26 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

26 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

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26 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

Start: Tehran, Iran
1
Tehran, Iran
— 1 night
Subway + Fly:  10​h 15​min
2
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Train:  3​h
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Riva San Vitale, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Tehran, Iran

1
night
Tehran, Iran

Tehran ©
Tehran, the capital and one of the largest cities in the Middle East, sits in the foothills of a mountain range and stretches out for miles.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): browse the eclectic array of goods at Tehran Bazaar, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iran, and then get engrossed in the history at Golestan Palace.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tehran online trip planner .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are Mehrabad International Airport and Imam Khomeini International Airport. In November, daytime highs in Tehran are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Tehran

Museums Shopping
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Golestan Palace ©
Golestan Palace
National Museum of Iran ©
National Museum of Iran
Tehran Bazaar ©
Tehran Bazaar

4
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Visiting Île de la Cité and Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Le Marais and Palace of Versailles. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Musee d'Orsay, admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, enjoy the sand and surf at Paris Plage, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Paris holiday planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Tehran to Paris in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Tehran to Paris due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Tehran, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 12°C to lows of 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups, Palace of Versailles
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 23:
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

4
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Groeningemuseum and Gravensteen Castle. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Historic Centre of Brugge and Basilica of the Holy Blood. When in Bruges, make a side trip to see Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve in Ghent, approximately 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, sample the tasty concoctions at De Halve Maan Brewery, look for gifts at The Chocolate Line Bruges, and don't miss a visit to Belfry of Bruges.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bruges itinerary planning app .

Getting from Paris to Bruges by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In November, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Ghent
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 27:
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood

5
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Bring the kids along to MIM - Musical Instruments Museum and Pairi Daiza. Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brussels: Antwerp (Sint-Annastrand & Central Station) and Arboretum Wespelaar (in Haacht). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Atomium, wander the streets of Place St. Gery, sample the tasty concoctions at Cantillon Brewery, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles).

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November in Brussels, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Antwerp, Arboretum Wespelaar, Pairi Daiza
Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 2:
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

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nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Bring the kids along to Biosphaere Entlebuch and Strandbad Mythenquai. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Town (Altstadt) and Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Lucerne (Mt Pilatus & Lion Monument). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, admire the landmark architecture of Fraumünster Church, and pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Zurich itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Brussels to Zurich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Brussels in December since evenings lows in Zurich dip to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen ©
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

4
nights
Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Let the collections at Grindelwald Museum and Chaplin's World capture your imagination. Chateau de Chillon and Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Wengen (Alpia Sport + Mode, Central Sport, & more) and Interlaken (Parasailing & Paragliding, Swiss Mountain Market Unique Regional Souvenirs, & more). The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Maennlichen and tour the pleasant surroundings at First.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Grindelwald trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Grindelwald takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Riva San Vitale.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Interlaken, Wengen, Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, Chateau de Chillon, Chaplin's World
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Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
Parasailing & Paragliding
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon

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nights
Riva San Vitale, Switzerland

Riva San Vitale ©
Riva San Vitale is a municipality in the canton of Ticino in Switzerland, located in the district of Mendrisio.HistoryRiva San Vitale is first mentioned in 774 as Primo Sobenno. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Parco Archeologico di Tremona-Castello, then identify plant and animal life at Parco delle Gole della Breggia, then step into the grandiose world of Castelgrande, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castelli di Bellinzona.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Riva San Vitale day trip website .

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Riva San Vitale takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Riva San Vitale

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Bellinzona, Parco Archeologico di Tremona-Castello, Parco delle Gole della Breggia, Fox Town Factory Stores
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Parco delle Gole della Breggia ©
Parco delle Gole della Breggia
Parco Archeologico di Tremona-Castello ©
Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande

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