47 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

47 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

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Start: Kristiansand, Norway
Fly:  19 h 45 min
1
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
3
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 5 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
4
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  7 h
5
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 4 nights
Drive:  6 h
6
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
+3
Train + Foot + Taxi + Fly:  9 h 45 min
7
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
8
Baku, Azerbaijan
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
9
Batumi, Georgia
— 5 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
10
Tbilisi, Georgia
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
11
Yerevan, Armenia
— 4 nights
Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: Kristiansand, Norway

2
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at National Museum of Kazakhstan and Nur-Astana Mosque. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hazret Sultan Mosque and Cathedral of Our Mother of Perpetual Help. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Quay Astana, take in panoramic vistas at Bayterek Tower, stroll around City Park, and appreciate the history behind Monument Kazakh Eli.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nur-Sultan attractions planning app.

Kristiansand, Norway to Nur-Sultan is an approximately 20- hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Kristiansand to Nur-Sultan. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Kristiansand in June, with highs in Nur-Sultan at 30°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque
National Museum of Kazakhstan ©
National Museum of Kazakhstan
Nur-Astana Mosque ©
Nur-Astana Mosque

3
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and Big Almaty Lake. Take a break from the city and head to Shymbulak Ski Resort and Kok-Tobe Hill. There's still lots to do: stroll around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen, pause for some photo ops at Glory Memorial, admire the striking features of Military Assembly Building, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ascension Cathedral.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Almaty online journey planner.

Fly from Nur-Sultan to Almaty in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Almaty can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Karakol.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake
Food Tours
Shymbulak Ski Resort ©
Shymbulak Ski Resort

5
nights
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan

Karakol ©
Set in the foothills of the Tian Shan mountains, Karakol reigns as Kyrgyzstan's trekking and climbing hot spot, surrounded by snowy peaks and scenic natural attractions, including canyons, waterfalls, lakes, and hot spring resorts.
Take a break from the city and head to Altyn Arashan and Canyon Fairy Tale. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum and Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathederal. Explore Karakol's surroundings by going to Lenin Statue (in Kaji-Say) and Barskoon (Barskoon Waterfall & Barskoon Plateau). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Issyk-Kul Lake, take in breathtaking views at Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks), walk around River Park, and take in the dramatic natural features at Przewalski Peak.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Karakol day trip site.

You can drive from Almaty to Karakol in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Bishkek.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Barskoon, Lenin Statue, Canyon Fairy Tale, Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks)
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Altyn Arashan ©
Altyn Arashan
Canyon Fairy Tale ©
Canyon Fairy Tale
Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks) ©
Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks)

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Burana Tower and Borborduk Mosque are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ala-Archa Gorge and Ak-Sai Glacier. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the lush surroundings at Korona Peak, explore the stunning scenery at Konorchek Canyons, take in the dramatic natural features at Alamedin Gorge, and walk around Victory Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bishkek route website.

You can drive from Karakol to Bishkek in 6 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Bishkek can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Burana Tower
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Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Burana Tower ©
Burana Tower
Konorchek Canyons ©
Konorchek Canyons

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nurek Dam and Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara. Popular historic sites such as Hisor Fortress and Hisor HIstorical and Cultural Preserve are in your itinerary. Explore Dushanbe's surroundings by going to Stele to Constructors of Nurek Hydroelectric Power Plant (in Nurek) and Romit Gorge (in Vahdat). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Tajikistan, don't miss a visit to Mausoleum of Makhmudi Azam, get your game on at Kokhi Navruz, and cruise along Karatag Gorge.

Before you visit Dushanbe, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Bishkek to Dushanbe takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bishkek to Dushanbe. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bishkek in June: highs in Dushanbe hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Samarkand.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Hisor, Nurek, Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara, Romit Gorge
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Nurek Dam ©
Nurek Dam
National Museum of Tajikistan ©
National Museum of Tajikistan
Hisor Fortress ©
Hisor Fortress

4
nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Shah-i-Zinda and Tillya Kori Madrasah. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gur Emir Mausoleum and Sher Dor Madrasah. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ulugbek Madrasah, explore the world behind art at Imam Bokhari Mausoleum, delve into the distant past at Khwaja Khadir Mosque, and engage your brain at Ulugh Beg Observatory.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Samarkand online travel route planner.

