56 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

56 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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56 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

Start: Bologna, Italy
1
Bologna, Italy
— 10 nights
Train:  1 h
2
Verona, Italy
— 11 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Heraklion, Greece
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Elounda, Greece
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Loutro, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
6
Elafonissi, Greece
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Chania Town, Greece
— 6 nights
+3
Fly + Foot + Subway + Train:  8 h
8
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
9
Rila, Bulgaria
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
10
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 4 nights
Fly:  18 h 45 min
11
Tokyo, Japan
— Few hours
End: Tokyo, Japan

10
nights
Bologna, Italy

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Take a break from the city and head to Canyon Park and La Spiaggia Malu 90 93. Discover out-of-the-way places like Duomo di Pisa and Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita. Explore Bologna's surroundings by going to Florence (Piazzale Michelangelo, Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, & more), Duomo di Modena (in Modena) and Riccione (Ospedale delle Tartarughe & Playa del Sol). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, explore the world behind art at Palazzo Ducale di Urbino, visit Borgo Castell'Arquato, and kick back and relax at Lido delle Sirene.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Bologna trip app .

If you are flying in from Belgium, the closest major airports are Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport, Peretola Airport and Verona Villafranca Airport. In September in Bologna, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Verona.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Florence, Cattolica, Urbino, Riccione, Castello di Gradara
Highlights from your plan
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Canyon Park ©
Canyon Park

11
nights
Verona, Italy

Verona
The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Piazza San Marco and Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore. Get in touch with nature at Mountbaldo and Lago di Ledro. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Verona: Santuario Basilica Madonna della Corona (in Ferrara di Monte Baldo), Mantua (Camera degli Sposi & Palazzo Te) and Venice (Basilica di San Marco, Doge's Palace, & more). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Piazzale Castel San Pietro, contemplate the long history of Museo di Castelvecchio, stroll through Old Ponale Road Path, and admire the sheer force of Parco Naturalistico delle Cascate-Family.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Verona tour itinerary planner.

Take a train from Bologna to Verona in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Verona sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Venice, Mantua, Ledro, Malcesine, Brescia Castle
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Palazzo Te ©
Palazzo Te

6
nights
Heraklion, Greece

Heraklion ©
Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Matala beach and Reptisland. Step out of the city life by going to The Natural History Museum of Crete and Sfentoni Cave. Get out of town with these interesting Heraklion side-trips: Komos Beach (in Pitsidia), Agia Marina Donkey Rescue Sanctuary (in Mires) and Agio Farago (Gorge of Saints) (in Matala). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos, get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, do a tasting at Lyrarakis Winery, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Heraklion online travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Verona to Heraklion takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Verona to Heraklion is 1 hour. Traveling from Verona in September, Heraklion is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Elounda.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Matala, The Palace of Knossos, Sfentoni Cave, Wooden Museum, Monastery Savvathiana
Highlights from your plan
The Natural History Museum of Crete ©
Matala beach ©
Matala beach
Reptisland ©
Reptisland

1
night
Elounda, Greece

Elounda ©
Long a sleepy fishing settlement on Crete's northern coastline, Elounda today serves as a major travel destination, drawing vacationers with a blend of unspoiled natural scenery and luxury resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ieros Naos Agios Konstandinou kai Elenis, and then step off the mainland to explore Fortress Spinalonga.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Elounda trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Heraklion to Elounda takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Elounda, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Loutro.

Things to do in Elounda

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga

3
nights
Loutro, Greece

Loutro ©
A small picturesque fishing village in south west Crete, not yet spoilt by mass tourism. Get a sense of the local culture at Imbros Gorge and War Museum Askifou. Step out of the city life by going to Samaria Gorge National Park and Frangokastello Beach. Go for a jaunt from Loutro to Agia Galini to see Paximadia Islands about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Glika Nera Bay, look for gifts at Ntourountous Bakery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ilingas.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Loutro travel planning website .

Traveling by car from Elounda to Loutro takes 4.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Loutro

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Sfakia, War Museum Askifou, Paximadia Islands, Imbros Gorge
Highlights from your plan
Samaria Gorge National Park ©
Samaria Gorge National Park
Imbros Gorge ©
Imbros Gorge
Frangokastello Beach ©
Frangokastello Beach

1
night
Elafonissi, Greece

Elafonissi ©
Located just off Crete's southwestern corner, Elafonissi offers an alternative vacation idea for those looking to avoid the larger, more crowded Greek islands.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Aspri Limni Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Elafonissi Beach, and then trek along Elafonisi Viewpoint.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Elafonissi vacation planning website .

