38 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

38 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
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Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Beijing, China
— 4 nights
Fly
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Shanghai, China
— 3 nights
Fly
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Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly
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Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
Train
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Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
Train
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Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly
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Manila, Philippines
— 2 nights
Fly to Boracay, Ferry to Boracay
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Boracay, Philippines
— 2 nights
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El Nido, Philippines
— 3 nights
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St. Petersburg, Russia

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

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.
On the 3rd (Sun), steep yourself in history at Summer Palace of Peter the Great. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of History of Religion Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sobor Svyatoy Zhivonachal'noy Troitsy, pause for some serene contemplation at Nikolo-Bogoyavlenskiy Morskoy Sobor, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Grand Choral Synagogue, then examine the collection at Monplaisir Historical Palace Museum, and finally examine the collection at Sovereign's Fun.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read St. Petersburg online trip itinerary builder.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiport is Pulkovo Airport. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to fly to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Moscow, Russia

— 2 nights

Third Rome

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Krutitskoe Podvorye and Trinity Cathedral. Do some cultural sightseeing at Red Square and Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines. Get out of town with these interesting Moscow side-trips: Sergiyev Posad (Gefsimansky Chernigovsky Skit (convent), Sergiyev Posad State History and Art Museum Preserve, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at L. Tolstoi's Khamovniki Memorial Estate, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of SS Martha and Mary, and steep yourself in history at Lobnoye Mesto.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Moscow trip planner.

Fly from St. Petersburg to Moscow in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Moscow can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Ulaanbaatar.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

— 2 nights
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dashchoilin Monastery, take an in-depth tour of National History Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at 976 Art Gallery, then examine the collection at International Intellectual Museum, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Galleria Ulaanbaatar. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Aryabal Meditation Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chenresig Temple, admire the striking features of Gandantegchenling Monastery, stop by Mongolian Quilting Centre, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul, and finally explore the striking landscape of Bogd Khan Uul National Park.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ulaanbaatar trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Moscow to Ulaanbaatar takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Moscow to Ulaanbaatar is 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Beijing.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Beijing, China

— 4 nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and The Palace Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Meridian Gate (Wu Men) and Lama Temple (Yonghegong). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan), stop by Back Lakes (Hou Hai), steep yourself in history at Huanghuacheng Water Great Wall Ticket Office, and contemplate the waterfront views at Beihai Park (Beihai Gongyuan).

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Beijing trip planner.

You can fly from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Ulaanbaatar in July, with highs in Beijing at 38°C and lows at 26°C. On the 15th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Shanghai, China

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Orient

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.
On the 15th (Fri), stroll around Fuxing Park and then wander the streets of Taikang Road. Keep things going the next day: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), then see the interesting displays at Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, and then get a dose of the wild on Travel China Guide.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Shanghai trip builder app.

Fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 30°C in Shanghai. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Seoul.

Things to do in Shanghai

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Seoul, South Korea

— 4 nights
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Visit Changgyeonggung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace for their historical value. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Hanagae Beach and Eulwangni Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Incheon (Wangsan Beach, Masian Beach, &more). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, pause for some serene contemplation at Myeong-dong Cathedral, take a stroll through Insadong, and make a trip to Bongeunsa Temple.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Seoul planning website.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Seoul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and subway; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from China Standard Time to Korean Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Shanghai in July: high temperatures in Seoul hover around 34°C and lows are around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to fly to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Busan, South Korea

— 2 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Get some cultural insight at Haedong Yonggungsa and Yeongnamlu. Get some historical perspective at Gyeongju Historic Area and Birthplace of President Roh Moo-hyun. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Busan: Junam Reservoir (in Changwon) and Gyeongju Bird Park (in Gyeongju). There's still lots to do: stroll through Gwangalli Beach, kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jangsan Mountain, and walk around Yongdusan Park.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Busan sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Busan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. July in Busan sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Kyoto, Japan

— 2 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
On the 26th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Hero Tour Japan, see the interesting displays at Kyoto Railway Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, then go for a walk through Gion, and finally make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heian Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto travel route builder.

Fly from Busan to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In July, daytime highs in Kyoto are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Osaka, Japan

— 2 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka travel route builder tool.

Take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Osaka are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Museums

Tokyo, Japan

— 4 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Waho-An NATURE Tokyo and Odaiba District. We've included these beaches for you: Onjuku Beach and Ubara Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Morito Beach (in Hayama-machi), Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, &more) and Kishamichi Promenade (in Yokohama). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Kanda Myojin, steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, and take a stroll through Kagurazaka.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

Getting from Osaka to Tokyo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Tokyo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Manila.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Manila, Philippines

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Orient

The capital of the Philippines and the "Pearl of the Orient," Manila truly resembles a gem: rough on the outside, but glittering within.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, steep yourself in history at Bonifacio High Street, then stop by The Fort, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Malate Church, and finally admire the striking features of San Sebastian Church. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Fort Santiago, explore the galleries of Rizal Shrine, get engrossed in the history at National Museum Of Anthropology, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Saint Agustin, then take a stroll through Intramuros, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of San Agustin Church.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Manila holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Manila takes 7.5 hours. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time to Philippine Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Boracay.

Things to do in Manila

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Boracay, Philippines

— 2 nights
All of 7 km (4.3 mi) long, the island of Boracay remains an idyllic destination drawing beach-goers from around the world.
On the 4th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Balinghai Beach, relax and rejuvenate at Legacy Gym Boracay, enjoy the sand and surf at Ilig Iligan Beach, get outside with Scotty's Action Sports Network, Inc. Boracay, then buy something for everyone on your list at E Mall, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at White Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, stroll through Bulabog Beach, get outside with Dude's Island Activities, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach), then kick back and relax at Diniwid Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Boracay online road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Manila to Boracay takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In August in Boracay, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to El Nido.

Things to do in Boracay

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

El Nido, Philippines

— 3 nights

Heaven on Earth

The coastal region of El Nido includes a mainland area of jungle, beaches, and cliffs, as well as 45 limestone islands and islets.
Visit Hidden Beach and Star Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Big Lagoon and Simizu Island. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Matinloc Island, explore the activities along Small Lagoon, get outside with Lio Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Nacpan Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read El Nido trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Boracay to El Nido takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in El Nido

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Russia travel guide

4.7
Specialty Museums · Churches · Monuments
Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

Mongolia travel guide

4.2
Monuments · National Parks · History Museums
Land of the Blue Sky
An active outdoor vacation in Mongolia lets you get away from the modern world and explore a lifestyle long forgotten almost everywhere else on the planet. This sprawling "Land of the Blue Sky" extends between Russia and China, with a vast steppe populated by a just few hardy nomadic tribes. Remote and isolated for most of the 20th century, Mongolia now represents one of the world's burgeoning travel destinations, appealing to hikers, campers, and nature lovers of all ages. Used to the nomadic life, locals easily bond with foreign visitors and proudly gush about their country's awe-inspiring landscapes of steppes, mountains, and lakes, all with a wealth of wildlife and exotic plants.

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.

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 · Parks
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.

Philippines travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Bodies of Water
Pearl of the Orient Seas
Encompassing over 7,600 islands, the Philippines offer plenty of vacation ideas for active travelers. Though the island chain's location leaves it vulnerable to typhoons and earthquakes, it also endows it with plenty of natural resources and biodiversity. For most visitors, a Philippines holiday includes outdoor adventures like kitesurfing, mountain trekking, spelunking, and volcano hiking. Those with a taste for something more relaxing can build a Philippines itinerary around beaches, local fiestas, and the island cuisine, which blends influences from around the world and serves up dishes at once sour, salty, and sweet.