25 days in Africa & Europe Itinerary

25 days in Africa & Europe Itinerary

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Cairo, Egypt
— 2 nights
Fly
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Geyikli, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive
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Selcuk, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly
5
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Train
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Naples, Italy
— 4 nights
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Cairo, Egypt

— 2 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Pyramids of Giza and Manial Palace Museum. The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and Museum of Islamic Arts will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Great Sphinx in Giza (about 34 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Statue of Ramses II, admire the landmark architecture of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary), step into the grandiose world of Bab al-Futuh, and browse the exhibits of Sondos Papyrus.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cairo day trip planning tool.

Santiago, Chile to Cairo is an approximately 23-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Santiago to Cairo. February in Cairo sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
On the 9th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Istanbul Archaeological Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Little Hagia Sophia, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and finally contemplate the long history of Eyüp Sultan Mosque. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, admire the striking features of Yeni Camii, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rustem Pasha Mosque, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Aya Panteleymon Rus Ortodoks Kilisesi.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul tour itinerary site.

You can fly from Cairo to Istanbul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Istanbul. When traveling from Cairo in February, plan for cooler days and about the same nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Geyikli.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums

Geyikli, Turkey

— 1 night
On the 11th (Thu), kick back and relax at Geyikli Halk Plaji and then explore the ancient world of Alexandria Troas Antik Kenti.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Geyikli itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Istanbul to Geyikli in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in February, plan for a bit cooler nights in Geyikli, with lows around 5°C. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Geyikli

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Selcuk, Turkey

— 1 night
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Heracles Gate, then delve into the distant past at Brothel, then examine the collection at Camlik Locomotive Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at TCDD Tren Muzesi.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Selcuk trip planner.

You can drive from Geyikli to Selcuk in 5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Geyikli in February: highs in Selcuk hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums

Athens, Greece

— 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Temple of Hephaestus and Benaki Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Acropolis of Athens and Theater of Dionysus are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, appreciate the history behind Erechtheion, delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and steep yourself in history at Ancient Agora of Athens.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Athens trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Selcuk to Athens by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Selcuk to Athens due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Selcuk in February, Athens is a bit warmer at night with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Venice.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Venice, Italy

— 3 nights

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take a stroll through Campo Santa Margherita, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Scuola Grande di San Rocco, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Pantalon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, then examine the collection at Doge's Palace, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Dorsoduro, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco, then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico di Venezia, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Santa Maria e San Donato, and finally wander the streets of Cannaregio.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice trip planner.

Fly from Athens to Venice in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In February, Venice is a bit cooler than Athens - with highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Florence, Italy

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore, contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, then see the interesting displays at Cappella Brancacci, and finally steep yourself in history at Basilica San Miniato al Monte. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Corridoio Vasariano, examine the collection at Museo di San Marco, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, then admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, then examine the collection at Museo di Palazzo Davanzati, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Loggia dei Lanzi.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Florence journey maker tool.

You can drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Florence are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums · Historic Sites

Rome, Italy

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Colosseum and Palatine Hill. Step off the beaten path and head to Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico and Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Stanze di Raffaello, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, contemplate the long history of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, and stroll the grounds of Vatican Necropolis.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary maker website.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In February, daytime highs in Rome are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Naples, Italy

— 4 nights
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Galleria Borbonica and Parco Acheologico di Ercolano are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Museo delle Arti Sanitarie and Catacombe di San Gaudioso. Change things up with these side-trips from Naples: Pozzuoli (Cattedrale di Pozzuoli & Rione Terra) and Pompeii (Casa del Fauno & Terme del Foro). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Nazionale Ferroviario di Pietrarsa, admire the masterpieces at Sant'Anna dei Lombardi (Monteoliveto), delve into the distant past at Parco Archeologico Pausilypon, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Museo Cappella Sansevero.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Naples route maker.

Traveling by train from Rome to Naples takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In February, daytime highs in Naples are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips