55 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

55 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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55 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  27​h
1
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 5 nights
+3
train + subway + foot + Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Yerevan, Armenia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Tatev, Armenia
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Meghri, Armenia
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  17​h 30​min
9
Akhaltsikhe, Georgia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
10
Borjomi, Georgia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Kutaisi, Georgia
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
12
Mestia, Georgia
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
13
Tbilisi, Georgia
— 7 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Brisbane, Australia


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4
nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Get a sense of the local culture at Rila Monastery and Vitosha Boulevard. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Boyana Church and Temple Sveti Nikolay. Step out of Sofia with an excursion to Rila National Park in Rila--about 3h 15 min away. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Catedral de Sveta-Nedelya, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, steep yourself in history at Amphitheatre of Serdica, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sofia trip itinerary builder tool .

Brisbane, Australia to Sofia is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Brisbane to Sofia, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in November, things will get cooler in Sofia: highs are around 13°C and lows about 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Rila
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Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Boyana Church ©
Boyana Church
Temple Sveti Nikolay ©
Temple Sveti Nikolay

4
nights
Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Veliko Tarnovo ©
Veliko Tarnovo is a city in north central Bulgaria and the administrative centre of Veliko Tarnovo Province.Often referred to as the "City of the Tsars", Veliko Tarnovo is located on the Yantra River and is famously known as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, attracting many tourists with its unique architecture. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tsarevets and Church of Saints Archangels Michael and Gabriel. Explore hidden gems such as Medieval town of Cherven and Nicopolis ad Istrum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Veliko Tarnovo: Gabrovo (Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR, Interactive Museum of Industry, & more), Tomb of Seuthes III (in Kazanlak) and Museum of the Wood-Carving and Ethnographical Arts (in Tryavna). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa della Nativita, admire the masterpieces at Hadji Nikoli Inn Museum Art Gallery, get to know the fascinating history of Ulitsa General Gurko, and get engrossed in the history at Multimedia Visitor Centre Tsarevgrad Tarnov.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Veliko Tarnovo trip builder .

You can drive from Sofia to Veliko Tarnovo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gabrovo, Arbanasi, Tomb of Seuthes III, Museum of the Wood-Carving and Ethnographical Arts, Medieval town of Cherven
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Tsarevets ©
Tsarevets
Medieval town of Cherven ©
Medieval town of Cherven
Chiesa della Nativita ©
Chiesa della Nativita

5
nights
Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Plovdiv ©
Though it is often seen as merely a stopover city, Plovdiv is actually a lively university town with bohemian cafes, a thriving art scene, and exciting nightlife.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Plovdiv Roman Theatre and Bachkovo Monastery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St. Bogoroditsa Petrichka Church and Assen's Fortress. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Plovdiv: Midalidare Estate (in Mogilovo), House-Museum of Ivan Vazov (in Sopot) and Vassil Levski Museum (in Karlovo). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Hisarja, get engrossed in the history at Georgi Benkovski House Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, and steep yourself in history at Thracian Tomb of Alexandrovo.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Plovdiv tour itinerary maker site .

Drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Plovdiv in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November in Plovdiv, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Koprivshtitsa, Haskovo, Asenovgrad, Midalidare Estate, House-Museum of Ivan Vazov
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Cultural Center-Museum Trakart ©
Cultural Center-Museum Trakart
Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre
Assen's Fortress ©
Assen's Fortress

5
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana melds German, Mediterranean, and Slovenian culture and history.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Predjama Castle and Kobarid Museum (Kobariski muzej). Cathedral of St. Nicholas (Stolnica Sv. Nikolaja) and Franciscan Church (Franciskanska cerkev) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Ljubljana: Church of St John the Baptist (in Ribcev Laz), Lake Bohinj (in Bohinjsko Jezero) and Radovljica Old Town (in Radovljica). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Bled Castle, take a stroll through Ljubljana Old Town, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and hike along Vintgar Gorge.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ljubljana trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Plovdiv to Ljubljana by combination of train and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Plovdiv to Ljubljana, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Plovdiv in December, you will find days in Ljubljana are little chillier (5°C), and nights are about the same (-3°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bled, Kobarid, Celje Castle, Church of St John the Baptist, Lake Bohinj
Highlights from your plan
Predjama Castle ©
Predjama Castle

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.
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Sultan Ahmed Mosque are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Basilica Cistern and Yeni Camii. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Sultanahmet District, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul online tour planner .

Fly from Ljubljana to Istanbul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Ljubljana to Istanbul. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Ljubljana in December since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yerevan.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Sultanahmet District ©
Sultanahmet District
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Monastery of Geghard and Noratus Cemetery. Your inner history buff will appreciate Khor Virap and Saint Harutyun Church. Explore Yerevan's surroundings by going to Hayravank Monastery (in Hayravank), Armenia Wine Company (in Sasunik) and Kecharis Monastery (in Tsakhkadzor). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts, pause for some serene contemplation at Zoravor S. Astvatsatsin Church, delve into the distant past at The Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots, and gain insight with a tour of cultural highlights.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yerevan day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Yerevan takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, car, and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Armenia Time (AMT) is 1 hour. When traveling from Istanbul in December, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yerevan: temperatures range from 3°C by day to -7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Tatev.

