The route we are taking was born partly out of a desire to see these countries and partly out of the necessity of avoiding some of the more dangerous parts of the Middle East. If this trip would have happened 10-15 years ago, the route would have probably looked very different as Syria would have been accessible and we would have wanted to also travel through Jordan and Lebanon.
Nowadays, the corridor you can go through is getting smaller and smaller and to make the trip a bit longer and more interesting we’ve added Armenia and Georgia on the way to Europe and Turkmenistan on the way back. Besides these countries a good amount of time will be spent in Iran and Turkey (with the two being the largest countries on our way) and then a couple of weeks through Greece, Albania and Croatia before cutting across Serbia to arrive in Romania.
If you look at the map above, in blue you will see our route from Dubai towards Romania, while in green is the way we are coming back. The ferries are marked in orange – one crossing from Sharjah in the UAE to Bandar Abbas in Iran and another one crossing from Bodrum in Turkey to Kos in Greece and then further on to Santorini and Athens.