18 days in Asia, Africa & Europe Itinerary

18 days in Asia, Africa & Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Asia, Africa & Europe Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
bus + Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Tel Aviv, Israel
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Jerusalem, Israel
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Cairo, Egypt
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
4
Marrakech, Morocco
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h 45​min
End: New York City, United States

2
nights
Tel Aviv, Israel

Called the "White City" thanks to the color of its World Heritage-listed architectural landmarks, Tel Aviv serves as Israel's modern and cosmopolitan second city.
Explore Tel Aviv's surroundings by going to Weizmann House (in Rehovot) and The Baha'i Gardens (in Haifa). And it doesn't end there: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, get engrossed in the history at Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People, wander the streets of Neve Tzedek, and admire the masterpieces at Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tel Aviv trip itinerary maker website .

New York City, USA to Tel Aviv is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Tel Aviv is 7 hours. Traveling from New York City in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Tel Aviv, with lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Museums Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trips

The Baha'i Gardens, Weizmann House
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
The Baha'i Gardens ©
The Baha'i Gardens
Tel Aviv Museum of Art ©
Tel Aviv Museum of Art

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Jerusalem side-trips: Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park (in Kiryat Gat), Masada National Park (in Masada) and Masada Fortress (in Arad). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, explore the world behind art at Israel Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bethesda, and contemplate the long history of The Jerusalem Archaeological Park.

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

Traveling by car from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem takes an hour. June in Jerusalem sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 70°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Masada Fortress, Masada National Park, Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

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.
On the 22nd (Mon), explore the ancient world of Pyramids of Giza, pause for some photo ops at Great Sphinx, and then admire the landmark architecture of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary). On your second day here, get a taste of the local shopping with Khan Al-Khalili and then steep yourself in history at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cairo online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Jerusalem to Cairo takes 5 hours. While traveling from Jerusalem, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cairo, ranging from highs of 94°F to lows of 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Giza
Highlights from your plan
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids

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.
Marrakech is known for shopping, parks, historic sites, spas, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, steep yourself in history at Medina of Marrakesh, admire the striking features of Medersa Ben Youssef, and explore and take pictures at Menara Gardens and Pavilion.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Marrakech trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairo to Marrakech takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Western European Time (WET) is minus 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Cairo in June since evenings lows in Marrakech dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa
Palacio da Bahia ©
Palacio da Bahia

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Park and National Palace of Pena). The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, take a stroll through Alfama, don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and snap pictures at Ponte 25 de Abril.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lisbon travel route planner .

You can fly from Marrakech to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. When traveling from Marrakech in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Lisbon: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Sintra
Highlights from your plan
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

3
nights
Porto, Portugal

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Porto is known for historic sites, nightlife, shopping, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa, make a trip to Livraria Lello, and admire the masterpieces at Museu Serralves.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Porto sightseeing site .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Porto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Lisbon in June: highs in Porto hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

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