15 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

15 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

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15 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  27​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Larnaca, Cyprus
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Auckland, New Zealand


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4
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Istanbul road trip planning tool .

Auckland Central, New Zealand to Istanbul is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -10 hour difference. While traveling from Auckland Central, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

4
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, take in nature's colorful creations at National Garden, and see the interesting displays at Acropolis Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Athens online trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Istanbul to Athens in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in May: high temperatures in Athens hover around 29°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Larnaca.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

1
night
Larnaca, Cyprus

Larnaca ©
Situated on the southernmost coast of Cyprus, the 6,000-year-old city of Larnaka features a bustling promenade full of bars, cafes, restaurants, and plenty of spots in the sun.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hala Sultan Tekke, then view the masterpieces at Apothikes, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Lazarus Church.

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Traveling by flight from Athens to Larnaca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle. May in Larnaca sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Larnaca

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Apothiki 79 ©
Apothiki 79
Church of Saint Lazarus ©
Church of Saint Lazarus
Hala Sultan Tekke ©
Hala Sultan Tekke

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairo: Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, stroll through Al-Azhar Park, admire the landmark architecture of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary), and shop like a local with Khan Al-Khalili.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cairo online attractions planner .

Getting from Larnaca to Cairo by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Larnaca in May, expect Cairo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 38°C and 23°C. You'll set off for home on the 21st (Mon).

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Giza
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

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