38 days in Asia, Europe & Middle East Itinerary

38 days in Asia, Europe & Middle East Itinerary

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38 days in Asia, Europe & Middle East Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  12​h
1
Hong Kong, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
3
Gabrovo, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
5
Suceava, Romania
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Baia Mare, Romania
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Alba Iulia, Romania
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
8
Kvareli, Georgia
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
9
Gyumri, Armenia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Yerevan, Armenia
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
11
Doha, Qatar
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

3
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Monte Forte (Fortaleza do Monte) and Communications Museum. Get some historical perspective at Historic Centre of Macau and Patio of Six Houses. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hong Kong: Macau (The Fire Services Museum, Rua Dos Ervanarios, & more). There's still lots to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, take in the exciting artwork at Choco L'ART Studio, browse the exhibits of Bamboo Scenes, and have some family-friendly fun at Sideways (Driving Club).

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Hong Kong trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Hong Kong is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Hong Kong is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Melbourne, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Hong Kong, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Museums Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Macau
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Monte Forte (Fortaleza do Monte) ©
Historic Centre of Macau ©
Historic Centre of Macau
Communications Museum ©
Communications Museum

1
night
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.
On the 10th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, get engrossed in the history at Istanbul Archaeological Museums, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tomb of Joshua. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Besiktas JK Muzesi.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul road trip tool .

Getting from Hong Kong to Istanbul by flight takes about 15 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Hong Kong to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Hong Kong in March, things will get a bit cooler in Istanbul: highs are around 14°C and lows about 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gabrovo.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums
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Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi ©
Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi
Rahmi M. Koc Museum ©
Rahmi M. Koc Museum
Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) ©
Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

1
night
Gabrovo, Bulgaria

Gabrovo ©
Gabrovo is a city in central northern Bulgaria, the administrative centre of Gabrovo Province.It is situated at the foot of the central Balkan Mountains, in the valley of the Yantra River, and is known as an international capital of humour and satire, as well as noted for its Bulgarian National Revival architecture. On the 12th (Thu), examine the collection at Interactive Museum of Industry, then examine the collection at Museum of the Wood-Carving and Ethnographical Arts, then examine the collection at The Old School Museum, and finally examine the collection at Museum of Satire and Humor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): view the masterpieces at St. Peter and Paul Church, admire the striking features of St. Dimitar of Thessaloniki Church, explore the ancient world of Tsarevets Fortress, then see the interesting displays at Historical Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Gabrovo road trip website .

You can drive from Istanbul to Gabrovo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Gabrovo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Gabrovo, with lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Koprivshtitsa.

Things to do in Gabrovo

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Veliko Tarnovo, Tryavna
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The Old School Museum ©
The Old School Museum
Tsarevets ©
Tsarevets
Interactive Museum of Industry ©
Interactive Museum of Industry

2
nights
Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria

Koprivshtitsa ©
Koprivshtitsa is a historic town in the Koprivshtitsa Municipality in Sofia Province, central Bulgaria, lying on the Topolnitsa River among the Sredna Gora mountains. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Georgi Benkovski House Museum, examine the collection at Lyutov House Museum, get engrossed in the history at Oslekov's House, then examine the collection at Dimcho Debelyanov House, and finally see the interesting displays at Todor Kableshkov House Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Lift Sopot, then examine the collection at House-Museum of Ivan Vazov, and then examine the collection at Vassil Levski Museum.

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Drive from Gabrovo to Koprivshtitsa in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Suceava.

Things to do in Koprivshtitsa

Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Sopot, Vassil Levski Museum
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Oslekov's House ©
Oslekov's House
Dimcho Debelyanov House ©
Dimcho Debelyanov House
Georgi Benkovski House Museum ©
Georgi Benkovski House Museum

3
nights
Suceava, Romania

Suceava ©
Suceava is the largest city and the seat of Suceava County, in the historical region of Bukovina, north-eastern Romania. Do some cultural sightseeing at Muzeul International al Oualor Lucia Condrea and Muzeul Oului. Popular historic sites such as Neamt Fortress and Nativity Cathedral are in your itinerary. Explore Suceava's surroundings by going to Muzeul Arta lemnului (in Campulung Moldovenesc), Transrarau (in Pojorata) and Museum of Water Mihai Bacescu - Muzeul Apelor Mihai Bacescu (in Falticeni). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Popa Museum, wander the streets of Ciocanesti, take an in-depth tour of Ion Creanga Memorial House, and explore the world behind art at Folk Traditions Museum of Bucovina.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Suceava trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Koprivshtitsa to Suceava in 12 hours. Another option is to fly. In March, daytime highs in Suceava are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Baia Mare.

Things to do in Suceava

Museums Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Gura Humorului, Muzeul Oului, The Popa Museum, Muzeul Arta lemnului, Transrarau
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Muzeul Oului ©
Muzeul Oului
The Popa Museum ©
The Popa Museum
Nativity Cathedral ©
Nativity Cathedral

4
nights
Baia Mare, Romania

Baia Mare ©
Baia Mare is a municipality along the Săsar River, in northwestern Romania; it is the capital of Maramureș County. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ethnological Museum and Surdesti Wooden Church. Museum-lovers will appreciate Central Baia Mare Art Museum and Mineralogy Museum. Explore Baia Mare's surroundings by going to Muzeul Tarancii Romane (in Dragomiresti), The Church of the Holy Archangels (in Plopis) and The Wooden Churches of Maramures (in Ieud). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at COMPLEXUL ASTRONOMIC BAIA MARE, get engrossed in the history at Memorial of the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sapanta-Peri Monastery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Paraskeva.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Baia Mare attractions planner.

Drive from Suceava to Baia Mare in 6 hours. While traveling from Suceava, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Baia Mare, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Alba Iulia.

Things to do in Baia Mare

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Ieud, Sighetu Marmatiei, St Nicholas Church in Budesti Josani, Sapanta-Peri Monastery, Church of the Holy Paraskeva
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4
nights
Alba Iulia, Romania

Alba Iulia ©
Alba Iulia is a city located on the Mureş River in Alba County, Transylvania, Romania, with a population of 63,536. Let the collections at The Gold Museum and Castelul Gabriel Bethlen capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as Densus Church and Coltesti Castle Ruins are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Alba Iulia: Hunedoara (Expozitie Inedita: Ev Mediu. Tortura Si Executie & Castelul Corvinilor), Colt Citadel (in Suseni) and Clocota Waterfalls (in Geoagiu Bai).

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Alba Iulia trip planner .

Traveling by car from Baia Mare to Alba Iulia takes 3.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Alba Iulia can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kvareli.

Things to do in Alba Iulia

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Hunedoara, Clocota Waterfalls, Densus Church, Colt Citadel, The Gold Museum
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Citadel of Alba Iulia ©
Citadel of Alba Iulia
Castelul Corvinilor ©
Castelul Corvinilor
The Gold Museum ©
The Gold Museum

2
nights
Kvareli, Georgia

Kvareli ©
Kvareli is a town in northeastern in Kakheti Province, Georgia. Visit House-Museum of Niko Pirosmani and Gremi Citadel and Church of the Archangels for their historical value. Let the collections at Kote Marjanishvili House Museum and Gremi capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Kvareli: Signagi (Bodbe Monastery of St. Nino, St. George’s Church, & more). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Chelti Winery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nekresi Monastery Complex, and see the interesting displays at Ilia Chavchavadze's House & Museum.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kvareli itinerary builder tool .

Explore your travel options from Alba Iulia to Kvareli with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Alba Iulia to Kvareli. Traveling from Alba Iulia in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Kvareli, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Gyumri.

Things to do in Kvareli

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Signagi, Chateau Zegaani, Gremi Citadel and Church of the Archangels, House-Museum of Niko Pirosmani
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Bodbe Monastery of St. Nino ©
Bodbe Monastery of St. Nino
Signagi City Walls ©
Signagi City Walls

3
nights
Gyumri, Armenia

Gyumri ©
Gyumri, the second largest city in Armenia, survived a turbulent history and a devastating earthquake in 1988.
Hnevank Monastery and Kobayr Monastery will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museum of National Architecture and Urban Life and Marmashen Monastery. Change things up with these side-trips from Gyumri: Amberd Fortress (in Byurakan), Odzun Church (in Odzun) and Hovhannes Tumanyan House Museum (in Dsegh). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Isahakyan House Museum, delve into the distant past at Lmbatavank Church, explore the world behind art at Mher Mkrtchyan Museum, and do a tasting at Van Ardi Winery.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Gyumri planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kvareli to Gyumri. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kvareli to Gyumri due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kvareli in March, things will get little chillier in Gyumri: highs are around 9°C and lows about -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Yerevan.

Things to do in Gyumri

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Dsegh, Ashtarak, Lmbatavank Church, Odzun Church, Marmashen Monastery
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Hnevank Monastery ©
Hnevank Monastery
Odzun Church ©
Odzun Church
Lmbatavank Church ©
Lmbatavank Church

4
nights
Yerevan, Armenia

Yerevan
Old and new sit side by side in Yerevan, showing the country's capital to be a city on the move, but also proud of its history and traditions.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts and Arev Art Gallery. Explore hidden gems such as Komitas Museum-Institute and Armenian Genocide Museum. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Ervand Kochar Museum, browse the exhibits of Gala Art Gallery, explore the world behind art at Museum of Folk Arts, and learn more about the world around you at National Academy of Sciences of Armenia.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Yerevan travel planner.

You can drive from Gyumri to Yerevan in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Armenia Time (AMT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Gyumri in April: high temperatures in Yerevan hover around 23°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Doha.

Things to do in Yerevan

Museums Shopping Spas
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Parajanov Museum ©
Parajanov Museum
Yerevan Brandy Factory ©
Yerevan Brandy Factory

3
nights
Doha, Qatar

Doha ©
Doha, Qatar's capital city, draws visitors with its constant development and expansion, making it a destination on the rise.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum and Msheireb Museums. Step off the beaten path and head to Fuwairit Beach and Khor Al Udeid Beach. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at QM GALLERY AL RIWAQ, take a stroll through Al Wakrah Souk, make a trip to The Pearl-Qatar, and admire all the interesting features of Khalifa Tennis and Squash Complex.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Doha travel route planning website .

Getting from Yerevan to Doha by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone changes from Armenia Time to Arabia Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Yerevan in April: high temperatures in Doha hover around 41°C and lows are around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Doha

Neighborhoods Museums Parks

Side Trips

Fuwairit Beach, Al Wakrah Souk
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Fuwairit Beach ©
Fuwairit Beach
Al Wakrah Souk ©
Al Wakrah Souk

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