11 days in Africa Itinerary

11 days in Africa Itinerary

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11 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Marrakech, Morocco
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
2
Hurghada, Egypt
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Cairo, Egypt
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: San Francisco, United States

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.
Marrakech is known for shopping, parks, historic sites, spas, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to Jemaa el-Fnaa, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, and admire the landmark architecture of Koutoubia Mosque.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Marrakech trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Marrakech is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Western European Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. When traveling from San Francisco in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Marrakech: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hurghada.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Spas
Saadian Tombs ©
Saadian Tombs

2
nights
Hurghada, Egypt

Originally a small fishing town on the Red Sea coast, Hurghada developed into Egypt's premier beach destination thanks to its year-round sunny weather and world-class dive sites.
Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Swim with Dolphins. There's still lots to do: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour and ride a horse along Hurghada Equestrian.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hurghada trip planner .

Fly from Marrakech to Hurghada in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Marrakech to Hurghada is 2 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Marrakech in March: high temperatures in Hurghada hover around 83°F and lows are around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Hurghada

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Swim with Dolphins

1
night
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

An enviable location on the southern end of the Sinai Peninsula and year-round warm weather boost tourism in Sharm El Sheikh and make it one of Egypt's premier travel destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sharm El Sheikh driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Hurghada to Sharm El Sheikh in 1.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Sharm El Sheikh can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling

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 4th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Egyptian Antiquities Museum and then wander the streets of Islamic Cairo.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cairo online trip builder .

Fly from Sharm El Sheikh to Cairo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Cairo, with lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Great Sphinx
Highlights from your plan
Islamic Cairo ©
Islamic Cairo
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx
Egyptian Antiquities Museum ©
Egyptian Antiquities Museum

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