33 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

33 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

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Beijing, China
— 4 nights
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El Nido, Philippines
— 2 nights
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Fly to Kalibo, Bus to Caticlan, Ferry to Boracay
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Boracay, Philippines
— 3 nights
Ferry to Caticlan, Fly to Tokyo Haneda
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Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 2 nights
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Moscow, Russia
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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Beijing, China

— 4 nights
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and The Palace Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and 798 Art Zone. There's lots more to do: deepen your knowledge of military history at Juyong Pass of Great Wall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Back Lakes (Hou Hai), take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), and admire the landmark architecture of Meridian Gate (Wu Men).

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Beijing route tool.

Beirut, Lebanon to Beijing is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Beirut to Beijing, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Beijing when traveling from Beirut in May, with lows around 15°C. On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to El Nido.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay May 1 — 5:

El Nido, Philippines

— 2 nights

Heaven on Earth

The coastal region of El Nido includes a mainland area of jungle, beaches, and cliffs, as well as 45 limestone islands and islets.
Visit Duli Beach and Star Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore hidden gems such as Small Lagoon and Nacpan Beach. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Big Lagoon, stroll through Marimegmeg Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Taraw Cliff, and step off the mainland to explore Matinloc Island.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the El Nido route planner.

You can fly from Beijing to El Nido in 11.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Boracay.

Things to do in El Nido

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay May 5 — 8:

Boracay, Philippines

— 3 nights
All of 7 km (4.3 mi) long, the island of Boracay remains an idyllic destination drawing beach-goers from around the world.
On the 9th (Mon), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, step off the mainland to explore Boracay Waters, browse the different shops at E Mall, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ilig Iligan Beach, then kick back and relax at Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach), and finally kick back and relax at Diniwid Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Bulabog Beach, then let your taste buds guide you at VTA Boracay, then kick back and relax at White Beach, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Boracay route planner.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry from El Nido to Boracay in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Boracay

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 8 — 11:

Tokyo, Japan

— 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Odaiba District and Nezu Shrine. We've included these beaches for you: Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Zushi Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Sankeien Gardens (in Yokohama), Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Kencho-ji Temple, &more) and Kichijoji (in Musashino). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, steep yourself in history at Hie Jinjya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, and take in nature's colorful creations at Hotel New Otani Japanese Garden.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tokyo tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Boracay to Tokyo by combination of ferry and flight takes about 10.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Boracay to Tokyo. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Boracay in May; daily highs in Tokyo reach 28°C and lows reach 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 11 — 15:

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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Tenryuji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Nijo Castle and Eikando Zenrinji Temple will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chion-in Temple, and stop by Pontocho District.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Tours
Find places to stay May 15 — 18:

Busan, South Korea

— 2 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hwangnyeongsan Mountain, contemplate the long history of Tomb of King Suro, get engrossed in the history at Gimhae National Museum, then contemplate the long history of Geumjung Mt. fortress, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Seokbulsa Temple. On the next day, kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach, get outside with Haeundae Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Songjeong Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Jangsan Mountain, then head outdoors with Dadaepo Beach, and finally make a trip to Samgwangsa Temple.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Busan journey planner.

Fly from Kyoto to Busan in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 18 — 21:

Seoul, South Korea

— 4 nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Bukhansan National Park and Cheonggyecheon Stream. Get a sense of the local culture at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Hwaseong Fortress. Go for a jaunt from Seoul to Suwon to see Yeonmudae (Dongjangdae) about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, pause for some photo ops at Jogyesa Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bongeunsa Temple, and contemplate the long history of Gwanghwamun Gate.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Seoul trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Seoul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ulaanbaatar.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 21 — 25:

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

— 2 nights
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chenresig Temple and then pause for some photo ops at Silk Road Complex Monument [Migration]. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Bogd Khan Uul National Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul, see the interesting displays at International Intellectual Museum, explore the striking landscape of Hustai National Park, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dashchoilin Monastery.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ulaanbaatar journey app.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Ulaanbaatar takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seoul to Ulaanbaatar due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seoul in May, expect nights in Ulaanbaatar to be cooler, around 2°C, while days are slightly colder, around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay May 25 — 27:

Moscow, Russia

— 3 nights

Third Rome

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.
Visit Red Square and Cathedral of the Assumption for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Krutitskoe Podvorye and Trinity Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Moscow: Sergiyev Posad (Refectory Church of St Sergius, Dukhovskaya church, &more), Intercession Khotkovo Monastery (in Khotkovo) and Dmitrov (Sculptures on the Kropotkin street, Museum-Reserve Dmitrov Kremlin, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of the European and American Countries of the XIX-XX centuries, take an in-depth tour of Novospasskiy Monastery, examine the collection at The State A.S. Pushkin Museum, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Moscow trip maker.

You can fly from Ulaanbaatar to Moscow in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Ulaanbaatar to Moscow. Traveling from Ulaanbaatar in May, Moscow is a bit warmer at night with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 27 — 30:

St. Petersburg, Russia

— 3 nights

Venice of the North

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Yelagin Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Nikolo-Bogoyavlenskiy Morskoy Sobor, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sobor Svyatoy Zhivonachal'noy Troitsy, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, examine the collection at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, then examine the collection at Oranienbaum State Museum Reserve, and finally contemplate the long history of The Marly Palace.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read St. Petersburg tour website.

You can take a train from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 8°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Adventure · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 2:

China travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Observation Decks · History Museums
With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.

Philippines travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Bodies of Water
Pearl of the Orient Seas
Encompassing over 7,600 islands, the Philippines offer plenty of vacation ideas for active travelers. Though the island chain's location leaves it vulnerable to typhoons and earthquakes, it also endows it with plenty of natural resources and biodiversity. For most visitors, a Philippines holiday includes outdoor adventures like kitesurfing, mountain trekking, spelunking, and volcano hiking. Those with a taste for something more relaxing can build a Philippines itinerary around beaches, local fiestas, and the island cuisine, which blends influences from around the world and serves up dishes at once sour, salty, and sweet.

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.

South Korea travel guide

4.2
Shopping · History Museums · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.

Mongolia travel guide

4.2
Monuments · National Parks · History Museums
Land of the Blue Sky
An active outdoor vacation in Mongolia lets you get away from the modern world and explore a lifestyle long forgotten almost everywhere else on the planet. This sprawling "Land of the Blue Sky" extends between Russia and China, with a vast steppe populated by a just few hardy nomadic tribes. Remote and isolated for most of the 20th century, Mongolia now represents one of the world's burgeoning travel destinations, appealing to hikers, campers, and nature lovers of all ages. Used to the nomadic life, locals easily bond with foreign visitors and proudly gush about their country's awe-inspiring landscapes of steppes, mountains, and lakes, all with a wealth of wildlife and exotic plants.

Russia travel guide

4.7
Specialty Museums · Churches · Monuments
Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.