41 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

41 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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Start: Cairo, Egypt
Fly:  6 h
1
Batumi, Georgia
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
2
Tbilisi, Georgia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Baku, Azerbaijan
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  9 h 15 min
4
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 45 min
5
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
6
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h
7
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h 30 min
8
Isfahan, Iran
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 30 min
9
Tehran, Iran
— 4 nights
Subway + Fly:  5 h
10
Erbil, Iraq
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  9 h 15 min
11
Aleppo, Syria
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
12
Damascus, Syria
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h 30 min
13
Amman, Jordan
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
14
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: Cairo, Egypt

2
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.
On the 2nd (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Batumi Botanical Gardens, then pause for some photo ops at Monument Ali and Nino, then get to know the fascinating history of Batumi Boulevard, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Batumi Dolphinarium. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Ethnographic Museum "Borjgalo", make a trip to Argo Cable Car, and then make a trip to Europe Square.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Batumi trip planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Batumi is an approximately 8- hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Georgia Standard Time is 2 hours. In October, Batumi is slightly colder than Cairo - with highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Tbilisi.

Things to do in Batumi

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:
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Batumi Botanical Gardens ©
Batumi Botanical Gardens
Batumi Boulevard ©
Batumi Boulevard
Argo Cable Car ©
Argo Cable Car

3
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.
Tbilisi is known for historic sites, theme parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from The Bridge of Peace, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get around town with Tbilisi Funicular, and find something for the whole family at Aerial Tramway in Tbilisi.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tbilisi online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Batumi to Tbilisi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Batumi in October, expect Tbilisi to be little chillier, temps between 20°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Baku.

Things to do in Tbilisi

Tours Theme Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 6:
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The Bridge of Peace ©
The Bridge of Peace
Walking tours
Food Tours

3
nights
Baku, Azerbaijan

Baku
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.
Step out of Baku to go to Gobustan and see Gobustan State Reserve, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Baku Old City, examine the collection at Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum, make a trip to Fountain Square, and take in the dramatic natural features at Yanardag.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Baku day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tbilisi to Baku takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bishkek.

Things to do in Baku

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Gobustan State Reserve
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 10:
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Baku Old City
Baku Old City
Heydar Aliyev Center
Heydar Aliyev Center
Gobustan State Reserve ©
Gobustan State Reserve

3
nights
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek ©
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.
Bishkek is known for nature, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Ala-Archa Gorge, make a trip to Zero Kilometer, stroll around Panfilov Park, and appreciate the history behind Monument to Those Who Died For Freedom.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bishkek trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Baku to Bishkek takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of ferry and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Baku to Bishkek is 2 hours. Traveling from Baku in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 6°C in Bishkek. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 14:
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Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Ala-Too Square ©
Ala-Too Square
Osh Bazaar ©
Osh Bazaar

2
nights
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Amir Timur Museum, then don't miss a visit to Independence Square (Mustakillik Square), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kukeldash Madrasah, and finally hunt for treasures at Chorsu Bazaar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from TV Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Khamid Alimdjan, then don't miss a visit to Amir Temur Square, and finally explore the world behind art at Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tashkent tour app.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Bishkek to Tashkent in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bishkek to Tashkent due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Tashkent

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Amir Timur Museum ©
Amir Timur Museum
Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar
Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art ©
Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art

3
nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Samarkand is known for historic sites, childrens museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Registan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sher Dor Madrasah, stroll the grounds of Gur Emir Mausoleum, and deepen your understanding at Tillya Kori Madrasah.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Samarkand trip planner.

Fly from Tashkent to Samarkand in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Samarkand are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
Registan ©
Registan
Gur Emir Mausoleum ©
Gur Emir Mausoleum

2
nights
Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Dushanbe ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): make a trip to Flagpole with the Flag of Tajikistan, stroll around Rudaki Park, then get your game on at Kokhi Navruz, then view the masterpieces at NOOR ART GALLERY, and finally make a trip to Ismaili Centre. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Hisor Fortress, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Tajikistan, and then make a trip to Statue of Ismoil Somoni.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Dushanbe tour itinerary website.

You can drive from Samarkand to Dushanbe in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Samarkand in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Dushanbe, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Isfahan.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Hisor Fortress
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of Tajikistan ©
National Museum of Tajikistan
Hisor Fortress ©
Hisor Fortress
Rudaki Park ©
Rudaki Park

4
nights
Isfahan, Iran

Isfahan ©
A cultural hub in the center of the country, Esfahan boasts a proud heritage of art, architecture, and craftsmanship.
Isfahan is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Naqsh-e Jahan Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jameh Mosque of Isfahan, snap pictures at Khaju Bridge, and explore the historical opulence of Ali Qapu Palace.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Isfahan trip itinerary builder app.

