21 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly
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Selcuk, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly to Sofia, Train to Plovdiv
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Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
Fly
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Bucharest, Romania
— 1 night
Drive
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Brasov, Romania
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Otopeni Airport, Fly to Dubai
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 3 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Stockholm, Sweden — 3 nights

Beauty by the Water

One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Attractions like Vasa Museum and Grona Lunds Tivoli make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Royal Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Monteliusvagen, take in panoramic vistas at Stockholm City Hall, and explore the engaging exhibits at Junibacken.

To find out how to plan a trip to Stockholm, use our trip itinerary maker.

Newark, USA to Stockholm is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from Newark to Stockholm, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in August, expect Stockholm to be slightly colder, temps between 70°F and 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can fly to Istanbul.
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Istanbul, Turkey — 3 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.
Family-friendly places like Hagia Sophia Mosque and Basilica Cistern will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, contemplate the waterfront views at Bosphorus Strait, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul vacation builder app.

Fly from Stockholm to Istanbul in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Stockholm to Istanbul, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Stockholm in August; daily highs in Istanbul reach 85°F and lows reach 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Selcuk.
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Selcuk, Turkey — 2 nights

An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): stop by Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop, then make a splash at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, and then delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Selcuk travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Selcuk takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Istanbul in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Selcuk, with highs around 95°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Plovdiv.
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Plovdiv, Bulgaria — 1 night

City of the Seven Hills

Though it is often seen as merely a stopover city, Plovdiv is actually a lively university town with bohemian cafes, a thriving art scene, and exciting nightlife.
To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Plovdiv day trip app.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Selcuk to Plovdiv in 10 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Selcuk to Plovdiv, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, Plovdiv is a bit cooler than Selcuk - with highs of 88°F and lows of 64°F. You'll set off for Sofia on the 24th (Thu).
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Sofia, Bulgaria — 2 nights

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Saint Sofia Monument, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vitosha Mountain, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Sveti Nikolay.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sofia vacation planner.

You can drive from Plovdiv to Sofia in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Sofia when traveling from Plovdiv in August, with lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Bucharest.
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Bucharest, Romania — 1 night

The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): stroll around Herăstrău Park, take in the exciting artwork at Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Muzeul Karanului Roman, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then ponder the world of politics at Palace of Parliament, and finally don't miss a visit to Stavropoleos Monastery.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Bucharest trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sofia to Bucharest in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Bucharest can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Brasov.
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Brasov, Romania — 2 nights

With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Rasnov Citadel, take in the awesome beauty at Muntele Tampa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Church (Biserica Neagra), then appreciate the extensive heritage of Brasov Historical Center, and finally make a trip to Piaka Sfatului.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Brasov travel route planner.

Drive from Bucharest to Brasov in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Dubai.
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates — 3 nights

City of Gold

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Dubai Museum & Al Fahidi Fort. On the next day, make a splash at Wild Wadi Waterpark, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Burj Khalifa.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Dubai day trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Brasov to Dubai takes 12.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Brasov to Dubai. In August in Dubai, expect temperatures between 108°F during the day and 91°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can fly to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Prado National Museum and Parque del Retiro. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, make a trip to Plaza Mayor, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Royal Chapel of St. Anthony of La Florida, and see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid attractions planning website.

You can fly from Dubai to Madrid in 11 hours. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Dubai in September, things will get much colder in Madrid: highs are around 82°F and lows about 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel back home.
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Izmir Province travel guide

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Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
İzmir Province represents a land where undulating mountains fading into the indigo sky serve as a backdrop to lush green vineyards. Its abudance of ancient ruins and location on the Aegean coast make this Mediterranean province a prime holiday destination. The province boasts a fascinating history, having been ceded to the Greeks following World War I, only to be later reclaimed in the Turkish War of Independence. The coastal towns, ancient cities, warm climate, and superb local fish and herb cuisine are among the delights of this vacation spot.
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