26 days in Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

26 days in Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

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26 days in Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + bus:  7​h
2
Paphos, Cyprus
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Jerusalem, Israel
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Tel Aviv, Israel
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Luxor, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
7
Kochi (Cochin), India
— 3 nights
Drive:  33​h
8
Agra, India
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  20​h
End: New York City, United States

2
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, explore the galleries of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and finally admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace and then take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary tool .

New York City, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from New York City to Istanbul. Traveling from New York City in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Istanbul, with lows around 44°F. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Paphos.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

2
nights
Paphos, Cyprus

Paphos ©
The legendary birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite and the capital of western Cyprus, the city of Paphos showcases an abundance of archaeological, architectural, and historical sites.
On the 13th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Paphos Harbour Castle, explore the ancient world of Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, explore the ancient world of Tombs of the Kings, then take in the dramatic natural features at Aphrodite's Rock, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Pafos Zoo. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Byzantine Museum, take in the pleasant sights at Paphos Harbour and Port, then kick back and relax at Coral Bay, and finally get a taste of life in the country at Horse Riding Paphos - Eagle Mountain Ranch.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Paphos online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, car, and bus from Istanbul to Paphos takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, car, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Istanbul to Paphos, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Istanbul in December: highs in Paphos hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Paphos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Coral Bay, Aphrodite's Rock
Highlights from your plan
Tombs of the Kings ©
Tombs of the Kings
Aphrodite's Rock ©
Aphrodite's Rock

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.
Step out of Jerusalem with an excursion to Masada Fortress in Arad--about 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, enjoy breathtaking views from The Museum of the Tower of David, and take a stroll through Old City of Jerusalem.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Jerusalem trip maker tool .

You can fly from Paphos to Jerusalem in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in December, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tel Aviv.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Masada Fortress
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take a leisurely stroll along Tayelet, then take a stroll through Jaffa Old City, then take a stroll through Neve Tzedek, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Tel Aviv Museum of Art, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then take a leisurely stroll along Old Tel Aviv Port Area.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tel Aviv online tour planner .

You can drive from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv in an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Tours Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Jaffa Old City ©
Jaffa Old City
Tel Aviv Museum of Art ©
Tel Aviv Museum of Art

3
nights
Cairo, Egypt

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairo: Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, explore the activities along Nile River, admire the landmark architecture of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary), and do sightseeing your way with Private Tours.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cairo trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Tel Aviv to Cairo by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Cairo are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Giza
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids

3
nights
Luxor, Egypt

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Venture out of the city with trips to Temple of Horus at Edfu (in Edfu) and Dendera Temple Complex (in Dendera). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Temple of Karnak, appreciate the history behind Colossi of Memnon, delve into the distant past at Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari, and get all the information you need at ACE- Animal Care in Egypt.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Luxor online attractions planner .

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 December: highs in Luxor hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Dendera Temple Complex, Temple of Horus at Edfu
Highlights from your plan
Dendera Temple Complex ©
Dendera Temple Complex
Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings

3
nights
Kochi (Cochin), India

Kochi (Cochin) ©
A flourishing port city and magnet for the spice trade since the 15th century, Kochi (Cochin) proudly bears its distinct international influence and local Keralan culture.
Explore Kochi (Cochin)'s surroundings by going to Alappuzha Beach (in Alappuzha) and Marari Beach (in Mararikulam). The adventure continues: make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Francis, take a stroll through Jew Town, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cherai Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) road trip site .

You can fly from Luxor to Kochi (Cochin) in 12.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Luxor to Kochi (Cochin) due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Luxor in December, expect nights in Kochi (Cochin) to be warmer, around 75°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 89°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Agra.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Alappuzha Beach, Marari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets

2
nights
Agra, India

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Change things up with these side-trips from Agra: Panch Mahal - Fatehpur Sikri (in Fatehpur Sikri) and Keoladeo National Park (in Bharatpur). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Taj Mahal, step into the grandiose world of Agra Fort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife SoS Bear Sanctuary, and don't miss a visit to Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Agra trip planning tool .

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Agra in 33 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Kochi (Cochin) in January, things will get colder in Agra: highs are around 67°F and lows about 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Panch Mahal - Fatehpur Sikri, Keoladeo National Park
Highlights from your plan
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah ©
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah

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