42 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

42 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
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Turin, Italy
— 10 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 10 nights
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London, United Kingdom
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Tokyo, Japan
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Tokyo, Japan

— 2 nights
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.
On the 11th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Western Art, stop by Stockplus, and then take an in-depth tour of Kanda Myojin. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT, then relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, and then explore the world behind art at Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo day trip app.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in June; daily highs in Tokyo reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Spas
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 12:

Kyoto, Japan

— 3 nights
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum and Kyoto Railway Museum. For shopping fun, head to Nishiki Market Shopping District or Ippodo Tea Kyoto. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, wander the streets of Shinbashi Dori, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto driving holiday planner.

Fly from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 15:

Osaka, Japan

— 2 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
On the 16th (Thu), walk around Expo '70 Commemorative Park, examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnology, and then take a stroll through Dotombori District.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka road trip planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to fly to London.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 15 — 17:

London, United Kingdom

— 5 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Explore hidden gems such as Greenwich and Holland Park. Westminster and National Portrait Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in London, make a side trip to see Mercedes-Benz World in Weybridge, approximately Weybridge away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Cutty Sark, explore the world behind art at Tate Britain, take an in-depth tour of Jewel House, and take a stroll through Primrose Hill.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our London online travel planner.

You can fly from Osaka to London in 16 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Osaka to London. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Osaka in June, with highs in London at 23°C and lows at 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Milan.

Things to do in London

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 17 — 22:

Milan, Italy

— 3 nights

Fashion Capital of World

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore and Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie, 2. Get a sense of the local culture at Duomo di Milano and Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Grande Museo del Duomo di Milano, see the interesting displays at Triennale Milano, steep yourself in history at Abbazia di Chiaravalle, and admire the landmark architecture of La Vigna Di Leonardo.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Milan sightseeing planner.

Fly from London to Milan in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Milan due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Milan: highs are around 33°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Turin.

Things to do in Milan

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 22 — 25:

Turin, Italy

— 10 nights

City of Magic

A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
Get a sense of the local culture at Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile and Museo Pietro Micca e dell'assedio di Torino del 1706. Let the collections at Borgo Medievale and MAO - Museo d'Arte Orientale capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Turin side-trips: Casa Martini - Martini & Rossi (in Chieri) and Azienda Agricola Ca Neuva (in Dogliani). Dedicate the 5th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Civic Museum of Ancient Art (Palazzo Madama), get engrossed in the history at Museo Egizio, admire the striking features of Palazzo Reale, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Turin day trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Milan to Turin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Milan in June, expect nights in Turin to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Turin

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 25 — Jul 5:

Bordeaux, France

— 10 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
For shopping fun, head to Marche des Capucins or Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez. You'll explore and learn at Musee du Vin et du Negoce and Musee des Beaux-Arts. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bordeaux: Chateau Soutard (in Saint-Emilion), Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte (in Martillac) and Chateau La Croizille (in Saint-Laurent-des-Combes). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, admire the striking features of La Cite du Vin, do a tasting at Chateau Pape Clement, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Turin to Bordeaux takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to London.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 5 — 15:

London, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

The Square Mile

Explore hidden gems such as HMS Belfast and Cutty Sark. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Courtauld Gallery and British Library. Explore London further: wander the streets of Westminster, look for gifts at Fortnum & Mason, examine the collection at Lord's Cricket Ground, and take in the views from Millennium Bridge.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the London visit app.

Fly from Bordeaux to London in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Bordeaux in July, things will get a bit cooler in London: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 19:

Tokyo, Japan

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at Diver City Tokyo Plaza and then wander the streets of Odaiba District.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from London to Tokyo takes 15 hours. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours. Traveling from London in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 36°C and lows about 27°C. On the 21st (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 21:

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.