55 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

55 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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Selcuk, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 7 nights
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Goreme, Turkey
— 6 nights
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 11 nights
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Male, Maldives
— 6 nights
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Rasdhoo, Maldives
— 3 nights
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Maafushi Island, Maldives
— 2 nights
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Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
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Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 5 nights
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— 5 nights
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Selcuk, Turkey

— 4 nights
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, get a dose of the wild on Troy Tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Isa Bey Mosque.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip planner.

New Delhi, India to Selcuk is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2.5 hours traveling from New Delhi to Selcuk due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from New Delhi in March: highs in Selcuk hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Pamukkale, Turkey

— 2 nights

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
On the 11th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Istanbul, Turkey

— 7 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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and wander the streets of Ortakoy.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul tour site.

You can fly from Pamukkale to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In March in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Goreme, Turkey

— 6 nights
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.
Step out of Goreme with an excursion to Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri in Derinkuyu--about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, stop by Alaturca Taner, get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Camur Magarasi Katpatuka.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Goreme online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Goreme when traveling from Istanbul in March, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Dubai.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

— 11 nights

City of Gold

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Venture out of the city with trips to Abu Dhabi (Heritage Village, The Corniche, &more) and Al Ain (Qasr al Muwaiji, Al Jahili Fort, &more). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 5th (Mon) at Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Burj Khalifa, get to know the fascinating history of Bastakia Quarter, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in the waterfront at Dubai Creek.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Dubai trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Dubai takes 10.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to Gulf Standard Time is 1 hour. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Goreme in March: high temperatures in Dubai hover around 34°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Male.

Things to do in Dubai

Parks · Theme Parks · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Male, Maldives

— 6 nights
The tiny but densely populated city of Male represents a contrast to the laid-back beach resorts found in much of the rest of the Maldives.
Step out of Male to go to Vihamanafushi and see Veli Spa at Kurumba Maldives, which is approximately 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), look for gifts at Island Bazaar, examine the collection at National Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Artificial Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Male online itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Dubai to Male in 7 hours. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Maldives Time (MVT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Male when traveling from Dubai in April, with lows around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Rasdhoo.

Things to do in Male

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Rasdhoo, Maldives

— 3 nights
As the only inhabited island in the Rasdhoo Atoll, Rasdhoo serves as a basecamp of sorts for vacationing in the area.
Rasdhoo is known for wildlife, beaches, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a dose of the wild on Rasdhoo Dive Centre, head off the coast to Sand Bank, stroll through Veligandu Island Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bikini Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rasdhoo day trip planner.

Ride a ferry from Male to Rasdhoo in 2.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Rasdhoo are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Maafushi Island.

Things to do in Rasdhoo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Maafushi Island, Maldives

— 2 nights
With plenty of things to do, Maafushi Island has a bustling, upbeat atmosphere and a holiday resort vibe.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then look for gifts at Angolo Souvenir shop, and then kick back and relax at Bikini Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: soothe aching muscles at Oak Spa.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Maafushi Island trip itinerary planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rasdhoo to Maafushi Island. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in April, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Maafushi Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

— 3 nights
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Get out of town with these interesting Sigiriya side-trips: Dambulla (Balloon Rides & Golden Temple of Dambulla). Spend the 19th (Mon) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya Fortress, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Lion's Paws - Sigiriya.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya holiday planning site.

You can fly from Maafushi Island to Sigiriya in 6.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Maafushi Island to Sigiriya is 0.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

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Kandy, Sri Lanka

— 5 nights
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Rathna Ella waterfall (in Mahiyangana) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, go all around town with MERVEILLES DU SRI LANKA, make a trip to Ran Avuda Mandapaya, and stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Kandy takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

— 5 nights
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa), Dooli Ella (in Neluwa) and Sinharaja Forest Reserve (in Galle). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Unawatuna day trip app.

You can fly from Kandy to Unawatuna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. April in Unawatuna sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
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.

Maldives travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Shark Diving
Maldives has come to be seen as a quintessential island holiday destination, with entire sand-circled islands owned by resorts, who manage each part of the island's environment to give it the look and feel of paradise. The clear waters surrounding the islands offer plentiful dive sites, rich in tropical fish and coral formations, with the smaller, less-populated islands surrounded by the richest marine environments, largely undisturbed by industry and tourism. Larger islands here offer an array of bars, restaurants, and clubs--their higher population means they also feature religious sites and markets selling local produce.

Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.