60 days in Asia & Middle East Itinerary

60 days in Asia & Middle East Itinerary

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60 days in Asia & Middle East Itinerary

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fly:  32​h
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  11​h 45​min
Bamyan, Afghanistan
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
Islamabad, Pakistan
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Karachi, Pakistan
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
Esfahan, Iran
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
Tehran, Iran
— 7 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
Damascus, Syria
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
Amman, Jordan
— 5 nights
bus:  3​h
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
— 3 nights
bus:  15​min
Jerusalem, Israel
— 11 nights
+3
bus + foot + train + Fly:  5​h
Beirut, Lebanon
— 6 nights
Fly:  25​h
Buenos Aires, Argentina

1
day
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): delve into the distant past at Parthian Settlement of Nisa, don't miss a visit to Gypjak Mosque, pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, take an in-depth tour of Ashgabat National Museum of History, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hezreti Osman Mosque, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Monument Arch of Neutrality.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ashgabat holiday planner.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Ashgabat is an approximately 32-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Ashgabat due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Buenos Aires in March, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Ashgabat: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bamyan.

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Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Monument Arch of Neutrality

1
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Bamyan, Afghanistan

For centuries a major Buddhist pilgrimage site, Bamyan now represents one of the most stable places in war-torn Afghanistan.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bamyan travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Ashgabat to Bamyan in 12 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Islamabad.

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5
days
Islamabad, Pakistan

The country's capital since 1963, Islamabad has the look and feel of a planned administrative city because, by and large, that's exactly what it is.
Faisal Mosque and Saidpur Village are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Bird Aviary and Rawal Lake will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Ayub National Park (in Rawalpindi) and Patriata Chairlift (in Murree). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Margalla Hills, view the masterpieces at Tanzara Art Gallery, meet the residents at Islamabad Zoo, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pir Sohawa.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Islamabad trip generator.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Bamyan to Islamabad takes 5.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Karachi.

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Patriata Chairlift, Ayub National Park
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Bird Aviary
Faisal Mosque
Margalla Hills

5
days
Karachi, Pakistan

Sprawling, busy, and central to the nation's economy, Karachi stands as one of the biggest and most populous cities in the world.
Step out of the city life by going to Clifton Beach and Hawks Bay. Get some cultural insight at Frere Hall and Mohatta Palace Museum. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Safari Park, pause for some photo ops at Mazar-E-Quaid, make a trip to Empress Market, and buy something for everyone on your list at Dolmen Mall Clifton.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Karachi vacation planner.

Fly from Islamabad to Karachi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, Karachi is somewhat warmer than Islamabad - with highs of 38°C and lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Esfahan.

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Clifton Beach
Mohatta Palace Museum
Frere Hall

3
days
Esfahan, Iran

A cultural hub in the center of the country, Esfahan boasts a proud heritage of art, architecture, and craftsmanship.
Get some historical perspective at Naqshe Jahan Square(Shah Square) and jame Mosque of Isfahan. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque and Isfahan Music Museum. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vank Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bedkhem Church, take in the views from Khajou Bridge, and don't miss a visit to Atashgah - Zoroastrian Fire Temple.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Esfahan trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Karachi to Esfahan. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Karachi to Esfahan due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Karachi in March, expect Esfahan to be colder, temps between 20°C and 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tehran.

Things to do in Esfahan

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Naqshe Jahan Square(Shah Square)
Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque
Vank Cathedral

6
days
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Golestan Palace and Niavaran Palace Complex. Get some historical perspective at Darband and Abbas Abad Complex. There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Milad Tower, take an in-depth tour of The National Jewelry Treasury, examine the collection at Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, and appreciate the history behind Azadi Tower.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tehran online itinerary creator.

You can fly from Esfahan to Tehran in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Esfahan in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tehran, with lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Damascus.

Things to do in Tehran

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Abbas Abad Complex
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Golestan Palace
Niavaran Palace Complex
Darband

4
days
Damascus, Syria

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.
Get some historical perspective at Umayyad Mosque and Damascus Center. Old City and Saladin (Selahedin) Mausoleum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Sayyida Ruqayya Mausoleum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Deir Mar Takla, make a trip to Souq al-Hamidiyyeh, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Qassioun (Jebal Kasioun).

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Damascus trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Tehran to Damascus in 4.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tehran to Damascus due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Tehran in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Damascus, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Amman.

