50 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

50 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
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Tabriz, Iran
— 1 night
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Tehran, Iran
— 3 nights
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Isfahan, Iran
— 4 nights
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Shiraz, Iran
— 4 nights
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Mashhad, Iran
— 1 night
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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 4 nights
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Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
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Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan
— 1 night
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Kabul, Afghanistan
— 1 night
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Lahore, Pakistan
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Karachi, Pakistan
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Mumbai, India
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New Delhi, India
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 5 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yeni Camii and Little Hagia Sophia. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hagia Sophia, explore the galleries of Galata Tower, admire the striking features of Rustem Pasha Mosque, and look for gifts at Jennifer's Hamam.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Istanbul is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Turkey Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Cairo in February, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are colder, around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Tabriz.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 24:

Tabriz, Iran

— 1 night

City of Firsts

The historic city of Tabriz has come to be seen as a summer resort destination, on account of its temperate summers and interesting, attractive city center.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Sound & Music Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Ali Monsieur’s Museum, then stroll around Khaqani Park, and finally take an in-depth tour of Azerbaijan Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tabriz trip itinerary website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Istanbul to Tabriz. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Istanbul to Tabriz. Traveling from Istanbul in February, Tabriz is colder at night with lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Tehran.

Things to do in Tabriz

Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 25:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tabiat Bridge and Milad Tower. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Golestan Palace, get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Iran, see the interesting displays at The National Jewelry Treasury, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Church.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tehran attractions planning tool.

You can fly from Tabriz to Tehran in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In February, Tehran is somewhat warmer than Tabriz - with highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Isfahan.

Things to do in Tehran

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 28:

Isfahan, Iran

— 4 nights

Half of the World

A cultural hub in the center of the country, Esfahan boasts a proud heritage of art, architecture, and craftsmanship.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Naqsh-e Jahan Square and Khaju Bridge. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Isfahan Music Museum, examine the collection at Vank Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, and step into the grandiose world of Ali Qapu Palace.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Isfahan road trip planner.

You can fly from Tehran to Isfahan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tehran in February, Isfahan is a bit cooler at night with lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Shiraz.

Things to do in Isfahan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 4:

Shiraz, Iran

— 4 nights

City of Poets

An esteemed center of Persian culture, Shiraz boats plentiful artistic, architectural, and religious points of interest.
Step off the beaten path and head to Persepolis and Tomb of Hafez. Venture out of the city with trips to Persepolis (Nagsh-e Rostam & Naqsh-e Rajab) and Estakhr (in Marvdasht). And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Vakil Bazaar, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shah-e-Cheragh Shrine, make a trip to Ali Ibn Hamzeh Holly Shrine, and contemplate the long history of Zinat ol Molk House.

To find out how to plan a trip to Shiraz, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Isfahan to Shiraz in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Isfahan in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 6°C in Shiraz. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mashhad.

Things to do in Shiraz

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 4 — 8:

Mashhad, Iran

— 1 night
Capital of the Razavi Khorosan Province, Mashhad holds a reputation as one of the holiest cities in Iran.
On the 9th (Tue), walk around Mellat Park, admire the landmark architecture of Ghonbad Sabz, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Imam Reza Holy Shrine.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Mashhad trip planner.

Getting from Shiraz to Mashhad by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. While traveling from Shiraz, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Mashhad, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Mashhad

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 9:

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

— 4 nights
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to World of Turkmenbashi Tales and Monument Arch of Neutrality. There's still lots to do: stroll around 2nd Park, make a trip to Ashgabat Train Station, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Russian Orthodox Church, and pick up some local products at Russian Bazaar.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ashgabat trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Mashhad to Ashgabat in 4 hours. The time zone changes from Iran Standard Time to Turkmenistan Standard Time, which is usually a 1.5 hour difference. March in Ashgabat sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 14:

Bukhara, Uzbekistan

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Great Minaret of the Kalon and Chor-Minor. There's much more to do: walk around Samonids Recreation Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Minaret in Vobkent, admire the striking features of Samanid Mausoleum, and make a trip to Kosh Madrasah.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bukhara trip builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Ashgabat to Bukhara takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In March, daily temperatures in Bukhara can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 18:

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

— 4 nights

Rome of the East

Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Step off the beaten path and head to Registan and Gur Emir Mausoleum. Explore Samarkand's surroundings by going to Shahrisabz (Statue of Amir Timur, Dorut Tilovat, &more). There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Shah-i-Zinda, examine the collection at House Museum of Sadriddin Ayni, admire the landmark architecture of Samarkand Train Station, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Armenian Apostolic Church.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Samarkand trip app.

You can take a train from Bukhara to Samarkand in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March in Samarkand, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 18 — 22:

Tashkent, Uzbekistan

— 2 nights

City of Bread

One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
On the 23rd (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Amir Timur Museum, admire the striking features of Khamid Alimdjan, and then don't miss a visit to Amir Temur Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kukeldash Madrasah, see the interesting displays at Museum of Communication History, then admire the masterpieces at O'zbekiston davlat sa'nat muzeyi, and finally examine the collection at Railway Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tashkent trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Samarkand to Tashkent takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mazar-i-Sharif.

Things to do in Tashkent

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 24:

Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan

— 1 night
Surrounded by scenic mountains, Mazar-i-Sharif stands as one of the largest cities in the country.
On the 25th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Green Mosque.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mazar-i-Sharif day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Tashkent to Mazar-i-Sharif in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Tashkent to Mazar-i-Sharif, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. March in Mazar-i-Sharif sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 26th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kabul.

Things to do in Mazar-i-Sharif

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 24 — 26:

Kabul, Afghanistan

— 1 night
A trip to Kabul reveals an intense portrait of Afghanistan's past, present, and future.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore the different monuments and memorials at Christian Cemetery.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kabul trip maker website.

Getting from Mazar-i-Sharif to Kabul by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lahore.

Things to do in Kabul

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 26 — 27:

Lahore, Pakistan

— 1 night
Seen by many to be the most forward-thinking, culturally important, and artistic of the country's metropolises, Lahore has plenty of charms, plenty of history, and plenty of people.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): deepen your understanding at University of Engineering and Technology Lahore, then contemplate the long history of Badshahi Mosque, and then get outside with Bagh-e-Jinnah.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lahore itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Kabul to Lahore in 6.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Kabul to Lahore is 0.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Lahore are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Karachi.

Things to do in Lahore

Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 28:

Karachi, Pakistan

— 1 night

City of Lights

Sprawling, busy, and central to the nation's economy, Karachi stands as one of the biggest and most populous cities in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Merewether Clock Tower, then get a sense of history and politics at High Court Building, and then make a trip to Empress Market.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Karachi online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Lahore to Karachi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mumbai.
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 29:

Mumbai, India

— 4 nights

Gateway to India

Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Walking tours and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shree Siddhivinayak, make a trip to Dhobi Ghat, wander the streets of Colaba, and appreciate the history behind Global Vipassana Pagoda.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Mumbai trip maker website.

You can fly from Karachi to Mumbai in 10 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Karachi to Mumbai is 0.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in March, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 3rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Mumbai

Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 3:

New Delhi, India

— 6 nights
Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
Explore hidden gems such as DLF Cyber Hub and Rajpath. Spend the 4th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 6th (Tue) on the rails with a train tour. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Lodhi Garden, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Temple Delhi, and see the interesting displays at National Rail Museum.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the New Delhi trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Mumbai to New Delhi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mumbai in April: highs in New Delhi hover around 43°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Delhi

Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 3 — 9: