30 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

30 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 2 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
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Goreme, Turkey
— 5 nights
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
— 2 nights
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Damascus, Syria
— 2 nights
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Baghdad, Iraq
— 2 nights
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Tehran, Iran
— 2 nights
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Baku, Azerbaijan
— 4 nights
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Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights

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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Ashgabat is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, take a pleasant ride with Turkmen Akhalteke Horse Trekkings, and delve into the distant past at Parthian Settlement of Nisa.

To see photos and other tourist information, read Ashgabat day trip planning website.

Pune, India to Ashgabat is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Turkmenistan Standard Time (TMT), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Casinos
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Turkmen Carpet Museum ©
Turkmen Carpet Museum
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque ©
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque
Monument Arch of Neutrality ©
Monument Arch of Neutrality

5
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Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia Museum, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Istanbul travel route builder tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ashgabat to Istanbul. The time zone changes from Turkmenistan Standard Time (TMT) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. While traveling from Ashgabat, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

5
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Goreme, Turkey

Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Goreme: Derinkuyu (Kaymakli Underground City & Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri). There's much more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, and Head underground at Uchisar Castle.

Plan trip to Goreme with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Istanbul in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Goreme: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Riyadh.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Off-Road Tours
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Balloon Rides

2
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Riyadh ©
As the nation's capital, Riyadh represents a hub of commerce, culture, and transport.
On the 14th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Masmak Fortress, then get engrossed in the history at Al Masmak Palace Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Rajhi Grand Mosque, and finally stroll around King Abdullah Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Underground Gallery and then take in panoramic vistas at Al Faisaliyah Centre.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Riyadh road trip planner.

You can fly from Goreme to Riyadh in 10.5 hours. When traveling from Goreme in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Riyadh, with highs around 45°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Damascus.

Things to do in Riyadh

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Al Rajhi Grand Mosque ©
Al Rajhi Grand Mosque
Masmak Fortress ©
Masmak Fortress
King Abdullah Park ©
King Abdullah Park

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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 16th (Thu), expand your understanding of the military at The Citadel, take in the spiritual surroundings of Damascus Umayyad Mosque, then pause for some photo ops at Saladin (Selahedin) Mausoleum, and finally explore the galleries of The National Museum of Damascus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tekiyeh Al-Suleimaniyeh, then get engrossed in the history at Al Azem Palace (Palace of As'ad, Pasha al-'Azm), then browse the eclectic array of goods at Souq al-Hamidiyyeh, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Qassioun (Jebal Kasioun).

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Damascus trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Riyadh to Damascus takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Riyadh, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Damascus, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Baghdad.

Things to do in Damascus

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:
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Damascus Umayyad Mosque ©
Damascus Umayyad Mosque
Mount Qassioun (Jebal Kasioun) ©
Mount Qassioun (Jebal Kasioun)

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Baghdad, Iraq

Baghdad ©
It's quite possible that a Baghdad holiday isn't on your list of things to do, but despite the city's reputation for turmoil, it still has plenty to offer to a daring traveler.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): make a trip to Al Yassin Mosque, appreciate the history behind Al-Shaheed Monument, and then see the interesting displays at Iraqi Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Zawraa Park.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Baghdad trip planner.

Fly from Damascus to Baghdad in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Arabian Standard Time (AST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Damascus in September, things will get a bit warmer in Baghdad: highs are around 47°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tehran.

Things to do in Baghdad

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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Zawraa Park ©
Zawraa Park
Iraqi Museum ©
Iraqi Museum
Al-Shaheed Monument ©
Al-Shaheed Monument

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Tehran, Iran

Tehran ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): examine the collection at Sadabaad Palace and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Golestan Palace, then enjoy breathtaking views from Milad Tower, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Azadi Tower.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tehran road trip site.

You can fly from Baghdad to Tehran in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Baghdad to Tehran, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Baghdad in September; daily highs in Tehran reach 37°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Baku.

Things to do in Tehran

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Sadabaad Palace ©
Sadabaad Palace
Walking tours
Milad Tower ©
Milad Tower

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Baku, Azerbaijan

Baku ©

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.
Step out of Baku to go to Gobustan and see Gobustan State Reserve, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Baku Old City, don't miss a visit to Fountains Square, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Azerbaijan Literature, and explore the ancient world of Ateshgah Fire Temple.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Baku tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Tehran to Baku takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Tehran to Baku, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Tehran in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Baku, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Baku

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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Baku Old City ©
Baku Old City
Gobustan State Reserve ©
Gobustan State Reserve
Heydar Aliyev Center
Heydar Aliyev Center

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Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

Nur-Sultan ©
First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nur-Astana Mosque, enjoy breathtaking views from Bayterek Tower, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Kazakhstan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazret Sultan Mosque, and finally don't miss a visit to Monument to Aliya Moldagulova. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Constantine and Helen Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov, then make a trip to Quay Astana, then pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Soldiers of World War II, and finally make a trip to River Ishim Embankment.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nur-Sultan visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Baku to Nur-Sultan takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Baku to Nur-Sultan. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Baku in September: highs in Nur-Sultan hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:
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Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque
Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
National Museum of Kazakhstan ©
National Museum of Kazakhstan

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Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
On the 28th (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kok-Tobe Hill, explore the activities along Big Almaty Lake, and then walk around First President's Park. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Almaty Central Park, make a trip to Iversky Seraphimovskiy Nunnery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Ascension Cathedral, and finally settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Almaty trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Nur-Sultan to Almaty takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nur-Sultan in September, things will get a bit warmer in Almaty: highs are around 29°C and lows about 13°C. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:
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Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral

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