21 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

21 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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Start: Belgrade, Serbia
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
2
Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  10 h 30 min
3
Tehran, Iran
— 1 day
Fly:  1 h 30 min
4
Isfahan, Iran
— 2 nights
Train:  11 h 15 min
5
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 15 min
6
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 30 min
7
Bamyan, Afghanistan
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Taxi:  5 h
8
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
9
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
10
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 15 min
11
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 1 night
Fly:  14 h 45 min
12
Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 15 min
End: Belgrade, Serbia

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.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Istanbul day trip website.

Belgrade, Serbia to Istanbul is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Belgrade to Istanbul, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Belgrade in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

3
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.
Goreme is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, explore the stunning scenery at Peri Bacalari, explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, and get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Istanbul in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Goreme: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tehran.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Peri Bacalari, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

1
day
Tehran, Iran

Tehran ©
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.
On the 8th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Borje Toghrol and then take an in-depth tour of Golestan Palace.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tehran tour builder.

Getting from Goreme to Tehran by flight takes about 11 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Iran Standard Time (IRST), which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. Traveling from Goreme in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tehran, with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Isfahan.

Things to do in Tehran

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golestan Palace ©
Golestan Palace
Borje Toghrol ©
Borje Toghrol

2
nights
Isfahan, Iran

Isfahan ©
A cultural hub in the center of the country, Esfahan boasts a proud heritage of art, architecture, and craftsmanship.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Chehel Sotoun, explore the historical opulence of Ali Qapu Palace, thencontemplate the long history of Naqsh-e Jahan Square, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Vank Cathedral, thenadmire the masterpieces at Isfahan Music Museum, thentake in the views from Khaju Bridge, and finally take in the views from SioSe Pol Bridge.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Isfahan travel route planner.

Getting from Tehran to Isfahan by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Isfahan when traveling from Tehran in August, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Isfahan

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Isfahan Music Museum ©
Isfahan Music Museum
Naqsh-e Jahan Square ©
Naqsh-e Jahan Square
Khaju Bridge ©
Khaju Bridge

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 11th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Tillya Kori Madrasah and then make a trip to Registan. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Gur Emir Mausoleum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, pause for some photo ops at Shah-i-Zinda, thenexplore the ancient world of Afrasiyab Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Happy Bird.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Samarkand online visit planner.

You can take a train from Isfahan to Samarkand in 15 hours. Another option is to fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Isfahan to Samarkand is 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
Registan ©
Registan
Gur Emir Mausoleum ©
Gur Emir Mausoleum

1
night
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): hunt for treasures at Chorsu Bazaar, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kukeldash Madrasah, thenmake a trip to Palace of the Romanovs, and finally get outside with Lake Charvak.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tashkent trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Samarkand to Tashkent takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Bamyan.

Things to do in Tashkent

Outdoors Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lake Charvak ©
Lake Charvak
Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar
Kukeldash Madrasah ©
Kukeldash Madrasah

1
night
Bamyan, Afghanistan

Bamyan ©
For centuries a major Buddhist pilgrimage site, Bamyan now represents one of the most stable places in war-torn Afghanistan.
On the 14th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Band-e-Amir National Park.

Plan a Bamyan trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can fly from Tashkent to Bamyan in 8 hours. The time zone changes from Uzbekistan Standard Time to Afghanistan Time, which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Bamyan

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Band-e-Amir National Park ©
Band-e-Amir National Park

1
night
Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Dushanbe ©
Little more than a small town at the turn of the 20th century, Dushanbe grew rapidly during the Soviet era and now serves as the national capital and home to nearly 800,000 people.
On the 15th (Sat), walk around Rudaki Park, explore the activities along Varzob, thenget engrossed in the history at National Museum of Tajikistan, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fann Mountains.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Dushanbe online journey planner.

Getting from Bamyan to Dushanbe by combination of car, flight, and taxi takes about 16 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Bamyan to Dushanbe. In August, daily temperatures in Dushanbe can reach 42°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bishkek.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Fann Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Rudaki Park ©
Rudaki Park
National Museum of Tajikistan ©
National Museum of Tajikistan
Fann Mountains ©
Fann Mountains

1
night
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek ©
Wandering the grid-like, tree-lined streets of Bishkek, you'll discover the friendly atmosphere, vibrant nightlife, and Soviet-era architecture of the country's political center.
On the 16th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ala-Archa Gorge.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bishkek travel planning site.

Fly from Dushanbe to Bishkek in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dushanbe to Bishkek. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Dushanbe in August: highs in Bishkek hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Almaty.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge

1
night
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ascension Cathedral, thenget great views at Kok-Tobe Hill, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Big Almaty Lake.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Almaty trip planner.

Getting from Bishkek to Almaty by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In August in Almaty, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral

1
night
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
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 18th (Tue): examine the collection at Turkmen Carpet Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, thenappreciate the history behind Independence Monument, thendon't miss a visit to Monument Arch of Neutrality, and finally delve into the distant past at Parthian Settlement of Nisa.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ashgabat trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Almaty to Ashgabat in 7 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Almaty to Ashgabat. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Almaty in August: high temperatures in Ashgabat hover around 43°C and lows are around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kyiv (Kiev).

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque ©
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque
Independence Monument ©
Independence Monument
Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa

2
nights
Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine

The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Kyiv (Kiev) is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Andrew's Church, contemplate the long history of Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra, and make a trip to Andriyivski Uzviz.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kyiv (Kiev) trip itinerary builder site.

Explore your travel options from Ashgabat to Kyiv (Kiev) with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Ashgabat to Kyiv (Kiev). Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Ashgabat in August: high temperatures in Kyiv (Kiev) hover around 31°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyiv (Kiev)

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
St. Sophia's Cathedral ©
St. Sophia's Cathedral
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra ©
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra

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