51 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

51 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

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51 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
Fly:  20​h
1
Seminyak, Indonesia
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Ubud, Indonesia
— 5 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h 15​min
3
Hong Kong, China
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Shanghai, China
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Xi'an, China
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
6
Beijing, China
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
7
Kharkhorin, Mongolia
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 30​min
8
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
9
Moscow, Russia
— 13 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Zurich, Switzerland

8
nights
Seminyak, Indonesia

A popular resort town offering a good range of tourist trips, activities, and amenities, Seminyak houses numerous tour companies providing excursions into the jungles of Bali.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Blue Point Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Seminyak: Taman Ayun Temple (in Mengwi), Jatiluwih Green Land (in Tabanan) and Tanah Lot Temple (in Beraban). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, pause for some photo ops at Ground Zero Monument, tour the pleasant surroundings at Balangan Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Turtle Conservation and Education Centre.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Seminyak driving holiday planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Seminyak is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Zurich to Seminyak due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in October, things will get warmer in Seminyak: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ubud.

Things to do in Seminyak

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Kuta, Pecatu, Jatiluwih Green Land, Pantai Sanur, Taman Ayun Temple
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River Rafting & Tubing
Jatiluwih Green Land ©
Jatiluwih Green Land
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
Ubud, Indonesia

Ubud ©
Experience small-town Bali in Ubud, an atmospheric town surrounded by small settlements, farms, and rice paddies.
Explore hidden gems such as Tirta Gangga and Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ubud: Mt Batur (in Kintamani), Tampaksiring (Istana Tampak Siring, Mount Kawi, & more) and Ulun Danu Bratan Temple (in Tabanan). Treat yourself to a day of pampering on the 14th (Mon) at some of the best spas. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, experience rural life at Tegalalang Rice Terrace, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saraswati Temple.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ubud trip planner .

Drive from Seminyak to Ubud in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Ubud

Parks Historic Sites Spas

Side Trips

Tampaksiring, Tegalalang, Taman Tirtagangga, Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, Mt Batur
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Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary ©
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
Mt Batur ©
Mt Batur
Taman Tirtagangga ©
Taman Tirtagangga

5
nights
Hong Kong, China

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and Lantau Island. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hong Kong: Macau (Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre, Historic Centre of Macau, & more). Pack the 17th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 18th (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), take in the waterfront activity at Victoria Harbour, make a trip to Hong Kong Skyline, and take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hong Kong road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Ubud to Hong Kong takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. In October in Hong Kong, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Macau
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Food Tours
Victoria Harbour ©
Victoria Harbour
Lantau island ©
Lantau island

4
nights
Shanghai, China

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Food Tours and Shanghai World Financial Center. Take a break from Shanghai with a short trip to Humble Administrator's Garden in Suzhou, about 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Longhua Temple, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Shanghai trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Shanghai in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Hong Kong in October; daily highs in Shanghai reach 28°C and lows reach 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trip

Humble Administrator's Garden
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Walking tours
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Humble Administrator's Garden ©
Humble Administrator's Garden

1
night
Xi'an, China

Xi'an ©
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Shaanxi History Museum and then get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), then make a trip to Muslim Quarter, then steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), and finally don't miss a visit to Xi'an Bell Tower.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Xi'an travel app .

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Xi'an takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in October, expect Xi'an to be little chillier, temps between 22°C and 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums
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Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)
Muslim Quarter ©
Muslim Quarter
Shaanxi History Museum ©
Shaanxi History Museum

6
nights
Beijing, China

Beijing ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Walking tours and National Museum Of China. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mutianyu Great Wall, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, see the interesting displays at The Palace Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong).

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Beijing trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Beijing takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. October in Beijing sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kharkhorin.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Tours Parks
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Food Tours
Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan) ©
Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan)

1
day
Kharkhorin, Mongolia

Kharkhorin
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): appreciate the views at Orkhon Valley and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Erdene Zuu Monastery.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kharkhorin sightseeing website .

Getting from Beijing to Kharkhorin by combination of flight and car takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ulaanbaatar.

Things to do in Kharkhorin

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Orkhon Valley
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Orkhon Valley
Orkhon Valley
Erdene Zuu Monastery
Erdene Zuu Monastery

2
nights
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar ©
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
Step off the beaten path and head to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park and Gandantegchenling Monastery. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Genghis Khan Statue Complex, make a trip to Genghis Khan Square, look for all kinds of wild species at Bogd Khan Uul National Park, and take an in-depth tour of National History Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ulaanbaatar itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Kharkhorin to Ulaanbaatar takes 5.5 hours. November in Ulaanbaatar sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Nature Parks Museums
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Gorkhi-Terelj National Park ©
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
Genghis Khan Statue Complex ©
Genghis Khan Statue Complex
National History Museum ©
National History Museum

13
nights
Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Walking tours and Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve. Explore Moscow's surroundings by going to The Chapel of St. George (in Reutov), Bird Park Vorobyi (in Vorobi) and FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex (in Sharapovo). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad), admire the natural beauty at Aptekarskiy Ogorod Botanical Garden, walk around Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure, and get to know the fascinating history of Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Moscow journey builder website .

Getting from Ulaanbaatar to Moscow by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Ulaanbaatar to Moscow due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ulaanbaatar in November, you will find days in Moscow are somewhat warmer (1°C), and nights are much warmer (-3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kolomna, Sergiyev Posad, Bird Park Vorobyi, Culture and Leisure Park, FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex
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FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex ©
FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex
Red Square ©
Red Square
The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra ©

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