17 days in Africa, Asia & Europe Itinerary

17 days in Africa, Asia & Europe Itinerary

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Cairo, Egypt
— 1 night
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Jerusalem, Israel
— 2 nights
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Heraklion, Greece
— 1 night
Ferry
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Akrotiri, Greece
— 1 night
Ferry
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Mykonos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
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Corfu Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry to Sarandë, Drive to Kalambaka
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Kalambaka, Greece
— 1 night
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Delphi, Greece
— 1 night
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Olympia, Greece
— 1 night
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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
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Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 1 night
Bus to Amman Abdali Terminal, Fly to Kuwait

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Cairo, Egypt

City of a Thousand Minarets

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 11th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids. On your second day here, examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, then appreciate the history behind Great Sphinx, and then walk around Al-Azhar Park.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairo tour itinerary planner.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Cairo is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kuwait City to Cairo. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kuwait City in December since evenings lows in Cairo dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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Jerusalem, Israel

Holy City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): admire the striking features of Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre, visit Old City of Jerusalem, then explore the world behind art at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and finally take an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Bethesda, admire the masterpieces at L. A. Mayer Museum for Islamic Art, look for gifts at Jerusalem Pottery Hagop Karakashian, then explore the ancient world of Western Wall, then contemplate the long history of Mt of Olives, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Mount.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Jerusalem trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Cairo to Jerusalem takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Jerusalem can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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Heraklion, Greece

Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum of Crete, and then steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Heraklion trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Jerusalem to Heraklion takes 5.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Jerusalem in December: highs in Heraklion hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Akrotiri, Greece

Greek Pompeii

Located on Santorini's southwestern coastline, the small village of Akrotiri sits just a short walk from one of Europe's most significant Bronze Age archaeological sites.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Castelli of Emporio, explore by horseback at Experience Horse Riding, then enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, and finally delve into the distant past at Akrotiri.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Akrotiri tour itinerary app.

Getting from Heraklion to Akrotiri by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Akrotiri are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Mykonos Town, Greece

Chora Mykonos

A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Mykonos Brewing Company, stop by Little Venice, don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli), then examine the collection at Aegean Maritime Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Kapopoulos Fine Arts. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Mykonos, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paraportiani Church, then enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Mykonos Town attractions app.

Traveling by ferry from Akrotiri to Mykonos Town takes 2.5 hours. In December in Mykonos Town, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

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Corfu Town, Greece

Often called "Kastropolis" because of its majestic Venetian castle, Corfu Town once featured such extensive fortifications that a force of over 20,000 soldiers defended them.
On the 19th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Serbian Museum of Corfu, explore the ancient world of Old Fortress Corfu, then don't miss a visit to Spianada Square, and finally stop by MiNiMiS. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Banknote Museum of the Ionian Bank, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Corfu, then admire the landmark architecture of Corfu Museum of Asian Art, then explore the galleries of Corfu Gallery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Ioannis the Precursor.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Corfu Town trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Mykonos Town to Corfu Town by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Mykonos Town in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Corfu Town, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

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Kalambaka, Greece

The gateway to one of the largest monastery complexes in Greece, the small town of Kalambaka nestles against a landscape of imposing rock formations rising 400 m (1,300 ft) into the air. Nearly leveled during World War II, the town rebuilt and reinvented itself in the post-war period, quickly becoming one of the region's major travel destinations.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): make a trip to Meteora, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of the Great Meteoron, and finally admire the natural beauty at Varlaam Monastery.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Kalambaka day trip planning app.

Getting from Corfu Town to Kalambaka by combination of ferry and car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Corfu Town in December, things will get a bit cooler in Kalambaka: highs are around 9°C and lows about 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Delphi.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites · Parks

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Delphi, Greece

Ancient Greeks revered Delphi as the center of their universe, building an impressive sanctuary to Apollo in order to mark this sacred spot.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the ancient world of Temple of Apollo In Delphi, delve into the distant past at Delphi, and then get engrossed in the history at Delphi Archaeological Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Delphi trip builder tool.

You can drive from Kalambaka to Delphi in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Kalambaka in December, with highs in Delphi at 15°C and lows at 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Olympia.

Things to do in Delphi

Historic Sites · Museums

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Olympia, Greece

Inhabited since prehistoric times, Olympia remains best known as the site of the original Olympic Games, held there for the first time in 776 BCE.
On the 23rd (Wed), do a tasting at Olympia Land Winery, then delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Olympia, and then relax in the rural setting at Klio's Honey Farm.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Olympia trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Delphi to Olympia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Athens.

Things to do in Olympia

Wineries · Historic Sites

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Athens, Greece

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Lycabettus, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and take a stroll through Monastiraki.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Athens tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Olympia to Athens in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Olympia in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Athens, with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Petra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

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Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan

Visitors flock to Wadi Musa to witness the rose colored rock-carved temples and tombs of Petra, the famous ancient city and World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): admire the striking features of The Great Temple, then delve into the distant past at Temple of Dushares, and then steep yourself in history at Petra.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Petra - Wadi Musa trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Athens to Petra - Wadi Musa in 10 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites

Greece travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

Santorini travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.