16 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

16 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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16 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

Start: Barcelona, Spain
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Athens, Greece
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
3
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 1 day
4
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
5
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
6
Moscow, Russia
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
7
Sergiyev Posad, Russia
— 1 day
train:  5​h 45​min
8
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Barcelona, Spain


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1
day
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): make a trip to Plateia Syntagmatos and then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Athens travel route planner .

Barcelona, Spain to Athens is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Barcelona to Athens, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Barcelona in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Athens, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plateia Syntagmatos ©
Plateia Syntagmatos

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nights
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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Istanbul online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Athens to Istanbul in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Athens to Istanbul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Athens in July, expect Istanbul to be little chillier, temps between 34°C and 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

1
day
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): browse the eclectic array of goods at Chorsu Bazaar, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kukeldash Madrasah, then don't miss a visit to Independence Square (Mustakillik Square), and finally admire the striking features of Khamid Alimdjan.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tashkent trip planner .

You can fly from Istanbul to Tashkent in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Tashkent is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Tashkent

Shopping Historic Sites
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Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar
Kukeldash Madrasah ©
Kukeldash Madrasah

1
night
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Samarkand trip planner .

Getting from Tashkent to Samarkand by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Samarkand can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. On the 30th (Tue), you're off toBukhara.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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nights
Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Bukhara ©
Inhabited for millennia, the city of Bukhara boasts a World Heritage-listed center teeming with historic mosques, madrassas, pools, and ancient ruins.
Bukhara is known for historic sites, museums, spas, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Great Minaret of the Kalon, get engrossed in the history at Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa), steep yourself in history at Chasma Ayub Mausoleum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Poi Kalyan Mosque.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bukhara route maker site .

You can take a train from Samarkand to Bukhara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 43°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Palace of Bukhara Emirs
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Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Poi Kalyan Mosque ©
Poi Kalyan Mosque
Lyab-i-Hauz ©
Lyab-i-Hauz

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nights
Moscow, Russia

Moscow
Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Moscow is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad), examine the collection at Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and contemplate the long history of Lenin's Mausoleum.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Moscow online travel route planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bukhara to Moscow. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Bukhara to Moscow due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Bukhara, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Moscow, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can take a train to Sergiyev Posad.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad) ©
Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad)
St. Basil's Cathedral ©
St. Basil's Cathedral

1
day
Sergiyev Posad, Russia

Sergiyev Posad ©
Sergiyev Posad is a city and the administrative center of Sergiyevo-Posadsky District in Moscow Oblast, Russia. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Cathedral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gefsimansky Chernigovsky Skit (convent).

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Getting from Moscow to Sergiyev Posad by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In August, daytime highs in Sergiyev Posad are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can take a train to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Sergiyev Posad

Historic Sites
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The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra ©
Trinity Cathedral ©
Trinity Cathedral

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nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad) and then explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Palace Bridge, examine the collection at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Savior on the Spilled Blood.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Sergiyev Posad to St. Petersburg takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral