17 days in Africa, Asia & Europe Itinerary

17 days in Africa, Asia & Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Africa, Asia & Europe Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City, Kuwait
Fly:  3 h 45 min
1
Cairo, Egypt
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Jerusalem, Israel
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Heraklion, Greece
— 1 night
Ferry:  1 h 45 min
4
Akrotiri, Greece
— 1 night
Ferry:  1 h 45 min
5
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
6
Corfu Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry + Drive:  4 h
7
Kalambaka, Greece
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
8
Delphi, Greece
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
9
Olympia, Greece
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
10
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
+2
Subway + Fly + Drive:  5 h 30 min
11
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Kuwait City, Kuwait

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, pause for some photo ops at Great Sphinx, and then walk around Al-Azhar Park.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cairo planning tool.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Cairo is an approximately 4-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kuwait City to Cairo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuwait City in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Cairo, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Giza
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Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

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Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem ©
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 13th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre, then take a stroll through Old City of Jerusalem, then see the interesting displays at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and finally take an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Bethesda, admire the masterpieces at L. A. Mayer Museum for Islamic Art, look for gifts at Jerusalem Pottery Hagop Karakashian, delve into the distant past at Western Wall, then contemplate the long history of Mt of Olives, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Mount.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Jerusalem day trip planning app.

Fly from Cairo to Jerusalem in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Jerusalem can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Old City of Jerusalem ©
Old City of Jerusalem

1
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Heraklion, Greece

Heraklion ©
Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, and then explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Heraklion trip planner.

You can fly from Jerusalem to Heraklion in 5 hours. When traveling from Jerusalem in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Heraklion: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Palace of Knossos
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night
Akrotiri, Greece

Akrotiri ©
Located on Santorini's southwestern coastline, the small village of Akrotiri sits just a short walk from one of Europe's most significant Bronze Age archaeological sites.
On the 16th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Castelli of Emporio, then trot along with Santo Horse Riding, then enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, and finally explore the ancient world of Akrotiri.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Akrotiri online driving holiday planner.

You can ride a ferry from Heraklion to Akrotiri in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Castelli of Emporio
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Experience Horse Riding ©
Experience Horse Riding
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

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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 17th (Thu), sample the tasty concoctions at Mykonos Brewing Company, visit Little Venice, then don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli), then examine the collection at Aegean Maritime Museum, and finally make a trip to Kapopoulos Fine Arts. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Mykonos, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paraportiani Church, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Mykonos Town itinerary builder.

Traveling by ferry from Akrotiri to Mykonos Town takes 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Neighborhoods Museums Spas

Side Trips

Mykonos Brewing Company, Paradise Beach
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Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Aegean Maritime Museum ©
Aegean Maritime Museum
The Windmills (Kato Milli) ©
The Windmills (Kato Milli)

2
nights
Corfu Town, Greece

Corfu Town ©
Often called "Kastropolis" because of its majestic Venetian castle, Corfu Town once featured such extensive fortifications that a force of over 20,000 soldiers defended them.
On the 19th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Serbian Museum of Corfu, explore the ancient world of Old Fortress Corfu, then don't miss a visit to Spianada Square, and finally look for gifts at MiNiMiS. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Banknote Museum of the Ionian Bank, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Corfu, explore the galleries of Corfu Museum of Asian Art, then view the masterpieces at Corfu Gallery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Ioannis the Precursor.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Corfu Town driving holiday planning site.

Traveling by flight from Mykonos Town to Corfu Town takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Mykonos Town in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 7°C in Corfu Town. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Corfu
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Corfu Museum of Asian Art ©
Corfu Museum of Asian Art
Old Fortress Corfu ©
Old Fortress Corfu
Spianada Square ©
Spianada Square

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Kalambaka, Greece

Kalambaka ©
The gateway to one of the largest monastery complexes in Greece, the small town of Kalambaka nestles against a landscape of imposing rock formations rising 400 m (1,300 ft) into the air. Nearly leveled during World War II, the town rebuilt and reinvented itself in the post-war period, quickly becoming one of the region's major travel destinations.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): don't miss a visit to Meteora, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Great Meteoron, and finally admire the natural beauty at Varlaam Monastery.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kalambaka trip maker tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Corfu Town to Kalambaka in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Corfu Town in December, things will get little chillier in Kalambaka: highs are around 9°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Delphi.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites Parks
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Meteora ©
Meteora
Monastery of the Great Meteoron ©
Monastery of the Great Meteoron
Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) ©
Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada)

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Delphi, Greece

Delphi ©
Ancient Greeks revered Delphi as the center of their universe, building an impressive sanctuary to Apollo in order to mark this sacred spot.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the ancient world of Temple of Apollo In Delphi, delve into the distant past at Delphi, and then get engrossed in the history at Delphi Archaeological Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Delphi trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Kalambaka to Delphi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Kalambaka in December, with highs in Delphi at 15°C and lows at 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Olympia.

Things to do in Delphi

Historic Sites Museums
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Delphi ©
Delphi
Temple of Apollo In Delphi ©
Temple of Apollo In Delphi
Delphi Archaeological Museum ©
Delphi Archaeological Museum

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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 23rd (Wed): learn about winemaking at Olympia Land Winery, then explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site of Olympia, then categoryPhrases.phrase.deepen_your_understanding_of_the_past_and_present_with a heritage tour, and finally experience rural life at Klio's Honey Farm.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Olympia trip builder app.

Getting from Delphi to Olympia by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December in Olympia, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Athens.

Things to do in Olympia

Tours Wineries Historic Sites
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Olympia Land Winery ©
Olympia Land Winery
Klio's Honey Farm ©
Klio's Honey Farm
Walking tours

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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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, visit Monastiraki, and take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Athens trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Olympia to Athens takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Olympia in December since evenings lows in Athens dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Petra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Athens

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

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Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan

Petra - Wadi Musa ©
Visitors flock to Wadi Musa to witness the rose colored rock-carved temples and tombs of Petra, the famous ancient city and World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): delve into the distant past at The Great Temple, explore the ancient world of Temple of Dushares, and then contemplate the long history of Petra.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Petra - Wadi Musa trip maker app.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Athens to Petra - Wadi Musa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites
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Petra ©
Petra
The Great Temple ©
The Great Temple
Temple of Dushares ©
Temple of Dushares

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