23 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

23 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

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23 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
New Taipei, Taiwan
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Hong Kong, China
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Foot + Bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Shanghai, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Beijing, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
6
Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
Train:  4​h 15​min
7
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney, Australia

3
nights
New Taipei, Taiwan

New Taipei ©
Xinbei, also known as New Taipei City, stands as a newly founded part of the wider Taipei metropolitan area, stretching up from the capital to the island's northern coast.
On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hsing Tian Kong, then take an in-depth tour of National Palace Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with Taipei 101, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lungshan Temple.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our New Taipei trip itinerary builder tool .

Sydney, Australia to New Taipei is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to China Standard Time (CST) is minus 2 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Sydney in August: high temperatures in New Taipei hover around 39°C and lows are around 31°C. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hong Kong.

Things to do in New Taipei

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Taipei
Highlights from your plan
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) ©
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)

2
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Keep things going the next day: laugh and play at Ocean Park, then see the interesting displays at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, and then take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak).

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hong Kong online trip planner .

Traveling by flight from New Taipei to Hong Kong takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of train and flight. August in Hong Kong sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

3
nights
Shanghai, China

Shanghai ©
With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), then take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, then see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and finally take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan).

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Shanghai trip tool .

You can fly from Hong Kong to Shanghai in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. In September, Shanghai is slightly colder than Hong Kong - with highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)

3
nights
Beijing, China

Beijing ©
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, admire the striking features of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Heaven, and examine the collection at National Museum Of China.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Beijing day trip planning website .

You can fly from Shanghai to Beijing in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Shanghai in September since evenings lows in Beijing dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ulaanbaatar.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

2
nights
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar ©
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
Spend the 11th (Wed) exploring nature at Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Gandantegchenling Monastery, pause for some photo ops at Zaisan Memorial, examine the collection at Choijin Lama Temple Museum, and stop by Mary & Martha Mongolia.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ulaanbaatar trip website .

Fly from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. When traveling from Beijing in September, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Ulaanbaatar: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
National History Museum ©
National History Museum
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park ©
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
Genghis Khan Square ©
Genghis Khan Square

2
nights
Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©
Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Kremlin Walls and Towers, admire the striking features of Lenin's Mausoleum, then make a trip to Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad), then stroll the grounds of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, and finally see the interesting displays at Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Moscow tour builder website .

Traveling by flight from Ulaanbaatar to Moscow takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Ulaanbaatar Time to Moscow Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Ulaanbaatar in September since evenings lows in Moscow dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Red Square ©
Red Square
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral
State Tretyakov Gallery ©
State Tretyakov Gallery

4
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, parks, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Peterhof Grand Palace, examine the collection at Russian Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Catherine Palace and Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg trip tool .

Traveling by train from Moscow to St. Petersburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

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