16 days in Africa & Asia Itinerary

16 days in Africa & Asia Itinerary

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16 days in Africa & Asia Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Travel:  82​h
1
Laayoune, Western Sahara
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Marrakech, Morocco
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  12​h
3
Jerusalem, Israel
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
4
Wadi Rum, Jordan
— 1 day
Fly:  10​h 30​min
5
Cairo, Egypt
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Luxor, Egypt
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Vancouver, Canada

3
nights
Laayoune, Western Sahara

Laayoune ©
Laayoune is the largest city of the disputed territory of Western Sahara currently administered by Morocco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): browse the eclectic array of goods at Centre Artisanal, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Laayoune Grand mosque.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Laayoune trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Laayoune is an approximately 82-hour travel. Traveling from Vancouver to Laayoune, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Vancouver in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Laayoune: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 19°C at night. You'll set off for Marrakech on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Laayoune

Historic Sites Shopping
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Laayoune Grand mosque ©
Laayoune Grand mosque
St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral ©
St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Camel Trekking in Morocco. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): gain interesting insight with Camel Trekking in Morocco and then hunt for treasures at Jemaa el-Fnaa. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Bahia Palace, then steep yourself in history at El Badi Palace, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Ben Youssef Madrasa.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Marrakech holiday builder tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Laayoune to Marrakech in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Laayoune in January, expect colder with lows of 6°C in Marrakech. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Marrakech

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Camel Trekking in Morocco ©
Camel Trekking in Morocco
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa
Palacio da Bahia ©
Palacio da Bahia

3
nights
Jerusalem, Israel

Few places in the world boast such a long history and such a rich multiethnic culture as Jerusalem, a city sacred to Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Mt of Olives, contemplate the long history of Garden of Gethsemane, contemplate the long history of Western Wall, admire the striking features of Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre, then take a stroll through Old City of Jerusalem, and finally get engrossed in the history at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Israel Museum, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and then don't miss a visit to The Western Wall Tunnels.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Jerusalem trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Marrakech to Jerusalem takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Marrakech to Jerusalem due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in January, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Wadi Rum.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Food Tours
Israel Museum ©
Israel Museum

1
day
Wadi Rum, Jordan

Wadi Rum ©
Tourism in Wadi Rum revolves around UNESCO-protected desert scenery and spectacular limestone rock formations following a dry river bed, which in World War I served as the headquarters of a British-inspired Arab revolt against the Ottomans.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the fascinating landscape at Wadi Rum Protected Area.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Wadi Rum driving holiday planning tool .

Getting from Jerusalem to Wadi Rum by combination of bus and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Wadi Rum

Nature Parks
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Wadi Rum Protected Area ©
Wadi Rum Protected Area

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Pyramids of Giza, then appreciate the history behind Great Sphinx, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary). On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with Khan Al-Khalili and then explore the ancient world of Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cairo day trip app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wadi Rum to Cairo. In January, daytime highs in Cairo are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Cairo

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Side Trip

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

2
nights
Luxor, Egypt

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari, explore the ancient world of Valley of the Kings, then explore the ancient world of Luxor Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Temple of Karnak.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Luxor road trip website .

You can fly from Cairo to Luxor in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cairo in January: highs in Luxor hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings
Medinet Habu ©
Medinet Habu

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