35 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

35 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

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35 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
Baku, Azerbaijan
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
2
Batumi, Georgia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
New Athos, Georgia
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Kutaisi, Georgia
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Stepantsminda, Georgia
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
6
Tbilisi, Georgia
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 15 min
7
Yerevan, Armenia
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7 h 45 min
8
Selcuk, Turkey
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
9
Ayvalik, Turkey
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
10
Canakkale, Turkey
— 6 nights
Fly + Train:  3 h
11
Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: New York City, United States

3
nights
Baku, Azerbaijan

Baku
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center and Baku Boulevard. Discover out-of-the-way places like Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape and Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Flame Towers, make a trip to Fountain Square, pause for some photo ops at Pushkin Statue, and step into the grandiose world of Palace of the Shirvanshahs.

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New York City, USA to Baku is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from New York City to Baku due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Baku are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Batumi.

Things to do in Baku

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Gobustan State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Baku Old City
Baku Old City
Gobustan State Reserve ©
Gobustan State Reserve
Heydar Aliyev Center
Heydar Aliyev Center

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Batumi Botanical Gardens, then appreciate the history behind Monument Ali and Nino, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Batumi Boulevard, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Batumi Dolphinarium. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Europe Square, make a trip to Argo Cable Car, and then take an in-depth tour of Ethnographic Museum "Borjgalo".

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Batumi trip builder site .

You can fly from Baku to Batumi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Baku in June, you will find days in Batumi are slightly colder (76°F), and nights are about the same (64°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to New Athos.

Things to do in Batumi

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Batumi Boulevard ©
Batumi Boulevard
Batumi Botanical Gardens ©
Batumi Botanical Gardens
Argo Cable Car ©
Argo Cable Car

1
night
New Athos, Georgia

New Athos ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): delve into the distant past at Dormition of the Mother of God Church, don't miss a visit to Anacopia Fortress, then Head underground at New Athos Cave, and finally make a trip to New Athos Simoneau-Kananitsky Monastery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our New Athos vacation tool .

Getting from Batumi to New Athos by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. The time zone difference moving from Georgia Time (GET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is minus 1 hour. June in New Athos sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 64°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kutaisi.

Things to do in New Athos

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dormition of the Mother of God Church
Highlights from your plan
New Athos Cave ©
New Athos Cave
Dormition of the Mother of God Church ©
Anacopia Fortress ©
Anacopia Fortress

1
night
Kutaisi, Georgia

Kutaisi ©
Kutaisi is the legislative capital of Georgia, and its 3rd most populous city. On the 23rd (Tue), take in breathtaking views at Okatse Canyon, then explore the fascinating underground world of Prometheus Cave, then explore the ancient world of Bagrati Cathedral, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gelati Monastery.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kutaisi trip builder site .

You can drive from New Athos to Kutaisi in 4 hours. Traveling from New Athos to Kutaisi, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. June in Kutaisi sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 62°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Stepantsminda.

Things to do in Kutaisi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Prometheus Cave
Highlights from your plan
Prometheus Cave ©
Prometheus Cave
Okatse Canyon ©
Okatse Canyon
Gelati Monastery ©
Gelati Monastery

1
night
Stepantsminda, Georgia

Stepantsminda ©
Whatever you decide to do on your trip to Stepantsminda, you'll remember it by the unsurpassed beauty of its alpine landscapes.
On the 24th (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Kazbek and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gergeti Trinity Church.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Stepantsminda trip planner .

You can drive from Kutaisi to Stepantsminda in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tbilisi.

Things to do in Stepantsminda

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gergeti Trinity Church ©
Gergeti Trinity Church
Mt Kazbek ©
Mt Kazbek

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Uplistsiche Cave Town and Old Town (Altstadt) Tbilisi. Get some cultural insight at Jvari Church and Karalashvili's Wine Cellar. Change things up with a short trip to Mtskheta Church of the Holy Cross in Mtskheta (about 36 minutes away). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Narikala Fortress, find something for the whole family at Aerial Tramway in Tbilisi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tsminda Sameba Cathedral, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Tbilisi trip planner.

You can drive from Stepantsminda to Tbilisi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yerevan.

Things to do in Tbilisi

Historic Sites Theme Parks Tours

Side Trips

Mtskheta, Uplistsiche Cave Town
Highlights from your plan
Old Town (Altstadt) Tbilisi ©
Old Town (Altstadt) Tbilisi
Uplistsiche Cave Town ©
Uplistsiche Cave Town
Jvari Church ©
Jvari Church

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Khor Virap, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Monastery of Geghard, then take some stellar pictures from Charent's Arch, then take in nature's colorful creations at Armenian Genocide Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Cafesjian Center for the Arts. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Republic Square, examine the collection at Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts, and then examine the collection at Parajanov Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Yerevan tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Tbilisi to Yerevan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Yerevan are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Yerevan

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Charent's Arch, Khor Virap, The Monastery of Geghard
Highlights from your plan
The Monastery of Geghard ©
The Monastery of Geghard
Khor Virap ©
Khor Virap
Cafesjian Center for the Arts ©
Cafesjian Center for the Arts

4
nights
Selcuk, Turkey

Selcuk ©
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Explore hidden gems such as Bibliotheque de Celsus and Public Latrine. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu and Ancient City of Ephesus. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Selcuk: Claros Plaji (in Menderes), Akarca Sahili (in Seferihisar) and Magnesia Antik Kenti (in Germencik). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Ephesus Terrace Houses, take a stroll through Sirince Koyu, see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, and make a trip to Byzantine acquaducts.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Selcuk road trip tool .

Getting from Yerevan to Selcuk by combination of car and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Armenia Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In June, daytime highs in Selcuk are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ayvalik.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Akarca Sahili, Claros Plaji, Magnesia Antik Kenti, Sirince Koyu
Highlights from your plan
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu
Ephesus Terrace Houses
Ephesus Terrace Houses

4
nights
Ayvalik, Turkey

Ayvalik ©
Ayvalık is a seaside town on the northwestern Aegean coast of Turkey. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Acropolis and Cunda Kesebir Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Asklepion and Taksiyarhis Cunda Ayvalik Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi. Get out of town with these interesting Ayvalik side-trips: Mola Beach Cunda (in Cunda Island) and Sazlıca Beaches (in Foca). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Cataltepe Plaji, get to know the fascinating history of Devil's Feast, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Paterica Koyu.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ayvalik road trip planning website .

You can drive from Selcuk to Ayvalik in 3 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Selcuk to Ayvalik. In July in Ayvalik, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Canakkale.

Things to do in Ayvalik

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Cunda Island, Bergama, Sazlıca Beaches, SarImsaklI PlajI
Highlights from your plan
Sazlıca Beaches ©
Sazlıca Beaches
Mola Beach Cunda ©
Mola Beach Cunda
The Acropolis ©
The Acropolis

6
nights
Canakkale, Turkey

Canakkale ©
A center of landmarks from Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman eras, Canakkale showcases natural beauty and myth.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Athena Temple and Bozcaada. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gallipoli Battlefield and Canakkale Naval Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Canakkale: Gallipoli National Park (in Gallipoli), Assos Theatre (in Assos) and Bozcaada (Ayana Plaji, Koprulu Mehmet Pasa Camii, & more). And it doesn't end there: stroll through YIldIz Koy PlajI, enjoy the sand and surf at Laz Bay, take an in-depth tour of Gokceada Kent Muzesi, and witness the site of a historic battle at Troy (Truva).

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Canakkale trip app .

You can drive from Ayvalik to Canakkale in 3 hours. Traveling from Ayvalik to Canakkale, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Canakkale

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Bozcaada, Gokceada, Assos, Gallipoli National Park, Gallipoli Battlefield
Highlights from your plan
Bozcaada ©
Bozcaada
Gallipoli National Park
Gallipoli National Park
Tuz Golu ©
Tuz Golu

6
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Topkapi Palace. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ulu Cami and Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Istanbul: Sapanca Lake (in Sapanca), Aya Yorgi Church (in Buyukada) and Bursa Archaeological Museum (in Bursa). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip builder .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Canakkale to Istanbul in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Canakkale in July, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are slightly colder, around 84°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Bursa, Sapanca Lake, Aya Yorgi Church
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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