9 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

9 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

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Start: Lahore, Pakistan
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Lahore, Pakistan
— 1 day
Fly:  5 h 45 min
2
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 2 nights
Fly:  10 h
3
Goreme, Turkey
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 45 min
4
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6 h 15 min
5
Ganja, Azerbaijan
— 1 night
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  9 h
End: Lahore, Pakistan

1
day
Lahore, Pakistan

Lahore ©
Seen by many to be the most forward-thinking, culturally important, and artistic of the country's metropolises, Lahore has plenty of charms, plenty of history, and plenty of people.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Lahore Fort, steep yourself in history at Badshahi Mosque, and then head outdoors with Bagh-e-Jinnah.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Lahore route planner.

If you are flying in from Pakistan, the closest major aiport is Alama Iqbal International Airport. In February, daily temperatures in Lahore can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Dubai.

Things to do in Lahore

Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Badshahi Mosque ©
Badshahi Mosque
Lahore Fort ©
Lahore Fort
Bagh-e-Jinnah ©
Bagh-e-Jinnah

2
nights
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
On the 22nd (Sat), take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then kick back and relax at Jumeirah Public Beach. On the next day, take in panoramic vistas at Burj Khalifa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Umm Suqeim Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Jumeirah Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jumeirah Mosque.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Dubai trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lahore to Dubai takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pakistan Standard Time (PKT) to Gulf Standard Time (GST) is minus 1 hour. In February, Dubai is somewhat warmer than Lahore - with highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Dubai

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Burj Khalifa ©
Burj Khalifa
Safaris
Jumeirah Mosque ©
Jumeirah Mosque

1
night
Goreme, Turkey

Goreme ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): admire the verdant scenery at Camel Rock, then get outside with Honey Valley, Goreme Turkey, and then stroll through Uchisar Castle. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, then stop by Alaturca Taner, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Gore Harabeleri.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Goreme road trip tool.

You can fly from Dubai to Goreme in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Dubai in February, expect Goreme to be cooler, temps between 12°C and -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Uchisar, Gore Harabeleri
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Gore Harabeleri ©
Gore Harabeleri
Uchisar Castle ©
Uchisar Castle

2
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.
On the 26th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Little Hagia Sophia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cinili Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): take in the waterfront at Silivri Sahili, then contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and finally take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul online driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Istanbul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for warmer nights when traveling from Goreme in February since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ganja.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

1
night
Ganja, Azerbaijan

Ganja
Famous as the birthplace of legendary poet Nizami, Ganja is a truly ancient city still bearing traces of the myriad kingdoms and empires that ruled over it in the past.
On the 28th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Maralgol and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Church.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ganja trip maker app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Istanbul to Ganja. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Azerbaijan Standard Time (AZT) is 1 hour. Traveling from Istanbul in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Ganja, with lows of 1°C. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ganja

Historic Sites Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

St. John's Church
Highlights from your plan
Imamzadeh Mausoleum
Imamzadeh Mausoleum
St. John's Church
St. John's Church
Maralgol
Maralgol

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