46 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

46 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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46 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

Start: Krakow, Poland
Drive:  3​h 15​min
1
Lviv, Ukraine
— 3 nights
2
Kamianets-Podilskyi, Ukraine
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Odessa, Ukraine
— 3 nights
4
Sevastopol, Crimea
— 4 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
5
Krasnodar, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Volgograd, Russia
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Saratov, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
8
Aktobe, Kazakhstan
— 1 day
train:  5​h 45​min
9
Oral, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
11
Karagandy, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  16​h 30​min
12
Aletai, China
— 1 night
Drive:  19​h 15​min
13
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Krakow, Poland


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3
nights
Lviv, Ukraine

Lviv ©
Instead of Soviet buildings typical of Ukraine, Lviv boasts a charming Central European-style old town with World Heritage Site status.
Step off the beaten path and head to Armenian street and Museum of Folk Architecture and Life. Get some historical perspective at Church of the Jesuits and Potoсki Palace. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lviv: Pidhirtsi Castle (in Pidhirtsi) and Zolochiv Castle (in Zolochiv). There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Lychakiv Cemetery, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Andrew.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Lviv trip itinerary website .

Krakow, Poland to Lviv is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, daytime highs in Lviv are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kamianets-Podilskyi.

Things to do in Lviv

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Zolochiv Castle, Pidhirtsi Castle
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Armenian street ©
Armenian street
Pidhirtsi Castle ©
Pidhirtsi Castle
Dominican Cathedral ©
Dominican Cathedral

4
nights
Kamianets-Podilskyi, Ukraine

Kamianets-Podilskyi ©
Kamianets-Podilskyi is a city on the Smotrych River in western Ukraine, to the north-east of Chernivtsi. Get some cultural insight at Khotyn Fortress and St. George Cathedral. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedral of the Saints Peter and Paul and Satanov Synagogue. Explore Kamianets-Podilskyi's surroundings by going to Church of the Assumption (in Chortkiv) and Olha Kobylyahska Street (in Chernivtsi). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Bakota/ Submerged Settlement and Remains of Ancient Cave Monastery, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Exaltation of the Cross, make a trip to Mourning Jesus Statue, and snap pictures at National Historical and Architectural Reserve Kamyanets.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kamianets-Podilskyi using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lviv to Kamianets-Podilskyi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Kamianets-Podilskyi sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Odessa.

Things to do in Kamianets-Podilskyi

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Satanov Synagogue, Khotyn Fortress, Church of the Assumption, Olgi Kobylyanskoi Street
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Khotyn Fortress ©
Khotyn Fortress
Satanov Synagogue ©
Satanov Synagogue

3
nights
Odessa, Ukraine

Odessa ©
Though most famous for the Potemkin Steps leading down the Black Sea coast, Odessa welcomes visitors with several other attractions, including beaches and an ornate opera house.
Get a sense of the local culture at Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum and Akkerman Fortress. Museum of Interesting Science and Museum Preserve Catacombs of Odessa will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Odessa: Shabo Wine Cultural Center (in Shabo) and Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi (Ioannes Suchavsky Underground Church, Ascension Cathedral, & more). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Catacombs of Odessa, appreciate the history behind Monument to Catherine the Great and Founders of Odessa, make a trip to Teatralnaya Square, and see the interesting displays at Shustov Cognac Winery Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Odessa route planner .

You can drive from Kamianets-Podilskyi to Odessa in 7.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sevastopol.

