43 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

43 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

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43 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h
2
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Chania Town, Greece
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Imerovigli, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 15​min
5
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 10 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Zadar, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Rijeka, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Pula, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Zagreb, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  11​h 15​min
11
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Sydney, Australia

1
night
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, get engrossed in the history at Al Fahidi Fort, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Burj Khalifa.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Dubai trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Dubai is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Dubai, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in September, things will get warmer in Dubai: highs are around 46°C and lows about 36°C. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Athens.

Things to do in Dubai

Museums Adventure Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Burj Khalifa ©
Burj Khalifa
Al Fahidi Fort ©
Al Fahidi Fort
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Go for a jaunt from Athens to Mycenae to see Archaeological Site Mycenae about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, don't miss a visit to Erechtheion, and explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Athens travel planning website .

Traveling by flight from Dubai to Athens takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Dubai in September, expect Athens to be little chillier, temps between 34°C and 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Archaeological Site Mycenae
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

6
nights
Chania Town, Greece

Chania Town ©
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Get out of town with these interesting Chania Town side-trips: Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) (in Akrotiri), Rethymnon (The Venetian Fortezza, Rethymnon Old Town, & more) and Elafonissi Beach (in Elafonissi). There's still lots to do: go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor, examine the collection at MINOAN'S WORLD, explore the striking landscape of Samaria Gorge National Park, and stroll the grounds of German War Cemetery.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Chania Town travel website .

You can fly from Athens to Chania Town in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or ride a ferry. In September in Chania Town, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Imerovigli.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Rethymnon, Elafonissi Beach, Souda Bay War Cemetery, Lake Kournas, Falassarna Beach
Highlights from your plan
Greek National Football Museum ©
Greek National Football Museum
Elafonissi  Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town

3
nights
Imerovigli, Greece

Imerovigli ©
Imerovigli, famed for its Cycladic architecture, claims one of the most dramatic positions in all of Greece.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, enjoy the sand and surf at Kamari Beach, and then kick back and relax at Perissa Black Sand Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Red Beach, delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Panagia Theoskepasti Chapel, and finally explore the activities along Amoudi Bay.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Imerovigli attractions planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chania Town to Imerovigli. In September, daily temperatures in Imerovigli can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Imerovigli

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Oia, Akrotiri, Kamari Beach, Perissa Black Sand Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kamari Beach ©
Kamari Beach
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

10
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dubrovnik: Stonske zidine - Ulaz (in Ston) and Cavtat (Cavtat Seaside Promenade, Cavtat Old Town, & more). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls, race across the water with a speed boat tour, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and take a stroll through Old Town.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Dubrovnik holiday planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Imerovigli to Dubrovnik. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Imerovigli to Dubrovnik due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Imerovigli in September: high temperatures in Dubrovnik hover around 29°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Zadar.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Cavtat, Stonske zidine - Ulaz
Highlights from your plan
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

1
night
Zadar, Croatia

Zadar
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Zadar day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Zadar takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Zadar. On the 27th (Sun), you'll travel to Rijeka.

Things to do in Zadar

Outdoors Tours Parks

3
nights
Rijeka, Croatia

Rijeka ©
Rijeka is the principal seaport and the third-largest city in Croatia (after Zagreb and Split). Venture out of the city with trips to Buzet (Food Tours & Aura Distillery), Moscenicka Draga (in Opatija) and Hum (The town of Hum & Viale Glagolitico). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Lungo Mare, explore the historical opulence of Trsat Castle, walk around The Angiolina Park - Villa Angiolina, and examine the collection at Peek & Poke Computer Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rijeka online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Zadar to Rijeka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Zadar in September, Rijeka is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Pula.

Things to do in Rijeka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Opatija, Hum, Buzet
Highlights from your plan
Aura Distillery ©
Aura Distillery
Food Tours
The town of Hum ©
The town of Hum

3
nights
Pula, Croatia

Pula ©
It's the mild climate and calm seas of Pula that draw visitors to the southernmost point of the Istrian peninsula, but the city's ample Roman architecture is a key reason they stay.
Go for a jaunt from Pula to Premantura to see Kamenjak National Park about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: relax in the rural setting at Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, stroll around National Park Brijuni (Nacionalni Park Brijuni), delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre de Pula, and have some family-friendly fun at Alpha Strike Laser Tag.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Pula trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Rijeka to Pula takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Zagreb.

Things to do in Pula

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

National Park Brijuni (Nacionalni Park Brijuni), Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Kamenjak National Park
Highlights from your plan

4
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Zagreb is known for museums, historic sites, fun & games, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, wander the streets of Lower Town, examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of the Assumption.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Zagreb planning site .

You can drive from Pula to Zagreb in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Pula in October since evenings lows in Zagreb dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Walking tours
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships

3
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Step out of Salzburg with an excursion to Eisriesenwelt in Werfen--about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg, get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, examine the collection at Salzburg Museum, and contemplate the long history of Salzburger Altstadt.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Salzburg trip planner .

Traveling by car from Zagreb to Salzburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. You'll set off for Dubai on the 10th (Sat).

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Eisriesenwelt
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace

4
nights
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dubai: Abu Dhabi (The Corniche & Bur Dubai Grand Mosque). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 14th (Wed) at Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark. See some other sides of Dubai: browse the different shops at The Dubai Mall, stop by Dubai Gold Souk, take a leisurely stroll along Dubai Creek, and make a splash at Wild Wadi Waterpark.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Dubai sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Salzburg to Dubai takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Salzburg to Dubai is 3 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Salzburg in October; daily highs in Dubai reach 41°C and lows reach 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubai

Theme Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Abu Dhabi
Highlights from your plan
The Dubai Mall ©
The Dubai Mall
Bur Dubai Grand Mosque ©
Bur Dubai Grand Mosque
Wild Wadi Waterpark ©
Wild Wadi Waterpark

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