57 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

57 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 6 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 5 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 6 nights
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Hamburg, Germany
— 3 nights
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Helsinki, Finland
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 6 nights
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Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
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Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
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Tehran, Iran
— 1 day
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Isfahan, Iran
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Sofia, Bulgaria

— 3 nights
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 Church St. George Rotunda. Let the collections at Regional History Museum Pernik and Dimcho Debelyanov House capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sofia: Koprivshtitsa (Oslekov's House & Todor Kableshkov House Museum) and Prohodna Cave (in Karlukovo). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Sveti Nikolay, appreciate the history behind Saint Sofia Monument, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sofia day trip planning site.

Istanbul, Turkey to Sofia is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Sofia due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Sofia, with lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Rome, Italy

— 5 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Get some historical perspective at Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica. Museum-lovers will get to explore Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. Step out of Rome with an excursion to Villa Adriana in Tivoli--about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, wander the streets of Trastevere, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

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Traveling by flight from Sofia to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sofia in March, things will get a bit warmer in Rome: highs are around 19°C and lows about 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Florence, Italy

— 5 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and The Baptistery of St. John are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Pitti Palace. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Crete Senesi (in Asciano), Siena (Duomo di Siena, Nature & Wildlife Tours, &more) and Basilica San Vitale (in Ravenna). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and examine the collection at Museo di San Marco.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Florence vacation planning app.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. March in Florence sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Milan, Italy

— 2 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca di Brera, step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, don't miss a visit to Piazza del Duomo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, and finally browse the exhibits of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio. Keep things going the next day: grab your bike and head to Sentiero 6 - Valbasca, look for all kinds of wild species at Oasi WWF Torbiere del Bassone di Albate, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Il Cenacolo, and finally admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Milan holiday planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Milan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In March in Milan, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Venice, Italy

— 6 nights

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Let the collections at Doge's Palace and Museo Ebraico di Venezia capture your imagination. Visit Piazza San Marco and Isola dei morti for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Venice: Fondazione Bisazza (in Montecchio Maggiore), Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Basilica of St. Anthony) and Verona (Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, Piazza delle Erbe, &more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Basilica di San Marco, explore the world behind art at Museo Correr, examine the collection at Ca' Rezzonico, and contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Venice trip planning site.

Getting from Milan to Venice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Munich, Germany

— 5 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Get some cultural insight at Alte Pinakothek and Nymphenburg Palace. Visit Schloss Neuschwanstein and Frauenkirche for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Munich: Kirche St. Georg (in Schwangau), Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site (in Dachau) and Partnachklamm (in Garmisch-Partenkirchen). There's still lots to do: get curious at Deutsches Museum, examine the collection at Munich Residenz, take in nature's colorful creations at English Garden, and step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Munich online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Munich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Venice in March, with highs in Munich at 11°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Berlin, Germany

— 6 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Appreciate the collections at Pergamonmuseum and Albertinum. Get some historical perspective at East Side Gallery and Memorial of the Berlin Wall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Berlin: Spreewaldfahrt, Familie Goertz (in Lubben) and Dresden (Frauenkirche Dresden & Theaterplatz). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, admire the masterpieces at Neues Museum, contemplate the long history of Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, and explore the historical opulence of Charlottenburg Palace.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Berlin holiday maker site.

You can fly from Munich to Berlin in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Thu) before leaving for Hamburg.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Hamburg, Germany

— 3 nights

Gateway to the World

As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Miniatur Wunderland and Kunsthalle Hamburg. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Speicherstadt and Alter Elbtunnel. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hamburg: The Wadden Sea, Germany (in Norden), Tister Bauernmoor (in Tiste) and Arche Warder - Zentrum fur seltene Nutztierrassen (in Warder). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Altes Land, wander the streets of Reeperbahn, admire the striking features of St. Michael's Church, and make a trip to Rathausmarkt.

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Traveling by train from Berlin to Hamburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hamburg can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Hamburg

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Helsinki, Finland

— 3 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The Esplanadi Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Helsinki Cathedral and The National Museum of Finland. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum (in Janakkala) and Paavolan Tammi (in Lohjan Island). Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), examine the collection at The Helsinki Fire Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki online day trip planner.

