16 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

16 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

Start: Lahore, Pakistan
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 45​min
3
Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Shuttle + Foot + Ferry:  8​h 45​min
4
Rhodes Town, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Kiev, Ukraine
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
7
Baku, Azerbaijan
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Lahore, Pakistan

1
night
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): stroll the grounds of Gur Emir Mausoleum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, appreciate the history behind Shah-i-Zinda, then get curious at Ulugh Beg Observatory, then explore the ancient world of Afrasiab, and finally steep yourself in history at Afrasiyab Settlement.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Samarkand road trip planning website .

Lahore, Pakistan to Samarkand is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lahore in January: high temperatures in Samarkand hover around 10°C and lows are around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
Gur Emir Mausoleum ©
Gur Emir Mausoleum
Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum ©
Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Sultanahmet District are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Ortakoy. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, explore the activities along Bosphorus Strait, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cinili Mosque, and delve into the lush surroundings at Belgrad Forest.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary planning app .

Fly from Samarkand to Istanbul in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Samarkand to Istanbul is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Samarkand in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Istanbul, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

2
nights
Goreme, Turkey

Goreme ©
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Naile Art Gallery- Cappadocia Ebru Art Center, get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then do a tasting at Turasan Sarapcilik, then do a tasting at Kocabag Winery, and finally look for gifts at Cappadocia Dowry Carpet. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see Off-Road Tours, get engrossed in the history at Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme, then do a tasting at Mahzen Şarap Evi, and finally step into the grandiose world of Uchisar Castle.

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Do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Istanbul in January, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Goreme: temperatures range from 5°C by day to -4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Urgup, Uchisar
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Off-Road Tours
Uchisar Castle ©
Uchisar Castle

1
night
Rhodes Town, Greece

Rhodes Town ©
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Anthony Quinn Bay, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Faliraki Beach, and then make a trip to Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the engaging exhibits at Rodos Nature - Folklore Museum, explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Lindos, and then delve into the distant past at Village of Lindos.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rhodes Town trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Goreme to Rhodes Town takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Goreme to Rhodes Town is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Goreme, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Rhodes Town, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Faliraki, Lindos, Rodos Nature - Folklore Museum
Highlights from your plan
Faliraki Beach ©
Faliraki Beach
Village of Lindos ©
Village of Lindos

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Relax by the water at Orea Eleni Natural Thermal Spring and Glyfada Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Mount Lycabettus and Areopagus. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, stop by Old Orient Jewelry, and get outside with TennisInAthens.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Athens travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Rhodes Town to Athens by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Rhodes Town in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Athens, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kiev.

Things to do in Athens

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Glyfada Beach, Orea Eleni Natural Thermal Spring
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

1
night
Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev ©
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Sophia Cathedral, then make a trip to Andriyivski Uzviz, and finally learn more about the world around you at St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kiev trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Athens to Kiev takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Athens in January, expect Kiev to be colder, temps between -1°C and -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Baku.

Things to do in Kiev

Historic Sites Spas
Highlights from your plan
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra ©
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra
Saint Sophia Cathedral ©
Saint Sophia Cathedral
St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery ©

1
night
Baku, Azerbaijan

A truly contemporary city criss-crossed by history, Baku offers everything from the modern elegance of the Flame Towers to the medieval UNESCO-listed Old City at its core.
On the 26th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Yanar Dag, pause for some photo ops at Pushkin Statue, then see the interesting displays at Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center, then contemplate the long history of Baku Old City, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Baku Boulevard. On the next day, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Baku trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Kiev to Baku takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Kiev to Baku is 2 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kiev in January: high temperatures in Baku hover around 8°C and lows are around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Baku

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Baku Old City ©
Baku Old City
Heydar Aliyev Center ©
Heydar Aliyev Center

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