Pagoda

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