35 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

35 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
Fly
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ankara, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly
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Tbilisi, Georgia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tehran, Iran
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 2 nights
Fly to Turkmenabad, Taxi to Olot
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Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Train
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Chimgan, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Drive to Tashkent International Airport, Fly to Manas International Airport
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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
Fly to Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport, Drive to Urumqi County
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Urumqi County, China
— 2 nights
Drive to Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport, Fly to Ulan-Ude Airport (Mukhino)
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Ulan-Ude, Russia
— 2 nights

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Prague, Czech Republic

— 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
On the 1st (Tue), make a trip to Old Royal Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, let the kids burn off some steam at Kampa Park, take in the views from Charles Bridge, then contemplate the long history of Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For more things to do and other tourist information, read our Prague online trip maker.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major aiports are Václav Havel Airport Prague, Brno-Tuřany Airport and Ostrava Leos Janáček Airport. In June, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to catch the shuttle to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Prague

Tours · Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 3:

Ljubljana, Slovenia

— 2 nights
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
On the 3rd (Thu), snap pictures at Cobblers' Bridge, explore the historical opulence of Ljubljana Castle, ponder the world of politics at Town Hall, take a stroll through Ljubljana Old Town, then snap pictures at Triple Bridge, and finally snap pictures at Dragon Bridge. Keep things going the next day: trek along Vintgar Gorge, step into the grandiose world of Bled Castle, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally take some stellar pictures from Ojstrica.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Ljubljana road trip site.

You can take a shuttle from Prague to Ljubljana in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In June in Ljubljana, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 3 — 5:

Zagreb, Croatia

— 2 nights

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church, and finally see the interesting displays at Zagreb 80's Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Mirogoj Cemetery, wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), then pick up some local products at Dolac Market, and finally make a trip to Tkalciceva.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Zagreb day trip site.

You can drive from Ljubljana to Zagreb in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Zagreb can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 7:

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 1 night

Jerusalem of Europe

Nearly destroyed by war during the 1990s, the riverside city of Sarajevo now serves as one of the region's major educational, cultural, and commercial hubs.
On the 7th (Mon), stroll around Vrelo Bosne. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Sarajevo War Tunnel, then make a trip to Latin Bridge, then steep yourself in history at Sebilj Brunnen (Fountain), and finally contemplate the long history of Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sarajevo road trip planning site.

You can fly from Zagreb to Sarajevo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 7 — 8:

Istanbul, Turkey

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, then admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, then contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then admire the striking features of Serefiye Sarnici, and finally get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Istanbul online tour builder.

Traveling by flight from Sarajevo to Istanbul takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sarajevo to Istanbul is 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 10:

Ankara, Turkey

— 1 night

Heart of Turkey

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
On the 11th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Anitkabir, appreciate the history behind Equestrian Statue of Kemal Ataturk, get to know the fascinating history of Hamamonu Restored Area, then see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, and finally examine the collection at Altindag Belediyesi Sair ve Yazarlar Evi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Erimtan Arkeoloji ve Sanat Muzesi, get a new perspective on nature at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ankara Castle.

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Fly from Istanbul to Ankara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Istanbul, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Ankara, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Tbilisi.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 12:

Tbilisi, Georgia

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then get great views at Tbilisi Funicular. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Tsminda Sameba Cathedral, then take in the views from The Bridge of Peace, then explore the ancient world of Narikala Fortress, and finally cruise along Rustaveli Avenue.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tbilisi trip maker tool.

You can fly from Ankara to Tbilisi in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Georgia Standard Time (GET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Ankara in June, expect nights in Tbilisi to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tehran.

Things to do in Tbilisi

Tours · Historic Sites · Transportation · Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 14:

Tehran, Iran

— 3 nights

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.
Tehran is known for museums, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Golestan Palace, take in panoramic vistas at Milad Tower, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and see the interesting displays at The National Jewelry Treasury.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tehran trip planner.

