56 days in Asia, Europe & Middle East Itinerary

56 days in Asia, Europe & Middle East Itinerary

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56 days in Asia, Europe & Middle East Itinerary

Start: Hanoi, Vietnam
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Kashgar, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
2
Astana, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
3
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 7 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
5
Osh, Kyrgyzstan
— 4 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
6
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h
7
Tbilisi, Georgia
— 3 nights
8
Batumi, Georgia
— 6 nights
9
Tbilisi, Georgia
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 30​min
10
Sheki, Azerbaijan
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
11
Baku, Azerbaijan
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
12
Tel Aviv, Israel
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
13
Jerusalem, Israel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
14
Nazareth, Israel
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Hanoi, Vietnam

3
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Kashgar, China

Kashgar ©
Kashi remains a melting pot of Central Asian cultures and boasts one of the most important Islamic old towns in the region.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Abakh Hoja Tomb and Ga Er Ancient City. Step off the beaten path and head to Gaotai Ancient Homes and Appak Hoja Mosleum. Spend the 3rd (Sun) exploring nature at Oytagh Glacier Park. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Hannuoyi Ancient City, hike along Silk Road, stroll the grounds of Hasi Tomb, and contemplate the waterfront views at Bu Lunkule.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kashgar attractions planning website .

Hanoi, Vietnam to Kashgar is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Hanoi to Kashgar is 1 hour. In October in Kashgar, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Astana.

Things to do in Kashgar

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Silk Road
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Bu Lunkule ©
Bu Lunkule
Abakh Hoja Tomb
Abakh Hoja Tomb

3
nights
Astana, Kazakhstan

Astana ©
First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Assumption Cathedral and Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism. Museum-lovers will get to explore Kazakhstan Military History Museum and Saken Seifullin Museum. Spend the 7th (Thu) exploring nature at Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Constantine and Helen Cathedral, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, go for a walk through Nurzhol Boulevard, and appreciate the history behind Monument to the Soldiers of World War II.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kashgar to Astana. The time zone changes from China Standard Time (CST) to Alma-Ata Time (ALMT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Kashgar in October, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in Astana: temperatures range from 8°C by day to -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Astana

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism
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3
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to A. Kasteyev Museum of Fine Arts and D.A. Kunayev Museum. Visit St. Nicholas Cathedral and Baiken Mosque for their historical value. Spend the 9th (Sat) exploring nature at Altyn-Emel. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museum of the History of Alma-Ata, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to Iversky Seraphimovskiy Nunnery, and pause for some photo ops at Monument to Taras Shevchenko.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Almaty trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Astana to Almaty in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, Almaty is a bit warmer than Astana - with highs of 19°C and lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bishkek.

Things to do in Almaty

Nature Parks Museums
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A. Kasteyev Museum of Fine Arts ©
A. Kasteyev Museum of Fine Arts
D.A. Kunayev Museum ©
D.A. Kunayev Museum
St. Nicholas Cathedral ©
St. Nicholas Cathedral

7
nights
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek ©
Wandering the grid-like, tree-lined streets of Bishkek, you'll discover the friendly atmosphere, vibrant nightlife, and Soviet-era architecture of the country's political center.
Museum of Graphic Arts /Tinibek Sadykov and Manas Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Church of the Holy Prince Vladimir and Holy Resurrection Cathedral are in your itinerary. Spend the 12th (Tue) among lush scenery at Korona Peak. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Boom Gorge, identify plant and animal life at Ak-Sai Glacier, explore the stunning scenery at Konorchek Canyons, and take in the exciting artwork at Exhibition Hall of Union of Artists.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bishkek trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Almaty to Bishkek takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Almaty in October: highs in Bishkek hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Osh.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Nature Wildlife
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COSMOPARK ©
COSMOPARK
Manas Museum ©
Manas Museum
Holy Resurrection Cathedral ©
Holy Resurrection Cathedral

4
nights
Osh, Kyrgyzstan

Osh ©
Tucked among mountains and boasting some 3,000 years of history, the city of Osh offers plenty to the curious traveler.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Uzgen Archaeological-Architectural Museum Complex and Osh Regional Museum of Fine Arts of Sadykov. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mosque of Ravat Abdullakhan and Dom Babura Mosque. Fill the 23rd (Sat) with the natural beauty at Kulunatin National Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Osh New Mosque, appreciate the views at Alay Valley, take in the exciting artwork at SAIMALUU TASH Art Gallery, and appreciate the history behind Lenin Monument.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Osh travel route planning app .

You can drive from Bishkek to Osh in 8.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Samarkand.

Things to do in Osh

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Uzgen Archaeological-Architectural Museum Complex
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Kyrgyz Ata National Park ©
Kyrgyz Ata National Park
Osh New Mosque ©
Osh New Mosque

5
nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sher Dor Madrasah and Mosque Namozgokh. Step off the beaten path and head to Tillya Kori Madrasah and Shah-i-Zinda. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Samarkand: Shahrisabz (Dor Us-Siyodat, The Palace Complex of Ak-Saray, & more). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Khodja Akrar Madrasah, appreciate the history behind Khodja Abdi Darun Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Saint Daniel's Tomb, and get engrossed in the history at House Museum of Sadriddin Ayni.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Samarkand online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Osh to Samarkand takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Kirgizstan Time to Uzbekistan Time is minus 1 hour. In October, daytime highs in Samarkand are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tbilisi.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Shahrisabz
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Sher Dor Madrasah ©
Sher Dor Madrasah
Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
Tillya Kori Madrasah ©
Tillya Kori Madrasah

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nights
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.
Samtavro Church and Anchiskhati Basilica are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate The City-Museum Reserve of Mtskheta and Tbilisi Great Synagogue. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tbilisi: Mtskheta (Shio-Mgvime Monastery & Mutso). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Kashveti Church, pause for some photo ops at Sculpture the Toaster, get to know the fascinating history of Agmashenebeli Avenue, and see the interesting displays at J.Stalin's Underground Printing House Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tbilisi road trip planner.

Getting from Samarkand to Tbilisi by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Samarkand to Tbilisi. When traveling from Samarkand in October, plan for little chillier days in Tbilisi, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Batumi.

Things to do in Tbilisi

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Mtskheta
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The City-Museum Reserve of Mtskheta ©
Samtavro Church ©
Samtavro Church
Anchiskhati Basilica ©
Anchiskhati Basilica

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nights
Batumi, Georgia

Batumi ©
Having invested heavily in tourism since 2010, Batumi is quickly becoming a go-to destination for visitors looking for a bustling nightlife.
You'll explore and learn at Ethnographic Museum "Borjgalo" and Museum of Adjara. Explore hidden gems such as Sarpi Beach and Mtirala National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Ureki Beach (in Ureki), Kobuleti (Kobuleti Beach, Petra Fortress, & more) and Poti Lighthouse (in Poti). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Christ of All Savior, don't miss a visit to Ilia Chavchavadze statue, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque Batumi, and admire the sheer force of Makhuntseti Waterwall.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Batumi trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Tbilisi to Batumi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Tbilisi in November, with highs in Batumi at 20°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tbilisi.

Things to do in Batumi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kobuleti, Makhuntseti Waterwall, Ureki Beach, Sarpi Beach, Poti Lighthouse
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Ureki Beach ©
Ureki Beach
Sarpi Beach ©
Sarpi Beach

1
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Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at 9th Of April Park, appreciate the history behind Monument to Characters of Movie Mimino, appreciate the history behind Monument of King Vakhtang Gorgasali, then pause for some serene contemplation at Jumah Mosque, and finally stop by Chacha Corner. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Memorial History of Georgia, pause for some serene contemplation at Mtskheta Church of the Holy Cross, contemplate the waterfront views at Lisi Lake, pause for some photo ops at Anatoliy Sobchak Monument, then contemplate the long history of Chapel of Saint David, and finally admire the masterpieces at National Gallery.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tbilisi online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Batumi to Tbilisi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Batumi in November, things will get a bit cooler in Tbilisi: highs are around 14°C and lows about 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Sheki.

