21 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

21 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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21 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

Start: Aarhus, Denmark
Fly + Drive:  16​h 45​min
1
New Athos, Georgia
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
Aspindza, Georgia
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
3
Van, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  13​h 15​min
4
Erbil, Iraq
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
5
Signagi, Georgia
— 1 day
bus:  1​h 45​min
6
Tbilisi, Georgia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Yerevan, Armenia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Areni, Armenia
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h 45​min
9
Baku, Azerbaijan
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  16​h 30​min
End: Aarhus, Denmark

1
night
New Athos, Georgia

New Athos ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Dormition of the Mother of God Church, explore the fascinating underground world of New Athos Cave, make a trip to New Athos Simoneau-Kananitsky Monastery, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Simon the Canaanite Church, then see the interesting displays at Museum of the Abkhazian Kingdom, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at New Athos Waterfall. On the next day, relax in the rural setting at Trout Farm Chernorechenskoye, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs, and then take in the awesome beauty at Pass Pyv.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the New Athos trip website .

Aarhus, Denmark to New Athos is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Aarhus to New Athos. Traveling from Aarhus in April, things will get somewhat warmer in New Athos: highs are around 20°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Aspindza.

Things to do in New Athos

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gudaut'a
Highlights from your plan
New Athos Cave ©
New Athos Cave
Dormition of the Mother of God Church ©
Saint Simon the Canaanite Church ©

1
night
Aspindza, Georgia

Aspindza ©
Aspindza is a daba in southern Georgia's region of Samtskhe-Javakheti with a population of 2,793, mostly ethnic Georgians. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Khertvisi Fortress, delve into the distant past at Cave Town Vanis-Kvabebi, delve into the distant past at Vardzia, then explore the ancient world of Tmogvi Fortress, and finally delve into the distant past at Akhalkalaki Castle.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Aspindza trip maker app .

You can drive from New Athos to Aspindza in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time to Georgia Time is 1 hour. You'll set off for Van on the 11th (Thu).

Things to do in Aspindza

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cave Town Vanis-Kvabebi, Akhalkalaki Castle, Tmogvi Fortress
Highlights from your plan
Vardzia ©
Vardzia
Khertvisi Fortress ©
Khertvisi Fortress
Tmogvi Fortress ©
Tmogvi Fortress

1
night
Van, Turkey

Van ©
Van is a city in eastern Turkey's Van Province, located on the eastern shore of Lake Van. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Cross Church, then step off the mainland to explore Akdamar Island, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ulu Cami. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Van Castle (Van Kalesi) and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Van.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Van journey maker tool .

You can drive from Aspindza to Van in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Aspindza to Van due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Erbil.

Things to do in Van

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Akdamar Island ©
Akdamar Island
Holy Cross Church ©
Holy Cross Church
Van Castle (Van Kalesi) ©
Van Castle (Van Kalesi)

1
day
Erbil, Iraq

Erbil ©
The capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, Erbil occupies perhaps the longest-inhabited land in the world, with the earliest human settlement here possibly dating back to 5000 BCE.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): stroll through Sami Abdulrahman Park, contemplate the long history of Mudhafaria Minarett, and then see the interesting displays at Kurdish Textile Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Erbil vacation planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Van to Erbil. In April, daily temperatures in Erbil can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Signagi.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sami Abdulrahman Park ©
Sami Abdulrahman Park
Kurdish Textile Museum ©
Kurdish Textile Museum
Mudhafaria Minarett ©
Mudhafaria Minarett

1
day
Signagi, Georgia

Signagi ©
Signagi or Sighnaghi is a town in Georgia's easternmost region of Kakheti and the administrative center of the Signagi Municipality. On the 15th (Mon), ponder the design of Erekle Ⅱ Square Portal, admire the masterpieces at Museum of History and Ethnography, steep yourself in history at Signagi City Walls, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. George’s Church, then take in the pleasant sights at House-Museum of Niko Pirosmani, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bodbe Monastery of St. Nino.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Signagi trip maker tool .

Explore your travel options from Erbil to Signagi with the Route module. Traveling from Erbil to Signagi, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Erbil in April, with highs in Signagi at 20°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tbilisi.

Things to do in Signagi

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

House-Museum of Niko Pirosmani
Highlights from your plan
Signagi City Walls ©
Signagi City Walls
Bodbe Monastery of St. Nino ©
Bodbe Monastery of St. Nino

3
nights
Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi ©
On the bank of the Mtkvari River and at the foot of Trialeti mountain range, Tbilisi's location has given the city strategic significance since it was founded in the 5th century.
Popular historic sites such as Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and Metekhi Cathedral are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble and Sioni Church. Step out of Tbilisi with an excursion to The City-Museum Reserve of Mtskheta in Mtskheta--about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Narikala Fortress, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mtatsminda Pantheon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town (Altstadt) Tbilisi, and examine the collection at State Museum of Theatre, Music and Cinema.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tbilisi trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Signagi to Tbilisi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Tbilisi are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yerevan.

Things to do in Tbilisi

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Mtskheta, Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble
Highlights from your plan
Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble ©
Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble
Svetitskhoveli Cathedral ©
Svetitskhoveli Cathedral
The City-Museum Reserve of Mtskheta ©

3
nights
Yerevan, Armenia

Yerevan ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Parajanov Museum and Kecharis Monastery. Let the collections at History Museum of Armenia and National Art Gallery capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Yerevan: Khor Virap (in Lusarat), The Monastery of Geghard (in Geghard) and Hovhannavank Monastery (in Ohanavan). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Yerevan Brandy Factory, get engrossed in the history at Fridtjof Nansen Museum, explore the ancient world of The Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Zoravor S. Astvatsatsin Church.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Yerevan trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Tbilisi to Yerevan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Yerevan are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Areni.

Things to do in Yerevan

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Monastery of Geghard, Khor Virap, Hovhannavank Monastery, The Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots, Kecharis Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Parajanov Museum ©
Parajanov Museum
History Museum of Armenia ©
History Museum of Armenia

1
night
Areni, Armenia

Areni ©
Areni is a village in the Vayots Dzor Province of Armenia. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): learn about winemaking at Areni Wine Factory, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Astvatsatsin Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Noravank Monastery, then explore the stunning scenery at Noravank Gorge, and finally Head underground at T'rchuneri (Bird) Cave.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Areni online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Yerevan to Areni in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Baku.

Things to do in Areni

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Noravank Monastery ©
Noravank Monastery
Noravank Gorge ©
Noravank Gorge
St. Astvatsatsin Church ©
St. Astvatsatsin Church

3
nights
Baku, Azerbaijan

Baku ©
The capital of Azerbaijan and the Caucasus' largest city, Baku brings the old and the new, the East and the West colliding together in a particularly diverse and changing city.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Palace of the Shirvanshahs and Miniature Books. You'll explore and learn at Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center and Azerbaijan Carpet Museum. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Baku Old City, explore the world behind art at Stone Chronicle Museum, explore the galleries of Workshop Ali Shamsi, and ponder the design of Philharmonic Fountain Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Baku trip planner .

You can drive from Areni to Baku in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In April in Baku, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Baku

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Palace of the Shirvanshahs ©
Palace of the Shirvanshahs
Heydar Mosque ©
Heydar Mosque
Baku Old City ©
Baku Old City

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