Getting from Loutro to Elafonissi by car takes about 4 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Elafonissi can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Chania Town.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Aspri Limni Beach ©
Aspri Limni Beach

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chania Venetian Lighthouse and Manousakis Winery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Greek National Football Museum and Maritime Museum of Crete. Get out of town with these interesting Chania Town side-trips: Winery Dourakis (in Alikampos), Plakias (Ammoudaki Beach & Damnoni Beach) and Rethymnon (Rethymnon Old Town, Contemporary Art Museum of Crete, & more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at MINOAN'S WORLD, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Rocco, make a trip to Firkas Fortress, and go for a stroll along the water at Old Venetian Harbor.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Chania Town tour builder site .

Drive from Elafonissi to Chania Town in 1.5 hours. October in Chania Town sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Rethymnon, Plakias, Agia Irini Gorge, Winery Dourakis, Manousakis Winery
Highlights from your plan
Chania Venetian Lighthouse ©
Chania Venetian Lighthouse
Greek National Football Museum ©
Greek National Football Museum
Manousakis Winery ©
Manousakis Winery

6
nights
Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Plovdiv ©
Though it is often seen as merely a stopover city, Plovdiv is actually a lively university town with bohemian cafes, a thriving art scene, and exciting nightlife.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Plovdiv Roman Theatre and Regional Natural History Museum of Plovdiv. Escape the urban bustle at Central Balkan National Park and Hisarja. Get out of town with these interesting Plovdiv side-trips: White River Eco Trail (in Kalofer), Villa Yustina (in Ustina) and Spree Ski & Snowboard School (in Pamporovo). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Suchurum Waterfall, get engrossed in the history at Plovdiv Regional Historical Museum - Bulgarian National Revival Exposition, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sveta Marina church, and see the interesting displays at Cultural Center-Museum Trakart.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Plovdiv trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Chania Town to Plovdiv in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. Traveling from Chania Town in October, expect Plovdiv to be slightly colder, temps between 21°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Rila.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kalofer, Spree Ski & Snowboard School, Villa Yustina, Suchurum Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre
Central Balkan National Park ©
Central Balkan National Park
Suchurum Waterfall ©
Suchurum Waterfall

5
nights
Rila, Bulgaria

Rila ©
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Discover out-of-the-way places like Rila Monastery and Rila. Get outdoors at Rila National Park and Musala Peak. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rila: Historical Museum (in Samokov), St Teodor Tiron and Teodor Stratilat Church (in Dobarsko) and Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Church (in Blagoevgrad). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Dancing Bears Park, stroll through Waterfall "Goritsa", walk around Park Rila, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kleptuza.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rila online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Rila takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. October in Rila sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Rila

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dancing Bears Park, St Teodor Tiron and Teodor Stratilat Church, Park Rila, Waterfall "Goritsa", Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Church
Highlights from your plan
Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Dancing Bears Park ©
Dancing Bears Park
Rila National Park ©
Rila National Park

4
nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Saint Sofia Church and Vitosha Boulevard. Discover out-of-the-way places like Prohodna Cave and “Vrachanski Balkan” Nature Park. Go for a jaunt from Sofia to Borovets to see Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Paraskeva, appreciate the history behind Saint Sofia Monument, and get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Nina.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Sofia trip builder site .

You can drive from Rila to Sofia in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October in Sofia, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 6°C at night. On the 1st (Sun), you're off toTokyo.

Things to do in Sofia

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School, Prohodna Cave, “Vrachanski Balkan” Nature Park
Highlights from your plan
Prohodna Cave ©
Prohodna Cave
Saint Sofia Church ©
Saint Sofia Church
“Vrachanski Balkan” Nature Park ©
“Vrachanski Balkan” Nature Park

few
hours
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Meguro River, then visit Ueno, then head outdoors with Kasai Beach Park, and finally get outside with Tokyo Dome City.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tokyo itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Sofia to Tokyo takes 19 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Sofia to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sofia in November; daily highs in Tokyo reach 19°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Dome City ©
Tokyo Dome City
Ueno ©
Ueno
Meguro River ©
Meguro River

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