Things to do in Tbilisi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mtskheta Church of the Holy Cross
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Lisi Lake ©
Lisi Lake
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Mtskheta Church of the Holy Cross ©
Mtskheta Church of the Holy Cross

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nights
Sheki, Azerbaijan

Sheki ©
A vacation in Sheki, a small town situated in the foothills of the Greater Caucasus, provides tourists with endless hiking opportunities and views of dramatic snowcapped peaks.
On the 10th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Museum of Folk and Applied Arts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Sheki Fortress, get engrossed in the history at Sheki Khan's Palace, then admire the sheer force of Ilisu Waterfall, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Kish, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Kish.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sheki online trip itinerary builder .

Explore your travel options from Tbilisi to Sheki with the Route module. November in Sheki sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Baku.

Things to do in Sheki

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Qabala, Church of Kish, Ilisu Waterfall
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Sheki Khan's Palace ©
Sheki Khan's Palace
Church of Kish ©
Church of Kish
Church of Kish ©
Church of Kish

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Baku, Azerbaijan

Baku ©
The capital of Azerbaijan and the Caucasus' largest city, Baku brings the old and the new, the East and the West colliding together in a particularly diverse and changing city.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Miniature Books and Vahid Monument. Get some historical perspective at Heydar Mosque and Juma Mosque. When in Baku, make a side trip to see Pirsagi Beach in Pirsagi, approximately 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at H.Z. Taghiyev History Museum, appreciate the history behind Sculpture Girl on Bench, walk around Dagustu Park (Upland Park), and see the interesting displays at Nizami Museum of Literature.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Baku travel route builder tool .

Traveling by car from Sheki to Baku takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Sheki in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 9°C in Baku. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tel Aviv.

Things to do in Baku

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trip

Pirsagi Beach
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Dreamland Golf Club ©
Dreamland Golf Club
H.Z. Taghiyev History Museum ©
H.Z. Taghiyev History Museum
Miniature Books ©
Miniature Books

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Tel Aviv, Israel

Tel Aviv ©
Called the "White City" thanks to the color of its World Heritage-listed architectural landmarks, Tel Aviv serves as Israel's modern and cosmopolitan second city.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): get lost in a book at Ben-Gurion House, kick back and relax at Frishman Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Jerusalem Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter Church. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tel Aviv trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Baku to Tel Aviv by flight takes about 7 hours. The time zone changes from Azerbaijan Time to Israel Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Baku in November, plan for much hotter days in Tel Aviv, with highs around 28°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Tours Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ayalon Institute Museum, Dialogue In The Dark
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Ayalon Institute Museum ©
Ayalon Institute Museum
Frishman Beach ©
Frishman Beach
Jerusalem Beach ©
Jerusalem Beach

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Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem ©
Few places in the world boast such a long history and such a rich multiethnic culture as Jerusalem, a city sacred to Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
Step off the beaten path and head to Fine Art & Doll Museum and Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony). Get some cultural insight at Herod's Western Palace and The Masada Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Jerusalem side-trips: Ein Bokek Beach (in Ein Bokek) and Masada Fortress (in Arad). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Jaffa Gate, hunt for treasures at Mahane Yehuda Market, explore the fascinating underground world of St. George's Monastery, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Herzl National Cemetery.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Jerusalem holiday planning tool .

Traveling by car from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem takes an hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Tel Aviv in November since evenings lows in Jerusalem dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Nazareth.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Dead Sea Region, Arad, Ein Bokek Beach
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Ein Bokek Beach ©
Ein Bokek Beach
Masada Fortress ©
Masada Fortress
Fine Art & Doll Museum ©
Fine Art & Doll Museum

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Nazareth, Israel

Nazareth ©
Known worldwide as the hometown of Jesus Christ, Nazareth draws flocks of pilgrims who come to see the place where Christ grew up, and follow his footsteps along the Jesus Trail.
On the 22nd (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Gabriel's Church, explore the ancient world of The Ancient Bathhouse, stop by Elbabour - Galilee Mill, then contemplate the long history of Mary's Well, then contemplate the long history of Cana, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Franciscan Wedding Church. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Primacy of Peter, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The House and Church of St. Peter, and then pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Twelve Apostles.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nazareth online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Jerusalem to Nazareth takes 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Nazareth can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nazareth

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Capernaum, Church of the Primacy of Peter, Franciscan Wedding Church
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The House and Church of St. Peter ©
The House and Church of St. Peter
Cana ©
Cana

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