43 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

43 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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43 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia, United States
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
3
Milan, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Venice, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
7
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Jeju, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
9
Busan, South Korea
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
10
Ishigaki, Japan
— 1 night
Fly + train:  6​h
11
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
12
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  19​h 30​min
13
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia, United States

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lake Zurich and Old Town. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Limmat, look for gifts at Maurice de Mauriac, see the interesting displays at Zoological Museum, and admire the striking features of St. Peterskirche.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich trip planner .

Philadelphia, USA to Zurich is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Philadelphia to Zurich, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in June, things will get slightly colder in Zurich: highs are around 74°F and lows about 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Limmat ©
Limmat
Old Town ©
Old Town

2
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, and then make a trip to Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School and then go for a walk through Hinterdorfstrasse.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Zermatt day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Zermatt takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Zermatt

Classes Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis

4
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Step off the beaten path and head to Food Tours and Dialogo nel Buio. Step out of Milan with an excursion to Lago d'Iseo in Iseo--about 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, examine the collection at Gallerie d’Italia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, and contemplate the long history of Abbazia di Chiaravalle.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Milan attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Milan takes 4 hours. In June in Milan, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Lago d'Iseo
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Dialogo nel Buio ©
Dialogo nel Buio
Lago d'Iseo ©
Lago d'Iseo

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Centro Storico and Food Tours. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence travel planner.

Take a train from Milan to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. June in Florence sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Tours Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Food Tours
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico

4
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Monastero Di S.Benedetto and Walking tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Duomo di Orvieto (in Orvieto), Il Lago di Scanno (in Scanno) and Cascata delle Marmore (in Marmore). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, make a trip to Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura, and ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rome trip planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Vatican City, Duomo di Orvieto, Cascata delle Marmore, Monastero Di S.Benedetto, Il Lago di Scanno
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

5
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Step off the beaten path and head to Photography Tours and Dorsoduro. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Canal Grande, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, contemplate the long history of Doge's Palace, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Venice route planner .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Venice takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Photography Tours
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

3
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Gyeongbokgung Palace and Trickeye Museum Seoul. Change things up with these side-trips from Seoul: Everland (in Yongin) and Songdo Central Park (in Incheon). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Bukhansan National Park, see the interesting displays at Grevin Museum, and stroll around Baekbeom Plaza.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Seoul online travel planner .

Fly from Venice to Seoul in 16 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Korea Standard Time (KST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Venice in July, Seoul is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Songdo Central Park, Everland
Highlights from your plan
Bukhansan National Park ©
Bukhansan National Park
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Everland ©
Everland

3
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seongsan Ilchulbong and Jeolmul Natural Forest Resort. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Udo, stroll through Gwakji Gwamul Beach, kick back and relax at Geumneung Eutteumwon Beach, and Head underground at Manjanggul Cave.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Jeju online trip maker .

You can fly from Seoul to Jeju in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Seongsan Ilchulbong
Highlights from your plan
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Udo ©
Udo

1
night
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): kick back and relax at Dadaepo Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Haeundae Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Busan attractions planning app .

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Busan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Dadaepo Beach ©
Dadaepo Beach

1
night
Ishigaki, Japan

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, then get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and finally stroll through Yonehara Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay and then get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki travel route planning app .

Getting from Busan to Ishigaki by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Busan in July: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 90°F and lows are around 82°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Island Countryside Settlement
Highlights from your plan
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

3
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nanzen-ji Temple. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, steep yourself in history at Ninna-ji Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto online route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Kyoto in 6 hours. Another option is to fly. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Ishigaki in July since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Toji ©
Toji

3
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Naka to see Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal about 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, wander the streets of Ueno, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) Terminal No2 Observation Deck.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In July in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Tours Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal
Highlights from your plan
Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Step off the beaten path and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Harderkulm. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Interlaken: Aare Gorge (in Meiringen) and Oeschinen Lake (in Kandersteg). There's much more to do: get outside with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, have some family-friendly fun at Heidi's Photo Chalet, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and walk around Hohematte Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Interlaken trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tokyo to Interlaken. Traveling from Tokyo to Interlaken, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, Interlaken is slightly colder than Tokyo - with highs of 75°F and lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Oeschinen Lake, Lauterbrunnen Village, Aare Gorge
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm
Seilpark Interlaken ©
Seilpark Interlaken

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