32 days in Asia, Europe & Mexico Itinerary

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Tel Aviv, Israel
— 1 day
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly
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Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
Fly
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Puebla, Mexico
— 1 night
Drive
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Oaxaca, Mexico
— 1 night
Fly
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 1 night
Fly
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Merida, Mexico
— 1 night
Drive
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Valladolid, Mexico
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Tulum, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cancun, Mexico
— 1 night
Fly
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly
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Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
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Hamburg, Germany
— 4 nights
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Tel Aviv, Israel — 1 day

White City

Called the "White City" thanks to the color of its World Heritage-listed architectural landmarks, Tel Aviv serves as Israel's modern and cosmopolitan second city.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, stop by Jaffa Old City, then take in the exciting artwork at Iris Eshet Cohen Gallery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Russian Orthodox Church.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Tel Aviv journey maker tool.

If you are flying in from Israel, the closest major aiports are Ben Gurion International Airport and Jerusalem International Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Athens.
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Tours · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites
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Athens, Greece — 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Ancient Agora of Athens, stop by Plaka, then don't miss a visit to Plateia Syntagmatos, and finally take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Athens holiday maker tool.

You can fly from Tel Aviv to Athens in 5.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in December: high temperatures in Athens hover around 17°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to fly to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 1 night

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): walk around Parque del Retiro, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, and then don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid and then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Madrid day trip planning site.

Getting from Athens to Madrid by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Madrid is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Athens in December; daily highs in Madrid reach 14°C and lows reach 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Mexico City.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Mexico City, Mexico — 1 night

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): browse the exhibits of Museo del Templo Mayor, explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and finally stop by MAM Boutique.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Mexico City itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Mexico City takes 15.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from Madrid in December, expect Mexico City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 26°C and 9°C. On the 14th (Wed), you're off to Puebla.
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Puebla, Mexico — 1 night

City of Angels

Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Museo Jose Luis Bello y Gonzales and then see the interesting displays at Museo Amparo.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Puebla trip itinerary site.

Take a shuttle from Mexico City to Puebla in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Puebla can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Oaxaca.
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Oaxaca, Mexico — 1 night

Capital city of the eponymous state, Oaxaca relies heavily on its colonial charm, its core a maze of tree-shaded alleys flanked by photogenic mansions, government buildings, and old churches.
To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Oaxaca trip planner.

Getting from Puebla to Oaxaca by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, Oaxaca is somewhat warmer than Puebla - with highs of 33°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can fly to Mexico City.
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Trails · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
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Mexico City, Mexico — 1 night

City of Palaces

Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, and then don't miss a visit to Alameda Central.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the Mexico City road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Oaxaca to Mexico City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Oaxaca in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mexico City: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can fly to Merida.
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Merida, Mexico — 1 night

Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.
On the 18th (Sun), look for gifts at Taller Maya and then make a trip to Ruta Puuc.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Merida online journey planner.

Fly from Mexico City to Merida in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mexico City to Merida, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mexico City in December, you will find days in Merida are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are much hotter (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Valladolid.
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Valladolid, Mexico — 3 nights

Sultana of the East

One of the gateways to the ruins of Chichen Itza, Valladolid boasts plenty of historic charm and offers a range of tourist-oriented services that ensure pleasant holidays in this area.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Valladolid: Ek Balam (in Ek Balam Village), Kinichna Zona Arqueologica (in Chetumal) and Chichen Itza (Chichen Itza & Cenote Ik kil). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Xkeken, tour the pleasant surroundings at Xkopek Parque Apicola, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico, and don't miss a visit to Palacio Municipal.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Valladolid road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Merida to Valladolid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Valladolid when traveling from Merida in December, with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to catch the shuttle to Tulum.
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Tulum, Mexico — 3 nights

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Go for a jaunt from Tulum to Coba to see Zona Arqueologica de Coba about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Miniature, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tulum visit planner.

Take a shuttle from Valladolid to Tulum in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Valladolid in December, things will get little chillier in Tulum: highs are around 31°C and lows about 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Playa del Carmen.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico — 3 nights

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Spend the 27th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Xcaret, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen trip maker app.

You can drive from Tulum to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Playa del Carmen are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cancun.
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Cancun, Mexico — 1 night

Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, and then look for gifts at Tattoo Studio Henna.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cancun journey builder site.

Traveling by car from Playa del Carmen to Cancun takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Cancun are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can fly to Mexico City.
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Mexico City, Mexico — 2 nights

City of Palaces

Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): ponder the world of politics at National Palace, don't miss a visit to Zocalo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and finally examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mexico City road trip planning app.

You can fly from Cancun to Mexico City in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Cancun in December, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Mexico City: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can fly to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

On the 31st (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla, take in nature's colorful creations at Real Jardin Botanico, then admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Alcazar - Museo del Ejercito, then see the interesting displays at Museo del Greco, then make a trip to Catedral Primada, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Santo Tomé.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Madrid travel route builder.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Madrid takes 15.5 hours. Traveling from Mexico City to Madrid, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mexico City in December, things will get slightly colder in Madrid: highs are around 14°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Vienna.
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Vienna, Austria — 2 nights

City of Dreams

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, see the interesting displays at Hofburg, explore the galleries of Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, and admire the masterpieces at Albertina.

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You can fly from Madrid to Vienna in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Madrid in January, expect Vienna to be little chillier, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Hamburg.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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Hamburg, Germany — 4 nights

Gateway to the World

As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Hamburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Miniatur Wunderland, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, get to know the fascinating history of Speicherstadt, and contemplate the long history of Alter Elbtunnel.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hamburg trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Vienna to Hamburg by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. January in Hamburg sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of 0°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Mexico travel guide

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Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.
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