6 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

6 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

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Start: Athens, Greece
Fly:  3 h 30 min
1
Thessaloniki, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 30 min
3
Cairo, Egypt
— 1 night
Fly:  8 h 30 min
4
Ankara, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Athens, Greece


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Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki ©
A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Heptapyrgion and then pause for some serene contemplation at Monastery of St. Theodora. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rotunda, don't miss a visit to White Tower of Thessaloniki, then look for gifts at Hellofrom Thessaloniki, and finally admire the striking features of Church of Panagia Acheiropoietos.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Thessaloniki trip planner.

Athens to Thessaloniki is an approximately 3.5- hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Athens in June since evenings lows in Thessaloniki dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

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Historic Sites Shopping
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Heptapyrgion ©
Heptapyrgion
White Tower of Thessaloniki ©
White Tower of Thessaloniki
Rotunda ©
Rotunda

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Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
On the 4th (Thu), get outside with Outdoor Activities, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Imre Nagy, and then get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Budapest road trip site.

Fly from Thessaloniki to Budapest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Thessaloniki to Budapest is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Thessaloniki in June, expect Budapest to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Budapest

Outdoors Tours
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Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Speed Boats Tours
Statue of Imre Nagy ©
Statue of Imre Nagy

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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've now added Great Sphinx to your itinerary. On the 5th (Fri), browse the exhibits of Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre, appreciate the history behind Great Sphinx, and then explore the activities along Nile River.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cairo online trip planner.

Getting from Budapest to Cairo by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Budapest to Cairo. Traveling from Budapest in June, things will get a bit warmer in Cairo: highs are around 40°C and lows about 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Cairo

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Giza
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Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre ©
Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre
Nile River
Nile River
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

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Ankara, Turkey

Ankara ©
Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Mehmet Akif Ersoy Evi, then admire the engineering at Kurt BogazI Baraj Golu, and then stroll around Ahlatlibel Tesisleri Parki. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Hamamonu Restored Area, then pause for some serene contemplation at Tacettin Sultan Cami, and then see the interesting displays at Gokyay Chess Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ankara travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Cairo to Ankara in 8.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Turkey Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Cairo in June, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Ankara: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ankara

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Kurt BogazI Baraj Golu
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Ahlatlibel Tesisleri Parki ©
Ahlatlibel Tesisleri Parki
Hamamonu Restored Area ©
Hamamonu Restored Area
Gokyay Chess Museum ©
Gokyay Chess Museum

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