Drive from Dushanbe to Samarkand in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daytime highs in Samarkand are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Gur Emir Mausoleum ©
Gur Emir Mausoleum
Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
Tillya Kori Madrasah ©
Tillya Kori Madrasah

2
nights
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): examine the collection at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts, pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, take an in-depth tour of Ashgabat National Museum of History, then don't miss a visit to Gypjak Mosque, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Geokdepe. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Parthian Settlement of Nisa, then see the interesting displays at Turkmen Carpet Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ertugrul Gazi Mosque.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ashgabat day trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of train, taxi, and flight from Samarkand to Ashgabat takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Samarkand in July, expect Ashgabat to be a bit warmer, temps between 45°C and 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Baku.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Museums Historic Sites
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Turkmen Carpet Museum ©
Turkmen Carpet Museum
Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Ashgabat National Museum of History ©
Ashgabat National Museum of History

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Alley of Martyrs and Heydar Mosque. Baku Old City and Museum of Miniature Books are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Gobustan State Reserve in Gobustan (about 1h 05 min away). There's much more to do: tee off at Dreamland Golf Club, stroll through Yanardag, pause for some photo ops at Sculpture Girl on Bench, and go for a walk through Baku Boulevard.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Baku road trip app.

You can fly from Ashgabat to Baku in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. The time zone changes from Turkmenistan Standard Time to Azerbaijan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Ashgabat, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Baku, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Batumi.

Things to do in Baku

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Gobustan State Reserve
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Baku Old City
Baku Old City
Alley of Martyrs
Alley of Martyrs
Heydar Mosque
Heydar Mosque

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Makhuntseti Waterwall and Ethnographic Museum "Borjgalo". Church of St. Nicholas and Adjarian Wine House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Batumi to go to Kobuleti and see Mtirala National Park, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Batumi Archeological Museum, make a trip to Astronomical Clock, ponder the design of Fountain Of Neptun, and stroll around 6 May Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Batumi trip itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Baku to Batumi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Baku in July; daily highs in Batumi reach 31°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tbilisi.

Things to do in Batumi

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Mtirala National Park, Adjarian Wine House, Makhuntseti Waterwall
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Makhuntseti Waterwall ©
Makhuntseti Waterwall
Mtirala National Park ©
Mtirala National Park
Holy Mother Virgins Nativity Cathedral ©
Holy Mother Virgins Nativity Cathedral

6
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.
Appreciate the collections at Georgian National Museum and Tsinandali Palace. Do some cultural sightseeing at Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble. Explore Tbilisi's surroundings by going to Signagi (Signagi City Walls & Bodbe Monastery of St. Nino), Kvareli (Kindzmarauli Corporation Wine House, Tunnel Winery Khareba's, &more) and Gremi Citadel and Church of the Archangels (in Gremi). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sioni Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tsminda Sameba Cathedral, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and don't miss a visit to Giant Plane Tree.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tbilisi day trip app.

Getting from Batumi to Tbilisi by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Batumi in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tbilisi: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yerevan.

Things to do in Tbilisi

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Kvareli, Signagi, Tsinandali Palace, Giant Plane Tree, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 21:
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Georgian National Museum ©
Georgian National Museum
Svetitskhoveli Cathedral ©
Svetitskhoveli Cathedral
Bodbe Monastery of St. Nino ©
Bodbe Monastery of St. Nino

4
nights
Yerevan, Armenia

Yerevan ©
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.
Visiting Hayravank Monastery and Noravank Gorge will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Noravank Monastery and The Monastery of Geghard. Venture out of the city with trips to Noratus Cemetery (in Noratus), St. Astvatsatsin Church (in Areni) and Khor Virap (in Lusarat). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Parajanov Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Armenian Genocide Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Noy Yerevan Brandy Factory, and explore the world behind art at Cafesjian Center for the Arts.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Yerevan day trip planning site.

You can drive from Tbilisi to Yerevan in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from Tbilisi in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Yerevan: temperatures range from 40°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yerevan

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Areni, Noratus Cemetery, Hayravank Monastery, The Monastery of Geghard, Khor Virap
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 25:
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Noravank Monastery ©
Noravank Monastery
Noratus Cemetery ©
Noratus Cemetery
Parajanov Museum ©
Parajanov Museum

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