Things to do in Damascus

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Deir Mar Takla
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Umayyad Mosque
Sayyida Ruqayya Mausoleum
Old City

4
days
Amman, Jordan

Jordan's capital city, Amman spreads across 19 hills and includes many distinct districts, each with their own historical and cultural marvels.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Jerash Ruins and The Citadel. Get some historical perspective at Roman Amphitheater and Church of St John the Baptist. Venture out of the city with trips to Abu Jaber Museum (in Al Salt), O Beach (in Dead Sea Region) and Madaba (Madaba Archaeological Park, Madaba Mosaic Map, & more). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Ajlun Castle (Qala'at ar-Rabad), explore the ancient world of Ajloun Fort, see the interesting displays at Royal Automobile Museum, and look for gifts at Al Burgan Handicrafts.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Amman trip builder.

Traveling by bus from Damascus to Amman takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Damascus in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Amman, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Petra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Amman

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Madaba, Jerash, Abu Jaber Museum, Ajlun Castle (Qala'at ar-Rabad), O Beach
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Jerash Ruins
Roman Amphitheater
The Citadel

3
days
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan

Visitors flock to Wadi Musa to witness the rose colored rock-carved temples and tombs of Petra, the famous ancient city and World Heritage Site.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Petra World Heritage Site and Byzantine Church. Get a sense of the local culture at Wadi Rum Protected Area and Al-Beidha - Little Petra. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Street of Facades and contemplate the long history of Petra By Night.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Petra - Wadi Musa trip itinerary builder.

You can take a bus from Amman to Petra - Wadi Musa in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Arabia Standard Time (AST) is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Bethlehem.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Wadi Rum Protected Area
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Petra World Heritage Site
Wadi Rum Protected Area
Al-Beidha - Little Petra

3
days
Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories

For many, Bethlehem needs no introduction.
Get some cultural insight at Dar Zahran Heritage Building and Susya - National Heritage Site. Church of the Nativity and Mar Saba Monastery will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Bethlehem to Kfar Adumim to see Ein Prat Nature Reserve (Wadi Qelt) about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Palestinian Heritage Center, get some fabulous bargains at Blessings Gift Shop and The Olive Wood Factory, don't miss a visit to Sanctuary Bethlehem, and take a stroll through Star Street.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bethlehem trip generator.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Petra - Wadi Musa to Bethlehem. Traveling from Petra - Wadi Musa to Bethlehem, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in April, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Bethlehem

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Ein Prat Nature Reserve (Wadi Qelt), Susya - National Heritage Site, Dar Zahran Heritage Building
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Dar Zahran Heritage Building
Church of the Nativity
Mar Saba Monastery

10
days
Jerusalem, Israel

Few places in the world boast such a long history and such a rich multiethnic culture as Jerusalem, a city sacred to Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
Visit Western Wall and Masada National Park for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Tayelet and Sharon Beach National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jerusalem: Safari Park (in Ramat Gan), Tel Aviv (Frishman Beach, Neve Tzedek, & more) and Jaffa Old City (in Jaffa). On the 16th (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Old City of Jerusalem, steep yourself in history at Dome of the Rock, see the interesting displays at Israel Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Jerusalem trip itinerary planner.

Jerusalem is just a short distance from Bethlehem. In April, daytime highs in Jerusalem are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Beirut.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Tel Aviv, Sharon Beach National Park, Herod's Western Palace, Safari Park, Jaffa Old City
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Old City of Jerusalem
Western Wall
Mount of Olives

7
days
Beirut, Lebanon

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.
Temples of Baalbek and Beaufort Castle will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Al-Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve and Iris Beach Club Damour. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Beirut: Hajar al-Hibla (in Baalbeck), Beit Eddine (in Beiteddine) and Umayyad Ruins of Aanjar (in Anjar). And it doesn't end there: stroll through LAZY B BEACH CLUB, take a peaceful walk through The Cedars of God, make a trip to Zaitunay Bay, and take a stroll through Saifi Village.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Beirut travel itinerary creator.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jerusalem to Beirut in 5 hours. Traveling from Jerusalem in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Beirut, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Beirut

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Bcharre, Baalbeck, Jeita Grotto, LAZY B BEACH CLUB, Umayyad Ruins of Aanjar
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Al-Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve
Temples of Baalbek
LAZY B BEACH CLUB

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