32 days in Asia & Africa Itinerary

32 days in Asia & Africa Itinerary

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Start: Newark, United States
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Beirut, Lebanon
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Cairo, Egypt
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Hurghada, Egypt
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
4
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  4 h 15 min
5
Amman, Jordan
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Aqaba, Jordan
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
8
Eilat, Israel
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 15 min
9
Jerusalem, Israel
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Newark, United States

3
nights
Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Beirut: Batroun (St. George Church & Mussaylha Fort), Baalbeck (Hajar al-Hibla, Temples of Baalbek, &more) and Our Lady of Zahle and Bekaa (in Zahle). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Mim Museum - Mineral Museum, look for gifts at Selim Mouzannar, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Beirut, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. George Maronite Cathedral.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Beirut vacation builder app.

Newark, USA to Beirut is an approximately 16.5- hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Beirut is 7 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Newark in March: high temperatures in Beirut hover around 71°F and lows are around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Beirut

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Baalbeck, Batroun, Saydet el Nouriyi Monastery, Saint Charbel Tomb, Our Lady of Zahle and Bekaa
Highlights from your plan
Mim Museum - Mineral Museum ©
Mim Museum - Mineral Museum
Baalbek Roman Ruins ©
Baalbek Roman Ruins
Zaitunay Bay ©
Zaitunay Bay

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairo side-trips: Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, contemplate the waterfront views at Nile River, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay, and admire the landmark architecture of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary).

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cairo visit planner.

You can fly from Beirut to Cairo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Beirut in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cairo, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Hurghada.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trip

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

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.
Hurghada is known for wildlife, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Hurghada trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Cairo to Hurghada takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cairo, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Hurghada, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Hurghada

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hurghada Marina ©
Hurghada Marina

4
nights
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sharm El Sheikh: Dahab (WICKEDiCANDY & Scuba & Snorkeling). Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at SOHO Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Coptic Orthodox Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Heavenly Cathedral, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sharm El Sheikh attractions planning site.

Getting from Hurghada to Sharm El Sheikh by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or drive. In March in Sharm El Sheikh, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Amman.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Dahab
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
SOHO Square ©
SOHO Square
Coptic Orthodox Church ©
Coptic Orthodox Church

4
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Amman side-trips: Madaba (Machaerus, Mount Nebo, &more) and Jerash Ruins (in Jerash). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at The Citadel, delve into the distant past at Roman Amphitheater, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and make a trip to King Abdullah Mosque.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Amman trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sharm El Sheikh to Amman takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in March, expect Amman to be a bit cooler, temps between 67°F and 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Petra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Amman

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Madaba, Jerash Ruins
Highlights from your plan
The Citadel ©
The Citadel
Jerash Ruins ©
Jerash Ruins
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): delve into the distant past at Street of Facades and then explore the ancient world of Petra. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Temple of Dushares, steep yourself in history at The Great Temple, contemplate the long history of Al-Beidha - Little Petra, then explore the ancient world of Obelisk Tomb, then explore the ancient world of Montreal Crusader Castle, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Petra - Wadi Musa travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Amman to Petra - Wadi Musa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Aqaba.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites Spas

Side Trip

Montreal Crusader Castle
Highlights from your plan
Petra ©
Petra
Al-Beidha - Little Petra ©
Al-Beidha - Little Petra
Montreal Crusader Castle ©
Montreal Crusader Castle

1
night
Aqaba, Jordan

Jordan's only coastal and port city, Aqaba offers a wide range of water-related activities offshore to accompany its mix of historic buildings back on land.
On the 24th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Sharif Hussein Bin Ali and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Aqaba route planner.

Traveling by car from Petra - Wadi Musa to Aqaba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Aqaba are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Eilat.

Things to do in Aqaba

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sharif Hussein Bin Ali ©
Sharif Hussein Bin Ali

3
nights
Eilat, Israel

At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
Eilat is known for wildlife, zoos & aquariums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Timna Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Dolphin Reef, explore the gorgeous colors at Coral Beach Nature Reserve, and have some family-friendly fun at Darkness - Israel's Biggest Haunted House.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Eilat day trip tool.

Eilat is just a stone's throw from Aqaba. In March, daytime highs in Eilat are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Eilat

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Timna Park ©
Timna Park
Underwater Observatory Marine Park ©
Underwater Observatory Marine Park

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jerusalem: Jaffa Old City (in Jaffa), Tel Aviv (Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art, Neve Tzedek, &more) and Buster's Beverage (in Beit Shemesh). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, see the interesting displays at Shrine of the Book, admire the striking features of Church of Saint Anne, and pause for some serene contemplation at Bethesda.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Jerusalem online trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Eilat to Jerusalem in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Eilat in March, expect Jerusalem to be a bit cooler, temps between 73°F and 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tel Aviv, Benedictine monastery in Abu Ghosh, Buster's Beverage
Highlights from your plan
Old City of Jerusalem ©
Old City of Jerusalem
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

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