15 days in Europe, Africa & Asia Itinerary

15 days in Europe, Africa & Asia Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
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Goreme, Turkey
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Antalya, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Hurghada, Egypt
— 1 night
Fly to Sharm el-Sheikh, Taxi to Sharm El Sheikh
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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Medina, Saudi Arabia
— 1 night
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Marrakech, Morocco
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 2 nights

Queen of Cities

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.
Historic Areas of Istanbul and Basilica Cistern will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Suleymaniye Cami and Hagia Sophia Mosque. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

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Stockholm, Sweden to Istanbul is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Stockholm to Istanbul, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Stockholm in June, things will get a bit warmer in Istanbul: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums

Goreme, Turkey

— 2 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.
On the 18th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum, then explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), then step into the grandiose world of Uchisar Castle, then explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, and finally soar above the sights with Royal Balloon.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Goreme trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in June, expect little chillier with lows of 15°C in Goreme. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Antalya.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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Antalya, Turkey

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): stop by Ataturk Boulevard, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then delve into the distant past at Hadrian's Gate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Mermerli Beach, admire the striking features of Yivli Minaret Mosque, then stop by Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery, and finally admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls.

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You can fly from Goreme to Antalya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, Antalya is somewhat warmer than Goreme - with highs of 36°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can fly to Hurghada.

Things to do in Antalya

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Hurghada, Egypt

— 1 night
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.
On the 22nd (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mosque El Mina Masjid, then see the vivid underwater world at Omo Gamaar, then see the vivid underwater world at Shaab Abu Ramada/The Aquarium, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Coptic Cathedral of Saint Shenouda.

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Fly from Antalya to Hurghada in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Antalya to Hurghada is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Antalya in June, things will get a bit warmer in Hurghada: highs are around 44°C and lows about 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Hurghada

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

— 2 nights

City of Peace

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.
Get some cultural insight at The Heavenly Cathedral and Al Mustafa Mosque. Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and SOHO Tennis & Squash center. There's more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and ponder the design of Soho Square Dancing Fountain.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sharm El Sheikh trip builder site.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hurghada to Sharm El Sheikh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. June in Sharm El Sheikh sees daily highs of 43°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Riyadh.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

— 1 night
As the nation's capital, Riyadh represents a hub of commerce, culture, and transport.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Masmak Fortress, then take an in-depth tour of Al Masmak Palace Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Imam Turki Bin Abdullah Grand Mosque, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of King Khalid Grand Mosque.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Riyadh tour planner.

Getting from Sharm El Sheikh to Riyadh by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Arabian Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in June, expect Riyadh to be a bit warmer, temps between 48°C and 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Medina.

Things to do in Riyadh

Historic Sites · Museums

Medina, Saudi Arabia

— 1 night

Radiant City

Most tourism in Medina, the second-holiest city in Islam, comes from pilgrims who visit as part of the Hajj, an annual traditional journey that ends in Mecca.
On the 27th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid Al Qiblatayn.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Medina itinerary planner.

Getting from Riyadh to Medina by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 49°C in June, and nighttime lows around 35°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Marrakech.

Things to do in Medina

Historic Sites
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Marrakech, Morocco

— 2 nights

Red City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Koubba of Fatima Zohra, contemplate the long history of Palacio da Bahia, admire the masterpieces at Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech, then admire the striking features of Medersa Ben Youssef, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Marrakech online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Medina to Marrakech in 12.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Medina in June: highs in Marrakech hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites · Museums

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Egypt travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Safaris
Gift of the Nile
The land of pharaohs, pyramids, sphinxes, and papyrus, Egypt needs little by way of introduction. Visitors find more than a textbook readout of ancient history when visiting the country--the power, scale, art, and mysticism of its centuries-old culture bleed out from each landmark attraction and seep into the everyday life. Bustling markets, the slow-flowing Nile, the vast desert, and inspiring archeological sites often sit right alongside palaces of great excess and historical importance. All ensure you have plenty to see and do during your vacation in Egypt. In the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011, travel to certain areas where conflict and terrorism are deemed likely remains inadvisable for foreign visitors.

Saudi Arabia travel guide

4.1
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Shopping Malls
With coastlines on two seas, Saudi Arabia boasts some of the world's top scuba diving locations. At the same time, it has tourist attractions of such cultural heft as Mecca and Medina, the most sacred destinations for Muslim travelers and pilgrims. When it comes to relaxation and recreation, a trip to Saudi Arabia opens a world of possibilities for outdoor adventures, which include desert excursions by horse or camel, mountain climbing, cycling, and camping under the starry sky. Think about beginning or ending your tour of Saudi Arabia in Jeddah, a cosmopolitan center of commerce, shopping, and dining situated on the Red Sea coastline.

Morocco travel guide

4.1
Flea Markets · Gardens · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Diverse in landscapes and cultures, Morocco has long been a popular tourist destination, offering many quintessential North African vistas, sounds, and tastes. The ancient medinas of the main cities have retained their look and feel over the centuries, with bustling markets of colorful spice stalls, leather tanning in the streets, and teahouses. The dunes of the Sahara and the peaks of the High Atlas mountains battle for the interest of tourists on holiday in Morocco, with each possessing impressive, picturesque scenery, and hidden-away traditional villages, filled with crafts, carpets, and a rural way of life.