30 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

30 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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30 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen, Denmark
train:  7​h
1
Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  15​h
2
Olympia, Greece
— 3 nights
+4
bus + train + bus + foot + ferry:  22​h
3
Rhodes Town, Greece
— 3 nights
train, tram, ferry, bus:  14​h 30​min
4
Gumbet, Turkey
— 3 nights
bus, train:  3​h 30​min
5
Izmir, Turkey
— 3 nights
bus, train, tram, ferry:  2​h 30​min
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  20​h
7
Lhasa, China
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h
8
Kathmandu, Nepal
— 4 nights
End: Kathmandu, Nepal

4
nights
Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria

Saalbach-Hinterglemm ©
Get some historical perspective at Fortress Hohensalzburg and Salzburg Cathedral. Museum-lovers will get to explore Mozarts Geburtshaus and Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saalbach-Hinterglemm: Basilika St. Michael (in Mondsee), Jakobskreuz (in St. Ulrich am Pillersee) and Salzburg (Untersberg, Cemetery of St. Sebastian (Friedhof St. Sebastian), & more).

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Saalbach-Hinterglemm trip maker app .

Copenhagen, Denmark to Saalbach-Hinterglemm is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Copenhagen in December, expect Saalbach-Hinterglemm to be slightly colder, temps between 1°C and -5°C. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Olympia.

Things to do in Saalbach-Hinterglemm

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Salzburg, Jakobskreuz, Basilika St. Michael
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Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Mozarts Geburtshaus ©
Mozarts Geburtshaus

3
nights
Olympia, Greece

Olympia ©
Inhabited since prehistoric times, Olympia remains best known as the site of the original Olympic Games, held there for the first time in 776 BCE.
Appreciate the collections at Archaeological Museum of Olympia and Offshore Hydropower Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Museum of the History of the Olympic Games of antiquity and Olympia Land Winery. Change things up with these side-trips from Olympia: Kastro Chlemoutsi (in Kastro), Agios Demetrios (in Drakovouni) and Port of Killini (in Kyllini). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Archaeological Site of Olympia.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Olympia trip itinerary website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Saalbach-Hinterglemm to Olympia. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Saalbach-Hinterglemm in January, expect nights in Olympia to be a bit warmer, around 5°C, while days are much hotter, around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Olympia

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Offshore Hydropower Museum, Kastro Chlemoutsi, Port of Killini, Agios Demetrios
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Archaeological Museum of Olympia ©
Kastro Chlemoutsi ©
Kastro Chlemoutsi

3
nights
Rhodes Town, Greece

Rhodes Town ©
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Explore hidden gems such as Kahal Kadosh Shalom Synagogue and Valley of the Butterflies. Get a sense of the local culture at Street of the Knights and Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Mandraki Harbour, have some family-friendly fun at Throne of Helios, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Castle, and Head underground at Cave Archangel Michael Panormitis.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Rhodes Town online journey builder .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Olympia to Rhodes Town in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Traveling from Olympia in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rhodes Town, with lows of 11°C. On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Gumbet.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Bee Museum, Valley of the Butterflies, Saint Nectarios Church
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Kahal Kadosh Shalom Synagogue ©
Kahal Kadosh Shalom Synagogue
Street of the Knights ©
Street of the Knights

3
nights
Gumbet, Turkey

Gumbet ©
Get outdoors at Altinkum Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Castle of St. Peter and Myndos Gate are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Herakleia (in Kapikiri) and Ovabuku PlajI (in Datca).

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Gumbet online trip itinerary builder .

Explore your travel options from Rhodes Town to Gumbet with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Rhodes Town to Gumbet is 1 hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Izmir.

Things to do in Gumbet

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Bodrum City, Herakleia, Yaliciftlik Sahili, Ovabuku PlajI, Altinkum Beach
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Castle of St. Peter ©
Castle of St. Peter
Scuba & Snorkeling
Herakleia ©
Herakleia

3
nights
Izmir, Turkey

Izmir ©
The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
On the 16th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Ataturk Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Izmir Muze Gemiler Mudurlugu, then admire the striking features of Fatih Cinili Cami, and finally wander the streets of Kemeralti Market. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Magnesia Antik Kenti, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of St. Jonh, and then view the masterpieces at Arkas Art Center.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Izmir day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Gumbet to Izmir takes 3.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Gumbet in January: highs in Izmir hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Izmir

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Magnesia Antik Kenti
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Basilica of St. Jonh ©
Basilica of St. Jonh
Magnesia Antik Kenti ©
Magnesia Antik Kenti
Kemeralti Market ©
Kemeralti Market

2
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and finally admire the landmark architecture of Eyüp Sultan Mosque.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Izmir to Istanbul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

2
nights
Lhasa, China

Lhasa ©
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
On the 22nd (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Potala Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Mosque, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Drak Yerpa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find out how to plan a trip to Lhasa, use our trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Istanbul to Lhasa. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Istanbul to Lhasa. Plan for cooler nights when traveling from Istanbul in January since evenings lows in Lhasa dip to -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Kathmandu.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
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Potala Palace ©
Potala Palace
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Drak Yerpa ©
Drak Yerpa

4
nights
Kathmandu, Nepal

Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
Changu Narayan and Nyatapola Temple will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Nepal Ascent Treks. And it doesn't end there: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, walk around Mrigasthali Deer Park, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Swayambhunath Temple.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kathmandu trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from China Standard Time (CST) to Nepal Time (NPT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Lhasa in January; daily highs in Kathmandu reach 21°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bhaktapur
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 27:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding
Changu Narayan ©
Changu Narayan

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