Things to do in Odessa

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Shabo Wine Cultural Center, Catacombs of Odessa
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Catacombs of Odessa ©
Catacombs of Odessa
Akkerman Fortress ©
Akkerman Fortress
Museum of Interesting Science ©
Museum of Interesting Science

4
nights
Sevastopol, Crimea

Sevastopol ©
Situated between Ukraine and Russia, Sevastopol represents a laid-back coastal city with impressive naval history and a desirable microclimate for vacationers.
You'll explore and learn at Sapun Mountain Assault Diorama and Vorontsov Palace and Park complex. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Foros Church of the Resurrection of Christ and Cave Town of Chufut-Kale. Venture out of the city with trips to Cembalo Fortress (in Balaklava) and Khodzha Sala (Mangup Mountain Annunciation Monastery & Mangup Kale fortress). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chersonesus St.Volodymyr Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of The State Museum-Preserve Tauric Chersonese, examine the collection at Naval History Museum - Black Sea Fleet History Museum, and appreciate the history behind Admiral Nakhimov Monument.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Sevastopol trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Odessa to Sevastopol takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Krasnodar.

Things to do in Sevastopol

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Khodzha Sala, Kalamita Fortress, Foros Church of the Resurrection of Christ, Vorontsov Palace and Park complex, Cave Town of Chufut-Kale
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Cave Town of Chufut-Kale ©
Cave Town of Chufut-Kale
Vorontsov Palace and Park complex ©
Vorontsov Palace and Park complex

3
nights
Krasnodar, Russia

Krasnodar ©
Founded as one of Catherine the Great's southern border outposts, Krasnodar is now a modern urban center, known locally as "Little Paris" because of its elegant European appearance.
Get outdoors at Guam Gorge and Dante Gorge. Get some cultural insight at St. Catherine's Cathedral and The Krasnodar Regional Art Museum Of Kovalenko. Get out of town with these interesting Krasnodar side-trips: Goryachy Klyuch (Spring of the Healer Panteleimon & Chapel of the Iberian Icon of the Mother of God). Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Stadium FC Krasnodar, pause for some photo ops at Sculpture Walking Dogs, take in nature's colorful creations at Chistyakovskiy Grove Park, and get engrossed in the history at The Krasnodar state history and archeology culture preserve named after E.D. Felitsyn.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Krasnodar trip planner .

You can drive from Sevastopol to Krasnodar in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Sevastopol to Krasnodar, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September in Krasnodar, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Volgograd.

Things to do in Krasnodar

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Goryachy Klyuch, Guam Gorge
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Guam Gorge ©
Guam Gorge
Stadium FC Krasnodar ©
Stadium FC Krasnodar

4
nights
Volgograd, Russia

Volgograd ©
The setting of some of the bloodiest battles of World War II, the vast city of Volgograd sits on the banks of the Volga River in the southern section of the country.
You'll explore and learn at State Historical and Memorial Preserve The Battle of Stalingrad and Battle of Stalingrad Historical and Memorial Memorial Estate. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mamayev Hill Monuments and Flour Mill Ruins. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Alley of the Heroes, look and learn at Volgograd Planetarium, appreciate the history behind 'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture, and steep yourself in history at Pavlov's House.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Volgograd trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Krasnodar to Volgograd takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, Volgograd is slightly colder than Krasnodar - with highs of 26°C and lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Saratov.

Things to do in Volgograd

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Lotus lake
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Museum Pamyat ©
Museum Pamyat
Pavlov's House ©
Pavlov's House
Volgograd Planetarium ©
Volgograd Planetarium

2
nights
Saratov, Russia

Saratov ©
Saratov is a city and the administrative center of Saratov Oblast, Russia, and a major port on the Volga River located upstream (north) of Volgograd. Museum-lovers will appreciate Saratov State Museum of Military Glory and Saratov State Radischev Art Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Saratov Regional Local Lore Museum and Holy Trinity Cathedral. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Limonariy, take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Vremena, get to know the fascinating history of Chernyshevskogo Square, and pause for some photo ops at Policeman Monument.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Saratov trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Volgograd to Saratov in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Volgograd in September: highs in Saratov hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Aktobe.

