34 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 1 night
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Selcuk, Turkey
— 1 night
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Antalya, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Gaziantep, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Van, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Mestia, Georgia
— 1 night
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Drive to Kopitnari Airport, Fly to Zvartnots International Airport, Drive to Ashtarak
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Ashtarak, Armenia
— 1 night
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Yerevan, Armenia
— 2 nights
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Stepanavan, Armenia
— 1 night
Drive to Shirak International Airport, Fly to Tbilisi
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Tbilisi, Georgia
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Baku, Azerbaijan
— 2 nights
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Batumi, Georgia
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Istanbul, Turkey — 3 nights

Queen of Cities

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Istanbul Archaeological Museum, Topkapi Palace, Vefa Bozacisi, and other attractions you added. Get a sense of the local culture at Yeni Valide Mosque Complex and Boybeyi Chukur Tower. Popular historic sites such as Beylerbeyi Sarayı (TBMM-Milli Saraylar) and Sehzade Mehmet Mosque are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisi, admire the striking features of Cinili Kosk (Tiled Kiosk), take in the spiritual surroundings of Zeynep Sultan Camii, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Ahmet Tevfik Pasa MezarI.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul itinerary planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Istanbul is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to Turkey Time (TRT) is minus 5 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Singapore in December, with highs in Istanbul at 7°C and lows at 7°C. On the 6th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Pamukkale.
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Pamukkale, Turkey — 1 night

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Pamukkale journey planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Selcuk.
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Selcuk, Turkey — 1 night

An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): stop by Ottoman Textiles, examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, visit Sirince Koyu, steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, then pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and finally take in the pleasant sights at Cittantica Ephesus Park.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Selcuk day trip app.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to fly to Antalya.
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Antalya, Turkey — 3 nights

Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
Visit Ancient Theater and Hadrian's Gate for their historical value. Let the collections at Antalya Muzesi and Ters Villa - Upside Down House capture your imagination. Explore Antalya's surroundings by going to Manavgat Kent Muzesi (in Manavgat) and Side (Monumental Fountain (Nymphaeum), Apollon Temple, &more). There's much more to do: stop by Kaleici, get engrossed in the history at Antalya Etnografya Muzesi, see the interesting displays at Suna Inan Kirac Kaleici Museum, and explore the ancient world of Perge Ancient City.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Antalya tour itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Selcuk to Antalya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Selcuk in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Antalya: highs are around 19°C and lows about 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Gaziantep.
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Gaziantep, Turkey — 4 nights

A haven for foodies, Gaziantep boasts almost 200 bakeries with what many claim to be the best baklava in the world.
You'll explore and learn at Zeugma Mosaic Museum and Kahramanmaras Etnografya Muzesi. Your inner history buff will appreciate Balikligol and Gumruk Han. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gaziantep: Sanliurfa (Mutfak Muzesi, Halil Ul Rahman Mosque, &more) and Kahramanmaras (1920 Kurtulus Muzesi, Kahramanmaras Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Gaziantep Savas Muzesi, examine the collection at Emine Gogus Mutfak Muzesi, explore the historical opulence of Pisirici Kasteli ve Mescidi, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Omeriye Mosque.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Gaziantep route planner.

Fly from Antalya to Gaziantep in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Antalya in December, things will get slightly colder in Gaziantep: highs are around 13°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Van.
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Van, Turkey — 2 nights

Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ulu Cami and Ancient Urartian site of Cavustepe (Sardurihinilli). Get some historical perspective at Holy Cross Church and Karmravank Armenian Monastery.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Van day trip website.

You can drive from Gaziantep to Van in 9 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mestia.
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Mestia, Georgia — 1 night

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. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): hit the slopes at Khatsvali Ski Resort, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church, examine the collection at Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography, then examine the collection at Mikheil Khegiani House Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Koruldi Lakes, and finally explore the striking landscape at Chaladi Glacier.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Mestia tour planner.

You can drive from Van to Mestia in 16 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Georgia Standard Time (GET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December, daily temperatures in Mestia can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. On the 21st (Wed), you'll travel to Ashtarak.
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Ashtarak, Armenia — 1 night

Ashtarak, is a town in the Aragatsotn Province of Armenia, located on the left bank of Kasagh River along the gorge, northwest of the capital Yerevan. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Saint Mariane Church, take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Pertch Proshian, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of Armenian Ethnography and History of the Liberation Struggle, then see the interesting displays at Sardarapat Memorial, then get a new perspective on nature at Metsamor Historical-Archaeological Museum-Reserve, and finally explore the historical opulence of Amberd Fortress. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Sarkis Church of Ashtarak, make a trip to Ashtarak Bridge, pause for some serene contemplation at Tsiranavor Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Karmravor Church, then delve into the distant past at Spitakavor Church of Ashtarak, and finally take an in-depth tour of Wine History Museum Of Armenia.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ashtarak route planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mestia to Ashtarak. Traveling from Mestia in December, you will find days in Ashtarak are somewhat warmer (3°C), and nights are a bit cooler (-7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Yerevan.
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Yerevan, Armenia — 2 nights

Pink City

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've now added Khor Virap to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): appreciate the history behind Statue of Komitas Vardapet. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Zoravor S. Astvatsatsin Church, learn about winemaking at Tushpa Wine Cellar, delve into the distant past at Khor Virap, then examine the collection at Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Monastery of Geghard, and finally steep yourself in history at Garni Temple.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Yerevan trip planner.

