31 days in Africa & Asia Itinerary

31 days in Africa & Asia Itinerary

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Start: Madrid, Spain
Fly:  8 h 45 min
1
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Hurghada, Egypt
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Cairo, Egypt
— 2 nights
Fly:  15 h 15 min
4
Socotra Island, Yemen
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h
5
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
7
Salalah, Oman
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 15 min
8
Muscat, Oman
— 1 night
Fly:  9 h 30 min
9
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
10
Amman, Jordan
— 1 night
Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: Madrid, Spain

5
nights
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Sharm El Sheikh ©
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.
Get outdoors at Ras Um Sid and Scuba & Snorkeling. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Na'ama Bay and Shark's Bay Beach. There's lots more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Ras Mohommed National Park, browse for treasures at St Catherine Shop, buy something for everyone on your list at SOHO Square, and trot along with The Stable.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sharm El Sheikh trip planning app.

Madrid, Spain to Sharm El Sheikh is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Sharm El Sheikh due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Madrid in August, expect Sharm El Sheikh to be a bit warmer, temps between 45°C and 35°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hurghada.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Ras Mohommed National Park
Highlights from your plan
Ras Um Sid ©
Ras Um Sid
Shark's Bay Beach ©
Shark's Bay Beach
Na'ama Bay ©
Na'ama Bay

4
nights
Hurghada, Egypt

Originally a small fishing town on the Red Sea coast, Hurghada developed into Egypt's premier beach destination thanks to its year-round sunny weather and world-class dive sites.
Do your shopping at Super Naturals and Elite Linen Egypt. Step off the beaten path and head to Swim with Dolphins and Giftun Islands. Spend the 6th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Careless Reef, head off the coast to Omo Gamaar, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Coptic Cathedral of Saint Shenouda, and take a pleasant ride with Habiba Horse.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hurghada trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Sharm El Sheikh to Hurghada in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. August in Hurghada sees daily highs of 45°C and lows of 33°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Hurghada

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Giftun Islands ©
Giftun Islands
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Step Pyramid of Djoser and then delve into the distant past at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids.

Before you visit Cairo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Hurghada to Cairo by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Hurghada in August: high temperatures in Cairo hover around 41°C and lows are around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Socotra Island.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, Step Pyramid of Djoser
Highlights from your plan
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
Step Pyramid of Djoser ©
Step Pyramid of Djoser

3
nights
Socotra Island, Yemen

Socotra Island ©
Off coast of the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa, Socotra Island has developed in almost total isolation, yielding a biodiversity that is unique in the world.
We've included these beaches for you: Qalansiyah Beach and Delisha Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Shoab beach and Homhil Protected Area. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Arher Beach, kick back and relax at Aomak Beach, and get outside with Dihamri Marine Protected Area.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Socotra Island route maker site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cairo to Socotra Island. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Arabian Standard Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Cairo in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Socotra Island: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Abu Dhabi.

Things to do in Socotra Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Delisha Beach ©
Delisha Beach
Shoab beach ©
Shoab beach
Qalansiyah Beach ©
Qalansiyah Beach

4
nights
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi ©
Take a trip to Abu Dhabi to discover a modern metropolis built on a strip of land jutting out into the Persian Gulf.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and St. Joseph's Cathedral. Explore hidden gems such as Yas Mall and Mushrif Mall. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Saadiyat Public Beach, browse the different shops at Avenue at Etihad Towers, view the masterpieces at Salwa Zeidan Gallery, and admire the striking features of Emirates Palace.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Abu Dhabi trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Socotra Island to Abu Dhabi with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Socotra Island to Abu Dhabi. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Socotra Island in August; daily highs in Abu Dhabi reach 50°C and lows reach 37°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Dubai.

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Shopping Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque ©
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Saadiyat Public Beach ©
Saadiyat Public Beach
Yas Mall ©
Yas Mall

5
nights
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Head to The Dubai Mall and Al Jimi Mallfor plenty of shopping. Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Get out of town with these interesting Dubai side-trips: Al Ain (Al Jahili Fort, St. Mary's Catholic Church, &more). The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Burj Khalifa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dubai Creek, enjoy the sand and surf at Jumeirah Public Beach, and look for gifts at Boulevard Dubai.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Dubai trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Abu Dhabi to Dubai takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Dubai can reach 49°C, while at night they dip to 38°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Salalah.

Things to do in Dubai

Outdoors Shopping Tours

Side Trip

Al Ain
Highlights from your plan
The Dubai Mall ©
The Dubai Mall
Safaris
Jumeirah Public Beach ©
Jumeirah Public Beach

1
night
Salalah, Oman

Salalah ©
The Sultanate's second city, Salalah has become known as a southerly counterpoint to the capital in the north.
On the 26th (Sun), kick back and relax at Al Fizayah Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Salalah sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Dubai to Salalah takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dubai in August, expect nights in Salalah to be slightly colder, around 28°C, while days are cooler, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Muscat.

Things to do in Salalah

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Al Fizayah Beach ©
Al Fizayah Beach

1
night
Muscat, Oman

Muscat ©
The capital and largest city of Oman, the coastal city of Muscat boasts numerous historical sites and pristine modern developments.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Amouage, kick back and relax at Pebble Beach, thenkick back and relax at Qurum Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.

For ratings and more tourist information, you can read our Muscat trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Salalah to Muscat in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Salalah in August; daily highs in Muscat reach 42°C and lows reach 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Petra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Muscat

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Qurum Beach ©
Qurum Beach
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque ©
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
Amouage ©
Amouage

2
nights
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan

Petra - Wadi Musa ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Temple of Dushares. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Petra.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Petra - Wadi Musa trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Muscat to Petra - Wadi Musa takes 10 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Muscat to Petra - Wadi Musa due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Amman.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Petra ©
Petra
Street of Facades ©
Street of Facades
Obelisk Tomb ©
Obelisk Tomb

1
night
Amman, Jordan

Amman ©
Jordan's capital city, Amman spreads across 19 hills and includes many distinct districts, each with their own historical and cultural marvels.
On the 31st (Fri), delve into the distant past at Roman Amphitheater, thenstop by Jobedu - جوبدو, and then stop by Nadia Dajani Jewellery.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Amman trip planner.

Getting from Petra - Wadi Musa to Amman by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. August in Amman sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amman

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Roman Amphitheater ©
Roman Amphitheater
Nadia Dajani Jewellery ©
Nadia Dajani Jewellery
Jobedu - جوبدو ©
Jobedu - جوبدو

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