You can fly from Tbilisi to Tehran in 10.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Tbilisi to Tehran is minus 0.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Tbilisi in June; daily highs in Tehran reach 41°C and lows reach 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Tehran

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 18:

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

— 2 nights
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: examine the collection at Turkmen Carpet Museum, make a trip to Monument Arch of Neutrality, pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Geokdepe.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ashgabat trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tehran to Ashgabat takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. You'll lose 1.5 hours traveling from Tehran to Ashgabat due to the time zone difference. In June in Ashgabat, expect temperatures between 43°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Museums · Historic Sites · Casinos · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jun 19 — 21:

Bukhara, Uzbekistan

— 2 nights

City of Museums

Inhabited for millennia, the city of Bukhara boasts a World Heritage-listed center teeming with historic mosques, madrassas, pools, and ancient ruins.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Poi Kalyan Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Samanid Mausoleum, then make a trip to Moschea Bolo-khauz, then make a trip to Lyab-i-Hauz, and finally don't miss a visit to Chor-Minor. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mir-i-Arab Madrasa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Great Minaret of the Kalon, and finally contemplate the long history of Ark of Bukhara.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bukhara travel route app.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Ashgabat to Bukhara in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Ashgabat in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Bukhara, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 23:

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

— 2 nights

Rome of the East

Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
On the 24th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Tillya Kori Madrasah, explore the different monuments and memorials at Gur Emir Mausoleum, and then make a trip to Registan. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sher Dor Madrasah, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, steep yourself in history at Shah-i-Zinda, see the sky in a new way at Ulugh Beg Observatory, then delve into the distant past at Afrasiyab Museum, and finally explore the ancient world of Afrasiyab Settlement.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Samarkand online visit planner.

Take a train from Bukhara to Samarkand in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Bukhara in June: highs in Samarkand hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Chimgan.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 23 — 25:

Chimgan, Uzbekistan

— 2 nights
Chimgan or Chimgon is a ski resort located in a mountain range named Tian Shan, near Chirchiq, Uzbekistan.DescriptionThe tourist skiing complex Chimgan is located 85 km away from Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, in the spurs of Chatkal Range on the height of 1,600 metres, in the Western Tien Shan mountains, surrounding Tashkent from the East. On the 26th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Pulatkhan Plateau and then explore the activities along Charvak Reservoir. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): fly down the slopes at Chimgan Ski Resort.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Chimgan day trip planning website.

You can fly from Samarkand to Chimgan in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. On the 27th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bishkek.

Things to do in Chimgan

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 25 — 27:

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

— 3 nights
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.
Spend the 28th (Mon) exploring nature at Ala-Archa Gorge. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Ala-Too Square, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, walk around Oak Park, and hunt for treasures at Osh Bazaar.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Bishkek trip maker app.

Explore your travel options from Chimgan to Bishkek with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Uzbekistan Standard Time (UZT) to Kyrgyzstan Time (KGT) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Urumqi County.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 27 — 30:

Urumqi County, China

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take in breathtaking views at Tianshan Grand Canyon and then delve into the distant past at Wulabo Ancient City. Keep things going the next day: cool off at Nanshan Baiyanggou Scenic Area-Juhuatai Grassland.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Urumqi County route maker website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bishkek to Urumqi County. The time zone changes from Kyrgyzstan Time (KGT) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Bishkek in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Urumqi County, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ulan-Ude.

Things to do in Urumqi County

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 2:

Ulan-Ude, Russia

— 2 nights
Ulan-Ude is the capital city of the Republic of Buryatia, Russia; it is located about 100km southeast of Lake Baikal on the Uda River at its confluence with the Selenga. Step out of Ulan-Ude with an excursion to Ivolginsk Datsan (Buddhist Monastery) in Ivolginsk--about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Datsan Rinpoche Bagsha, ponder the design of Music Fountain, go for a walk through Arbat, and look for gifts at Buryad Ethno Market ZAM.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ulan-Ude trip itinerary site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Urumqi County to Ulan-Ude. Traveling from Urumqi County in July, things will get slightly colder in Ulan-Ude: highs are around 32°C and lows about 17°C.

