32 days in Africa, Asia & Europe Itinerary

32 days in Africa, Asia & Europe Itinerary

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32 days in Africa, Asia & Europe Itinerary

Start: Cairo, Egypt
1
Cairo, Egypt
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Tel Aviv, Israel
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Jerusalem, Israel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Sweimah, Jordan
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Cairo, Egypt

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Giza Plateau and Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary). Get some historical perspective at Pyramids of Giza and Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids. Explore Cairo's surroundings by going to Giza (Great Sphinx, Step Pyramid of Djoser, & more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Egyptian Antiquities Museum, steep yourself in history at Mosque of Ibn Tulun, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Ramesses II, and delve into the distant past at Mit Rahina Museum Colossus of Ramses II.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cairo vacation builder app .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Cairo International Airport. In September in Cairo, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tel Aviv.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Giza, Step Pyramid of Djoser
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Giza Plateau ©
Giza Plateau
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids

7
nights
Tel Aviv, Israel

Tel Aviv ©
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 hidden gems such as Capharnaum the Town of Jesus and Tayelet. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bograshov Beach and Jerusalem Beach. Explore Tel Aviv's surroundings by going to Stella Maris Lighthouse and Carmelite Monastery (in Haifa), Capernaum (The House and Church of St. Peter, The Church of the Twelve Apostles, & more) and Nazareth (Megiddo National Park, St. Joseph Church, & more). Dedicate the 28th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sea of Galilee, admire the masterpieces at Joseph Bau House, kick back and relax at Frishman Beach, and get engrossed in the history at Ben-Gurion House.

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Fly from Cairo to Tel Aviv in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Cairo in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Tel Aviv: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Capernaum, Nazareth, Sea of Galilee, Beit Shearim, Church of the Primacy of Peter
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Capharnaum the Town of Jesus ©
Capharnaum the Town of Jesus
Tayelet ©
Tayelet
Wine Tours & Tastings

2
nights
Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem ©
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 off the beaten path and head to Israel Museum and Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony). Popular historic sites such as Jaffa Gate and Western Wall are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Ein Bokek Beach (in Ein Bokek) and Masada Fortress (in Arad). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Herzl National Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Dominus Flevit, and delve into the distant past at Herod's Western Palace.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Jerusalem day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem takes an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sweimah.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Masada Fortress, Ein Bokek Beach, Herod's Western Palace
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Masada Fortress ©
Masada Fortress
Jaffa Gate ©
Jaffa Gate

3
nights
Sweimah, Jordan

Sweimah ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of Saint George, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St John the Baptist, then steep yourself in history at Wadi Jadid, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at O Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Roman Amphitheater, then learn about all things military at Royal Tank Museum, then examine the collection at La Storia Tourism Complex, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Nebo.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sweimah holiday builder tool .

Traveling by car from Jerusalem to Sweimah takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Petra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Sweimah

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Madaba, Amman, O Beach
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Roman Amphitheater ©
Roman Amphitheater
Church of St John the Baptist ©
Church of St John the Baptist
Mount Nebo ©
Mount Nebo

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Al-Beidha - Little Petra and Byzantine Church. Do some cultural sightseeing at Petra and Mosesquelle. When in Petra - Wadi Musa, make a side trip to see Wadi Ghuweir in Dana, approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Great Temple, explore the ancient world of Temple of Dushares, contemplate the long history of Obelisk Tomb, and take an in-depth tour of Petra Museum.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Petra - Wadi Musa itinerary planner .

Drive from Sweimah to Petra - Wadi Musa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or take a bus. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Wadi Ghuweir
Highlights from your plan
Petra ©
Petra
Al-Beidha - Little Petra ©
Al-Beidha - Little Petra
Byzantine Church ©
Byzantine Church

7
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.
Get some historical perspective at Basilica Cistern and Yeni Camii. You'll get in some beach time at Altinkemer Local Beach and Sardala Koyu. Spend the 14th (Mon) floating through the air with a balloon tour. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the landmark architecture of Eyup Sultan Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Petra - Wadi Musa to Istanbul takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Petra - Wadi Musa to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Istanbul

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Sardala Koyu, Altinkemer Local Beach
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

5
nights
Mykonos Town, Greece

Mykonos Town ©
A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Armenistis Lighthouse and Church of Saint George will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Elia Beach and Platis Gialos Beach. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Little Venice, kick back and relax at Psarou beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach, and learn about winemaking at Mykonos Vioma Organic Farm.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mykonos Town tour itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Istanbul to Mykonos Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Istanbul to Mykonos Town, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in October, things will get a bit cooler in Mykonos Town: highs are around 25°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mykonos, Paradise Beach, Psarou beach, Elia Beach, Panormos Beach
Highlights from your plan
Elia Beach ©
Elia Beach
Platis Gialos Beach ©
Platis Gialos Beach
Super Paradise Beach ©
Super Paradise Beach

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