60 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

60 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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Budapest, Hungary
— 8 nights
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Bucharest, Romania
— 5 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 7 nights
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Baku, Azerbaijan
— 6 nights
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
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Novosibirsk, Russia
— 6 nights
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Harbin, China
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Vladivostok, Russia
— 5 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
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Budapest, Hungary — 8 nights

You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Budapest: Eger (Torok Kori Minaret, Dobo Square, &more). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), admire the landmark architecture of Dohány Street Synagogue, and make a trip to Heroes' Square.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Budapest journey builder tool.

Dusseldorf, Germany to Budapest is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In January, Budapest is slightly colder than Dusseldorf - with highs of 3°C and lows of -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to fly to Bucharest.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
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Bucharest, Romania — 5 nights

The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Explore Bucharest's surroundings by going to Otopeni (Tiriac Collection & Lotus Spa Otopeni). Spend the 28th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Palace of Parliament, get engrossed in the history at Museum of History of the Jewish Community, pause for some serene contemplation at Manastirea Antim, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bucharest trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Bucharest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Budapest to Bucharest is 1 hour. In January, daytime highs in Bucharest are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can fly to Istanbul.
Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Istanbul, Turkey — 7 nights

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern, take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, and explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern | Istanbul Museum of Modern Art.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip planning website.

You can fly from Bucharest to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bucharest to Istanbul. When traveling from Bucharest in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Istanbul, with highs around 10°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Baku.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Baku, Azerbaijan — 6 nights

A truly contemporary city criss-crossed by history, Baku offers everything from the modern elegance of the Flame Towers to the medieval UNESCO-listed Old City at its core.
Take a break from Baku with a short trip to Gobustan State Reserve in Gobustan, about 1h 5 min away. Dedicate the 10th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Baku Old City, examine the collection at Museum of Miniature Books, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of History of Azerbaijan, and explore the ancient world of Ateshgah Fire Temple.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Baku road trip planning site.

You can fly from Istanbul to Baku in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul to Baku, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Istanbul in February since evenings lows in Baku dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Tashkent.
Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Tours
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan — 3 nights

One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Amir Timur Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from TV Tower, and then relax and rejuvenate at Silver Rain Spa Salon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): admire the striking features of Khamid Alimdjan and then get outside with Lake Charvak.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tashkent sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Baku to Tashkent takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of ferry and train. The time zone difference moving from Azerbaijan Standard Time (AZT) to Uzbekistan Standard Time (UZT) is 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Almaty.
Outdoors · Spas · Baths · Museums

Almaty, Kazakhstan — 4 nights

Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Almaty is known for nature, parks, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: hit the slopes at Shymbulak Mountain Resort, hike along Left Talgar Gorge, make a trip to Iversky Seraphimovskiy Nunnery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Ascension Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Almaty trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Tashkent to Almaty takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tashkent to Almaty due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in February, and nighttime lows around -8°C. You will leave for Novosibirsk on the 17th (Thu).
Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails
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Novosibirsk, Russia — 6 nights

Situated in Siberia's southwestern portion, Novosibirsk developed into a major urban center in the last decade of the 19th century, when it became a convenient pit stop for railway travelers making the epic trans-Siberian journey.
Novosibirsk is known for zoos & aquariums, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Glinka, make a trip to Boris Bogatkov Statue, and look for gifts at Kapital.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Novosibirsk trip maker tool.

You can fly from Almaty to Novosibirsk in 11.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Almaty to Novosibirsk. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Almaty in February; daily highs in Novosibirsk reach -11°C and lows reach -21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Harbin.
Shopping · Museums · Theme Parks · Spas

Harbin, China — 6 nights

The influence of neighboring Russia remains visible throughout much of Harbin, with the country's northernmost metropolis possessing an intoxicating eclecticism in its architecture, food, and art.
Harbin is known for sightseeing, theme parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Harbin Ice and Snow World, don't miss a visit to Zhongyang Pedestrian Street, stroll around Jiuzhan Park, and get engrossed in the history at The Northeast Martyrs Memorial.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Harbin online trip planner.

You can fly from Novosibirsk to Harbin in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Novosibirsk to Harbin is 1 hour. When traveling from Novosibirsk in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Harbin, with highs around -7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Vladivostok.
Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Vladivostok, Russia — 5 nights

Often compared to San Francisco and Naples, the sprawling eastern city of Vladivostok serves as the largest Russian port on the Pacific Ocean.
Step out of Vladivostok with an excursion to Primorskiy Safari Park in Shkotovo--about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Adventure Park V Gostyakh U Leshego, take an in-depth tour of S-56 Submarine Museum, take in the views from Russky Bridge, and browse for treasures at USSR Market.

Planning Vladivostok trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

You can fly from Harbin to Vladivostok in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Harbin to Vladivostok is 2 hours. In March in Vladivostok, expect temperatures between 4°C during the day and -7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.
Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
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Tokyo, Japan — 8 nights

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 find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Hase-dera Temple), Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and Yokohama Museum of Art (in Minatomirai). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tokyo online route maker.

You can fly from Vladivostok to Tokyo in 5.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Vladivostok Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Vladivostok in March, expect nights in Tokyo to be much hotter, around 7°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums
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