45 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

45 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

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Beijing, China
— 5 nights
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Shanghai, China
— 5 nights
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Hong Kong, China
— 5 nights
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Xi'an, China
— 3 nights
Fly to Kashi, Drive to Osh
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Osh, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
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Khujand, Tajikistan
— 2 nights
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
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Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Taxi to Turkmenabad, Fly to Ashgabat
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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 5 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Beijing, China

As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, get in on the family fun at Olympic Park, see the interesting displays at National Museum Of China, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pool and Mulberry Tree Temple (Tanzhe Si).

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Beijing trip builder site.

Tokyo, Japan to Beijing is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time to China Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Beijing, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 24:

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Shanghai, China

Pearl of the Orient

With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
Shanghai is known for shopping, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), admire the striking features of Jin Mao Tower, and browse the different shops at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Shanghai trip planner.

Getting from Beijing to Shanghai by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in April, Shanghai is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 29:

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Hong Kong, China

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 30th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 3rd (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), examine the collection at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History, and make a trip to Hong Kong Skyline.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hong Kong trip planning site.

Getting from Shanghai to Hong Kong by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Hong Kong: highs are around 32°C and lows about 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 4:

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Xi'an, China

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): surround yourself with nature on Travel China Guide. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Shanxi Art Museum, then take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, and then explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang).

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Xi'an journey builder.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Xi'an in 7 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hong Kong in May, expect nights in Xi'an to be cooler, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Osh.

Things to do in Xi'an

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay May 4 — 7:

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Osh, Kyrgyzstan

Tucked among mountains and boasting some 3,000 years of history, the city of Osh offers plenty to the curious traveler.
Osh is known for nature, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Mountain Sulaiman-Too, appreciate the views at Alay Valley, stop by Jayma Bazaar Osh, and take in the dramatic scenery at Abshir Ata Falls.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Osh trip planner.

Getting from Xi'an to Osh by combination of flight and car takes about 14 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Xi'an to Osh. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Khujand.

Things to do in Osh

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay May 7 — 10:

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Khujand, Tajikistan

For many, a trip to Khujand happens en route from Uzbekistan or Kyrgyzstan to the scenic Fann Mountains or Zeravshan Valley.
On the 11th (Tue), walk around Somoni park, get a new perspective on nature at Historical Local Lore Museum of Archeology and Fortification, then look for gifts at Panjshanbe Bozor, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjidi Jami Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Kamal Khujandi Statue, explore the activities along Kayrakkum Reservoir, then appreciate the history behind Monument to Ismoil Somoni, then don't miss a visit to Khujand Fortress, and finally make a trip to Mausoleum of Sheik Muslekheddin.

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Drive from Osh to Khujand in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Kyrgyzstan Time (KGT) to Yekaterinburg Standard Time (YEKT) is minus 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Khujand can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tashkent.

Things to do in Khujand

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay May 10 — 12:

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan

City of Bread

One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Explore Tashkent's surroundings by going to Pulatkhan Plateau (in Chimgan) and Charvak Reservoir (in Yusufhona). There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Chorsu Bazaar, make a trip to Barak-Khan Madrassah, admire the masterpieces at Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art, and enjoy breathtaking views from TV Tower.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tashkent itinerary planner.

You can drive from Khujand to Tashkent in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Tashkent

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 12 — 16:

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Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Rome of the East

Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Samarkand is known for historic sites, childrens museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Registan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, stroll the grounds of Gur Emir Mausoleum, and gain insight at Tillya Kori Madrasah.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Samarkand online tour planner.

You can take a train from Tashkent to Samarkand in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Samarkand can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay May 16 — 19:

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Bukhara, Uzbekistan

City of Museums

Inhabited for millennia, the city of Bukhara boasts a World Heritage-listed center teeming with historic mosques, madrassas, pools, and ancient ruins.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Ark of Bukhara, get great views at Great Minaret of the Kalon, then admire the striking features of Chor-Minor, and finally make a trip to Lyab-i-Hauz. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Moschea Bolo-khauz, then contemplate the long history of Samanid Mausoleum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Poi Kalyan Mosque, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bukhara trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Samarkand to Bukhara by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Samarkand, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bukhara, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 19 — 21:

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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Ashgabat is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, take in panoramic vistas at Monument Arch of Neutrality, identify plant and animal life at Kow Ata Underground Lake, and make a trip to Geokdepe.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ashgabat trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Bukhara to Ashgabat by combination of taxi and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Bukhara in May, with highs in Ashgabat at 31°C and lows at 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay May 21 — 26:

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Istanbul, Turkey

Queen of Cities

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, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ashgabat to Istanbul. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Ashgabat to Istanbul. While traveling from Ashgabat, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours
Find places to stay May 26 — Jun 2:

China travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Observation Decks · History Museums
With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.

Kyrgyzstan travel guide

4.1
Bodies of Water · National Parks · Flea Markets
A landlocked country of soaring mountains and sprawling steppes, Kyrgyzstan only became independent in 1991, after several decades as one of the Soviet Union's republics. Today, the country represents a growingly popular tourist destination, enticing visitors to come with its rolling pastures and unspoiled mountain landscapes. A trip to Kyrgyzstan reveals a mostly rural land, where it's still possible to witness the lifestyle of the semi-nomadic shepherds living in portable yurts--simple dwellings made of wood and animal skins. You'd be hard-pressed to find many urban attractions here, but the hospitality of the natives and the stunning natural scenery will more than make up for any lack of modern amenities.

Tajikistan travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Parks · History Museums
Caravans loaded with goods passed through Tajikistan when the ancient Silk Road ran through this country; today, it is one of the world's poorest and least explored nations. Devastated by the civil war of the 1990s, Tajikistan tourism has recently bounced back, as the country's unspoiled mountain landscapes attract a growing number of daring climbers and adventurous travelers. Picturesque highland villages welcome foreign explorers searching for an authentic Central Asian experience in a place seemingly frozen in time. Roads are practically nonexistent in many places and public transport unreliable, but the hospitable Tajiks treat visitors with such warmth and kindness you're not likely to mind the lack of amenities and modern distractions.

Uzbekistan travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites
Although it only gained full independence in 1991, Uzbekistan boasts a rich history filled with legendary conquests by the likes of Tamerlane and Alexander the Great. Major tourist attractions in Uzbekistan include centuries-old cities (once oases along the Silk Road), seemingly endless deserts, soaring mountains that serve as popular ecotourism playgrounds, and ancient fortresses untouched by the passage of time. Visitors flock to this landlocked Central Asian country to hike, ski, bird-watch, and stay in traditional yurt camps. Consider beginning your tour of Uzbekistan in Tashkent, where modern glass-fronted office buildings stand in stark contrast to decaying Soviet-era apartment blocks.

Turkmenistan travel guide

3.8
Ruins · Landmarks · Geologic Formations
With a population of just 5 million and the majority of its area part of one of the driest deserts on the planet, Turkmenistan remains one of the world's least explored destinations. Known largely for the eccentric dictatorship of Saparmyrat Niyazov, who died in 2006, this desert land boasts great natural beauty and centuries-old traditions. A tour of Turkmenistan reveals a series of thriving cities, once important stops on the ancient Silk Road. Probably the most convenient of the country's urban centers, Ashgabat serves as the national capital and most developed city, known for its white-marble buildings housing theaters, museums, and shopping malls.