57 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

57 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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57 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  3​h
1
Batumi, Georgia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Baku, Azerbaijan
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Tbilisi, Georgia
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Yerevan, Armenia
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  6​h 45​min
5
Kiev, Ukraine
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Lviv, Ukraine
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Odessa, Ukraine
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  6​h 15​min
8
Brasov, Romania
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
9
Bucharest, Romania
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
10
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

3
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.
Batumi is known for parks, historic sites, zoos & aquariums, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Batumi Botanical Gardens, meet the residents at Batumi Dolphinarium, try your luck at Casino International, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Batumi trip planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Batumi is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Batumi is 1 hour. Traveling from Istanbul in December, expect nights in Batumi to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Baku.

Things to do in Batumi

Parks Historic Sites Casinos

Side Trip

Gonio Fortress
Highlights from your plan
Batumi Botanical Gardens ©
Batumi Botanical Gardens
Batumi Boulevard ©
Batumi Boulevard
Argo Cable Car ©
Argo Cable Car

6
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.
Baku is known for historic sites, museums, nature, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Baku Old City, enjoy breathtaking views from Flame Towers, examine the collection at Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center, and go for a walk through Baku Boulevard.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Baku day trip app .

You can fly from Batumi to Baku in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Batumi in December: highs in Baku hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Tbilisi.

Things to do in Baku

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Baku Old City ©
Baku Old City
Walking tours
Heydar Aliyev Center ©
Heydar Aliyev Center

6
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tbilisi: Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble (in Ananuri), Gori (Monument to the Defenders of the Fortress & Uplistsiche Cave Town) and Mtskheta (Svetitskhoveli Cathedral & Jvari Church). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at The Bridge of Peace, explore the historical opulence of Narikala Fortress, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tsminda Sameba Cathedral, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tbilisi online holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Baku to Tbilisi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yerevan.

Things to do in Tbilisi

Historic Sites Tours Theme Parks

Side Trips

Gori, Mtskheta, Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
The Bridge of Peace ©
The Bridge of Peace
Narikala Fortress ©
Narikala Fortress

6
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Yerevan side-trips: Echmiadzin Monastery (in Vagharshapat), Garni Temple (in Garni) and Khor Virap (in Lusarat). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Monastery of Geghard, explore the galleries of Cafesjian Center for the Arts, take in nature's colorful creations at Armenian Genocide Museum, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

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Fly from Tbilisi to Yerevan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Yerevan sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Kiev.

Things to do in Yerevan

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Vagharshapat, Areni, Master Levon's Divine Underground, Haghartsin Monastery, Hovhannavank Monastery
Highlights from your plan
The Monastery of Geghard ©
The Monastery of Geghard
Republic Square ©
Republic Square
Cafesjian Center for the Arts ©
Cafesjian Center for the Arts

5
nights
Kiev, Ukraine

The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Kiev is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, see the interesting displays at Pirogovo Open-Air Museum, and make a trip to Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square).

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You can do a combination of flight and bus from Yerevan to Kiev in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Armenia Time to Eastern European Time is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Kiev when traveling from Yerevan in December, with lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lviv.

Things to do in Kiev

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

5
nights
Lviv, Ukraine

Lviv ©
Instead of Soviet buildings typical of Ukraine, Lviv boasts a charming Central European-style old town with World Heritage Site status.
Get out of town with these interesting Lviv side-trips: Zhovkva (St. Lawrence Catholic Church & Wooden Church of St. Trinity), Ski Complex Bukovytsia (in Boryslav) and Krekhivsky Monastery of St. Nicholas Basilian Fathers (in Krekhiv). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Rynok Square, have some family-friendly fun at VR Cube, enjoy breathtaking views from Lviv High Castle, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Lychakiv Cemetery.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lviv journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Kiev to Lviv takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In January in Lviv, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Odessa.

Things to do in Lviv

Historic Sites Fun & Games Outdoors

Side Trips

Zhovkva, Ski Complex Bukovytsia, Krekhivsky Monastery of St. Nicholas Basilian Fathers
Highlights from your plan
Lychakiv Cemetery ©
Lychakiv Cemetery
Rynok Square ©
Rynok Square
Old Town ©
Old Town

5
nights
Odessa, Ukraine

Odessa ©
Though most famous for the Potemkin Steps leading down the Black Sea coast, Odessa welcomes visitors with several other attractions, including beaches and an ornate opera house.
Explore Odessa's surroundings by going to Ascension Cathedral (in Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi) and Sudkovsky Seascape Painting Museum (in Ochakiv). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Arabic Cultural Center, admire the landmark architecture of The Green Theater, and make a trip to Potemkin Stairs.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Odessa itinerary builder tool .

Fly from Lviv to Odessa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in January, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Brasov.

Things to do in Odessa

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sudkovsky Seascape Painting Museum, Ascension Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum ©
Deribasovskaya Street ©
Deribasovskaya Street
Potemkin Stairs ©
Potemkin Stairs

5
nights
Brasov, Romania

Brasov ©
With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brasov: Mountain Postavarul (in Poiana Brasov), Peles Castle (in Sinaia) and Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) (in Bran). There's much more to do: get your game on at Quad Team Building, explore the landscape on two wheels at Season Hill, tour the pleasant surroundings at Valtour Ski School, and take in the awesome beauty at Moldoveanu Peak.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Brasov route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Odessa to Brasov takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Bucharest.

Things to do in Brasov

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Poiana Brasov, Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), Balea Glacier Lake, Moldoveanu Peak, Peles Castle
Highlights from your plan
Poiana Brasov ©
Poiana Brasov
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) ©
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)
Peles Castle ©
Peles Castle

5
nights
Bucharest, Romania

The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Bucharest is known for historic sites, nightlife, parks, museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Palace of Parliament, get engrossed in the history at Museum of History of the Jewish Community, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Bucharest trip maker app .

Take a train from Brasov to Bucharest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Bucharest sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Bucharest

Tours Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Palace of Parliament ©
Palace of Parliament

5
nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Explore Sofia's surroundings by going to Borovets (Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School, Borovets Ski Resort, & more) and Rila Monastery (in Rila). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, shop like a local with Galeria Nina, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vitosha Boulevard, and contemplate the long history of Church St. George Rotunda.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sofia trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Bucharest to Sofia in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Borovets, Rila Monastery
Highlights from your plan
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Walking tours
Room Escape Games

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pamporovo Ski Resort (in Smolyan), Central Balkan National Park (in Kalofer) and Bachkovo Monastery (in Bachkovo). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Plovdiv Roman Theatre, admire the landmark architecture of Bakalova House, make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town, and delve into the distant past at Perperikon.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Plovdiv journey maker site .

Traveling by car from Sofia to Plovdiv takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Plovdiv, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Parks Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Central Balkan National Park, Valley of Roses, Perperikon, Pamporovo Ski Resort, Antique Forum Augusta Trayana
Highlights from your plan
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo ©
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo
Pamporovo Ski Resort ©
Pamporovo Ski Resort
Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre

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