16 days in Europe, Middle East & Africa Itinerary

16 days in Europe, Middle East & Africa Itinerary

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16 days in Europe, Middle East & Africa Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  23​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
3
Olympia, Greece
— 1 day
Drive + ferry:  6​h 15​min
4
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
5
Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Tel Aviv, Israel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Cairo, Egypt
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
8
Luxor, Egypt
— 1 night
Fly:  21​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

2
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.
Head to Kapali Carsi and Jennifer's Hamamfor plenty of shopping. Topkapi Palace and Basilica Cistern are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), don't miss a visit to Sultanahmet Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Istanbul is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Melbourne to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in September: highs in Istanbul hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 16th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, then delve into the distant past at Temple of Hephaestus, then delve into the distant past at Temple of Athena Nike, and finally explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll around Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre and then kick back and relax at Asteras Glyfada Beach.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Athens using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Athens takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Istanbul in September, expect nights in Athens to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Olympia.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, Asteras Glyfada Beach
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus

1
day
Olympia, Greece

Olympia ©
Inhabited since prehistoric times, Olympia remains best known as the site of the original Olympic Games, held there for the first time in 776 BCE.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Olympia, then learn about winemaking at Olympia Land Winery, and then admire all the interesting features of Klio's Honey Farm.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Olympia online tour planner .

You can drive from Athens to Olympia in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Athens in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Olympia, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Olympia

Historic Sites Wineries
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Archaeological Site of Olympia ©
Archaeological Site of Olympia
Olympia Land Winery ©
Olympia Land Winery
Klio's Honey Farm ©
Klio's Honey Farm

2
nights
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.
On the 19th (Thu), kick back and relax at Panormos Beach and then kick back and relax at Elia Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): kick back and relax at Kapari Beach, then don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli), and then take a stroll through Little Venice.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Mykonos Town day trip app .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Olympia to Mykonos Town takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Olympia in September, Mykonos Town is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Panormos Beach, Elia Beach, Kapari Beach
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Elia Beach ©
Elia Beach
Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Little Venice ©
Little Venice

2
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
On the 21st (Sat), stroll through KAMARA BEACH and then stroll through Perissa Black Sand Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, and then kick back and relax at Red Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Fira day trip planning site .

Traveling by ferry from Mykonos Town to Fira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tel Aviv.

Things to do in Fira

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Perissa Black Sand Beach, KAMARA BEACH
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KAMARA BEACH ©
KAMARA BEACH
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

1
night
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.
On the 23rd (Mon), browse the eclectic array of goods at Carmel Market (Shuk Ha'Carmel), then tour the pleasant surroundings at Frishman Beach, and then see the interesting displays at Palmach Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Ayalon Institute Museum, then don't miss a visit to Rothschild Boulevard, then kick back and relax at Bograshov Beach, and finally explore the world behind art at Joseph Bau House.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tel Aviv travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Fira to Tel Aviv in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. Traveling from Fira in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Tel Aviv, with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Ayalon Institute Museum
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Bograshov Beach
Bograshov Beach
Palmach Museum ©
Palmach Museum
Carmel Market (Shuk Ha'Carmel) ©
Carmel Market (Shuk Ha'Carmel)

1
night
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.
On the 25th (Wed), get a taste of the local shopping with Khan Al-Khalili, then steep yourself in history at Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan, and then browse the different shops at Cairo Festival City Mall.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cairo travel route builder app .

You can fly from Tel Aviv to Cairo in 4.5 hours. While traveling from Tel Aviv, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cairo, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Cairo

Shopping Historic Sites
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Khan Al-Khalili ©
Khan Al-Khalili
Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan ©
Cairo Festival City Mall ©
Cairo Festival City Mall

1
night
Luxor, Egypt

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
On the 26th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Tomb of Queen Nefertari, then revel in the low prices at Imhotep Alabaster Luxor, then contemplate the long history of Temple of Karnak, and finally get engrossed in the history at Karnak Open Air Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Luxor trip builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Cairo to Luxor takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairo in September, expect nights in Luxor to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 46°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Luxor

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Tomb of Queen Nefertari ©
Tomb of Queen Nefertari
Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Karnak Open Air Museum ©
Karnak Open Air Museum

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