31 days in Europe, Asia & Middle East Itinerary

31 days in Europe, Asia & Middle East Itinerary

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31 days in Europe, Asia & Middle East Itinerary

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Fly:  13​h 45​min
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
subway + Fly:  2​h 45​min
Corfu Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Naxos, Greece
— 4 nights
ferry + taxi:  1​h 45​min
Paradise Beach, Greece
— 1 night
taxi + ferry:  3​h
Fira, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
Lindos, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
Patong, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
Nusa Dua, Indonesia
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
Mecca, Saudi Arabia
— Few hours
Fly:  6​h
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

4
days
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Monastiraki and Pantopolion. Your inner history buff will appreciate Acropolis of Athens and Ancient Agora of Athens. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Acropolis Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Lycabettus, explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Byzantine & Christian Museum.

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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt to Athens is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in January, things will get slightly colder in Athens: highs are around 15°C and lows about 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Corfu Town.

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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
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Plaka District

4
days
Corfu Town, Greece

Corfu Town ©
Often called "Kastropolis" because of its majestic Venetian castle, Corfu Town once featured such extensive fortifications that a force of over 20,000 soldiers defended them.
Visit Canal D'Amour and Sidari Beach for some beach relaxation. Head to Beautiful and The Land of Corfu Natural Productsfor plenty of shopping. Take a break from Corfu Town with a short trip to Barbati Beach in Barbati, about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Sissi's Palace (Achilleon), take in the exciting artwork at Icon Gallery, delve into the distant past at Old Fortress Corfu, and contemplate the long history of Kassiopi.

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Traveling by combination of subway and flight from Athens to Corfu Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Naxos.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sidari, Pontikonisi, Beautiful, Kassiopi, Achilleion Museum
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Canal D'Amour ©
Canal D'Amour
Old Fortress Corfu ©
Old Fortress Corfu
Sidari Beach ©
Sidari Beach

3
days
Naxos, Greece

Naxos ©
Zeus, the master of all gods from Greek mythology, allegedly grew up in a cave on Naxos, a small but fertile island in the South Aegean Sea.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Agios Prokopios Beach and Plaka Beach. Popular historic sites such as Old Town and Portara are in your itinerary. When in Naxos, make a side trip to see Fish & Olive in Chalkio, approximately 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Mikri Vigla Beach, look for gifts at Naxia Sweet Home, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Zas Mountain, and take a stroll through Kastro.

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You can fly from Corfu Town to Naxos in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Corfu Town in January, Naxos is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Paradise Beach.

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Agios Prokopios Beach ©
Agios Prokopios Beach
Old Town ©
Old Town
Plaka Beach ©
Plaka Beach

2
days
Paradise Beach, Greece

Paradise Beach ©
Sun-drenched Paradise Beach remains largely responsible for Mykonos' nickname, the "Ibiza of Greece." Considered one of the island's major attractions, the beach draws a young crowd of hedonists with its bars and clubs, serving cold drinks and a party atmosphere.
On the 12th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Super Paradise Beach, then kick back and relax at Elia Beach, and then don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Paradise Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Platis Gialos Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Paradise Beach sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Naxos to Paradise Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Paradise Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

The Windmills (Kato Milli), Platis Gialos Beach, Elia Beach
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Super Paradise Beach ©
Super Paradise Beach
Elia Beach ©
Elia Beach
Platis Gialos Beach ©
Platis Gialos Beach

3
days
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Aquamarine Jewelry and Mnemossyne Gallery. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ancient Thera and Akrotiri. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Hiking Trail Fira - Oia, enjoy the sand and surf at Perivolos, contemplate the geological forces at Santorini Volcano, and do a tasting at Santo Winery.

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You can ride a ferry from Paradise Beach to Fira in 3 hours. In January in Fira, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 11°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Wed) before leaving for Lindos.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Santorini, Oia, Ancient Thera, Skaros Rock, Santo Winery
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Perivolos ©
Perivolos
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Santo Winery ©
Santo Winery

3
days
Lindos, Greece

Lindos ©
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
Visiting Tsambika Beach and Agathi Beach will get you outdoors. You'll explore and learn at Archaeological Museum of Rhodes (Hospital of the Knights) and Artistic Village Contemporary Art - Art gallery & Museum of Ceramic Art. Step out of Lindos to go to Faliraki and see Faliraki Beach, which is approximately 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Medieval City, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Church of the Panagia, and kick back and relax at Lindos Beach.

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Fly from Fira to Lindos in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Lindos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Rhodes Town, Faliraki Beach, Artistic Village Contemporary Art - Art gallery & Museum of Ceramic Art, Agathi Beach, Tsambika Beach
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Lindos Beach ©
Lindos Beach
Tsambika Beach ©
Tsambika Beach
Agathi Beach ©
Agathi Beach

4
days
Patong, Thailand

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Step off the beaten path and head to Freedom Beach and Rawai Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Patong Beach. When in Patong, make a side trip to see Phromthep Cape in Rawai, approximately 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: stop by Instyle Fashion, tour the pleasant surroundings at Surin Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Kamala Beach, and take some stellar pictures from Karon View Point.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Patong vacation trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Lindos to Patong with the Route module. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Lindos in January; daily highs in Patong reach 37°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Nusa Dua.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Rawai, Karon, Kamala Beach, Surin Beach
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Freedom Beach ©
Freedom Beach
Rawai Beach
Rawai Beach
Surin Beach ©
Surin Beach

3
days
Nusa Dua, Indonesia

Nusa Dua ©
Visiting Pandawa Beach and Geger Beach Nusa Dua Bali will get you outdoors. Visit Padang Padang Beach and Jimbaran Bay for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nusa Dua: Kuta (Balangan Beach & Nusa Surfshop).

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nusa Dua trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Patong to Nusa Dua takes 7 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Patong to Nusa Dua due to the time zone difference. In January, daytime highs in Nusa Dua are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. On the 29th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Nusa Dua

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kuta, Jimbaran Bay, Padang Padang Beach
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Pandawa Beach ©
Pandawa Beach
Padang Padang Beach ©
Padang Padang Beach
Geger Beach Nusa Dua Bali ©
Geger Beach Nusa Dua Bali

1
day
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur ©
A holiday in Kuala Lumpur, a modern metropolis and capital of Malaysia, reveals a place where colonial influences, Asian traditions, and modern aesthetics come together in urban architecture and street layout.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers, then stroll through Batu Caves, and then look for all kinds of wild species at KL Bird Park.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kuala Lumpur trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Nusa Dua to Kuala Lumpur takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Mecca.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Parks Wildlife Nature

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Batu Caves
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Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves
KL Bird Park ©
KL Bird Park
Petronas Twin Towers ©
Petronas Twin Towers

few
hours
Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Mecca
The city of Mecca boasts the statues of the holiest site in Islam, and represents the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad and therefore the religion itself.
For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Mecca vacation trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Kuala Lumpur to Mecca with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to Arabia Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in January since evenings lows in Mecca dip to 22°C. You'll set off for home on the 31st (Wed).

Things to do in Mecca

Shopping Parks Outdoors
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