43 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

43 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Ankara, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Goreme, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Antalya, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Tel Aviv, Israel
— 5 nights
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Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
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Novosibirsk, Russia
— 1 night
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Irkutsk, Russia
— 3 nights
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Omsk, Russia
— 2 nights
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Ufa, Russia
— 2 nights
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Samara, Russia
— 3 nights
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Saratov, Russia
— 2 nights
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Moscow, Russia
— 4 nights
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Brussels, Belgium — 5 nights

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brussels: Bruges (Church of Our Lady Bruges, Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, &more). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Grand Place, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), examine the collection at Belgian Comic Strip Center, and contemplate the long history of Parc du Cinquantenaire.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Brussels trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Belgium, the closest major aiports are Brussels Airport, Antwerp International Airport (Deurne), Brussels South Charleroi Airport and Liège Airport. In June, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Istanbul.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks
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Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 5:

Istanbul, Turkey — 4 nights

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 sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, and contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Istanbul road trip website.

You can fly from Brussels to Istanbul in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Brussels in July; daily highs in Istanbul reach 34°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to fly to Ankara.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 9:

Ankara, Turkey — 2 nights

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, then examine the collection at Erimtan Arkeoloji ve Sanat Muzesi, and then see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Anitkabir and then see the interesting displays at Altindag Belediyesi Sair ve Yazarlar Evi.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ankara trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Ankara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Istanbul in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 30°C in Ankara. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Goreme.
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Museums
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 11:

Goreme, Turkey — 4 nights

Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Goreme is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, trot along with a tour on horseback, explore the striking landscape at Zemi Valley, and look for gifts at Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Goreme route website.

You can take a bus from Ankara to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ankara in July: highs in Goreme hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can fly to Antalya.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours
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Find places to stay Jul 11 — 15:

Antalya, Turkey — 3 nights

Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antalya: Temple of Apollo (in Side) and Tekirova (Phaselis & Blue World Diving Center). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, go for a stroll along the water at Old City Marina, and wander the streets of Kaleici.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Antalya road trip planning site.

You can fly from Goreme to Antalya in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, Antalya is a bit warmer than Goreme - with highs of 41°C and lows of 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Tel Aviv.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games · Tours
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Find places to stay Jul 15 — 18:

Tel Aviv, Israel — 5 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jerusalem (Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, &more), Nazareth Village (in Nazareth) and Sea of Galilee (in Tiberias). And it doesn't end there: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take a leisurely stroll along Tayelet, take an in-depth tour of ANU - Museum of the Jewish People, and visit Jaffa Old City.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tel Aviv holiday app.

Traveling by flight from Antalya to Tel Aviv takes 5 hours. Traveling from Antalya to Tel Aviv, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Antalya in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Tel Aviv: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Nur-Sultan.
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Find places to stay Jul 18 — 23:

Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan — 2 nights

First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): learn about all things military at National Museum of Kazakhstan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazret Sultan Mosque, then listen to music at Palace of Peace and Reconciliation, and finally stroll around City Park. On your second day here, browse the different shops at Khan Shatyr, pause for some serene contemplation at Nur-Astana Mosque, and then take in panoramic vistas at Bayterek Tower.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nur-Sultan trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tel Aviv to Nur-Sultan takes 11 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Nur-Sultan is 4 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in July: highs in Nur-Sultan hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Novosibirsk.
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Historic Sites · Nightlife · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 25:

Novosibirsk, Russia — 1 night

Situated in Siberia's southwestern portion, Novosibirsk developed into a major urban center in the last decade of the 19th century, when it became a convenient pit stop for railway travelers making the epic trans-Siberian journey.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Novosibirsk Synagogue and then meet the residents at Novosibirsk Zoo.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Novosibirsk trip planner.

Fly from Nur-Sultan to Novosibirsk in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from East Kazakhstan Time (ALMT) to Novosibirsk Standard Time (NOVT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July, daily temperatures in Novosibirsk can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Irkutsk.
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Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 26:
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Irkutsk, Russia — 3 nights

The most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian railway, Irkutsk gained fame as the cultural center of Decembrist exiles.
Step out of Irkutsk to go to Listvyanka and see Memorable Sign A.V. Vampilov, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Baikal, appreciate the history behind V.A. Obruchev Monument, ponder the design of Fountain Near The Wedding Palace, and see the interesting displays at Vladimir Sukachyov's Estate Museum.

Planning Irkutsk trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

You can fly from Novosibirsk to Irkutsk in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Novosibirsk to Irkutsk. In July, daytime highs in Irkutsk are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to fly to Omsk.
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Find places to stay Jul 26 — 29:

Omsk, Russia — 2 nights

As a cultural center of Siberia, the industrial city of Omsk is home to many theaters, concert halls, libraries, museums, and other enticing attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): stroll around Nature Park Ptichya Gavan and then admire the landmark architecture of Omsk Military School. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Sculpture Children Nursing Penguins and then don't miss a visit to Temple of the Icon of Mother of God of All the Afflicted.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Omsk journey website.

You can fly from Irkutsk to Omsk in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Irkutsk to Omsk is minus 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Omsk can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Ufa.
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Find places to stay Jul 29 — 31:

Ufa, Russia — 2 nights

Widely considered one of Russia's loveliest cities, Ufa is home to many sites dedicated to the country's nature and history.
On the 1st (Mon), appreciate the history behind Salavat Yulaev Monument and then explore the activities along Belaya River. On your second day here, appreciate the history behind Monument to Minnigali Gubaydullin And Aleksandr Matrosov and then pause for some photo ops at Monument to Workers in Rear Area.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ufa trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Omsk to Ufa takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Omsk to Ufa is minus 1 hour. In July, daily temperatures in Ufa can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can fly to Samara.
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Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 2:
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Samara, Russia — 3 nights

A city rich in cultural and architectural heritage, Samara sits at the confluence of the Volga and Samara Rivers, its backdrop the wooded Zhiguli Mountains.
Samara is known for sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Samara Embankment, see the interesting displays at Zoological Museum, make a trip to Square Aleksandra Pushkina, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Roman Catholic Parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Samara trip planning tool.

You can fly from Ufa to Samara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Yekaterinburg Standard Time (YEKT) to Samara Standard Time (SAMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Samara are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Saratov.
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Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 5:

Saratov, Russia — 2 nights

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. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at P.A. Stolypin Monument, examine the collection at Saratov State Art Museum of A.N. Radishhev, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Chernyshevskogo Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at Saratov State Museum of Military Glory and then pause for some serene contemplation at Duhososhestvenskiy Cathedral.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Saratov trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Samara to Saratov takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a train. The time zone changes from Samara Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Moscow.
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Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 7:

Moscow, Russia — 4 nights

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, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Red Square, admire the masterpieces at Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, admire the striking features of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, and contemplate the long history of Moscow Kremlin.

To see reviews and other tourist information, you can read our Moscow route planner.

You can fly from Saratov to Moscow in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Saratov in August; daily highs in Moscow reach 27°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 11:

Cappadocia travel guide

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History Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Geologic Formations
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.
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