11 days in Africa Itinerary

11 days in Africa Itinerary

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11 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
bus + Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
2
Luxor, Egypt
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Cairo, Egypt
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
4
Marrakech, Morocco
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  13​h
End: New York City, United States

2
nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Robben Island Museum and Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, take some stellar pictures from Cape of Good Hope, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Two Oceans Aquarium, and kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town holiday maker app .

New York City, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Cape Town is 7 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in November: high temperatures in Cape Town hover around 76°F and lows are around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum
District Six Museum ©
District Six Museum
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

1
night
Luxor, Egypt

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Tomb of King Tutankhamun (Tut), delve into the distant past at Valley of the Kings, then explore the ancient world of Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari, and finally delve into the distant past at Luxor Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Colossi of Memnon, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Medinet Habu, then get all the information you need at ACE- Animal Care in Egypt, and finally explore the ancient world of Temple of Karnak.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Luxor road trip planning tool .

Fly from Cape Town to Luxor in 16 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from Cape Town, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Luxor, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites
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Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings
Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Luxor Temple ©
Luxor Temple

2
nights
Cairo, Egypt

Cairo ©
More than 20 million people call Cairo their home and, as soon as you set foot in the sprawling metropolis, it's evident they make it crowded and chaotic, but also exuberant and charming.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Pyramids of Giza, appreciate the history behind Great Sphinx, and then admire the striking features of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary). Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay and then explore the ancient world of Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cairo journey tool .

You can fly from Luxor to Cairo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Luxor in November: highs in Cairo hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Giza
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

3
nights
Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech ©
You won't run out of things to do in Marrakech, a city where you can spend days exploring grandiose palaces and mosques, photogenic gardens, sacred tombs, and traditional mansions that evoke a bygone era.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Palacio da Bahia and Saadian Tombs. Popular historic sites such as Medina of Marrakesh and Menara Gardens and Pavilion are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Medersa Ben Youssef, steep yourself in history at El Badi Palace, make a trip to Koubba Almoravid, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Marrakech trip planning website .

You can fly from Cairo to Marrakech in 9.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Cairo to Marrakech, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Cairo in November since evenings lows in Marrakech dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Souk des Teinturiers ©
Souk des Teinturiers
Medina of Marrakesh ©
Medina of Marrakesh
Palacio da Bahia ©
Palacio da Bahia

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