15 days in Africa & Asia Itinerary

15 days in Africa & Asia Itinerary

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Marrakech, Morocco
— 2 nights
Cairo, Egypt
— 2 nights
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 4 nights
Arusha, Tanzania
— 1 night
Cape Town, South Africa
— 3 nights


Marrakech, Morocco — 2 nights

Red City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): hunt for treasures at Jemaa el-Fnaa and then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Saadian Tombs, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koutoubia Mosque, then admire the landmark architecture of Palacio da Bahia, then admire the landmark architecture of Medersa Ben Youssef, and finally examine the collection at Marrakech Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Marrakech trip planner.

Kansas City, USA to Marrakech is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is 6 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Cairo.
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Cairo, Egypt — 2 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

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 21st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Pyramids of Giza, pause for some photo ops at Great Sphinx, and then contemplate the long history of Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay. On your second day here, examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairo online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Marrakech to Cairo in 10 hours. Traveling from Marrakech to Cairo, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Marrakech in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Cairo, with lows around 54°F. On the 22nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Dubai.
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates — 4 nights

City of Gold

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dubai: Abu Dhabi (Qasr Al Hosn, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, &more). There's still lots to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, look for gifts at Dubai Gold Souk, browse the different shops at The Dubai Mall, and enjoy breathtaking views from Burj Khalifa.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Dubai trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairo to Dubai takes 6.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Cairo to Dubai. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Cairo in December; daily highs in Dubai reach 80°F and lows reach 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow time for the flight to Arusha.
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Arusha, Tanzania — 1 night

Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Arusha travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Dubai to Arusha in 11.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to East Africa Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in December, and nighttime lows around 61°F. You will leave for Cape Town on the 27th (Tue).
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
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Cape Town, South Africa — 3 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, see the interesting displays at South African Jewish Museum, explore and take pictures at Cape Point, and hunt for treasures at Greenmarket Square.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cape Town travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Arusha to Cape Town in 12 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Arusha to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Cape Town are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.
Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors
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Morocco travel guide

Diverse in landscapes and cultures, Morocco has long been a popular tourist destination, offering many quintessential North African vistas, sounds, and tastes. The ancient medinas of the main cities have retained their look and feel over the centuries, with bustling markets of colorful spice stalls, leather tanning in the streets, and teahouses. The dunes of the Sahara and the peaks of the High Atlas mountains battle for the interest of tourists on holiday in Morocco, with each possessing impressive, picturesque scenery, and hidden-away traditional villages, filled with crafts, carpets, and a rural way of life.

Egypt travel guide

Gift of the Nile
The land of pharaohs, pyramids, sphinxes, and papyrus, Egypt needs little by way of introduction. Visitors find more than a textbook readout of ancient history when visiting the country--the power, scale, art, and mysticism of its centuries-old culture bleed out from each landmark attraction and seep into the everyday life. Bustling markets, the slow-flowing Nile, the vast desert, and inspiring archeological sites often sit right alongside palaces of great excess and historical importance. All ensure you have plenty to see and do during your vacation in Egypt. In the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011, travel to certain areas where conflict and terrorism are deemed likely remains inadvisable for foreign visitors.

Tanzania travel guide

Safaris · Geologic Formations · Beaches
Though the size and scale of Tanzania may be overwhelming, the people make it a personable and easy-going place to visit. The bigger cities not only offer good connections to the main natural attractions, but also feature bustling markets where locals sell fresh produce, snacks, and crafts. Smaller villages retain their long-held customs, beliefs, and artistic traditions. With the continent's highest peak, and some of the most animal-rich safaris available, Tanzania holidays tend to dart between the big and bold, and the personal and low-key.

South Africa travel guide

Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.