51 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

51 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

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51 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Doha, Qatar
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h
2
Tel Aviv, Israel
— 8 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Izmir, Turkey
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Diyarbakir, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Ankara, Turkey
— 6 nights
Bus + Fly:  3​h
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 10 nights
Fly + Train:  15​h
7
Seoul, South Korea
— 9 nights
Train + Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Melbourne, Australia


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6
nights
Doha, Qatar

Doha ©
Doha, Qatar's capital city, draws visitors with its constant development and expansion, making it a destination on the rise.
Change things up with these side-trips from Doha: Al Khor Park (in Al Khor) and Sealine Beach (in Mesaieed). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Islamic Art, examine the collection at Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Katara Mosque, and take an in-depth tour of Msheireb Museums.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Doha tour builder app .

Melbourne, Australia to Doha is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Doha, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Melbourne in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Doha: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Tel Aviv.

Things to do in Doha

Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Al Khor Park, Sealine Beach
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 14:
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MIA Park ©
MIA Park
Museum of Islamic Art ©
Museum of Islamic Art
Souq Waqif ©
Souq Waqif

8
nights
Tel Aviv, Israel

Called the "White City" thanks to the color of its World Heritage-listed architectural landmarks, Tel Aviv serves as Israel's modern and cosmopolitan second city.
Explore Tel Aviv's surroundings by going to Masada National Park (in Masada), Jerusalem (Israel Museum, Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, & more) and Masada Fortress (in Arad). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Sea of Galilee, contemplate the long history of Mount of Beatitudes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Primacy of Peter, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Tabor.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tel Aviv trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Doha to Tel Aviv in 7 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Doha to Tel Aviv is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Doha, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Tel Aviv, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Izmir.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Jerusalem, Capernaum, Masada Fortress, Masada National Park, Mount Tabor
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Food Tours
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

7
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Izmir: Selcuk (Lilys Authentic Art carpets and textiles shop, Curetes Street, & more). The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Izmir Muze Gemiler Mudurlugu, examine the collection at Ataturk Museum, and don't miss a visit to Fatih Cinili Cami.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Izmir visit planner.

You can fly from Tel Aviv to Izmir in 7.5 hours. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Izmir, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in January, expect Izmir to be slightly colder, temps between 9°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Diyarbakir.

Things to do in Izmir

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Selcuk
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 30:
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

3
nights
Diyarbakir, Turkey

Diyarbakir ©
Diyarbakır is one of the largest cities in southeastern Turkey. Diyarbakir is known for historic sites, shopping, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Virgin Mary Ancient Assyrian Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iskender Pasa Mansion, see the interesting displays at Cahit Sitki Taranci House Cultural Museum, and delve into the distant past at Zerzevan Kalesi.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Diyarbakir trip itinerary planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Izmir to Diyarbakir with the Route module. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Izmir in January since evenings lows in Diyarbakir dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Diyarbakir

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Zerzevan Kalesi ©
Zerzevan Kalesi
Iskender Pasa Mansion ©
Iskender Pasa Mansion
Behrampasa Mosque ©
Behrampasa Mosque

6
nights
Ankara, Turkey

Ankara ©
Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Venture out of the city with trips to Camlidere (Samarkand was the mausoleum of Sheikh Ali & CamlIdere Baraji) and Kirikkale (Cesnigir Koprusu & Nur Camii). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at AnItkabir, don't miss a visit to Ahielvan Cami, see the interesting displays at State Cemetery Museum, and admire the striking features of Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii).

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ankara tour itinerary planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Diyarbakir to Ankara with the Route module. Traveling from Diyarbakir in February, expect nights in Ankara to be a bit warmer, around 4°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Camlidere, Kirikkale
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 8:
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Anitkabir ©
Anitkabir
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi ©
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi
CamlIdere Baraji ©
CamlIdere Baraji

10
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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, and admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Istanbul holiday website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Ankara to Istanbul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Ankara in February, with highs in Istanbul at 11°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

9
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Change things up with these side-trips from Seoul: DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju), Nami Island (in Chuncheon) and Hwaseong Fortress (in Suwon). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park, make a trip to N Seoul Tower, and explore the striking landscape of Bukhansan National Park.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Seoul road trip app .

Getting from Istanbul to Seoul by flight takes about 15 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Istanbul to Seoul, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Istanbul in February, plan for slightly colder days in Seoul, with highs around 5°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nami Island, DMZ Haemaru Village, Hwaseong Fortress
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 27:
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Namsan Park ©
Namsan Park

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