53 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

53 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

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53 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

Start: Colombo, Sri Lanka
1
Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 1 day
Fly:  1 h
2
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h
3
Galle, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  15 h 45 min
4
Hamburg, Germany
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Berlin, Germany
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h
6
Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
7
Munich, Germany
— 6 nights
Drive:  7 h
8
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Train:  4 h 30 min
9
Locarno, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8 h
10
Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
11
Valencia, Spain
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
12
Madrid, Spain
— 6 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
13
Seville, Spain
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
14
Granada, Spain
— 5 nights
Bus + Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Colombo, Sri Lanka

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): stroll around Galle Face Green, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and then see Multi-day Tours.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Colombo trip planner.

If you are flying in from Sri Lanka, the closest major aiports are Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport and Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport. In July, daytime highs in Colombo are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

2
nights
Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take a peaceful walk through Riverstone Gap, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Hanthana Mountain Range and then admire all the interesting features of Royal Botanical Gardens.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kandy route builder website.

You can fly from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Riverstone Gap
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

1
night
Galle, Sri Lanka

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Unawatuna Beach, look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, and finally contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Galle planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Hamburg.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Unawatuna
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Lak Gems & Jewellery ©
Lak Gems & Jewellery
Unawatuna Beach ©
Unawatuna Beach

2
nights
Hamburg, Germany

As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Hamburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Miniatur Wunderland, appreciate the extensive heritage of Speicherstadt, admire the masterpieces at Kunsthalle Hamburg, and take in nature's colorful creations at Planten un Blomen.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hamburg road trip site.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Hamburg in 16 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Galle to Hamburg due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Galle in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Hamburg, with highs around 27°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Walking tours
Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Tierpark Hagenbeck ©
Tierpark Hagenbeck

6
nights
Berlin, Germany

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Get out of town with these interesting Berlin side-trips: Dresden (The Dresden Zwinger & Bruehlsche Terrasse). The adventure continues: get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall, appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Berlin itinerary maker website.

Traveling by train from Hamburg to Berlin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Cologne.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Dresden
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Walking tours
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate

1
night
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the world behind art at Wallraf-Richartz Museum, admire the striking features of Cologne Cathedral, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cologne trip planning tool.

Fly from Berlin to Cologne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Historic Sites
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Wallraf-Richartz Museum ©
Wallraf-Richartz Museum
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig

6
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Munich: Schloss Neuschwanstein (in Schwangau), Nuremberg (Altstadt, Kaiserburg Nurnberg, &more) and Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at English Garden, make a trip to Restaurant und Biergarten am Chinesischen Turm, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Munich journey planner.

Fly from Cologne to Munich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Munich are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Nuremberg, Schloss Neuschwanstein, Schloss Hohenschwangau
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Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
English Garden ©
English Garden
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz

5
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Zermatt is known for scenic drive, nature, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, take in the dramatic natural features at Gorner Gorge, take in the pleasant sights at Hinterdorfstrasse, and browse the exhibits of Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Zermatt driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Munich to Zermatt in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Locarno.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Outdoors
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Riffelsee ©
Riffelsee

1
night
Locarno, Switzerland

Locarno ©
Locarno's Mediterranean climate, palm trees, and 2,300 hours of sunlight per year make this city the warmest in Switzerland.
On the 4th (Tue), get to know the resident critters at Falconeria Locarno, snap pictures at Ponte dei Salti, and then head outdoors with Indepth Outthere Adventures.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Locarno trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Zermatt to Locarno by train takes about 4.5 hours. In August in Locarno, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Locarno

Outdoors Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Ponte dei Salti
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Falconeria Locarno ©
Falconeria Locarno
Ponte dei Salti ©
Ponte dei Salti

5
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and stop by Las Ramblas.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona tour itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Locarno to Barcelona. Traveling from Locarno in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Barcelona. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Tours Historic Sites Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

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nights
Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Valencia: Benidorm (El Casco Antiguo de Benidorm & Lockdown Escape Room), Alicante (Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Alicante (MACA) & Playa de San Juan) and Parroquia Nuestra Senora del Consuelo (in Altea). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, get to know the resident critters at Bioparc Valencia, admire the striking features of Central Market of Valencia, and steep yourself in history at Valencia Cathedral.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, use the Valencia trip maker tool.

Fly from Barcelona to Valencia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. August in Valencia sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Alicante, Benidorm, Parroquia Nuestra Senora del Consuelo
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Lockdown Escape Room ©
Lockdown Escape Room
Playa de San Juan ©
Playa de San Juan
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias ©
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias

6
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Go for a jaunt from Madrid to Segovia to see Acueduct of Segovia about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, tour the pleasant surroundings at Casa de Campo, and see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Madrid trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Valencia to Madrid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Valencia in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Madrid, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Acueduct of Segovia
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Picnic Madrid ©
Picnic Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro

5
nights
Seville, Spain

Seville ©
A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Get out of town with these interesting Seville side-trips: Ronda (Iglesia del Espiritu Santo, Bodega Garcia Hidalgo, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Plaza de España, don't miss a visit to Torre del Oro, stop by Barrio Santa Cruz, and take in nature's colorful creations at Parque de Maria Luisa.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Seville travel route planning site.

Getting from Madrid to Seville by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In August in Seville, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Theme Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Ronda
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Bodega Garcia Hidalgo ©
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville

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nights
Granada, Spain

Granada ©
Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Venture out of the city with trips to Prison Island (in Benalmadena), Nerja (Playa de la Cala el Canuelo, Fundación Cueva de Nerja, &more) and La Carihuela (in Torremolinos). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Alhambra, stroll through Generalife, get your game on at VRFun, and steep yourself in history at Malaga Cathedral.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Granada trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Seville to Granada in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Granada are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nerja, Malaga, Prison Island, La Carihuela
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Balcony of Europe ©
Balcony of Europe
Río Chíllar ©
Río Chíllar

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