Yerevan is very close to Ashtarak. In December, daytime highs in Yerevan are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Stepanavan.
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Stepanavan, Armenia — 1 night

Stepanavan, is a town in the Lori Province of Armenia. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at House Museum of Stepan Shahumyan.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Stepanavan tour planning site.

Drive from Yerevan to Stepanavan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Yerevan to Stepanavan. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Yerevan in December; daily highs in Stepanavan reach -1°C and lows reach -13°C. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tbilisi.
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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.
For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tbilisi trip maker tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Stepanavan to Tbilisi. The time zone difference when traveling from Stepanavan to Tbilisi is 1 hour. You will leave for Baku on the 26th (Mon).
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Baku, Azerbaijan — 2 nights

The City of Eternal Flames, the City of Winds

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): walk around Highland Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Juma Mosque, delve into the distant past at Ateshgah Fire Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Juma Mosque, then examine the collection at Museum of Miniature Books, and finally make a trip to Baku Old City. Here are some ideas for day two: ponder the design of Philharmonic Park, take in panoramic vistas at Flame Towers, examine the collection at Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum, then go for a walk through Baku Boulevard, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of History of Azerbaijan, and finally examine the collection at Heydar Aliyev Center.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Baku online trip planner.

You can fly from Tbilisi to Baku in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Baku are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Batumi.
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Batumi, Georgia — 2 nights

Having invested heavily in tourism since 2010, Batumi is quickly becoming a go-to destination for visitors looking for a bustling nightlife.
On the 29th (Thu), admire the sheer force of Makhuntseti Waterwall, take in the views from Bridge Mahuntseti, get outside with Outdoor Activities, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Batumi Dolphinarium, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Adjara, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque Batumi, sample the tasty concoctions at Batumi Brewery Batumuri, admire the masterpieces at Ethnographic Museum "Borjgalo", stop by Yuliko&Friends, then admire the natural beauty at Batumi Boulevard, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Armenian Apostolic Church.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Batumi route planner.

Getting from Baku to Batumi by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Batumi, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can fly to Istanbul.
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Istanbul, Turkey — 4 nights

Queen of Cities

Your list of things to see and do now includes Istanbul Archaeological Museum, Topkapi Palace, Vefa Bozacisi, and other attractions. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Galata Tower. Suleymaniye Cami and Rumeli Fortress will appeal to history buffs. See some other sides of Istanbul: examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, take a stroll through Taksim Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Ecumenical Patriarchate, and contemplate the long history of Eyüp Sultan Mosque.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Istanbul vacation builder.

Fly from Batumi to Istanbul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Batumi to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Batumi in December, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are slightly colder, around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.
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Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
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Georgia travel guide

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Churches · Landmarks · Gardens
Home to four World Heritage Sites, the beautiful country of Georgia epitomizes the saying, "the best of both worlds." Geographically, the land is divided in half by the Likhi mountain range, which yields a humid, subtropical climate to the west, and an arid, continental climate to the east. Experience a spectacular array of natural destinations, from low-land swamps, rainforests, mineral springs, and hot springs, to volcanic plateaus, snow-tipped mountains, and glaciers. Embrace the laid-back attitude, rich folklore, and ecclesiastic architecture among the sub-tropical gardens. Georgia boasts a healthy mix of rural charm and urban modernity, combined with Mediterranean hospitality. Here you'll find the deepest cave in the world, Krubera Cave, with 2,140 m (7,021 ft) of known depth. Relax in the sun along the pebbled beaches of the Black Sea, and sample the mouth-watering Georgian specialties, including "Khinkali," traditional meat dumplings, to round out your authentic Georgian holiday.
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Armenia travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
A trip to Armenia may very well feel like a journey back in time, yielding the treasures of an ancient land that became the first Christianized country in distant 301 CE. Landlocked and mountainous, Armenia features a varied scenery that quickly shifts from extremely dry landscapes to dense forests carpeting steep foothills of the Lesser Caucasus. Perhaps the highlight of a vacation in Armenia, the magnificent mountains are ideal for hiking and any other outdoor activity you can think of. National capital Yerevan remains one of the world's least explored ancient cities; spend some time here to discover the bulk of Armenia's museums and other cultural venues narrating the rich story of an often-troubled region straddling two continents.
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Azerbaijan travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Observation Decks
Land of Fire
A holiday in Azerbaijan allows intrepid travelers to discover a history-steeped country sitting at the crossroads of Southeastern Europe and Southwest Asia, an area once controlled by a succession of ancient empires. With its dual Eurasian character, Azerbaijan remains a highly intriguing destination, with tourism one of the top contributors to the country's booming economy. Many begin their tour of Azerbaijan in World Heritage-listed Baku, a cosmopolitan city boasting innovative architecture and a well-preserved historic core. A short drive out of this thriving capital, you can explore timeless villages surrounded by thick orchards and flanked by the majestic Caucasus Mountains.
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