13 days in Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

13 days in Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

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13 days in Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Trabzon, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Uzungol, Turkey
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h
4
Batumi, Georgia
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h 45​min
5
Yerevan, Armenia
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 45​min
6
Antalya, Turkey
— Few hours
Fly:  6​h 45​min
7
Athens, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
Cairo, Egypt
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

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nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul travel route planner.

If you are flying in from Bahrain, the closest major airports are Atatürk International Airport and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. In March, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Trabzon.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

1
night
Trabzon, Turkey

Trabzon ©
Trabzon, historically known as Trebizond is a city on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey and the capital of Trabzon Province. On the 3rd (Wed), contemplate the long history of Atatürk Köşkü, examine the collection at Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gulbahar Hatun Cami.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Trabzon road trip site .

Getting from Istanbul to Trabzon by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Uzungol.

Things to do in Trabzon

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Gulbahar Hatun Cami ©
Gulbahar Hatun Cami
Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum

1
day
Uzungol, Turkey

Uzungol ©
Uzungöl is a lake situated to the south of the city of Trabzon, in the Çaykara district of Trabzon Province, Turkey. On the 4th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Sarikaya Yaylasi and then explore the activities along Uzungol.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Uzungol trip planner.

Drive from Trabzon to Uzungol in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Batumi.

Things to do in Uzungol

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Uzungol
Highlights from your plan
Uzungol ©
Uzungol

1
day
Batumi, Georgia

Batumi ©
Having invested heavily in tourism since 2010, Batumi is quickly becoming a go-to destination for visitors looking for a bustling nightlife.
On the 5th (Fri), meet the residents at Batumi Dolphinarium, appreciate the extensive heritage of Batumi Boulevard, then pause for some photo ops at Monument Ali and Nino, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Batumi Botanical Gardens.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Batumi road trip planning site .

Drive from Uzungol to Batumi in 3.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Uzungol to Batumi. In April in Batumi, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Yerevan.

Things to do in Batumi

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Batumi Botanical Gardens ©
Batumi Botanical Gardens
Batumi Boulevard ©
Batumi Boulevard
Batumi Dolphinarium ©
Batumi Dolphinarium

1
night
Yerevan, Armenia

Old and new sit side by side in Yerevan, showing the country's capital to be a city on the move, but also proud of its history and traditions.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Yerevan tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Batumi to Yerevan takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Yerevan

Tours
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings

few
hours
Antalya, Turkey

Antalya ©
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take a stroll through Kaleici.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Antalya holiday planner.

Getting from Yerevan to Antalya by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Yerevan to Antalya due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Yerevan in April since evenings lows in Antalya dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Antalya

Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kaleici ©
Kaleici

1
night
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Kapnikarea, wander the streets of Plaka, then take in nature's colorful creations at National Garden, and finally take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Athens trip planner .

Fly from Antalya to Athens in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Antalya to Athens. April in Athens sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

1
night
Cairo, Egypt

Cairo ©
More than 20 million people call Cairo their home and, as soon as you set foot in the sprawling metropolis, it's evident they make it crowded and chaotic, but also exuberant and charming.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Great Sphinx, then steep yourself in history at Pyramids of Giza, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Nile River. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Egyptian Antiquities Museum and then explore the ancient world of Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairo trip builder .

You can fly from Athens to Cairo in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Athens in April; daily highs in Cairo reach 34°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Giza
Highlights from your plan
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

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