48 days in Africa, Asia & Europe Itinerary

48 days in Africa, Asia & Europe Itinerary

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Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  28 h
1
Cairo, Egypt
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Luxor, Egypt
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Aswan, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Cairo, Egypt
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5 h 45 min
5
Saint Catherine, Egypt
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  25 h
6
Eilat, Israel
— 1 night
+6
Bus + Train + Fly + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Bus:  4 h 45 min
7
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 1 night
+6
Bus + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Fly + Train + Bus:  4 h 45 min
8
Eilat, Israel
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  3 h 45 min
9
Tiberias, Israel
— 4 nights
Bus:  2 h 15 min
10
Jerusalem, Israel
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h
11
Tel Aviv, Israel
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Train + Foot + Bus:  5 h 30 min
12
Kusadasi, Turkey
— 5 nights
+3
Ferry + Foot + Bus + Fly:  7 h 15 min
13
Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
Ferry:  2 h 15 min
14
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly + Subway:  2 h 30 min
15
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Subway + Fly:  29 h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

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 7th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Sondos Papyrus and then explore the ancient world of Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan, and then steep yourself in history at Mosque of Ibn Tulun.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cairo sightseeing planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Cairo is an approximately 28- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Cairo is minus 10 hours. When traveling from Auckland in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cairo, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Giza
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Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan ©
Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan
Mosque of Ibn Tulun ©
Mosque of Ibn Tulun

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Howard Carter House, delve into the distant past at Temple of Seti I, and then make a trip to Deir el-Shelwit Temple. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Le Scarabe Papyrus Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Habiba Gallery, then explore the ancient world of Temple of Amun, and finally explore the ancient world of Tomb of Sennedjem.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Luxor route planner.

Getting from Cairo to Luxor by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairo in April, you will find days in Luxor are somewhat warmer (41°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Aswan.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Howard Carter House ©
Howard Carter House
Tomb of Sennedjem ©
Tomb of Sennedjem
Temple of Amun ©
Temple of Amun

3
nights
Aswan, Egypt

Aswan ©
Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Qubbet el-Hawa. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Nile Museum, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then delve into the distant past at Monastery of St. Simeon.

Start your trip to Aswan by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Luxor to Aswan in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In April in Aswan, expect temperatures between 42°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Aswan

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Philae Temple ©
Philae Temple
New Kalabsha ©
New Kalabsha
Monastery of St. Simeon ©
Monastery of St. Simeon

2
nights
Cairo, Egypt

Cairo ©
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pyramids of Giza and Cave Church. Discover out-of-the-way places like Statue of Ramses II and Horseback Riding Tours. See even more of Cairo: admire the landmark architecture of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary), steep yourself in history at Tomb of Shah of Iran, explore the galleries of Oum El Dounia Gallery, and look for gifts at Al Wikalah.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cairo online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Aswan to Cairo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Aswan in April; daily highs in Cairo reach 34°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Saint Catherine.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Giza
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Cave Church ©
Cave Church
Statue of Ramses II ©
Statue of Ramses II

3
nights
Saint Catherine, Egypt

Saint Catherine ©
Visitors flock to the town of Saint Catherine, nestled in the foothills of Mount Sinai, to explore the World Heritage Area's numerous religious and historic sights.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Catherine's Monastery and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Sinai. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the vivid underwater world at Jackson Reef and then ponder the world of politics at The Cascades at Soma Bay.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Saint Catherine day trip tool.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Cairo to Saint Catherine in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Cairo in April, things will get little chillier in Saint Catherine: highs are around 28°C and lows about 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Eilat.

Things to do in Saint Catherine

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Red Sea and Sinai
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St. Catherine's Monastery ©
St. Catherine's Monastery
Mount Sinai ©
Mount Sinai
Jackson Reef ©
Jackson Reef

1
night
Eilat, Israel

At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then get engrossed in the history at Eilat City Museum, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Eilat visit planner.

Explore your travel options from Saint Catherine to Eilat with the Route module. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Saint Catherine in April, with highs in Eilat at 38°C and lows at 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Petra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Eilat

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Eilat City Museum ©
Eilat City Museum

1
night
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 (Fri): explore the ancient world of Temple of Dushares, steep yourself in history at The Great Temple, then take an in-depth tour of Petra Museum, then contemplate the long history of Obelisk Tomb, and finally delve into the distant past at Al-Beidha - Little Petra.

Plan trip to Petra - Wadi Musa with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Eilat to Petra - Wadi Musa in 12.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Eilat.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites Museums
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Al-Beidha - Little Petra ©
Al-Beidha - Little Petra
Petra ©
Petra
Obelisk Tomb ©
Obelisk Tomb

1
night
Eilat, Israel

Eilat
To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Eilat trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Petra - Wadi Musa to Eilat takes 12.5 hours. On the 24th (Sun), you'll travel to Tiberias.

