40 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

40 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

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Doha, Qatar
— 3 nights
Fly to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Drive to Giethoorn
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Giethoorn, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Tilburg, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Maastricht, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 7 nights
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Colmar, France
— 3 nights
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Basel, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 7 nights
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Bologna, Italy
— 4 nights
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Rome, Italy
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Doha, Qatar — 3 nights

Doha, Qatar's capital city, draws visitors with its constant development and expansion, making it a destination on the rise.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Katara Mosque and Msheireb Museums. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fanar - Qatar Islamic Cultural Center and make a trip to The Pearl-Qatar.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Doha trip maker.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Doha is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Doha, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in November; daily highs in Doha reach 34°C and lows reach 22°C. You'll set off for Giethoorn on the 30th (Wed).
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Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 30:

Giethoorn, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Giethoorn is a village in the Dutch province of Overijssel. Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): look for gifts at Lekkers & Zo, then see the interesting displays at Gloria Maris Schelpengalerie, then delve into the distant past at Ruine Kasteel Toutenburg, and finally get engrossed in the history at Vollenhove City Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Giethoorn road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Doha to Giethoorn with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Doha in November; daily highs in Giethoorn reach 11°C and lows reach 5°C. You'll set off for Tilburg on the 2nd (Fri).
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Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 2:

Tilburg, The Netherlands — 2 nights

The industrial revolution transformed the town of Tilburg from a small village to one of the largest towns in the Netherlands.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): admire the striking features of LocHal and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Stadsbrouwerij Tilburg. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Duvelhok, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hasselt Chapel, then pause for some serene contemplation at Helga Deen Garden & Tilburg Synagogue, and finally wander the streets of Piusplein.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tilburg road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Giethoorn to Tilburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Tilburg can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Maastricht.
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Find places to stay Dec 2 — 4:

Maastricht, The Netherlands — 3 nights

With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
Helpoort - Vesting Museum Maastricht and Museum Romeinse Katakomben will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Netherlands American Cemetery and War Museum Eyewitness. Step out of Maastricht with an excursion to Hoensbroek Castle in Hoensbroek--about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of St. Servatius, appreciate the history behind Standbeeld van Minckelers, make a trip to City Hall of Maastricht, and stroll around Stadspark.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Maastricht trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tilburg to Maastricht takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Maastricht sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Wed) before leaving for Amsterdam.
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Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 7 nights

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Appreciate the collections at Kasteel de Haar and Kooijman Souvenirs & Clogs Wooden Shoe Workshop. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Grote Markt and The Oude Church. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to Mondial Museum (in Volendam), Leiden (Museum Volkenkunde, Rijksmuseum Boerhaave, &more) and Hoorn (Museum van de Twintigste Eeuw & Westfries Museum). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Youseum, explore the world behind art at WONDR Experience, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Canals, and contemplate the waterfront views at Singel.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip planner.

You can drive from Maastricht to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Colmar.
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Find places to stay Dec 7 — 14:

Colmar, France — 3 nights

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Step off the beaten path and head to Parc Attractions Haut Rhin and Salle du Corps de Garde. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cave de Turckheim and Maison Schongauer.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Colmar route maker website.

Fly from Amsterdam to Colmar in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. December in Colmar sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Basel.
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Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:

Basel, Switzerland — 3 nights

Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
On the 19th (Mon), view the masterpieces at Art Basel, then examine the collection at Museum Kultur & Spiel Riehen (MUKS), then steep yourself in history at Wartenberg, and finally steep yourself in history at Wehrkirche St. Arbogast. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): awaken your taste buds at WineWeinVinoVin, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dom von Arlesheim, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Ebenrain, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Orachorn Thai Massage & Spa.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Basel road trip website.

Traveling by car from Colmar to Basel takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Basel can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Milan.
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Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:

Milan, Italy — 2 nights

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
On the 21st (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Celso.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Milan tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Basel to Milan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Milan are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll travel to Rome.
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Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

Rome, Italy — 7 nights

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to National Gallery of Ancient Art in Barberini Palace and Cimitero Acattolico di Roma. Bunker Soratte and Abbazia di Farfa will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rome: Tuscania (Chiesa di San Pietro & Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore), Rieti (Rieti's Underground & Centro Storico di Rieti) and Orvieto (Centro Storico Orvieto & Chiesa San Giovenale). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Piazza della Rotonda, ponder the world of politics at Quirinale Palace (Palazzo del Quirinale), see the interesting displays at Complesso del Vittoriano, and take a stroll through Rione Monti.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rome trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Milan to Rome in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Milan in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Rome, with highs around 16°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow time for the flight to Bologna.
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Find places to stay Dec 23 — 30:

Bologna, Italy — 4 nights

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Museo della Cattedrale and Piazza Cattedrale. Get some historical perspective at Piazza Santo Stefano and Cimitero monumentale della Certosa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bologna: Ferrara (Chiesa di Santa Maria in Vado, Piazza del Municipio, &more). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at International museum and library of music, pause for some serene contemplation at Complesso Monumentale San Michele In Bosco, take an in-depth tour of Museo Civico Medievale, and admire the striking features of Palazzo Albergati.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bologna trip builder website.

You can fly from Rome to Bologna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rome in December, expect Bologna to be a bit cooler, temps between 9°C and 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Rome.
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Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:

Rome, Italy

Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Arco di Tito.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rome day trip app.

Getting from Bologna to Rome by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Bologna in January, things will get a bit warmer in Rome: highs are around 15°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:
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