18 days in Middle East, Europe & Asia Itinerary

18 days in Middle East, Europe & Asia Itinerary

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18 days in Middle East, Europe & Asia Itinerary

Tehran, Iran
bus:  9​h
Khoy, Iran
— Few hours
taxi:  5​h 30​min
Van, Turkey
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Belgrade, Serbia
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Trabzon, Turkey
— 1 night
bus:  11​h
Tbilisi, Georgia
— 2 nights
train:  9​h 30​min
Yerevan, Armenia
— 2 nights
bus:  23​h 30​min
Tehran, Iran

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Khoy, Iran

Khoy
Khoy, is a city in and the capital of Khoy County, West Azerbaijan Province, Iran. For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Khoy trip itinerary maker tool .

Tehran to Khoy is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Tehran in March, expect Khoy to be slightly colder, temps between 57°F and 37°F. On the 16th (Fri), you'll travel to Van.

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#Historic Sites, #Nature, #Parks
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Van, Turkey

Van ©
Van is a city in eastern Turkey's Van Province, located on the eastern shore of Lake Van. To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Van trip maker app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Khoy to Van. The time zone changes from Iran Standard Time (IRST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

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#Historic Sites
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Holy Cross Church ©
Holy Cross Church

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern, and finally take a stroll through Ortakoy.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip planning app .

Explore your travel options from Van to Istanbul with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in March, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Belgrade.

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#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Museums
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

3
days
Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade ©
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dorcol. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Ada Ciganlija and Lido Beach. Kalemegdan and Skadarlija are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save), pause for some photo ops at Prince Mihailo Monument, shop like a local with Knez Mihailova, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Belgrade itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Belgrade takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central European Time is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier evenings in Belgrade when traveling from Istanbul in March, with lows around 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Belgrade

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Ada Ciganlija ©
Ada Ciganlija
Kalemegdan ©
Kalemegdan
Ružica ©
Ružica

4
days
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sultanahmet District and Suleymaniye Cami . You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Dalia Beach and Suma Beach. Enjoy Istanbul some more: explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eyup Sultan Mosque (Eyup Sultan Camii), and kick back and relax at Florya Sahil Parkı.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul tour itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Belgrade to Istanbul takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Belgrade in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul, with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Trabzon.

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#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami

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Trabzon, Turkey

Trabzon ©
Trabzon, historically known as Trebizond is a city on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey and the capital of Trabzon Province. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Boztepe, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fatih Camii, then examine the collection at Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum, then steep yourself in history at Atatürk Köşkü, and finally delve into the distant past at Sumela Monastery.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Trabzon online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Trabzon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Trabzon when traveling from Istanbul in March, with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tbilisi.

Things to do in Trabzon

#Historic Sites, #Museums
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Sumela Monastery ©
Sumela Monastery
Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum
Boztepe ©
Boztepe

3
days
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.
Popular historic sites such as Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and Tsminda Sameba Cathedral are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Narikala Fortress and Old Town (Altstadt) Tbilisi. Change things up with these side-trips from Tbilisi: Mtskheta (Samtavro Church & Jvari Church). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Anchiskhati Basilica, pause for some photo ops at Shota Rustaveli Statue, take in the views from The Bridge of Peace, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tbilisi online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Trabzon to Tbilisi in 8.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Trabzon to Tbilisi. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in March, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yerevan.

Things to do in Tbilisi

#Historic Sites, #Casinos, #Fun & Games

Side Trip

Mtskheta
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Old Town (Altstadt) Tbilisi ©
Old Town (Altstadt) Tbilisi
Svetitskhoveli Cathedral ©
Svetitskhoveli Cathedral
Narikala Fortress ©
Narikala Fortress

3
days
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Monastery of Geghard and Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts. Khor Virap and Saint Hripsime Church will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Yerevan with an excursion to Garni Temple in Garni--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Republic Square, see the interesting displays at History Museum of Armenia, steep yourself in history at Victory Bridge, and shop like a local with Northern Avenue Pedestrian Street.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Yerevan trip planner.

Getting from Tbilisi to Yerevan by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Yerevan when traveling from Tbilisi in March, with lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yerevan

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Shopping

Side Trips

The Monastery of Geghard, Saint Hripsime Church, Khor Virap, Garni Temple
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The Monastery of Geghard ©
The Monastery of Geghard
Khor Virap ©
Khor Virap
Garni Temple ©
Garni Temple

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