29 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

29 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly + Train:  27 h
1
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Fly + Tram:  5 h
2
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
4
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
5
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
6
Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly + Subway:  6 h 15 min
7
Athens, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
8
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  13 h
9
Patong, Thailand
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  19 h 30 min
End: Auckland, New Zealand

3
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Halcyon Gallery, Buckingham Palace and Tate Modern. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): shop like a local with Covent Garden and then don't miss a visit to Buckingham Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Tate Modern and then view the masterpieces at Halcyon Gallery.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read London itinerary planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to London is an approximately 27- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 12 hours traveling from Auckland to London. Traveling from Auckland in May, plan for slightly colder nights in London, with lows around 9°C. On the 11th (Tue), you'll travel to Lyon.

Things to do in London

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Covent Garden ©
Covent Garden
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
Tate Modern ©
Tate Modern

2
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
You've now added Fourviere Hill to your itinerary. On the 12th (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, and then stop by La boutique de Mathilde.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lyon day trip site.

Getting from London to Lyon by combination of train, flight, and tram takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train, bus, flight, and tram. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Lyon. While traveling from London, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lyon, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Fourviere Hill ©
Fourviere Hill
Vieux Lyon ©
Vieux Lyon

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Uetliberg Mountain. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): explore the activities along Lake Zurich, make a trip to Bahnhofstrasse, then look for gifts at Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Uetliberg Mountain. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and then wander the streets of Old Town.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Zurich travel route planner.

You can drive from Lyon to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nature
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Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Old Town ©
Old Town
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lion Monument, Chapel Bridge and Lake Lucerne. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): stop by Altstadt Luzern, then pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hofkirche, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): explore the activities along Lake Lucerne and then snap pictures at Chapel Bridge.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lucerne tour builder tool.

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Shopping
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Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) ©
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten)
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern

2
nights
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Airtime Paragliding as well as Lauterbrunnen Village. On the 18th (Tue), glide through the air with Airtime Paragliding and then appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Village.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Lauterbrunnen online trip planner.

You can drive from Lucerne to Lauterbrunnen in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll set off for Milan on the 19th (Wed).

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Nature Parks Tours
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Lauterbrunnen Village ©
Lauterbrunnen Village
Airtime Paragliding ©
Airtime Paragliding

3
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and Pinacoteca di Brera will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Duomo di Milano and Il Cenacolo. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Museo Poldi Pezzoli, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Milan trip tool.

Traveling by car from Lauterbrunnen to Milan takes 4 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Milan

Museums Historic Sites
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana ©
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana
Pinacoteca di Brera ©
Pinacoteca di Brera

5
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Acropolis of Athens and Acropolis Museum. Shop till you drop at Ermou Street and Museum 'Atelier Spyros Vassiliou'. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum, view the masterpieces at Orlik Gallery, explore the galleries of Eleni Marneri Galerie, and explore the striking landscape at Areopagus.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Athens trip builder site.

Do a combination of flight and subway from Milan to Athens in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and subway; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Milan to Athens is 1 hour. Traveling from Milan in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Athens, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Chora Museum. Head to Kapali Carsi and Les Arts Turcs Toursfor plenty of shopping. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, soak in style at Turkish baths, and stop by Ortakoy.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul route maker site.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Istanbul takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Athens in May, expect Istanbul to be slightly colder, temps between 25°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Chora Museum ©
Chora Museum
Rumeli Fortress ©
Rumeli Fortress

3
nights
Patong, Thailand

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Get some historical perspective at Big Buddha Phuket and Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong). Shop till you drop at Apichart art gallery and The Phuket Gallery. Step out of Patong to go to Talat Yai and see Phuket 3D Museum, which is approximately 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stop by Suit Master, and view the masterpieces at Patong Inn Art.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Patong trip itinerary maker website.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Istanbul to Patong in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Istanbul to Patong due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in June, things will get a bit warmer in Patong: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Patong

Shopping Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Phuket Town, Phuket Golf Leisure Co., Ltd., Karon Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Karon Beach ©
Karon Beach
Big Buddha Phuket ©
Big Buddha Phuket

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