60 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

60 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

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60 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  19 h 45 min
1
Isfahan, Iran
— 5 nights
Drive:  8 h
2
Yerevan, Armenia
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Areni, Armenia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Alaverdi, Armenia
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  6 h 45 min
5
Tbilisi, Georgia
— 6 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
6
Signagi, Georgia
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Kutaisi, Georgia
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  17 h
8
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h
9
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
10
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + Bus + Drive + Bus:  16 h 45 min
11
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 5 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
12
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
Fly:  22 h
End: Vancouver, Canada

5
nights
Isfahan, Iran

Isfahan ©
A cultural hub in the center of the country, Esfahan boasts a proud heritage of art, architecture, and craftsmanship.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Naqshe Jahan Square(Shah Square) and Jameh Mosque of Isfahan. Get a sense of the local culture at Chehel Sotoun and Royal Mosque (Masjid-i-Shah). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Isfahan: Varzaneh (Jame Mosque of Varzaneh, Ghoortan Citadel, & more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, contemplate the long history of Lonban Mosque, pause for some serene contemplation at Bedkhem Church, and hunt for treasures at Honar Gold Bazaar.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Isfahan trip itinerary planning website .

Vancouver, Canada to Isfahan is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Iran Standard Time is 11 hours. When traveling from Vancouver in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Isfahan: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Yerevan.

Things to do in Isfahan

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Varzaneh
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Chehel Sotoun ©
Chehel Sotoun
Naqsh-e Jahan Square ©
Naqsh-e Jahan Square
Bedkhem Church ©
Bedkhem Church

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Sevan and Caucasus Mountains. Visit The Monastery of Geghard and Kecharis Monastery for their historical value. Explore Yerevan's surroundings by going to Khor Virap (in Lusarat), Saint Hovhannes Church (in Abovyan) and Noratus Cemetery (in Noratus). Dedicate the 27th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at The Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots, admire the striking features of Cathedral of Aruch, contemplate the long history of Garni Temple, and see the interesting displays at Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Yerevan trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Isfahan to Yerevan takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Isfahan in March, you will find days in Yerevan are slightly colder (16°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Areni.

Things to do in Yerevan

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Byurakan, Vagharshapat, Kecharis Monastery, Talin Cathedral, The Monastery of Geghard
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Noratus Cemetery ©
Noratus Cemetery
Amberd Fortress ©
Amberd Fortress

2
nights
Areni, Armenia

Areni ©
Areni is a village in the Vayots Dzor Province of Armenia. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Arates Monastery, explore the historical opulence of Smbataberd Fortress, pause for some serene contemplation at Tanahati Monastery, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Astvatsatsin Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Noravank Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Areni Wine Factory, take in breathtaking views at Noravank Gorge, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Yeghegis Jewish Cemetery, then delve into the distant past at Tsakhats Kar Monastery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Zorats Church.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Areni online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Yerevan to Areni by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Alaverdi.

Things to do in Areni

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Yeghegis, Arates Monastery, Tanahati Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Noravank Monastery ©
Noravank Monastery
Noravank Gorge ©
Noravank Gorge
Tsakhats Kar Monastery ©
Tsakhats Kar Monastery

4
nights
Alaverdi, Armenia

Alaverdi ©
Alaverdi, is a town in the Lori Province at the northeastern part of Armenia, near the border with Georgia. Get outdoors at Anapat Cave and Yenokavan Canyon. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Monastery of Sanahin and Odzun Church. Get out of town with these interesting Alaverdi side-trips: Dsegh (Kobayr Monastery & Hovhannes Tumanyan House Museum), Akhtala Monastery (in Akhtala) and Mshkavank Monastery (in Noyemberyan). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Hnevank Monastery, contemplate the long history of Kirants Monastery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Khuchapi Monastery, and get engrossed in the history at Mikoyan Brothers Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Alaverdi trip planner .

Drive from Areni to Alaverdi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Areni to Alaverdi, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March, daily temperatures in Alaverdi can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tbilisi.

Things to do in Alaverdi

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Yenokavan, Dsegh, Khorakert Monastery, Mshkavank Monastery, Khuchapi Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Odzun Church ©
Odzun Church
Monastery of Sanahin ©
Monastery of Sanahin
Akhtala Monastery ©
Akhtala Monastery

6
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble and Sioni Church. David Gareja Monastery and Narikala Fortress are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Tbilisi side-trips: Mtskheta (The City-Museum Reserve of Mtskheta, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, & more). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town (Altstadt) Tbilisi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Anchiskhati Basilica, explore the activities along Jinvali Water Reservoir, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Metekhi Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tbilisi holiday maker site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Alaverdi to Tbilisi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Georgia Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Alaverdi in April, expect Tbilisi to be a bit warmer, temps between 20°C and 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Signagi.

Things to do in Tbilisi

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Mtskheta, David Gareja Monastery, Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble
Highlights from your plan
David Gareja Monastery ©
David Gareja Monastery
The City-Museum Reserve of Mtskheta ©
Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble ©
Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble

3
nights
Signagi, Georgia

Signagi ©
Signagi or Sighnaghi is a town in Georgia's easternmost region of Kakheti and the administrative center of the Signagi Municipality. Get a sense of the local culture at Signagi City Walls and Bodbe Monastery of St. Nino. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gremi Citadel and Church of the Archangels and St. George’s Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Signagi: Kvareli (Nekresi Monastery Complex & Gremi), Chateau Zegaani (in Zegaani) and Vashlovani National Park (in Dedoplistskaro). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Gurjaani Kvelatsminda Monastery and take in the pleasant sights at House-Museum of Niko Pirosmani.

