37 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

37 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

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Start: Mumbai, India
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
3
Moscow, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
4
Grozny, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h 30 min
5
Baku, Azerbaijan
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  7 h 30 min
6
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
7
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
8
Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights
Fly:  8 h
9
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Mumbai, India

3
nights
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Get out of town with these interesting Tashkent side-trips: Charvak Reservoir (in Yusufhona) and Pulatkhan Plateau (in Chimgan). The adventure continues: get outside with Lake Charvak, browse the eclectic array of goods at Chorsu Bazaar, explore the world behind art at Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art, and see the interesting displays at Yunus Rajabi House Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tashkent tour planning site.

Mumbai, India to Tashkent is an approximately 7.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Mumbai to Tashkent, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Tashkent

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Charvak Reservoir, Pulatkhan Plateau
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Amir Timur Museum ©
Amir Timur Museum
Lake Charvak ©
Lake Charvak
Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar

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: don't miss a visit to Registan, take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Happy Bird, stroll the grounds of Gur Emir Mausoleum, and get curious at Ulugh Beg Observatory.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Samarkand travel route planner.

You can fly from Tashkent to Samarkand in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Samarkand can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
Registan ©
Registan
Gur Emir Mausoleum ©
Gur Emir Mausoleum

3
nights
Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©
Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): make a trip to Red Square, then contemplate the long history of Lenin's Mausoleum, and then steep yourself in history at Moscow Kremlin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral and then explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Moscow online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Samarkand to Moscow in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Samarkand to Moscow, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, Moscow is little chillier than Samarkand - with highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Grozny.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums
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Red Square ©
Red Square
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin

3
nights
Grozny, Russia

Grozny ©
Grozny is the capital city of the Chechen Republic, Russia. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): don't miss a visit to State Gallery named after A. A. Kadyrov, then make a trip to Heart of Chechnya - Akhmad Kadyrov Mosque, then examine the collection at National Museum of Chechen Republic, and finally make a trip to Makhmud Esambayev Avenue. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: bet on your favorite at Fort Grozny Autodrom, browse the exhibits of Museum Dondi Yurt, then don't miss a visit to Church of Archangel Michael, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aimani Kadyrova Mosque, and finally stroll around The Flower Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Grozny trip itinerary site.

Explore your travel options from Moscow to Grozny with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time to Samara Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Moscow in August, with highs in Grozny at 34°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Baku.

Things to do in Grozny

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Aimani Kadyrova Mosque, Museum Dondi Yurt
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Heart of Chechnya - Akhmad Kadyrov Mosque ©
Heart of Chechnya - Akhmad Kadyrov Mosque
Museum Dondi Yurt ©
Museum Dondi Yurt
National Museum of Chechen Republic ©
National Museum of Chechen Republic

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 with an excursion to Gobustan State Reserve in Gobustan--about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Baku Old City, don't miss a visit to Flame Towers, examine the collection at Heydar Aliyev Center, and go for a walk through Baku Boulevard.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Baku trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Grozny to Baku. When traveling from Grozny in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Baku, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Baku

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

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

5
nights
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

Nur-Sultan ©
First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
Nur-Sultan is known for shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Bayterek Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Assumption Cathedral, buy something for everyone on your list at Khan Shatyr, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Nur-Astana Mosque.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nur-Sultan day trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Baku to Nur-Sultan takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Azerbaijan Standard Time to East Kazakhstan Time is 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Baku in August, with highs in Nur-Sultan at 30°C and lows at 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque
Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Nur-Astana Mosque ©
Nur-Astana Mosque

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nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Almaty is known for parks, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Big Almaty Lake, hit the slopes at Shymbulak Ski Resort, walk around Almaty Central Park, and make a trip to Iversky Seraphimovskiy Nunnery.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Almaty tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Nur-Sultan to Almaty takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nur-Sultan in August, things will get a bit warmer in Almaty: highs are around 34°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral

6
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
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 museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, and stop by Ortakoy.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul tour planning app.

Traveling by flight from Almaty to Istanbul takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Almaty to Istanbul is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Almaty in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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nights
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: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, make a trip to Gypjak Mosque, have some family-friendly fun at Alem Cultural and Entertainment Center, and see the interesting displays at Turkmen Carpet Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ashgabat trip app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Istanbul to Ashgabat. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to Turkmenistan Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in September: highs in Ashgabat hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife
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Turkmen Carpet Museum ©
Turkmen Carpet Museum
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque ©
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque
Monument Arch of Neutrality ©
Monument Arch of Neutrality

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