31 days in Asia Itinerary

31 days in Asia Itinerary

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Start: Porto, Portugal
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Isfahan, Iran
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Shiraz, Iran
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
3
Tehran, Iran
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h
4
Erbil, Iraq
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
5
Karbala, Iraq
— 1 night
Drive:  10 h 15 min
6
Palmyra, Syria
— 1 day
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Aleppo, Syria
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
8
Damascus, Syria
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
9
Baalbeck, Lebanon
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
10
Beirut, Lebanon
— 6 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: Porto, Portugal

4
nights
Isfahan, Iran

Isfahan ©
A cultural hub in the center of the country, Esfahan boasts a proud heritage of art, architecture, and craftsmanship.
Get some cultural insight at Naqsh-e Jahan Square and Bedkhem Church. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Off-Road Tours. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Isfahan Seashell Museum, look for gifts at Bazaar of Isfahan, snap pictures at SioSe Pol Bridge, and step into the grandiose world of Ali Qapu Palace.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Isfahan vacation planner.

Porto, Portugal to Isfahan is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Iran Standard Time, which is usually a 3.5 hour difference. When traveling from Porto in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Isfahan, with highs around 30°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Shiraz.

Things to do in Isfahan

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Naqsh-e Jahan Square ©
Naqsh-e Jahan Square
Isfahan Seashell Museum ©
Isfahan Seashell Museum
Royal Mosque (Masjid-i-Shah) ©
Royal Mosque (Masjid-i-Shah)

4
nights
Shiraz, Iran

Shiraz ©
An esteemed center of Persian culture, Shiraz boats plentiful artistic, architectural, and religious points of interest.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bishapur and Nasir al-Mulk Mosque. Get a sense of the local culture at Vakil Mosque and Zinat ol Molk House. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shiraz: Persepolis (in Persepolis) and Pasargad (in Pasargad). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Qavam House, make a trip to Ali Ibn Hamzeh Holly Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shah-e-Cheragh Shrine, and see the interesting displays at Afif-Abad Garden.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Shiraz trip app.

Traveling by flight from Isfahan to Shiraz takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Isfahan in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Shiraz, with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tehran.

Things to do in Shiraz

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Persepolis, Pasargad, Bishapur
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Bishapur ©
Bishapur
Vakil Mosque ©
Vakil Mosque
Qavam House ©
Qavam House

4
nights
Tehran, Iran

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Damavand Mountain. Head to Nabshi Center and ZEEENfor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Sadabaad Palace, take a stroll through Darband, get engrossed in the history at The National Jewelry Treasury, and learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Iran.

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Traveling by flight from Shiraz to Tehran takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. When traveling from Shiraz in October, plan for little chillier days in Tehran, with highs around 28°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Erbil.

Things to do in Tehran

Museums Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Damavand Mountain
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Sadabaad Palace ©
Sadabaad Palace
Glassware and Ceramic Museum of Iran ©
Glassware and Ceramic Museum of Iran

2
nights
Erbil, Iraq

Erbil ©
The capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, Erbil occupies perhaps the longest-inhabited land in the world, with the earliest human settlement here possibly dating back to 5000 BCE.
On the 15th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Erbil Citadel, walk around Shanadar Park, thenstop by Bazaar, and finally browse the different shops at Family Mall. On your second day here, stroll around Sami Abdulrahman Park, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mudhafaria Minarett, and then see the interesting displays at Kurdish Textile Museum.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Erbil planner.

Traveling by flight from Tehran to Erbil takes 5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Tehran to Erbil. Traveling from Tehran in October, expect nights in Erbil to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Karbala.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks Shopping Museums
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Sami Abdulrahman Park ©
Sami Abdulrahman Park
Kurdish Textile Museum ©
Kurdish Textile Museum
Erbil Citadel ©
Erbil Citadel

1
night
Karbala, Iraq

Karbala ©
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tal Al Zainabeiah site, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imam Hussain's Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Abbas Holy Shrine.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Karbala trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Erbil to Karbala takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Erbil in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Karbala, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Palmyra.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 17:
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Imam Hussain's Shrine ©
Imam Hussain's Shrine
Tal Al Zainabeiah site ©
Tal Al Zainabeiah site
Al Abbas Holy Shrine ©
Al Abbas Holy Shrine

1
day
Palmyra, Syria

Palmyra ©
Dating back to the Neolithic period, Palmyra once stood as a center of wealth and culture.
On the 18th (Mon), steep yourself in history at The Tetrapylon, thensteep yourself in history at Site of Palmyra, and then explore the historical opulence of Muslim Castle Qala'at ibn Maan.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Palmyra holiday site.