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Drive from Tbilisi to Signagi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kutaisi.

Things to do in Signagi

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kvareli, Gremi Citadel and Church of the Archangels, Chateau Zegaani, House-Museum of Niko Pirosmani, Gurjaani Kvelatsminda Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Signagi City Walls ©
Signagi City Walls
Bodbe Monastery of St. Nino ©
Bodbe Monastery of St. Nino

5
nights
Kutaisi, Georgia

Kutaisi ©
Kutaisi is the legislative capital of Georgia, and its 3rd most populous city. Your inner history buff will appreciate Rabati Castle and Bagrati Cathedral. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gelati Monastery and Khobi Monastery. Venture out of the city with trips to Baia's Wine (in Meore Obcha), Town-Fortress Nokalakevi (in Senaki) and Rukhi Fortress (in Zugdidi).

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kutaisi holiday planner.

You can drive from Signagi to Kutaisi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Kutaisi

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Rabati Castle, Khobi Monastery, Rukhi Fortress, Town-Fortress Nokalakevi
Highlights from your plan
Motsameta Monastery ©
Motsameta Monastery
Gelati Monastery ©
Gelati Monastery
Rabati Castle ©
Rabati Castle

2
nights
Khiva, Uzbekistan

Khiva ©
With an illustrious history as a main stop along the Great Silk Road, Khiva boasts remarkably well-preserved cultural attractions and a beautiful historic core.
Itchan Kala and Citadel Kunya-ark are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Friday Mosque and Stone Palace (Tash Khauli). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Mohammed Amin Madrassah, explore the historical opulence of Chodra Hovli, don't miss a visit to Islam Khodja Complex, and contemplate the long history of Kalta Minor Minaret.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Khiva journey website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kutaisi to Khiva. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kutaisi to Khiva due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kalta Minor Minaret ©
Kalta Minor Minaret
Citadel Kunya-ark ©
Citadel Kunya-ark
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque) ©
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque)

4
nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum and Shah-i-Zinda. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tillya Kori Madrasah and Central Bazaar. Take a break from Samarkand with a short trip to The Palace Complex of Ak-Saray in Shakhrisabz, about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Registan, see the interesting displays at Regional Studies Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sher Dor Madrasah, and admire the masterpieces at Imam Bokhari Mausoleum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Samarkand driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Khiva to Samarkand in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

The Palace Complex of Ak-Saray
Highlights from your plan
Tillya Kori Madrasah ©
Tillya Kori Madrasah
Ulugbek Madrasah ©
Ulugbek Madrasah
Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum ©
Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum

5
nights
Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Bukhara ©
Inhabited for millennia, the city of Bukhara boasts a World Heritage-listed center teeming with historic mosques, madrassas, pools, and ancient ruins.
Popular historic sites such as Ismail Samanid Mausoleum and Poi Kalyan Mosque are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mir-i Arab Madrasah and Chor-Minor. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Lyab-i-Hauz, contemplate the long history of Nodir Devon Begi Madrasasi, admire the striking features of Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Balyand Mosque.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Bukhara trip website .

Traveling by train from Samarkand to Bukhara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Karakol.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Bukhara Emirs
Highlights from your plan
Mir-i-Arab Madrasa ©
Mir-i-Arab Madrasa
Poi Kalyan Mosque ©
Poi Kalyan Mosque
Samanid Mausoleum
Samanid Mausoleum

5
nights
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan

Karakol ©
Set in the foothills of the Tian Shan mountains, Karakol reigns as Kyrgyzstan's trekking and climbing hot spot, surrounded by snowy peaks and scenic natural attractions, including canyons, waterfalls, lakes, and hot spring resorts.
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathederal and Saimaluu-Tash Reserve Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Altyn Arashan and Canyon Fairy Tale. Step out of Karakol to go to Grigoryevka and see Grigorevskoye Canyon, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks), stroll through River Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jyrgalan Valley Trekking/Freeride Skiing, and immerse yourself in nature at Karakol Peak.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Karakol road trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight, car, and bus from Bukhara to Karakol takes 17 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Uzbekistan Time (UZT) to Kirgizstan Time (KGT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Almaty.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks), Canyon Fairy Tale, Grigorevskoye Canyon
Highlights from your plan
Altyn Arashan ©
Altyn Arashan
Canyon Fairy Tale ©
Canyon Fairy Tale
Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks) ©

5
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ascension Cathedral and St. Nicholas Cathedral. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museum of Folk Music Instruments named after Yihlasa and Baiken Mosque. Change things up with these side-trips from Almaty: Turgen Waterfalls (in Turgen) and Plateau Assy (in Batan). Spend the 12th (Sun) exploring nature at Altyn-Emel. There's still lots to do: hit the slopes at Shymbulak Ski Resort, admire the striking features of Kazakhstan National Science Academy, tour or see a game at Ski Jumping International Complex Sunkar, and get great views at Kok-Tobe Hill.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Almaty trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Karakol to Almaty in 6.5 hours. May in Almaty sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kolsai Lake, Turgen Waterfalls, Plateau Assy
Highlights from your plan
Shymbulak Ski Resort ©
Shymbulak Ski Resort
Kolsai Lake ©
Kolsai Lake
St. Nicholas Cathedral ©
St. Nicholas Cathedral

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