Things to do in Saratov

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Saratov State Radischev Art Museum ©
Saratov Regional Local Lore Museum ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral

1
day
Aktobe, Kazakhstan

Aktobe ©
Aktobe is a city on the Ilek River in Kazakhstan. On the 3rd (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Monument Abul Khair Khan and then pause for some serene contemplation at Mosque Nur-Gasyr.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Aktobe driving holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Saratov to Aktobe. Traveling from Saratov to Aktobe, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Saratov in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Aktobe, with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Oral.

Things to do in Aktobe

Historic Sites
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Monument Abul Khair Khan ©
Monument Abul Khair Khan

1
night
Oral, Kazakhstan

Oral ©
Orál, Ural'sk in Russian, formerly known as Yaitsk, is a city in northwestern Kazakhstan, at the confluence of the Ural and Chogan rivers close to the Russian border. On the 4th (Fri), examine the collection at Nature and Ecology Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ The Savior Cathedral, examine the collection at Museum Old Oral, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Archangel Mikhail, then see the interesting displays at House-Museum of E.I. Pugacheva, and finally examine the collection at Regional History State Museum GKKP. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Cemetery Transfiguration Church, see the interesting displays at Pushkin Museum, examine the collection at Gabdulla Tuqay Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church, then examine the collection at Manshuk Mametova House-Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Artist Saken Gumarov.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Oral road trip planner.

You can fly from Aktobe to Oral in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Astana.

Things to do in Oral

Museums Historic Sites
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House-Museum of E.I. Pugacheva ©
House-Museum of E.I. Pugacheva
Regional History State Museum GKKP ©
Pushkin Museum ©
Pushkin Museum

5
nights
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

Nur-Sultan ©
First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nur-Astana Mosque and City Park. Assumption Cathedral and Hazret Sultan Mosque will appeal to history buffs. When in Astana, make a side trip to see Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism in Malinovka, approximately 50 minutes away. Spend the 8th (Tue) exploring nature at Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park. Spend the 9th (Wed) exploring nature at Arai. There's lots more to do: make a trip to The Baiterek Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov, take in the exciting artwork at Has Sanat, and brush up on your military savvy at Kazakhstan Military History Museum.

Before you visit Astana, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Fly from Oral to Astana in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Oral to Astana. Traveling from Oral in October, you will find days in Astana are little chillier (8°C), and nights are about the same (-1°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Karagandy.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism
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City Park ©
City Park
Nur-Astana Mosque ©
Nur-Astana Mosque
Assumption Cathedral ©
Assumption Cathedral

3
nights
Karagandy, Kazakhstan

Karagandy ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Qarqaraly National Park and Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum. Let the collections at KarLag / Museum of Political Repression Victims’ Memory of the Dolinka Settlement and Karaganda Regional Museum capture your imagination.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Karagandy trip tool .

Drive from Astana to Karagandy in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Astana in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Karagandy, with lows of -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Aletai.

Things to do in Karagandy

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Karaganda, Bektau-Ata Mountain Area, Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum
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1
night
Aletai, China

Aletai ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): delve into the lush surroundings at Birch Park. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Moon Bay of Kanas Lake.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Aletai travel planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Karagandy to Aletai. The time zone difference when traveling from Karagandy to Aletai is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ulaanbaatar.

Things to do in Aletai

Parks Nature
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Moon Bay of Kanas Lake ©
Moon Bay of Kanas Lake

3
nights
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar ©
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
Bogd Khaan Palace Museum of Mongolia and Gandantegchenling Monastery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Mary & Martha Mongolia. Spend the 18th (Fri) exploring nature at Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Zanabazar Museum of FIne Art, explore the striking landscape of Hustai National Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Migjid Janraisig Sum.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ulaanbaatar travel route tool .

Explore your travel options from Aletai to Ulaanbaatar with the Route module. In October, daytime highs in Ulaanbaatar are 8°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Parks Nature Museums
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Gorkhi-Terelj National Park ©
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
Zanabazar Museum of FIne Art ©
Zanabazar Museum of FIne Art
Migjid Janraisig Sum ©
Migjid Janraisig Sum

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