49 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

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Beirut, Lebanon
— 22 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
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Mykonos Town, Greece
— 3 nights
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Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Beirut, Lebanon — 22 nights

Paris of the East

Sitting on the Mediterranean coast, Beirut, the country's capital and largest city, has plenty of appeal itself, as well as offering a convenient base for exploring the country's other sights and cities.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Beirut: Chir Bay (in Jiyeh), Our Lady of Lebanon (in Harissa) and Hammam El-Sheikh (in Sidon). On the 22nd (Tue), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Mim Museum - Mineral Museum, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, get to know the fascinating history of Baalbek Roman Ruins, and explore the activities along Chouane Lake.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Beirut trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Beirut is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in August, things will get much warmer in Beirut: highs are around 38°C and lows about 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Istanbul.
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Istanbul, Turkey — 2 nights

Queen of Cities

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 23rd (Wed), hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and then take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip planning site.

Fly from Beirut to Istanbul in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Beirut to Istanbul. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Beirut in August; daily highs in Istanbul reach 34°C and lows reach 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planner.

Fly from Istanbul to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 2 nights

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, examine the collection at Doge's Palace, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, and finally admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Riva del Carbon, explore the activities along Canal Grande, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice tour itinerary planning website.

Fly from Rome to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rome in August, you will find days in Venice are little chillier (34°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 30th (Wed), hunt for treasures at Mercato Centrale, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, and finally contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Florence online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Florence are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Venture out of the city with trips to Archaeological Site Mycenae (in Mycenae) and Corinth Canal (in Isthmia). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens, don't miss a visit to Plateia Syntagmatos, take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and take a stroll through Plaka.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Athens journey maker website.

You can fly from Florence to Athens in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Florence to Athens, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Florence in August, with highs in Athens at 39°C and lows at 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Mykonos Town.
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Mykonos Town, Greece — 3 nights

Chora Mykonos

A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Mykonos Town is known for sightseeing, nightlife, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Little Venice, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paraportiani Church, kick back and relax at Elia Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at Agios Stefanos Church.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Mykonos Town visit planning tool.

You can fly from Athens to Mykonos Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. When traveling from Athens in September, plan for slightly colder days in Mykonos Town, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Fira.
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Fira, Greece — 3 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Fira is known for nightlife, wineries, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, tour the pleasant surroundings at Perissa Black Sand Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, and enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Fira trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Mykonos Town to Fira in 2.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In September, daytime highs in Fira are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): stroll around Parc Guell, then admire the striking features of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, take a stroll through Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic), then take a stroll through Las Ramblas, and finally pick up some local products at La Boqueria.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona online route planner.

Fly from Fira to Barcelona in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Fira in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Barcelona, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to fly to Paris.
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Paris, France — 2 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

Discover how to plan a Paris trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Barcelona to Paris by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in September; daily highs in Paris reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can take a train to London.
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London, United Kingdom — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace, then make a trip to Big Ben, and finally make a trip to Coca-Cola London Eye. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Tower of London, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Tower Bridge.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our London trip planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to London takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. In September, daytime highs in London are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Lebanon travel guide

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With a lengthy coastline along the Mediterranean, Lebanon has attracted its share of foreign invaders, from ancient Phoenicians and Egyptians to the medieval Crusaders and Ottoman Turks. Each of these peoples left an indelible mark on the tiny country's cultural heritage, art, religious traditions, and cuisine. Though it shares a border with troubled Syria, Lebanon remains one of the Arab world's most charming destinations. A tour of Lebanon allows travelers to discover modern seaside resorts, ancient ruins, lush nature reserves, and dynamic cities. Base your Lebanon vacation in Beirut, a cosmopolitan capital known for its cafe culture and European architecture, as well as many museums, parks, and squares.
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Mykonos travel guide

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Island of the Winds
Local tradition claims that Mykonos, the trendiest of the Cyclades group of islands, came into existence from the petrified bodies of giants killed by the mythological hero Hercules. Named after the grandson of the god Apollo, this cosmopolitan "Ibiza of Greece" offers modern tourists a blend of glamour and simplicity. Be prepared for hip and loud dance clubs along the coastline and quieter areas farther from the water. Avoid cruise ship crowds thronging the narrow streets by exploring the small villages located in the center of the island. The easiest way to discover the island's golden beaches is by guided boat tour, private car, or motorcycle.
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Santorini travel guide

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Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.
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