60 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

60 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
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Goreme, Turkey
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Hong Kong, China
— 2 nights
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Shanghai, China
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Beijing, China
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly to Boracay, Ferry to Boracay
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Boracay, Philippines
— 4 nights
Ferry to Caticlan, Fly to Ngurah Rai
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Denpasar, Indonesia
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 4 nights
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New Delhi, India
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Jaipur, India
— 4 nights
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Beirut, Lebanon
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Jerusalem, Israel
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Istanbul, Turkey

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and wander the streets of Ortakoy.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Istanbul trip planning tool.

Alexandria, Egypt to Istanbul is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Alexandria to Istanbul is 1 hour. Traveling from Alexandria in August, plan for little chillier nights in Istanbul, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 7:

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Goreme, Turkey

Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Explore Goreme's surroundings by going to Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri & Kaymakli Underground City) and Ihlara Valley (in Guzelyurt). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, make a trip to Pasabag, and head outdoors with Honey Valley, Goreme Turkey.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Goreme driving holiday planning website.

Fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Istanbul, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Goreme, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 12:

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Hong Kong, China

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Hong Kong Disneyland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak) and then step off the mainland to explore Lantau island.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Hong Kong takes 17.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Goreme to Hong Kong. Traveling from Goreme in August, Hong Kong is a bit warmer at night with lows of 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 14:

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Shanghai, China

Pearl of the Orient

With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
On the 15th (Sat), go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, make a trip to Jin Mao Tower, then take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), then take an in-depth tour of Shanghai Development Exhibition Hall, and finally shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Jade Buddha Temple, examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), then take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), and finally buy something for everyone on your list at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Shanghai trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Shanghai in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Shanghai are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 16:

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Beijing, China

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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mutianyu Great Wall, examine the collection at The Palace Museum, get in on the family fun at Olympic Park, and take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong).

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Beijing trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Beijing takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in August, Beijing is little chillier at night with lows of 24°C. On the 19th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 19:

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Kyoto, Japan

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.
Step out of Kyoto to go to Osaka and see Universal Studios Japan, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Gion, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Kyoto takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Beijing to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Beijing in August, with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 22:

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Tokyo, Japan

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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take a stroll through Odaiba District, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tokyo online route planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Boracay.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 22 — 26:

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Boracay, Philippines

All of 7 km (4.3 mi) long, the island of Boracay remains an idyllic destination drawing beach-goers from around the world.
Boracay is known for beaches, nature, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get interesting insight from Tours, make a trip to Willy's Rock, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and relax and rejuvenate at Legacy Gym Boracay.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Boracay trip maker tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Tokyo to Boracay takes 10.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Tokyo to Boracay is minus 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 29°C. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Denpasar.

Things to do in Boracay

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 30:

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Denpasar, Indonesia

A trip to Denpasar takes visitors to the capital of Bali and the gateway to the island.
Explore Denpasar's surroundings by going to Ubud (Neka Art Museum, Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, &more), Mason Elephant Park (in Tegalalang) and Jimbaran Bay (in Jimbaran). Spend the 1st (Tue) among aquatic life with Nico Dives Cool - Day Tours. There's much more to do: make a splash at Waterbom Bali, look for all kinds of wild species at Gede Private Bali Driver, see Off-Road Tours, and get outside with SeaBali.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Denpasar trip itinerary website.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Boracay to Denpasar in 10 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Denpasar can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Denpasar

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 5:

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Bangkok, Thailand

City of Angels

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), then explore the world behind art at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC), and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, meet the residents at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, then see the interesting displays at Jim Thompson House, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Siam Paragon.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bangkok itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Denpasar to Bangkok takes 7.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Denpasar to Bangkok. In September, daily temperatures in Bangkok can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Rose of the North

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Change things up with a short trip to Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community in Mae Win (about 1h 25 min away). Spend the 9th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Care & Grand Canyon Jumping, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Singh, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and enjoy breathtaking views from Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Chiang Mai trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Chiang Mai are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. On the 11th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 11:

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New Delhi, India

Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
On the 12th (Sat), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read New Delhi trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Chiang Mai to New Delhi takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Indochina Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a -1.5 hour difference. In September, daily temperatures in New Delhi can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Jaipur.

Things to do in New Delhi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 12:
Highlights from your trip

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Jaipur, India

Pink City

Known as the "Pink City" because of the color of the stone used for many of its notable structures, Jaipur draws visitors with its chaotic street life and a slew of colorful bazaars selling everything from handmade pottery to tie-dye scarves.
Jaipur is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: surround yourself with nature on Elefanjoy, admire the landmark architecture of Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind, explore the historical opulence of Amber Palace, and see the sky in a new way at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Jaipur trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from New Delhi to Jaipur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. September in Jaipur sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Dubai.

