60 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

60 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

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Drive to London Heathrow Airport, Fly to Ashgabat
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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 3 nights
Fly to Turkmenabad, Taxi to Bukhara
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Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 6 nights
Train
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 6 nights
Drive
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Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 6 nights
Drive
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Phander, Pakistan
— 1 night
Drive
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Murghab, Tajikistan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lahore, Pakistan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Amritsar, India
— 5 nights
Fly
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
— 7 nights
Fly
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Isfahan, Iran
— 6 nights
Fly
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Tabriz, Iran
— 6 nights
Fly
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 8 nights
Fly to London Heathrow Airport, Drive to Brize Norton

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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

— 3 nights
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Explore hidden gems such as Gypjak Mosque and Seyit Jemaletdin Mosque. Parthian Fortresses of Nisa - UNESCO World Heritage Site and Geokdepe will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: stroll through Kow Ata Underground Lake, pause for some photo ops at Magtymguly Pyragy Monument, go for a walk through Inspiration Square, and examine the collection at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts.

To find photos and more tourist information, use the Ashgabat itinerary builder website.

Brize Norton, UK to Ashgabat is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of car and flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Brize Norton to Ashgabat due to the time zone difference. In July, Ashgabat is much warmer than Brize Norton - with highs of 45°C and lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 19:

Bukhara, Uzbekistan

— 6 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Great Minaret of the Kalon and Nodir Devon Begi Madrasasi. Poi Kalyan Mosque and Samanid Mausoleum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Lyab-i-Hauz, explore the ancient world of Chor-Bakr necropolis, steep yourself in history at Zindan, and get engrossed in the history at Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa).

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Bukhara trip itinerary planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Ashgabat to Bukhara in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Ashgabat in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Bukhara, with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Samarkand.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 25:

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

— 6 nights

Rome of the East

Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Get some historical perspective at Shah-i-Zinda and Ulugbek Madrasah. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gur Emir Mausoleum and Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum. Step out of Samarkand to go to Jizzakh and see Nuratau Mountains, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. There's still lots to do: deepen your understanding at Tillya Kori Madrasah, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque Koraboy Oksokol, take an in-depth tour of Regional Studies Museum, and see the interesting displays at House Museum of Sadriddin Ayni.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Samarkand trip maker tool.

Getting from Bukhara to Samarkand by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Bukhara in July: highs in Samarkand hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 31:

Dushanbe, Tajikistan

— 6 nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at Hisor Fortress and Hisor HIstorical and Cultural Preserve. Visiting Nurek Dam and Varzob will get you outdoors. Step out of Dushanbe with an excursion to Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara in Tagob--about 1h 5 min away. Spend a fun-filled day on the 3rd (Tue) at Delfin Aquapark. The adventure continues: walk around Rudaki Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.Nicholas Orthodox Church, don't miss a visit to Anzob Tunnel (Tunnel of Death), and head outdoors with Varzob gorge.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Dushanbe road trip app.

You can drive from Samarkand to Dushanbe in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Dushanbe can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Phander.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Outdoors · Parks · Theme Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 6:

Phander, Pakistan

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): admire the verdant scenery at Phander Valley and then contemplate the waterfront views at Phander Lake.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Phander trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Dushanbe to Phander by car takes about 24.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Murghab.

Things to do in Phander

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 7:

Murghab, Tajikistan

— 2 nights
Murghab is the capital of Murghob District in the Pamir Mountains of Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region, Tajikistan. On the 8th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Ak-Baital Pass and then pause for some photo ops at Lenin Statue.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Murghab trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Phander to Murghab takes 31 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Lahore.

Things to do in Murghab

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 9:

Lahore, Pakistan

— 3 nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at The Mad Hatters and Hamdan Touristik Services. Get some cultural insight at Badshahi Mosque and Qutub-ud-Din Aibak's Tomb. The adventure continues: explore the activities along The Lahore Canal, head outdoors with Bagh-e-Jinnah, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Mariyam Zamani Begum, and don't miss a visit to Sonehri Masjid.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Lahore trip planning tool.

Drive from Murghab to Lahore in 28.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. August in Lahore sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Amritsar.

