41 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

41 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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41 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  29​h
1
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Drive:  9​h 30​min
2
Chania, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
4
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + ferry:  6​h 15​min
5
Kusadasi, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Tel Aviv, Israel
— 2 nights
bus:  45​min
8
Caesarea, Israel
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
9
Tiberias, Israel
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 15​min
10
Jerusalem, Israel
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Ein Bokek, Israel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
12
Eilat, Israel
— 1 night
+6
bus + train + Fly + foot + bus + taxi + bus:  4​h 45​min
13
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 1 night
+6
bus + taxi + bus + foot + Fly + train + bus:  4​h 45​min
14
Eilat, Israel
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
15
Tel Aviv, Israel
— 1 day
Fly:  31​h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

4
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Popular historic sites such as Acropolis of Athens and Ancient Agora of Athens are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Temple of Hephaestus and Temple of Athena Nike. Explore Athens' surroundings by going to Ancient Mantineia (in Mantineia) and Lion Gate (in Mycenae). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, take a stroll through Anafiotika, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Lycabettus, and appreciate the history behind Erechtheion.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens day trip site .

Auckland, New Zealand to Athens is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -10 hour difference. While traveling from Auckland, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Athens, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Chania.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Lion Gate, Ancient Mantineia
Highlights from your plan
Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Lion Gate ©
Lion Gate

3
nights
Chania, Greece

Chania ©
Chania is the second largest city of Crete and the capital of the Chania regional unit. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): stroll through Kalyves Beach. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in breathtaking views at Samaria Gorge National Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Chania trip planner .

You can drive from Athens to Chania in 9.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Chania are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Chania

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kalyves, Samaria Gorge National Park, Venetian Wells
Highlights from your plan
Samaria Gorge National Park ©
Samaria Gorge National Park
Kalyves Beach ©
Kalyves Beach
Venetian Wells ©
Venetian Wells

3
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist and Artemis Karamolegos Winery. Your inner history buff will appreciate Akrotiri and Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral. When in Fira, make a side trip to see SYMPOSION by La Ponta in Akrotiri, approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Dominican Sisters, stop by the White, Santorini, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Fira vacation maker website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chania to Fira. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Fira

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Highlights from your plan
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist ©

3
nights
Mykonos Town, Greece

Mykonos Town ©
A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint George and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Platis Gialos Beach, kick back and relax at Kapari Beach, and then take a stroll through Little Venice.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Mykonos Town online tour planner .

Getting from Fira to Mykonos Town by ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kusadasi.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Paradise Beach, Elia Beach, Kapari Beach, Platis Gialos Beach, Portara
Highlights from your plan
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Portara ©
Portara
Platis Gialos Beach ©
Platis Gialos Beach

3
nights
Kusadasi, Turkey

Kusadasi ©
Unreservedly dedicated to tourism, Kusadasi sits on the Aegean coastline and acts as a gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the country's major Greco-Roman archaeological sites.
Step out of the city life by going to Dilek National Park and Ladies Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sevgi Beach and Pygela. Take a break from Kusadasi with a short trip to Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) in Selcuk, about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Silver Sands Beach, explore the ancient world of Temple of Hadrian, walk around Kusadasi Gazi Begendi Park, and get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Kusadasi travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Mykonos Town to Kusadasi by combination of flight and ferry takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or fly. In May in Kusadasi, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Istanbul.

Things to do in Kusadasi

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Selcuk
Highlights from your plan
Ladies Beach ©
Ladies Beach
Dilek National Park ©
Dilek National Park
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ulu Cami and Eyüp Sultan Mosque. When in Istanbul, make a side trip to see Sapanca Lake in Sapanca, approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , admire the landmark architecture of Rustem Pasha Mosque, and take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Istanbul online attractions planner .

Getting from Kusadasi to Istanbul by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. Traveling from Kusadasi to Istanbul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, Istanbul is slightly colder than Kusadasi - with highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tel Aviv.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Ulu Cami, Sapanca Lake
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

2
nights
Tel Aviv, Israel

Tel Aviv ©
Called the "White City" thanks to the color of its World Heritage-listed architectural landmarks, Tel Aviv serves as Israel's modern and cosmopolitan second city.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bograshov Beach, contemplate the long history of Ben-Gurion House, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Frishman Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): stroll through Let's Walk - Hike & Travel Israel with Omer Ziv, then kick back and relax at Jerusalem Beach, and then take in the waterfront at Tayelet.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tel Aviv route tool .

You can fly from Istanbul to Tel Aviv in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Tel Aviv due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Istanbul in May; daily highs in Tel Aviv reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Caesarea.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Tayelet ©
Tayelet
Bograshov Beach
Bograshov Beach
Frishman Beach ©
Frishman Beach

1
night
Caesarea, Israel

Caesarea ©
Caesarea is a town in north-central Israel. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Mikhmoret Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Old City Gallery - Caesarea, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Caesarea National Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Caesarea online trip maker .

Traveling by bus from Tel Aviv to Caesarea takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Caesarea can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Tiberias.

Things to do in Caesarea

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mikhmoret Beach, Nisco Museum
Highlights from your plan
Mikhmoret Beach ©
Mikhmoret Beach
Caesarea National Park ©
Caesarea National Park
Nisco Museum ©
Nisco Museum

3
nights
Tiberias, Israel

Tiberias ©
On the shores of Lake Kinneret, a vacation in Tiberias offers plenty of water sports and biblical walks.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Church of the Annunciation and Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The House and Church of St. Peter and Cana. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Tomb of Rabbi Meir, make a trip to Domus Galilaeae, pause for some serene contemplation at Franciscan Wedding Church, and take in the dramatic natural features at Tabgha.

Plan my day in Tiberias using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Caesarea to Tiberias takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in May, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Tiberias

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Nazareth, Franciscan Wedding Church, The House and Church of St. Peter
Highlights from your plan
The Church of the Annunciation ©
The Church of the Annunciation
The House and Church of St. Peter ©
The House and Church of St. Peter

4
nights
Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Israel Museum, Jerusalem and Jaffa Gate. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony) and Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park. Take a break from Jerusalem with a short trip to Kalia Beach in Kalya, about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, admire the striking features of Church of Saint Anne, and explore the ancient world of Western Wall.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Jerusalem trip maker site .

Traveling by bus from Tiberias to Jerusalem takes 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Ein Bokek.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park, Kalia Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

2
nights
Ein Bokek, Israel

Ein Bokek ©
Sandwiched between the turquoise waters of evaporation pools and desert-like landscape, Ein Bokek features a strip of hotels and luxury resorts on the Israeli shore of the Dead Sea.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Masada Fortress and Mamshit. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Incense Route - Desert Cities in the Negev and Shivta. Get out of town with these interesting Ein Bokek side-trips: HaMakhtesh HaGadol (in Yeruham) and Masada National Park (in Masada). Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Bokek River and kick back and relax at Ein Bokek Beach.

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Drive from Jerusalem to Ein Bokek in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Eilat.

Things to do in Ein Bokek

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ramat Negev, Mamshit, HaMakhtesh HaGadol, Masada National Park, Masada Fortress
Highlights from your plan
Masada National Park ©
Masada National Park
Ein Bokek Beach ©
Ein Bokek Beach
Masada Fortress ©
Masada Fortress

1
night
Eilat, Israel

Eilat
At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Eilat day trip planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Ein Bokek to Eilat takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daily temperatures in Eilat can reach 46°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. You'll set off for Petra - Wadi Musa on the 6th (Sun).

Things to do in Eilat

Outdoors Tours Parks

1
night
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan

Petra - Wadi Musa ©
Visitors flock to Wadi Musa to witness the rose colored rock-carved temples and tombs of Petra, the famous ancient city and World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore by horseback at Horse Riding Jordan, steep yourself in history at Obelisk Tomb, then explore the ancient world of Temple of Dushares, and finally explore the ancient world of The Great Temple.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Petra - Wadi Musa trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Eilat to Petra - Wadi Musa. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Eilat.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Petra ©
Petra
Obelisk Tomb ©
Obelisk Tomb
Temple of Dushares ©
Temple of Dushares

3
nights
Eilat, Israel

Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then explore the stunning scenery at Red Canyon, and then admire the local landmark of Musical Fountain. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Mosh Beach, kick back and relax at Princess Beach, and then take advantage of the amenities at Dekel Beach Eilat.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Eilat trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Petra - Wadi Musa to Eilat with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Tel Aviv.

Things to do in Eilat

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Red Canyon ©
Red Canyon
Mosh Beach ©
Mosh Beach

1
day
Tel Aviv, Israel

Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): wander the streets of Jaffa Old City and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tel Aviv holiday planning app .

You can fly from Eilat to Tel Aviv in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Eilat in June, plan for cooler days and little chillier nights in Tel Aviv: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Jaffa Old City ©
Jaffa Old City

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