Things to do in Jaipur

Tours · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 16:

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

City of Gold

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Take a break from Dubai with a short trip to Sharjah Museums in Sharjah, about 32 minutes away. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 19th (Sat) at Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark. Spend the 21st (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: cool off at Wild Wadi Waterpark, buy something for everyone on your list at The Dubai Mall, admire the striking features of Burj Khalifa, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Dubai travel planner.

You can fly from Jaipur to Dubai in 7 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Jaipur to Dubai is minus 1.5 hours. Traveling from Jaipur in September, expect Dubai to be somewhat warmer, temps between 46°C and 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Abu Dhabi.

Things to do in Dubai

Theme Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 21:

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Take a trip to Abu Dhabi to discover a modern metropolis built on a strip of land jutting out into the Persian Gulf.
On the 22nd (Tue), contemplate the long history of Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital and then bet on your favorite at Yas Marina Circuit. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Heritage Village, buy something for everyone on your list at Marina Mall, then don't miss a visit to The Corniche, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Abu Dhabi online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Dubai to Abu Dhabi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 47°C, and evening lows to 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Beirut.

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:

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Beirut, Lebanon

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Beirut: Atelier Assaf (in Warhanieh), Shouf Cedars Reserve (in Barouk) and Chir Bay (in Jiyeh). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Mim Museum - Mineral Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Chouane Lake, admire the masterpieces at MACAM (Modern And Contemporary Art Museum), and look for all kinds of wild species at Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Beirut planner.

Traveling by flight from Abu Dhabi to Beirut takes 7.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Abu Dhabi to Beirut is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in September, things will get little chillier in Beirut: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Beirut

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:

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Jerusalem, Israel

Holy City

Few places in the world boast such a long history and such a rich multiethnic culture as Jerusalem, a city sacred to Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jerusalem: Baron's Code Escape Games (in Zichron Yaakov), Mount Tabor (in Kfar Tavor) and Sea of Galilee (in Tiberias). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, take in the exciting artwork at Levantine Gallery, and examine the collection at Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Jerusalem trip itinerary app.

Fly from Beirut to Jerusalem in 6.5 hours. September in Jerusalem sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Museums · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 26 — Oct 1:

Turkey travel guide

4.5
Architectural Buildings · History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

China travel guide

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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.

Japan travel guide

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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.

Philippines travel guide

4.2
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.

Indonesia travel guide

4.1
Spas · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
Emerald of the Equator
Boasting over 18,000 islands, Indonesia represents the world's largest archipelago, serving as home to about 250 million people. A kaleidoscope of cultures, the country encompasses some 300 ethnic groups and nearly 750 different languages and dialects--an astounding cultural diversity that makes an Indonesia holiday especially rewarding. Begin your Indonesia tour by discovering the country's big cities, huge melting pots bursting with energy and soaked in centuries of dramatic history. From there, head farther afield: the nation's varied landscapes of volcanoes, white-sand beaches, and sprawling tropical forests draw adrenaline junkies seeking an exotic land offering perhaps the world's last truly great outdoor adventures.

Thailand travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops
Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.

India travel guide

4.6
Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings · Beaches
It may very well be fair to call India "incredible," given its mind-boggling diversity of landscapes, climates, cultures, and languages. The world's largest democracy, and second only to China in terms of population, India contains majestic peaks dusted with glistening snow, sun-drenched beaches, ancient hand-carved temples, and sprawling cities jam-packed with people, vehicles, and animals. Many tour India during the country's devotional festivals, which range from immense parades that convert cities into giant performance stages, to simple farming fairs dedicated to relatively obscure local deities. Whenever you choose to vacation in India, make sure you see some of the country's World Heritage Sites, which include the legendary Taj Mahal and Chilika Lake, the planet's second-largest lagoon.

United Arab Emirates travel guide

4.3
Observation Decks · Fountains · Shopping Malls
Though most people associate United Arab Emirates only with Dubai, nicknamed the "City of Gold," the federation of seven emirates boats a surprisingly rich historical and cultural heritage and provides a good starting point for visitors interested in discovering the Middle East. A trip to United Arab Emirates reveals a modern nation with a dynamic atmosphere and a landscape that quickly changes from futuristic cities to remote deserts, mysteriously silent places where only the shifting sand dunes mark the passage of time. Add the eastern coastline to your United Arab Emirates itinerary to find a string of outstanding beaches and some of the finest diving and snorkeling opportunities in the region.

Lebanon travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Monuments · Ruins
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.

Israel travel guide

4.7
Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Ruins
Land of Creation
Surprisingly diverse for such a narrow strip of land pressed against the Mediterranean, modern Israel only dates back to 1948, though the history of this "Holy Land" spans many millennia. The big three monotheistic religions--Christianity, Judaism, and Islam--maintain extremely strong ties to this part of the world, so you can expect to see plenty of historic churches, mosques, and synagogues during your holiday in Israel. Beyond the undeniable cultural appeal, Israel also offers impressive natural features, including the Dead Sea and Makhtesh Ramon, one of the world's biggest craters. As you tour Israel, you'll find yourself following in the footsteps of figures that helped shape the world thousands of years ago.