16 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

16 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

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New Delhi, India
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Moscow, Russia
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Hoi An, Vietnam
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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New Delhi, India — 2 nights

Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
New Delhi is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Humayun's Tomb, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Birla Mandir Temple (Lakshmi Narayan), and contemplate the long history of India Gate.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the New Delhi route app.

Mumbai to New Delhi is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Mumbai in March; daily highs in New Delhi reach 34°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Moscow.
Historic Sites · Tours

Moscow, Russia — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral, and then contemplate the long history of Red Square.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Moscow trip planner.

You can fly from New Delhi to Moscow in 9.5 hours. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK), which is usually a -2.5 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from New Delhi in March, with highs in Moscow at 2°C and lows at -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can fly to St. Petersburg.
Museums · Historic Sites

St. Petersburg, Russia — 4 nights

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.
St. Petersburg is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kazan Cathedral, examine the collection at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and admire the landmark architecture of Peter and Paul Fortress.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Moscow to St. Petersburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are 2°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Ulaanbaatar.
Museums · Historic Sites

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 31st (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Migjid Janraisig Sum, take an in-depth tour of Bogd Khaan Palace Museum of Mongolia, then appreciate the history behind Genghis Khan Square, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Altan Khaan Gallery.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ulaanbaatar holiday planning website.

Fly from St. Petersburg to Ulaanbaatar in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Ulaanbaatar. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from St. Petersburg in March since evenings lows in Ulaanbaatar dip to -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Hanoi.
Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Hanoi, Vietnam — 2 nights

The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Temple of Literature & National University, steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, then explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanoi day trip planner.

You can fly from Ulaanbaatar to Hanoi in 11.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Ulaanbaatar Standard Time (ULAT) to Indochina Time (ICT) is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Hoi An.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Parks

Hoi An, Vietnam — 2 nights

Indisputably one of Vietnam's most atmospheric destinations, Hoi An contains a World Heritage-listed old town boasting over 2,000 years of culture and history.
On the 4th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at The Marble Mountains, then make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, and then snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): look for gifts at Rubin Cloth Shop, kick back and relax at Cua Dai Beach, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hoi An trip planner.

You can fly from Hanoi to Hoi An in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. April in Hoi An sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Spas
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam — 2 nights

Formerly known in the West as Saigon and affectionately referred to as the "Pearl of the Far East," Ho Chi Minh City is a study of old and new, woven and piled together in a fast-paced urban hub.
On the 6th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda) and then make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, take an in-depth tour of War Remnants Museum, then admire the striking features of Central Post Office, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Hoi An in April, expect nights in Ho Chi Minh City to be about the same, around 30°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 41°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Russia travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Churches · Historic Sites
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.

Vietnam travel guide

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Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.