Things to do in Eilat

Outdoors Tours Parks
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4
nights
Tiberias, Israel

Tiberias
On the shores of Lake Kinneret, a vacation in Tiberias offers plenty of water sports and biblical walks.
Get a sense of the local culture at Magdala and Beit Shearim. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nazareth Village and Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation. Change things up with a short trip to The Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth (about 44 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at The Beatitude Monastery, examine the collection at Circassian Museum, delve into the distant past at The House and Church of St. Peter, and stroll around Hamat Tiberias National Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tiberias trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Eilat to Tiberias takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Eilat in April, expect Tiberias to be little chillier, temps between 28°C and 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Tiberias

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Nazareth, Capernaum, Franciscan Wedding Church, Magdala, Circassian Museum
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Magdala
Magdala
The Beatitude Monastery ©
The Beatitude Monastery
Nazareth Village ©
Nazareth Village

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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.
Mt of Olives and Church of Saint Anne will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony), contemplate the long history of Dominus Flevit, and explore the ancient world of Western Wall.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Jerusalem itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by bus from Tiberias to Jerusalem takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in April, and nighttime lows around 16°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Tel Aviv.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park
Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 2:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mt of Olives ©
Mt of Olives
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Ben-Gurion House and then stroll through Let's Walk - Hike & Travel Israel with Omer Ziv. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Joseph Bau House Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Bograshov Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Frishman Beach, and finally take in the waterfront at Tayelet.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tel Aviv day trip planning tool.

Getting from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv by car takes about an hour. Traveling from Jerusalem in May, expect nights in Tel Aviv to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kusadasi.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Tayelet ©
Tayelet
Joseph Bau House Museum ©
Joseph Bau House Museum
Bograshov Beach
Bograshov Beach

5
nights
Kusadasi, Turkey

Kusadasi ©
Unreservedly dedicated to tourism, Kusadasi sits on the Aegean coastline and acts as a gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the country's major Greco-Roman archaeological sites.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) and Temple of Hadrian. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Isa Bey Mosque and Kadikalesi Anaia Excavations. Explore Kusadasi's surroundings by going to Priene Antik Kenti (in Gullubahce) and Izmir (Hisar Mosque & Arkas Art Center). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Dilek National Park, explore the world behind art at Micro Miniature Museum, walk around Kusadasi Gazi Begendi Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ladies Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Kusadasi trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight, train, and bus from Tel Aviv to Kusadasi in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Tel Aviv in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kusadasi, with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Kusadasi

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Izmir, Selcuk, Priene Antik Kenti
Find places to stay May 4 — 9:
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Isa Bey Mosque ©
Isa Bey Mosque
Dilek National Park ©
Dilek National Park
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)

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Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist and Experience Horse Riding. Take a break from the city and head to Red Beach and Perissa Black Sand Beach. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, take in the exciting artwork at Asimis Kolaitou Art Gallery Santorini, admire the masterpieces at MATI Art Gallery, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Fira driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Kusadasi to Fira in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. In May, daytime highs in Fira are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Fira

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Perissa Black Sand Beach
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Experience Horse Riding ©
Experience Horse Riding
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist ©
Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Archaeological Site of Delos and Paraportiani Church. Step out of the city life by going to Mount Kynthos and Mount Zeus Hike. Venture out of the city with trips to Delos (Avenue of the Lions & House of Dionysus), Eggares Olive Press Museum (in Eggares) and Panagia Drossiani Church (in Moni). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Little Venice, contemplate the long history of Three Wells, look for gifts at Mytho, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint George.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Mykonos Town tour itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Fira to Mykonos Town by ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Delos, Eggares Olive Press Museum, Mount Zeus Hike, Panagia Drossiani Church
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Archaeological Site of Delos ©
Archaeological Site of Delos
Panagia Drossiani Church ©
Panagia Drossiani Church
Paraportiani Church ©
Paraportiani Church

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Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Visit Acropolis of Athens and Lion Gate for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Temple of Hephaestus and Erechtheion. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Athens: Nauplion Promenade (in Nafplio) and Citadel and Treasury of Atreus (in Mycenae). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, stroll around Philopappos Hill, steep yourself in history at Ancient Agora of Athens, and pause for some photo ops at Temple of Athena Nike.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Athens holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and subway from Mykonos Town to Athens takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. In May in Athens, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 20°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Mycenae, Nauplion Promenade
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Lion Gate ©
Lion Gate

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