You can fly from Hamburg to Helsinki in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Hamburg in April; daily highs in Helsinki reach 9°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the train to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

St. Petersburg, Russia

— 6 nights

Venice of the North

Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Let the collections at The State Hermitage Museum and Menshikov's Great Palace capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Saint Isaac's Cathedral and The Anna Akhmatova Museum. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, identify plant and animal life at Natural Reserve Zapadny Kotlin, get engrossed in the history at Kazan Cathedral, and hike along Eco Path.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg trip tool.

You can take a train from Helsinki to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Helsinki to St. Petersburg is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in April, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Moscow, Russia

— 2 nights

Third Rome

Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery, then browse the exhibits of Moscow Kremlin, and finally make a trip to Red Square. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Kremlin Walls and Towers, explore the different monuments and memorials at Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, and then examine the collection at Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Moscow trip itinerary builder app.

You can take a train from St. Petersburg to Moscow in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. April in Moscow sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites · Museums

Tokyo, Japan

— 3 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Hase-dera Temple and Senso-ji Temple. Museum-lovers will get to explore Tokyo National Museum and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi) and Kamakura (Kōtoku-in & Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire the masterpieces at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Moscow to Tokyo takes 13.5 hours. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Moscow to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Moscow in April, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Kyoto, Japan

— 4 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle. Museum-lovers will get to explore Kyoto International Manga Museum and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Asahiyaki (in Uji), Nara Park (in Nara) and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum (in Osaka). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, stop by Naifs, and don't miss a visit to Gion.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto vacation planning app.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Tehran.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trips

Tehran, Iran

— 1 day

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.
On the 25th (Sat), take a stroll through Darband, learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Iran, then take an in-depth tour of The National Jewelry Treasury, and finally get engrossed in the history at Golestan Palace.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tehran trip planner.

Fly from Kyoto to Tehran in 17.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5.5 hours traveling from Kyoto to Tehran. When traveling from Kyoto in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tehran: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Isfahan.

Things to do in Tehran

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Isfahan, Iran

— 1 night

Half of the World

A cultural hub in the center of the country, Esfahan boasts a proud heritage of art, architecture, and craftsmanship.
On the 26th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, then step into the grandiose world of Ali Qapu Palace, then explore the world behind art at Isfahan Music Museum, and finally examine the collection at Vank Cathedral.

To find out how to plan a trip to Isfahan, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Tehran to Isfahan by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Isfahan when traveling from Tehran in April, with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Isfahan

Historic Sites · Museums

Bulgaria travel guide

4.4
Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
Eventful history has endowed Bulgaria with a rich cultural, architectural, and artistic heritage, while natural beauty and recreational opportunities make it one of Europe's most desirable holiday destinations. Carpeted by dense forests and fed by mighty rivers, this ancient land once drew invaders from distant corners of Europe. Today, the country's Black Sea coastline and seven rugged mountain ranges top the itineraries of nearly 8 million annual visitors. While its growing cities offer modern shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, Bulgaria's countryside remains a history buff's paradise, boasting well-preserved reminders of ancient civilizations that conquered or passed through this land. Begin your Bulgarian adventure in Sofia, one of Europe's oldest capitals, with over 250 historic landmarks.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

Finland travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."

Russia travel guide

4.7
Specialty Museums · Churches · Monuments
Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Iran travel guide

4.5
Sacred & Religious Sites · Ruins · Specialty Museums
Known as Persia for most of its long history, Iran once represented a mighty empire that encompassed everything from modern Turkey in the west to India in the east. Today, visitors on a tour of Iran discover a country of numerous ethnic groups and a culture revealing traces of Arab, Greek, Mongol, and Turkish influences. Sightseeing in Iran allows you to follow in the ancient footsteps of a former world power, nowhere more apparent than at Persepolis, an old Persian capital established long before the birth of Christ and burned down by Alexander of Macedonia. Other highlights on an Iranian itinerary may include visits to cozy teahouses, busy open-air markets, vast deserts dotted with otherworldly oases, and rugged mountains presiding over plains, forests, and meandering rivers.