16 days in Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

16 days in Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
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Athens, Greece
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Rhodes Town, Greece
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Jerusalem, Israel
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Alexandria, Egypt
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 3 nights

Queen of Cities

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.
Get some cultural insight at Hagia Sophia Mosque and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Family-friendly places like Topkapi Palace and Suleymaniye Cami will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, delve into the distant past at Valens Aqueduct, and steep yourself in history at Eyüp Sultan Mosque.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip planner.

Seoul, South Korea to Istanbul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Seoul to Istanbul, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seoul in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Istanbul: highs are around 28°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to fly to Athens.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Athens, Greece

— 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Visit Ancient Agora of Athens and Theater of Dionysus for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Acropolis Museum and Philopappos Hill. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Temple of Hephaestus, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Kapnikarea, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Cycladic Art, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Lycabettus.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Athens online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Athens takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Athens when traveling from Istanbul in October, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
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Rhodes Town, Greece

— 3 nights
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Monastery Tsambika and Street of the Knights. Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes and Medieval City will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Rhodes Town to Kolimbia to see Rodos Nature - Folklore Museum about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see what you can catch with Makarounas Fishing Trip Rhodes, stop by Tassos Samourakis Gold & Silver Jewelry, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Virgin of the Burgh, and examine the collection at Kahal Shalom Synagogue.

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Traveling by flight from Athens to Rhodes Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Athens in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Rhodes Town, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Wildlife

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Jerusalem, Israel

— 2 nights

Holy City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): admire the striking features of Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Western Wall, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Western Wall Tunnels, then steep yourself in history at Mt of Olives, and finally contemplate the long history of The Jerusalem Archaeological Park. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Old City of Jerusalem and then explore the world behind art at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Jerusalem holiday planner.

You can fly from Rhodes Town to Jerusalem in 5 hours. When traveling from Rhodes Town in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Jerusalem: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Alexandria.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Alexandria, Egypt

— 2 nights

Mediterranean's Bride

Known for its turbulent and eventful past, the port city of Alexandria retains a historic charm and atmosphere, boasting thousands of years of Egypt's cultural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of El Qaed Ibrahim Mosque. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Mamoura Beach and then steep yourself in history at King Farouk Palace.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Alexandria itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Jerusalem to Alexandria takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Alexandria

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
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Turkey travel guide

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Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Greece travel guide

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Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

Israel travel guide

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Land of Creation
Surprisingly diverse for such a narrow strip of land pressed against the Mediterranean, modern Israel only dates back to 1948, though the history of this "Holy Land" spans many millennia. The big three monotheistic religions--Christianity, Judaism, and Islam--maintain extremely strong ties to this part of the world, so you can expect to see plenty of historic churches, mosques, and synagogues during your holiday in Israel. Beyond the undeniable cultural appeal, Israel also offers impressive natural features, including the Dead Sea and Makhtesh Ramon, one of the world's biggest craters. As you tour Israel, you'll find yourself following in the footsteps of figures that helped shape the world thousands of years ago.

Egypt travel guide

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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.