You can drive from Karbala to Palmyra in 9.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Karbala to Palmyra, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, Palmyra is little chillier than Karbala - with highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Aleppo.

Things to do in Palmyra

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 18:
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Site of Palmyra ©
Site of Palmyra
The Tetrapylon ©
The Tetrapylon
Muslim Castle Qala'at ibn Maan ©
Muslim Castle Qala'at ibn Maan

2
nights
Aleppo, Syria

Aleppo ©
Inhabited since ancient times and boasting a rich and turbulent history, Aleppo's rustic old town, historic mosques, and lively bazaars used to attract tourists from all over the world.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Aleppo Citadel, and then deepen your knowledge of military history at Saint Simon Citadel (Sam’an Citadel, Qalat Samaan). Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Aleppo Museum, thenshop like a local with Souq al, thenexplore the ancient world of Dead City of Serjilla, and finally wander the streets of Old City.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Aleppo travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Palmyra to Aleppo by car takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Palmyra in October, you will find days in Aleppo are slightly colder (27°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Damascus.

Things to do in Aleppo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:
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Aleppo Citadel ©
Aleppo Citadel
Dead City of Serjilla ©
Dead City of Serjilla

4
nights
Damascus, Syria

Damascus ©
Locals claim that the Prophet Muhammad refused to enter Damascus on his journey to Mecca--he wished to enter Paradise only once in his lifetime.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Damascus Umayyad Mosque and Deir Mar Musa El-Habashi. Get in touch with nature at Mount Qassioun (Jebal Kasioun) and The Barada River. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Damascus: Maaloula (Mar Sarkis, Deir Mar Takla, &more). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Old City, take in nature's colorful creations at The Environmental Garden, pause for some photo ops at Saladin (Selahedin) Mausoleum, and pause for some serene contemplation at St.George Syrian Orthodox Church.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Damascus online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Aleppo to Damascus in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Aleppo in October, you will find days in Damascus are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are slightly colder (13°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Baalbeck.

Things to do in Damascus

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Maaloula
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 24:
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Damascus Umayyad Mosque ©
Damascus Umayyad Mosque
Old City ©
Old City

1
night
Baalbeck, Lebanon

Baalbeck ©
Baalbek, properly Baʿalbek and also known as Balbec, Baalbec or Baalbeck, is a town in the Anti-Lebanon foothills east of the Litani River in Lebanon's Beqaa Valley, about 85km northeast of Beirut and about 75km north of Damascus. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): admire the verdant scenery at Bekaa Valley, don't miss a visit to Hajar al-Hibla, thenget to know the fascinating history of Baalbek Roman Ruins, and finally contemplate the long history of Temples of Baalbek.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Baalbeck journey maker app.

You can drive from Damascus to Baalbeck in 2 hours. Traveling from Damascus in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Baalbeck, with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Beirut.

Things to do in Baalbeck

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Bekaa Valley
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Baalbek Roman Ruins ©
Baalbek Roman Ruins
Temples of Baalbek ©
Temples of Baalbek
Bekaa Valley ©
Bekaa Valley

6
nights
Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut ©
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.
Let the collections at Mim Museum - Mineral Museum and Memoire Du Temps capture your imagination. Explore hidden gems such as Beit Eddine and Churches of Harissa. Venture out of the city with trips to Sur (Roman Hippodrome, Tyre Beach, &more), Shouf Cedars Reserve (in Barouk) and Tyre Hippodrome (in Tyre). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve, see the interesting displays at Nicolas Sursock Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of Diman Church, and don't miss a visit to Our Lady of Zahle and Bekaa.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Beirut trip site.

You can drive from Baalbeck to Beirut in 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Beirut are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Beirut

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Byblos, Sur, Zahle, Churches of Harissa, Shouf Cedars Reserve
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve ©
Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve
Beit Eddine ©
Beit Eddine
Shouf Cedars Reserve ©
Shouf Cedars Reserve

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