Things to do in Ulan-Ude

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 5:

Slovenia travel guide

4.2
Castles · Bodies of Water · Caves
Sunny Side of the Alps
From snowcapped Alpine peaks to sandy Adriatic beaches, a trip to Slovenia is like taking several vacations at once. Whatever the season, the country offers enticing natural attractions, all close at hand, including thick forests, scenic valleys, cave systems, waterfalls, lakes, and the Adriatic coast. For those seeking an active holiday, you'll fine an abundance of ski slopes, trails to hike, roads to bike, and rocks to climb. Pay a visit to some of Slovenia's spa resorts and take advantage of the fresh mountain air and thermal waters. Various castles, churches, and historical towns--many of which are fully preserved--tell stories of the country's past. In Slovenia's major cities, admire the architecture, explore the local arts, visit museums, and chat with the locals over a cup of coffee. Slovenian cuisine offers a blend of Alpine and Mediterranean tastes and is definitely worth trying, along with the country's wines.

Bosnia and Herzegovina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Bridges · Historic Sites
Heart-Shaped Land
With the legacy of war still fresh on the streets of Bosnia and Herzegovina, this Balkan gem is often overlooked as a holiday destination. Part of the former Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Herzegovina endured a bloody and destructive war for independence in the 1990s, which ripped apart its capital and other important cities. Since then, Bosnians have moved on, and as the rest of the world does too, tourism in the country is slowly growing. You’ll be welcomed by locals with open arms, eager to share their country and culture with those who include Bosnia and Herzegovina in their itineraries. Sarajevo and Mostar top most visitors' list of places to visit for their rich history and charming streets. Make sure to indulge in some local specialities such as burek.

Georgia travel guide

4.4
Churches · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
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.

Turkmenistan travel guide

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Ruins · Landmarks · Geologic Formations
With a population of just 5 million and the majority of its area part of one of the driest deserts on the planet, Turkmenistan remains one of the world's least explored destinations. Known largely for the eccentric dictatorship of Saparmyrat Niyazov, who died in 2006, this desert land boasts great natural beauty and centuries-old traditions. A tour of Turkmenistan reveals a series of thriving cities, once important stops on the ancient Silk Road. Probably the most convenient of the country's urban centers, Ashgabat serves as the national capital and most developed city, known for its white-marble buildings housing theaters, museums, and shopping malls.

Uzbekistan travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites
Although it only gained full independence in 1991, Uzbekistan boasts a rich history filled with legendary conquests by the likes of Tamerlane and Alexander the Great. Major tourist attractions in Uzbekistan include centuries-old cities (once oases along the Silk Road), seemingly endless deserts, soaring mountains that serve as popular ecotourism playgrounds, and ancient fortresses untouched by the passage of time. Visitors flock to this landlocked Central Asian country to hike, ski, bird-watch, and stay in traditional yurt camps. Consider beginning your tour of Uzbekistan in Tashkent, where modern glass-fronted office buildings stand in stark contrast to decaying Soviet-era apartment blocks.

Kyrgyzstan travel guide

4.1
Bodies of Water · National Parks · Flea Markets
A landlocked country of soaring mountains and sprawling steppes, Kyrgyzstan only became independent in 1991, after several decades as one of the Soviet Union's republics. Today, the country represents a growingly popular tourist destination, enticing visitors to come with its rolling pastures and unspoiled mountain landscapes. A trip to Kyrgyzstan reveals a mostly rural land, where it's still possible to witness the lifestyle of the semi-nomadic shepherds living in portable yurts--simple dwellings made of wood and animal skins. You'd be hard-pressed to find many urban attractions here, but the hospitality of the natives and the stunning natural scenery will more than make up for any lack of modern amenities.