Fly from Dushanbe to Isfahan in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, subway, and train. You'll gain 1.5 hours traveling from Dushanbe to Isfahan due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Isfahan can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Tehran.

Things to do in Isfahan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Isfahan Music Museum ©
Isfahan Music Museum
Naqsh-e Jahan Square ©
Naqsh-e Jahan Square
Khaju Bridge ©
Khaju Bridge

4
nights
Tehran, Iran

Tehran ©
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, examine the collection at Sadabaad Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Milad Tower, and take in the views from Tabiat Bridge.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tehran trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Isfahan to Tehran takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Isfahan in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Tehran, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Erbil.

Things to do in Tehran

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Golestan Palace ©
Golestan Palace
Sadabaad Palace ©
Sadabaad Palace
Milad Tower ©
Milad Tower

2
nights
Erbil, Iraq

Erbil ©
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.
On the 30th (Fri), walk around Minaret Park, then walk around Sami Abdulrahman Park, then buy something for everyone on your list at Family Mall, and finally look for gifts at Yummy ice cream. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Kurdish Textile Museum and then steep yourself in history at Erbil Citadel.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Erbil online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Tehran to Erbil by combination of subway and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway, flight, and car; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Tehran to Erbil is minus 0.5 hours. When traveling from Tehran in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Erbil, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. On the 31st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Aleppo.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Sami Abdulrahman Park ©
Sami Abdulrahman Park
Erbil Citadel ©
Erbil Citadel
Kurdish Textile Museum ©
Kurdish Textile Museum

3
nights
Aleppo, Syria

Aleppo ©
Inhabited since ancient times and boasting a rich and turbulent history, Aleppo's rustic old town, historic mosques, and lively bazaars used to attract tourists from all over the world.
Aleppo is known for historic sites, shopping, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Mosque, hunt for treasures at Souq al, steep yourself in history at Saint Simon Citadel (Sam’an Citadel, Qalat Samaan), and admire the landmark architecture of Aleppo Citadel.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Aleppo trip planner.

Getting from Erbil to Aleppo by combination of flight and car takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Erbil to Aleppo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Erbil in October, expect nights in Aleppo to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Damascus.

Things to do in Aleppo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 3:
Highlights from your plan
Aleppo Citadel ©
Aleppo Citadel
Great Mosque ©
Great Mosque

2
nights
Damascus, Syria

Damascus ©
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.
On the 4th (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Qassioun (Jebal Kasioun), take in nature's colorful creations at The Environmental Garden, then browse the exhibits of The National Museum of Damascus, then take an in-depth tour of Al Azem Palace (Palace of As'ad, Pasha al-'Azm), and finally take a stroll through Old City. Here are some ideas for day two: expand your understanding of the military at The Citadel, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Damascus Umayyad Mosque, then pause for some photo ops at Saladin (Selahedin) Mausoleum, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Souq al-Hamidiyyeh.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Damascus vacation website.

Getting from Aleppo to Damascus by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Aleppo in November, expect nights in Damascus to be much colder, around 6°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Amman.

Things to do in Damascus

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Damascus Umayyad Mosque ©
Damascus Umayyad Mosque
Souq al-Hamidiyyeh ©
Souq al-Hamidiyyeh

2
nights
Amman, Jordan

Amman ©
Jordan's capital city, Amman spreads across 19 hills and includes many distinct districts, each with their own historical and cultural marvels.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Madaba Mosaic Map, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Nebo, and then explore the ancient world of Jerash Ruins. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of The Citadel and then steep yourself in history at Roman Amphitheater.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Amman trip maker website.

You can take a bus from Damascus to Amman in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Damascus in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Amman, with lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Petra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Amman

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Madaba, Jerash Ruins
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
The Citadel ©
The Citadel
Jerash Ruins ©
Jerash Ruins
Mount Nebo ©
Mount Nebo

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nights
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan

Petra - Wadi Musa ©
Visitors flock to Wadi Musa to witness the rose colored rock-carved temples and tombs of Petra, the famous ancient city and World Heritage Site.
On the 8th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Obelisk Tomb, contemplate the long history of Al-Beidha - Little Petra, delve into the distant past at Temple of Dushares, then admire the landmark architecture of The Great Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Petra. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Byzantine Church, delve into the distant past at Montreal Crusader Castle, and then steep yourself in history at The Urn Tomb.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Petra - Wadi Musa day trip planner.

Drive from Amman to Petra - Wadi Musa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Montreal Crusader Castle
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Petra ©
Petra
Al-Beidha - Little Petra ©
Al-Beidha - Little Petra
Montreal Crusader Castle ©
Montreal Crusader Castle

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