26 days in Asia & Africa Itinerary

26 days in Asia & Africa Itinerary

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Jerusalem, Israel
— 3 nights
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Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
— 3 nights
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Bus to Central Station/Yafo, Train to Tel Aviv, Fly to Amman
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Amman, Jordan
— 2 nights
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Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 2 nights
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
— 2 nights
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
— 2 nights
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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
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Cairo, Egypt
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Jerusalem, Israel

— 3 nights

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.
Explore Jerusalem's surroundings by going to Tel Aviv (Neve Tzedek, Tayelet, &more), Wine N' Dine (in Bat Yam) and Jaffa Old City (in Jaffa). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, don't miss a visit to Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and get to know the fascinating history of Old City of Jerusalem.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Jerusalem journey planner.

Boston, USA to Jerusalem is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Boston to Jerusalem. Traveling from Boston in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Jerusalem: highs are around 84°F and lows about 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Bethlehem.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories

— 3 nights
For many, Bethlehem needs no introduction.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bethlehem: Ramallah (Taybeh Winery, Dar Zahran Heritage Building, &more). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Palestinian Heritage Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Nativity, steep yourself in history at Aida Camp, and make a trip to Church of St. Lazarus.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bethlehem trip planner.

You can take a bus from Jerusalem to Bethlehem in an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Amman.

Things to do in Bethlehem

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Amman, Jordan

— 2 nights

White City

Jordan's capital city, Amman spreads across 19 hills and includes many distinct districts, each with their own historical and cultural marvels.
On the 10th (Sat), contemplate the long history of The Citadel, contemplate the long history of Roman Amphitheater, then don't miss a visit to Rainbow Street, and finally examine the collection at Royal Automobile Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Madaba Mosaic Map, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Nebo, and then explore the ancient world of Jerash Ruins.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Amman tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus, train, and flight from Bethlehem to Amman in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in October, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Petra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Amman

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan

— 2 nights
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 12th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Petra, then admire the striking features of The Great Temple, then contemplate the long history of Silk Tomb, and finally steep yourself in history at The Urn Tomb. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Djinn Blocks, then contemplate the long history of Obelisk Tomb, then explore the ancient world of Montreal Crusader Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Al-Beidha - Little Petra.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Petra - Wadi Musa trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Amman to Petra - Wadi Musa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Riyadh.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

— 2 nights
As the nation's capital, Riyadh represents a hub of commerce, culture, and transport.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Al Masmak Palace Museum, steep yourself in history at Masmak Fortress, then see the interesting displays at National Museum, and finally walk around King Abdullah Park. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at King Khalid Grand Mosque, then admire the landmark architecture of Kingdom Centre Tower, then view the masterpieces at Naila Art Gallery, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Al Faisaliyah Centre.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Riyadh travel route builder tool.

Getting from Petra - Wadi Musa to Riyadh by combination of car and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Petra - Wadi Musa to Riyadh due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Riyadh can reach 95°F, while at night they dip to 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can fly to Jeddah.

Things to do in Riyadh

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

— 2 nights

The Bride of the Red Sea

The commercial and entertainment capital of Saudi Arabia, Jeddah offers a dazzling range of sites and activities combined with mouthwatering cuisine.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): meet the residents at Fakieh Aquarium, then don't miss a visit to Jeddah Flagpole, then admire the local landmark of King Fahd's Fountain, and finally don't miss a visit to Jeddah Corniche. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Al-Balad, then browse the different shops at Red Sea Mall, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Rahma Mosque.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Jeddah itinerary planning app.

Getting from Riyadh to Jeddah by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Jeddah are 95°F, while nighttime lows are 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Jeddah

Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dahab (WICKEDiCANDY & Scuba & Snorkeling). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, buy something for everyone on your list at SOHO Square, pause for some serene contemplation at The Heavenly Cathedral, and take a stroll through Na'ama Bay.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sharm El Sheikh vacation maker site.

You can fly from Jeddah to Sharm El Sheikh in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Jeddah to Sharm El Sheikh due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Jeddah in October, plan for slightly colder days in Sharm El Sheikh, with highs around 90°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Cairo.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

Cairo, Egypt

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairo: Giza (Great Sphinx & Pyramids of Giza) and Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids (in Saqqara). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay, stop by Nomad Gallery - Zamalek Main Branch, and take in the exciting artwork at Oum El Dounia Gallery.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cairo sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Sharm El Sheikh to Cairo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in October, Cairo is slightly colder at night with lows of 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Beirut.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Beirut, Lebanon

— 4 nights

Paris of the East

Sitting on the Mediterranean coast, Beirut, the country's capital and largest city, has plenty of appeal itself, as well as offering a convenient base for exploring the country's other sights and cities.
Get out of town with these interesting Beirut side-trips: Baalbeck (Hajar al-Hibla, Temples of Baalbek, &more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Mim Museum - Mineral Museum, stop by Beirut Souks, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Beirut, and explore the striking landscape at Pigeon Rocks in Raouche.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Beirut trip planning website.

Getting from Cairo to Beirut by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. In October, daily temperatures in Beirut can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Beirut

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Israel travel guide

4.7
Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Ruins
Land of Creation
Surprisingly diverse for such a narrow strip of land pressed against the Mediterranean, modern Israel only dates back to 1948, though the history of this "Holy Land" spans many millennia. The big three monotheistic religions--Christianity, Judaism, and Islam--maintain extremely strong ties to this part of the world, so you can expect to see plenty of historic churches, mosques, and synagogues during your holiday in Israel. Beyond the undeniable cultural appeal, Israel also offers impressive natural features, including the Dead Sea and Makhtesh Ramon, one of the world's biggest craters. As you tour Israel, you'll find yourself following in the footsteps of figures that helped shape the world thousands of years ago.

Palestinian Territories travel guide

4.2
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Ruins
Three entities occupied by Israel since the Six-Day War of 1967, the Palestinian Territories include East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, and the West Bank. Although the political status of this area remains the subject of negotiations, tourist attractions in the Palestinian Territories continue to appeal to curious travelers from distant corners of the globe. A trip to this part of the world takes you back in time and allows you to discover numerous locations prominently mentioned in the Bible, including the Dead Sea, Bethlehem, and the Judean Desert. Many begin their tour of the Palestinian Territories in Ramallah, the area's de facto capital and an ideal place from which to explore the surrounding countryside.

Jordan travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Ruins · Deserts
For such a small country, Jordan boasts a surprising variety of natural landscapes and urban attractions. A trip to Jordan takes visitors on a journey back to biblical times, when sites like the Dead Sea and the ancient yet astonishingly well-preserved city of Petra seemed to be at the heart of world events. Although covered in rocky deserts, Jordan boasts a good network of roads, which makes sightseeing by car an easy way to discover many of the country's top highlights. Begin your tour of Jordan in Amman, the largest urban center and a major political, cultural, and economic hub of this Middle Eastern kingdom.

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.

Egypt travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Monuments
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.

Lebanon travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Monuments · Ruins
With a lengthy coastline along the Mediterranean, Lebanon has attracted its share of foreign invaders, from ancient Phoenicians and Egyptians to the medieval Crusaders and Ottoman Turks. Each of these peoples left an indelible mark on the tiny country's cultural heritage, art, religious traditions, and cuisine. Though it shares a border with troubled Syria, Lebanon remains one of the Arab world's most charming destinations. A tour of Lebanon allows travelers to discover modern seaside resorts, ancient ruins, lush nature reserves, and dynamic cities. Base your Lebanon vacation in Beirut, a cosmopolitan capital known for its cafe culture and European architecture, as well as many museums, parks, and squares.