8 days in Africa Itinerary

8 days in Africa Itinerary

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8 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Marrakech, Morocco
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
2
Algiers, Algeria
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Hammamet, Tunisia
— 1 day
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Tripoli, Libya
— 1 day
Fly:  7​h
5
Cairo, Egypt
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Chicago, United States

1
night
Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech ©
You won't run out of things to do in Marrakech, a city where you can spend days exploring grandiose palaces and mosques, photogenic gardens, sacred tombs, and traditional mansions that evoke a bygone era.
On the 6th (Fri), examine the collection at Musee de Marrakech - Fondation Omar Benjelloun, see the interesting displays at Marrakech Museum, contemplate the long history of Ben Youssef Madrasa, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Jemaa el-Fnaa. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Bahia Palace, admire the striking features of Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, and finally don't miss a visit to Medina of Marrakesh.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Marrakech trip planning website .

Chicago, USA to Marrakech is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Western European Time is 6 hours. When traveling from Chicago in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Marrakech, with highs around 91°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Algiers.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa
Koutoubia Mosque ©
Koutoubia Mosque

1
day
Algiers, Algeria

Algiers ©
Overlooking a scenic bay, the Mediterranean port city of Algiers enthralls visitors with its imposing skyline, a blend of French colonial buildings, run-down high-rises, and whitewashed Islamic architecture nestled on the hillside.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Le Musee National Des Beaux Arts, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame d'Afrique, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ketchaoua Mosque, then take a stroll through Kasbah of Algiers, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee National du Bardo.

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Traveling by flight from Marrakech to Algiers takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Marrakech, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Algiers, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Hammamet.

Things to do in Algiers

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Musee National du Bardo ©
Musee National du Bardo
Basilique Notre Dame d'Afrique ©
Basilique Notre Dame d'Afrique
Ketchaoua Mosque ©
Ketchaoua Mosque

1
day
Hammamet, Tunisia

Hammamet ©
Budget-constrained beach lovers relish a vacation in Hammamet, one of Tunisia's oldest resort towns known for its lush greenery.
On the 9th (Mon), play a few rounds at Citrus Golf Course, then wander the streets of Yasmin Hammamet, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hammamet Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hammamet online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and train from Algiers to Hammamet takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. Traveling from Algiers in September, Hammamet is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tripoli.

Things to do in Hammamet

Outdoors Golf Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Hammamet Beach ©
Hammamet Beach
Yasmin Hammamet ©
Yasmin Hammamet

1
day
Tripoli, Libya

Tripoli ©
The "Mermaid of the Mediterranean," Libyan capital Tripoli exudes a mix of Mediterranean charm and Arabic-Islamic cultural sensibility.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Nalut ruins, ponder the world of politics at Tripoli's Red Castle (Assai al-Hamra), then make a trip to The Arch of Marcus Aurelius, then make a trip to Street Murals, and finally explore the fascinating landscape at Libyan Sahara.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tripoli trip site .

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Hammamet to Tripoli takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Hammamet to Tripoli is 1 hour. Traveling from Hammamet in September, Tripoli is a bit warmer at night with lows of 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Tripoli

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Libyan Sahara, Nalut ruins
Highlights from your plan
Libyan Sahara ©
Libyan Sahara
Nalut ruins ©
Nalut ruins
Tripoli's Red Castle (Assai al-Hamra) ©

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): examine the collection at Egyptian Antiquities Museum, explore the ancient world of Pyramids of Giza, then make a trip to Great Sphinx, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary).

For where to stay and more tourist information, go to the Cairo trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Tripoli to Cairo takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. September in Cairo sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Giza
Highlights from your plan
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx
Egyptian Antiquities Museum ©
Egyptian Antiquities Museum

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