29 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

29 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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29 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

Start: Sofia, Bulgaria
Fly + Drive:  6​h
1
Vatican City, Italy
— 7 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
2
Jerusalem, Israel
— 7 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 45​min
3
Medina, Saudi Arabia
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 45​min
4
Mecca, Saudi Arabia
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  19​h 45​min
5
Lumbini, Nepal
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Sofia, Bulgaria


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7
nights
Vatican City, Italy

Vatican City ©
Covering 44 hectares (110 acres) in the city center of Rome, the wall-enclosed sovereign state of Vatican City is one of the most famous religious sites worldwide, serving as the papal residence and home of the Roman Catholic church.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vatican City: Aprilia (Monumento in Memoria di Flechter Waters & Il Cerchio nel Grano), Giardino del lago (in Anguillara Sabazia) and Sicily Rome American Cemetery and Memorial (in Nettuno). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, appreciate the history behind Monument to Alexander VII, take in the spiritual surroundings of Baldacchino di San Pietro, di Bernini, and see the interesting displays at Stanze di Raffaello.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Vatican City trip planner .

Sofia, Bulgaria to Vatican City is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Sofia to Vatican City is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sofia in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Vatican City: highs are around 34°C and lows about 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Vatican City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Aprilia, Giardino del lago, Bunker Soratte, Sicily Rome American Cemetery and Memorial
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
La Pieta ©
La Pieta

7
nights
Jerusalem, Israel

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Masada National Park (in Masada), The Church of the Annunciation (in Nazareth) and Masada Fortress (in Arad). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, admire the masterpieces at Israel Museum, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and delve into the distant past at Western Wall.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Jerusalem trip itinerary maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Vatican City to Jerusalem. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Israel Standard Time is 1 hour. In June, daytime highs in Jerusalem are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Medina.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Tel Aviv, Mount Tabor, Masada National Park, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Masada Fortress
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Food Tours
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

3
nights
Medina, Saudi Arabia

Medina ©
Most tourism in Medina, the second-holiest city in Islam, comes from pilgrims who visit as part of the Hajj, an annual traditional journey that ends in Mecca.
Medina is known for historic sites, nature, shopping, museums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Masjid an Nabawi, contemplate the long history of Abu Bakar Masjed, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Uhud, and don't miss a visit to Masjid Al Ghamamah.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Medina travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Jerusalem to Medina by flight takes about 10 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Jerusalem to Medina. In July, plan for daily highs up to 50°C, and evening lows to 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mecca.

Things to do in Medina

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Al Masjid an Nabawi ©
Al Masjid an Nabawi
Masjid Quba ©
Masjid Quba
Masjid Al Qiblatayn ©
Masjid Al Qiblatayn

5
nights
Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Mecca ©
The city of Mecca boasts the statues of the holiest site in Islam, and represents the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad and therefore the religion itself.
Explore Mecca's surroundings by going to Jeddah (Hassan Enany Mosque, Biet Nassif, & more). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Kaaba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Station of Ibrahim, steep yourself in history at Mount Arafat, and don't miss a visit to Jabal al-Nour.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Mecca itinerary planner .

Getting from Medina to Mecca by combination of flight and bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 51°C in July, and nighttime lows around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Lumbini.

Things to do in Mecca

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Jeddah
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Kaaba ©
Kaaba
Station of Ibrahim ©
Station of Ibrahim
Jabal al-Nour ©
Jabal al-Nour

3
nights
Lumbini, Nepal

Lumbini ©
An important place of Buddhist pilgrimage, Lumbini represents the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha.
Lumbini is known for historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Thrangu Monastery, delve into the distant past at Kudan Stupa, make a trip to Lumbini Monastic Site, and appreciate the history behind Lumbini.

For other places to visit and tourist information, read Lumbini driving holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Mecca to Lumbini with the Route module. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Nepal Time (NPT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Mecca in July, expect Lumbini to be little chillier, temps between 39°C and 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lumbini

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Siddha Baba Temple
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Maya Devi Temple ©
Maya Devi Temple
Lumbini ©
Lumbini
World Peace Pagoda ©
World Peace Pagoda

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