31 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

31 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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Start: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Fly:  11 h 15 min
1
Moscow, Russia
— 3 nights
Train:  4 h 15 min
2
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 7 nights
Fly:  12 h 15 min
3
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 1 night
Fly + Train:  4 h 30 min
4
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
5
Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  5 h 45 min
6
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  8 h 30 min
8
Luang Prabang, Laos
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
9
Vientiane, Laos
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 45 min
10
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
11
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Colombo, Sri Lanka

3
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.
Moscow is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Red Square, walk around Patriarch's Pond, look for gifts at Perlov Tea House, and explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Moscow holiday maker app.

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Moscow is an approximately 11.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is minus 2.5 hours. Traveling from Colombo in August, expect nights in Moscow to be much colder, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Red Square ©
Red Square
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin
Lenin's Mausoleum ©
Lenin's Mausoleum

7
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, examine the collection at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, explore the galleries of Kazan Cathedral, and admire the striking features of Smolny Cathedral.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read St. Petersburg trip planner.

You can take a train from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ulaanbaatar.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

1
night
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar ©
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
On the 12th (Thu), make a trip to Zaisan Memorial, then take an in-depth tour of National History Museum, then explore the world behind art at Zanabazar Museum of FIne Art, and finally pause for some photo ops at Genghis Khan Square.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ulaanbaatar online route planner.

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Ulaanbaatar in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Ulaanbaatar Standard Time (ULAT) is 5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from St. Petersburg in August since evenings lows in Ulaanbaatar dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Museums
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National History Museum ©
National History Museum
Genghis Khan Square ©
Genghis Khan Square
Zaisan Memorial ©
Zaisan Memorial

3
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.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Gyeongbokgung Palace, wander the streets of Insadong, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jongmyo Shrine, and get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Seoul day trip planning tool.

Do a combination of flight and train from Ulaanbaatar to Seoul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ulaanbaatar to Seoul due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Ulaanbaatar in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Seoul, with highs around 35°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Bukchon Hanok Village ©
Bukchon Hanok Village
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower

2
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 16th (Mon), stroll around Yongdusan Park, then take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, and finally kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Busan Citizens Park, examine the collection at Busan Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Busan trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Busan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Busan are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Taejongdae ©
Taejongdae
Yongdusan Park ©
Yongdusan Park

3
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Odaiba, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo tour itinerary builder app.

Do a combination of flight and train from Busan to Tokyo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daytime highs in Tokyo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Childrens Museums
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Luang Prabang.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Osaka Castle
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

2
nights
Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang ©
Designated a World Heritage Site in 1995, Luang Prabang sits at the meeting point of two rivers and offers numerous opportunities for sailing, climbing, and exploring scenic caves and waterfalls.
On the 24th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Kuang Si Butterfly Farm, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kuang Si Waterfall, then stop by Ma Te Sai, and finally take an in-depth tour of Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Alms Giving Ceremony, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Xiengthong, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Phousi, then see the interesting displays at Royal Palace Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Luang Prabang road trip planning app.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Luang Prabang in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Kyoto to Luang Prabang, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. August in Luang Prabang sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Vientiane.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Kuang Si Waterfall ©
Kuang Si Waterfall
Wat Xiengthong ©
Wat Xiengthong
Mount Phousi ©
Mount Phousi

1
night
Vientiane, Laos

Vientiane ©
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Patuxai, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Ho Phra Keo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Si Saket, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Ong Teu, then stroll around Buddha Park, and finally take in the views from Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Vientiane vacation maker website.

Traveling by flight from Luang Prabang to Vientiane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Vientiane can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites Parks
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Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) ©
Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang)
Wat Si Saket ©
Wat Si Saket
Buddha Park ©
Buddha Park

2
nights
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh ©
On the confluence of two major rivers, Phnom Penh occupies a scenic location largely responsible for its nickname the "Charming City." On a trip to Phnom Penh you'll discover one of Asia's most dynamic cities, where the natives live much of their lives outdoors, on the streets, and in the bustling markets filled with scents of spicy foods.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, then contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, and then do some two-wheel cruising with Phnom Penh Taxi Expert. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, then see the interesting displays at National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom, and finally admire the striking features of Central Market.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Phnom Penh attractions planner.

You can fly from Vientiane to Phnom Penh in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Phnom Penh are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Highlights from your plan
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
National Museum ©
National Museum

3
nights
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap ©
Once a small village in northwest Cambodia, Siem Reap now serves as a gateway to the Angkor region's World Heritage-listed temple and other attractions.
Siem Reap is known for historic sites, nightlife, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ta Prohm, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and make a trip to Pub Street.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Siem Reap trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Siem Reap, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors
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Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Bayon Temple ©
Bayon Temple

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