29 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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Goreme, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Selcuk, Turkey
— 1 night
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights
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Yerevan, Armenia
— 5 nights
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Tbilisi, Georgia
— 4 nights
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Baku, Azerbaijan
— 6 nights
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Goreme, Turkey — 4 nights

Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Change things up with these side-trips from Goreme: Derinkuyu (Kaymakli Underground City & Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the spiritual surroundings of TokalI Church, take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Goreme route planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Goreme is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time to Turkey Time is minus 5 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Singapore in December: high temperatures in Goreme hover around 6°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Selcuk.
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Selcuk, Turkey — 1 night

An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
On the 8th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, then pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and then explore the ancient world of Hercules Gate.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Selcuk route maker app.

You can fly from Goreme to Selcuk in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Goreme in December; daily highs in Selcuk reach 15°C and lows reach 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.
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Pamukkale, Turkey — 2 nights

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Dogan Onyx factory and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Istanbul.
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Istanbul, Turkey — 6 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.
Istanbul is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take a stroll through Ortakoy, and explore the world behind art at Chora Museum.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Pamukkale to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daytime highs in Istanbul are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Yerevan.
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Yerevan, Armenia — 5 nights

Pink City

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yerevan: Monastery Sevanavank (in Sevan), The Monastery of Geghard (in Geghard) and Tsakhkadzor (Wine Store Tsaghkadzor & Kecharis Monastery). The adventure continues: make a trip to Republic Square, examine the collection at Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts, get in on the family fun at Yerevan Park, and do a tasting at Tushpa Wine Cellar.

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

You can fly from Istanbul to Yerevan in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Yerevan is 1 hour. Traveling from Istanbul in December, you will find days in Yerevan are a bit cooler (3°C), and nights are much colder (-7°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tbilisi.
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Tbilisi, Georgia — 4 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.
Go for a jaunt from Tbilisi to Mtskheta to see Jvari Church about 40 minutes away. On the 22nd (Thu), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. On the 23rd (Fri), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tsminda Sameba Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Art Palace of Georgia-Museum of Cultural History, delve into the distant past at Narikala Fortress, and take a memorable drive along Rustaveli Avenue.

To plan Tbilisi vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Yerevan to Tbilisi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Baku.
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Baku, Azerbaijan — 6 nights

The City of Eternal Flames, the City of Winds

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 find plenty of places to visit near Baku: Gobustan (Mud Volcanoes & Gobustan State Reserve). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Baku Old City, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of History of Azerbaijan, see the interesting displays at Heydar Aliyev Center, and don't miss a visit to Bibi-Heybat Mosque.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Baku planner.

Fly from Tbilisi to Baku in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
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Turkey travel guide

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Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
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Armenia travel guide

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A trip to Armenia may very well feel like a journey back in time, yielding the treasures of an ancient land that became the first Christianized country in distant 301 CE. Landlocked and mountainous, Armenia features a varied scenery that quickly shifts from extremely dry landscapes to dense forests carpeting steep foothills of the Lesser Caucasus. Perhaps the highlight of a vacation in Armenia, the magnificent mountains are ideal for hiking and any other outdoor activity you can think of. National capital Yerevan remains one of the world's least explored ancient cities; spend some time here to discover the bulk of Armenia's museums and other cultural venues narrating the rich story of an often-troubled region straddling two continents.
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Georgia travel guide

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Churches · Landmarks · Gardens
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.
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Azerbaijan travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Observation Decks
Land of Fire
A holiday in Azerbaijan allows intrepid travelers to discover a history-steeped country sitting at the crossroads of Southeastern Europe and Southwest Asia, an area once controlled by a succession of ancient empires. With its dual Eurasian character, Azerbaijan remains a highly intriguing destination, with tourism one of the top contributors to the country's booming economy. Many begin their tour of Azerbaijan in World Heritage-listed Baku, a cosmopolitan city boasting innovative architecture and a well-preserved historic core. A short drive out of this thriving capital, you can explore timeless villages surrounded by thick orchards and flanked by the majestic Caucasus Mountains.
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