Things to do in Yerevan

Historic Sites Wineries Tours

Side Trips

Vagharshapat, Ararat Province, Tsakhkadzor, Charent's Arch, The Monastery of Geghard
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The Monastery of Geghard ©
The Monastery of Geghard
Khor Virap ©
Khor Virap

4
nights
Tatev, Armenia

Tatev ©
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tatev Monastery and Saint Gregory The Illuminator Church of Goris. Visit Church of St. Garabed in Tolors and Zorats Karer for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tatev: Halidzor Fortress (in Kapan), Goris (Medieval Goris Cave Dwellings, Museum of Axel Bakounts, & more) and Vorotan (Melik Tangi Bridge & Vorotnavank Monastery).

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tatev day trip planning website .

You can drive from Yerevan to Tatev in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Meghri.

Things to do in Tatev

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Goris, Sisian, Vorotan, Halidzor Fortress, Wings of Tatev
Highlights from your plan
Tatev Monastery ©
Tatev Monastery
Kotrats Caravanserai ©
Kotrats Caravanserai

1
night
Meghri, Armenia

Meghri ©
Meghri, is a town in southern Armenia, located in Syunik Province, near the border with Iran. On the 26th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Meghri Fortress, pause for some serene contemplation at Surb Astvatsatsin Church, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sargis Basilica Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Meghru Vank, and finally take a stroll around Meghri House of Culture.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Meghri trip planner .

Getting from Tatev to Meghri by car takes about 2.5 hours. You'll set off for Akhaltsikhe on the 27th (Fri).

Things to do in Meghri

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Meghri Fortress ©
Meghri Fortress
Surb Astvatsatsin Church ©
Surb Astvatsatsin Church
Meghru Vank ©
Meghru Vank

1
night
Akhaltsikhe, Georgia

Akhaltsikhe ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Rabati Castle, then see the sky in a new way at Abastumani Astrophysical Observatory, then admire the striking features of The Palace of the Romanov Boyars, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sapara Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Khertvisi Fortress.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Akhaltsikhe trip builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Meghri to Akhaltsikhe. December in Akhaltsikhe sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Borjomi.

Things to do in Akhaltsikhe

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Abastumani, Khertvisi Fortress
Highlights from your plan
Sapara Monastery ©
Sapara Monastery
Rabati Castle ©
Rabati Castle
Khertvisi Fortress ©
Khertvisi Fortress

2
nights
Borjomi, Georgia

Borjomi ©
Borjomi is a resort town in south-central Georgia with a population of 10,546. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): walk around Borjomi Central Park, then contemplate the long history of Cultural Heritage Monument Firuza, and then explore the activities along Kakhisi Lake. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Monument to Prometheus, make a trip to Ubisa Monastery, contemplate the long history of Gogia Fortres, then get engrossed in the history at Borjomi Local Lore Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Green (Mtsvane) Monastery.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Borjomi trip maker app .

You can drive from Akhaltsikhe to Borjomi in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kutaisi.

Things to do in Borjomi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ubisa Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Borjomi Central Park ©
Borjomi Central Park
Gogia Fortres ©
Gogia Fortres
Green (Mtsvane) Monastery ©
Green (Mtsvane) Monastery

2
nights
Kutaisi, Georgia

Kutaisi ©
Kutaisi is the legislative capital of Georgia, and its 3rd most populous city. On the 1st (Wed), browse the fresh offerings at Kutaisi Market, delve into the distant past at Bagrati Cathedral, then do a tasting at Baia's Wine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gelati Monastery. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Motsameta Monastery, ponder the design of Colchis Fountain, then take an in-depth tour of Sport Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Kutaisi Historical Museum, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Prometheus Cave.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kutaisi sightseeing site .

You can drive from Borjomi to Kutaisi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daily temperatures in Kutaisi can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mestia.

Things to do in Kutaisi

Wineries Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Baia's Wine
Highlights from your plan
Baia's Wine ©
Baia's Wine
Gelati Monastery ©
Gelati Monastery
Bagrati Cathedral ©
Bagrati Cathedral

2
nights
Mestia, Georgia

Mestia ©
Mestia is a highland townlet in northwest Georgia, at an elevation of 1500m in the Caucasus Mountains.General informationMestia is located in the Svaneti region of Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti province, some 128km northeast of the regional capital of Zugdidi. On the 3rd (Fri), see the interesting displays at Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography, stroll through Khatsvali Ski Resort, enjoy breathtaking views from Love Tower, then take an in-depth tour of Ushguli Ethnographic Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at LaMaria Church. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Ski Resort Tetnuldi.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Mestia trip tool .

Getting from Kutaisi to Mestia by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Kutaisi in January, expect nights in Mestia to be a bit cooler, around -1°C, while days are colder, around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tbilisi.

Things to do in Mestia

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Ushguli, Love Tower
Highlights from your plan
Khatsvali Ski Resort ©
Khatsvali Ski Resort
LaMaria Church ©
LaMaria Church

7
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 Old Town (Altstadt) Tbilisi and Narikala Fortress are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and Tsminda Sameba Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tbilisi: Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble (in Ananuri), Gremi Citadel and Church of the Archangels (in Gremi) and Gremi (in Kvareli). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sioni Church, do a tasting at Chateau Mukhrani, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mtatsminda Pantheon, and delve into the distant past at The City-Museum Reserve of Mtskheta.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tbilisi trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Mestia to Tbilisi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mestia in January, you will find days in Tbilisi are a bit warmer (7°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tbilisi

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Mtskheta, David Gareja Monastery, Tsinandali Palace, Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble, Chateau Mukhrani
Highlights from your plan
Svetitskhoveli Cathedral ©
Svetitskhoveli Cathedral
Old Town (Altstadt) Tbilisi ©
Old Town (Altstadt) Tbilisi
Narikala Fortress ©
Narikala Fortress

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