38 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

38 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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Tbilisi, Georgia
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Baku, Azerbaijan
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan
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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 3 nights
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Tehran, Iran
— 5 nights
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Erbil, Iraq
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Damascus, Syria
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Amman, Jordan
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Tbilisi, Georgia

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.
When in Tbilisi, make a side trip to see Jvari Church in Mtskheta, approximately Mtskheta away. There's much more to do: snap pictures at The Bridge of Peace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town (Altstadt) Tbilisi, cruise along Rustaveli Avenue, and explore the historical opulence of Narikala Fortress.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tbilisi trip planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Tbilisi is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Georgia Standard Time (GET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Cairo in October: high temperatures in Tbilisi hover around 20°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Baku.

Things to do in Tbilisi

Historic Sites · Tours · Theme Parks · Transportation

Side Trip

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Baku, Azerbaijan

The City of Eternal Flames, the City of Winds

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Baku: Gobustan (Gobustan State Reserve & Mud Volcanoes). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Baku Old City, take in the pleasant sights at Baku Boulevard, examine the collection at Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum, and stroll around Philharmonic Park.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Baku travel route planning site.

You can fly from Tbilisi to Baku in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. October in Baku sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Baku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan

City of Bread

One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pulatkhan Plateau (in Chimgan) and Charvak Reservoir (in Yusufhona). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Amir Timur Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Teleshayakh Mosque, explore the world behind art at Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art, and don't miss a visit to Amir Temur Square.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tashkent travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Baku to Tashkent takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of ferry and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Baku to Tashkent due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Bishkek.

Things to do in Tashkent

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): walk around Victory Park and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ala-Archa Gorge. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Monument to Those Who Died For Freedom, contemplate the long history of Ala-Too Square, then stroll around Panfilov Park, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bishkek road trip tool.

You can fly from Tashkent to Bishkek in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Uzbekistan Standard Time (UZT) to Kyrgyzstan Time (KGT) is 1 hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

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Dushanbe, Tajikistan

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Dushanbe side-trips: Hisor (Hisor HIstorical and Cultural Preserve & Hisor Fortress). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Rudaki Park, take advantage of the amenities at Delfin Aquapark, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Tajikistan, and make a trip to Stele with the Emblem of Tajikistan.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Dushanbe trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Bishkek to Dushanbe by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bishkek to Dushanbe. Traveling from Bishkek in October, you will find days in Dushanbe are a bit warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Tehran.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Fun & Games · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Tehran, Iran

Teh

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.
Tehran is known for museums, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Golestan Palace, hunt for treasures at Tehran Bazaar, examine the collection at The National Jewelry Treasury, and take in panoramic vistas at Milad Tower.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tehran visit planner.

You can fly from Dushanbe to Tehran in 12.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1.5 hours traveling from Dushanbe to Tehran. Traveling from Dushanbe in October, Tehran is a bit warmer at night with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Erbil.

Things to do in Tehran

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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Erbil, Iraq

Hawler

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.
Erbil is known for parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Sami Abdulrahman Park, admire the sheer force of Gali Ali Bag, browse the different shops at Family Mall, and stop by Bazaar.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Erbil trip planner.

Getting from Tehran to Erbil by flight takes about 5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Tehran to Erbil is minus 0.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tehran in October: highs in Erbil hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Damascus.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums

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Damascus, Syria

Locals claim that the Prophet Muhammad refused to enter Damascus on his journey to Mecca--he wished to enter Paradise only once in his lifetime.
Go for a jaunt from Damascus to Maaloula to see Deir Mar Takla about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Damascus Umayyad Mosque, explore the galleries of The National Museum of Damascus, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Qassioun (Jebal Kasioun), and deepen your knowledge of military history at The Citadel.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Damascus trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Erbil to Damascus takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Erbil to Damascus. Traveling from Erbil in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Damascus, with lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Amman.

Things to do in Damascus

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

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Amman, Jordan

White City

Jordan's capital city, Amman spreads across 19 hills and includes many distinct districts, each with their own historical and cultural marvels.
Venture out of the city with trips to Madaba (Machaerus, Memorial Church of Moses, &more) and Jerash (North Theatre, Arch of Hadrian, &more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at The Citadel, delve into the distant past at Umayyad Open Cistern, see the interesting displays at Royal Automobile Museum, and wander the streets of Nabad Art Gallery.

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

Traveling by bus from Damascus to Amman takes 4.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Amman when traveling from Damascus in November, with lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Amman

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips