33 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

33 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Seogwipo, South Korea
— 5 nights
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Nagasaki, Japan
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
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Takayama, Japan
— 3 nights
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Fly to Taiwan Taoyuan, Foot to Airport Terminal 2 Station, Train to Hualien
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Hualien, Taiwan
— 3 nights
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Kaohsiung, Taiwan
— 3 nights
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Xiamen, China
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Lijiang, China
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 4 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get a sense of the local culture at World Heritage Kinderdijk and Zuiderzeemuseum. Get some historical perspective at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) and Canals area. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum) (in Utrecht), Markthal (in Rotterdam) and Nederlands Openluchtmuseum (in Arnhem). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Zaanse Schans and get curious at Body Worlds.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam online vacation planner.

Durban, South Africa to Amsterdam is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Durban to Amsterdam is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Durban in December, things will get much colder in Amsterdam: highs are around 9°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to fly to Seogwipo.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Seogwipo, South Korea

— 5 nights
Jeju Island's second city, Seogwipo acts as a base for explorations of the island's south.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Teddy Bear Museum Jeju and Joanne Bear Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Zippo Museum and Gidang Art Museum. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Seongsan Ilchulbong, browse the eclectic array of goods at Seogwipo Maeil Olleh Market, laugh and play at Play Kpop, and see the interesting displays at Bonte Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Seogwipo travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Amsterdam to Seogwipo by flight takes about 17.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Seogwipo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Seogwipo

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Nagasaki, Japan

— 4 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mt. Inasa and Glover Garden. Visit Nagasaki Peace Park and Nagasaki Kameyama Shachu for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagasaki: Hirado (Zuiun-ji Temple, Matsuura Historical Museum, &more). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, examine the collection at Nagasaki Bekko Kogeikan, contemplate the long history of St. Domingo Church Museum, and get into the urban bustle at The Confucian Temple, the Chinese Museum of Successive Generations.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Nagasaki online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Seogwipo to Nagasaki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Hiroshima, Japan

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Appreciate the collections at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Itsukushima Shrine Treasure Hall. Discover out-of-the-way places like Itsukushima Shrine and Mt. Misen. Take a break from Hiroshima with a short trip to Miyajima in Hatsukaichi, about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima day trip app.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In January in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can take a train to Takayama.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Takayama, Japan

— 3 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, then visit Sanmachi Suji, then admire the masterpieces at Furui Machinami Museum Kiyoshi Yamashita Gengaten, and finally step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Old Toyama Folk House Museum, then don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and then see the interesting displays at Enshono Yakata.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Takayama holiday maker.

Getting from Hiroshima to Takayama by train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Hiroshima in January: highs in Takayama hover around 5°C, while lows dip to 0°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Hualien.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hualien, Taiwan

— 3 nights
Kuang Long Museum and Kuang Long Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chishingtan Scenic Area and Xiao Zhui Lu Trail.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hualien itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Takayama to Hualien by combination of flight and train takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Taipei Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kaohsiung.

Things to do in Hualien

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Kaohsiung, Taiwan

— 3 nights

Harbor City

A small trading town in the 17th century, Kaohsiung now stands as a sprawling metropolis, its harbor representing the largest on the island.
Popular historic sites such as Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum and Siziwan Guesthouses of Chiang Kai-shek are in your itinerary. Chimei Museum and Tainan Meteorology Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Kaohsiung with a short trip to Taiwan Kaituo Shiliao Wax Museum in Anping, about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at The Pier-2 Art Centre, kick back and relax at Qi Jing Bathing Beach, head off the coast to Cijin Island, and browse the range of quality goods at FE21' Dayuanbai.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kaohsiung road trip site.

Traveling by train from Hualien to Kaohsiung takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daily temperatures in Kaohsiung can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Xiamen.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Xiamen, China

— 1 night

Garden Island

Known for centuries as a gateway to China, the port city of Xiamen has become a destination in itself, first to domestic visitors and now to a growing number of people from across the world.
On the 16th (Mon), deepen your understanding at Xiamen University and then get a taste of the local shopping with Gulangyu.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Xiamen tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Kaohsiung to Xiamen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Kaohsiung in January, expect Xiamen to be a bit cooler, temps between 21°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Lijiang.

Things to do in Xiamen

Shopping · Nature · Historic Sites · Parks

Lijiang, China

— 3 nights

Suzhou on the Plateau

The cultural capital of the Naxi people, one of the 55 minority ethnic groups in the country, Lijang traces its history back over 800 years, with the city developing from a trading post on the ancient Southern Silk Road.
On the 17th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Museum of Naxi Dongba Culture, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China, and then take a stroll through Ancient City Zhongyi Market. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of The Ancient Tea Horse Road Museum and then contemplate the long history of Shuhe Ancient Town.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lijiang travel planning site.

You can fly from Xiamen to Lijiang in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lijiang

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

South Korea travel guide

4.2
Shopping · History Museums · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Taiwan travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Gift & Specialty Shops · Shopping Malls
Heart of Asia
A sliver of land just off China's east coastline, Taiwan represents one of the world's most densely populated countries--and one of Asia's most powerful economies. History buffs on a tour of Taiwan will discover ancient artifacts stored at outstanding national museums narrating nearly 10,000 years of Asia's history. Those interested in more active pursuits can organize a Taiwan itinerary around its modern mountain resorts, well-developed beaches, and protected forests sheltering hundreds of species of native plant and animal life. Begin your visit in Taipei, a vibrant capital city with a thriving entertainment scene, relatively inexpensive accommodations, and an eclectic culinary scene.

China travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Observation Decks · History Museums
With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.