Things to do in Lahore

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 12:

Amritsar, India

— 5 nights

Golden City

A holy city, Amritsar stands as the spiritual and cultural capital of Sikhism, and the location of the religion's most revered and holiest shrine.
Get outdoors at Harike Lake and Harike Wetland and Bird Sanctuary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and Durgiana Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amritsar: Kanjli Wetlands (in Kapurthala) and Devi Talab Mandir Temple (in Jalandhar). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mandir Mata Lal Devi, examine the collection at Company Bagh, and contemplate the long history of Pul Kanjari.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Amritsar attractions planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lahore to Amritsar. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Lahore to Amritsar. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Kolkata (Calcutta).

Things to do in Amritsar

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 12 — 17:

Kolkata (Calcutta), India

— 7 nights

City of Joy

Nestled on the banks of the Hooghly River, Kolkata is a booming metropolis, India's second largest city, and the country's cultural hub, known for being the birthplace of major artistic and literary movements.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Maidan Central East. Explore hidden gems such as Belur Math and Park Street. The adventure continues: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Kolkata, Sri Sri Radha Govind Temple, make a trip to Mother House, and get curious at Science City.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kolkata (Calcutta) trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Amritsar to Kolkata (Calcutta) takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Kolkata (Calcutta) can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Isfahan.

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 24:

Isfahan, Iran

— 6 nights

Half of the World

A cultural hub in the center of the country, Esfahan boasts a proud heritage of art, architecture, and craftsmanship.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque and Ali Qapu Palace. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chehel Sotoun and Vank Cathedral. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jameh Mosque of Isfahan, take in the views from Khaju Bridge, don't miss a visit to Atashgah - Zoroastrian Fire Temple, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Isfahan day trip planning site.

You can fly from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Isfahan in 14 hours. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Iran Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Isfahan, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can fly to Tabriz.

Things to do in Isfahan

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 30:

Tabriz, Iran

— 6 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Poets Tomb (Maqbaratol Shoara) and Pottery Museum. Popular historic sites such as Jame Mosque (Masjid-e-jame) and Rab'-e Rashidi are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Colorful Mountains of Tabriz, take an in-depth tour of Azerbaijan Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saheb-ol-Amr Mosque, and explore the world behind art at Sound & Music Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tabriz trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Isfahan to Tabriz takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Tabriz when traveling from Isfahan in August, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Tabriz

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 5:

Istanbul, Turkey

— 8 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Buyukada Tabiat Parki and Asaf Family Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Green Tomb and Serefiye Sarnici. Venture out of the city with trips to Alman Koyu (in Heybeliada), Buyukada (Nakibey Plaj & Eskibag Plaji) and Ulu Cami (in Bursa). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Yeni Camii, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fatih Mosque and Complex, visit Eminonu Square, and get outside with Deepist Diving & Travel.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul tour itinerary planning app.

Explore your travel options from Tabriz to Istanbul with the Route module. The time zone changes from Iran Standard Time (IRST) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. When traveling from Tabriz in September, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 13:

Gilgit-Baltistan travel guide

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Valleys · Bodies of Water · National Parks
Gilgit-Baltistan, formerly known as the Northern Areas, is the northernmost administrative territory in Pakistan. It borders Azad Kashmir to the south, the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to the west, the Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan to the north, the Xinjiang region of China, to the east and northeast, and the Indian-administered state of Jammu and Kashmir to the southeast. Gilgit-Baltistan is part of the Kashmir region that is disputed by India and Pakistan, along with Azad Kashmir, Aksai Chin, the Shaksgam Valley, and Jammu, Ladakh, and the Valley of Kashmir.The territory of present-day Gilgit-Baltistan became a separate administrative unit in 1970 under the name "Northern Areas". It was formed by the amalgamation of the former Gilgit Agency, the Baltistan district and several small former princely states, the larger of which being Hunza and Nagar. In 2009, it was granted limited autonomy and renamed to Gilgit-Baltistan via the Self-Governance Order signed by Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari, which also aimed to empower the people of Gilgit-Baltistan. However, scholars state that the real power rests with the governor and not with chief minister or elected assembly.

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Gorno-Badakhshan Province travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Monuments · Geologic Formations