18 days in Kenya, Amsterdam & Zanzibar Island Itinerary

18 days in Kenya, Amsterdam & Zanzibar Island Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 7 nights
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Nairobi, Kenya
— 4 nights
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Diani Beach, Kenya
— 2 nights
Drive to Tanga, Fly to Zanzibar City
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 4 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 7 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: The Hague (The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery & Sea Life Scheveningen), Haarlem (Grote Markt, Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), &more) and Old Church (in Delft). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, and sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip planner.

If you are flying in from The Netherlands, the closest major aiports are Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Eindhoven Airport and Eelde Airport. In December in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can fly to Nairobi.

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Nairobi, Kenya

— 4 nights

Green City in the Sun

You're likely to visit Nairobi at least once on a trip to Kenya, as the sprawling city houses the country's international airport and remains the jump-off point for many tours and safaris.
Spend the 28th (Tue) exploring nature at Nairobi National Park. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at ToKenya.com, stroll through Giraffe Centre, browse the exhibits of Karen Blixen Museum, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Nairobi trip planner.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Nairobi in 12 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Nairobi is 2 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Amsterdam in December: high temperatures in Nairobi hover around 28°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Diani Beach.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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Diani Beach, Kenya

— 2 nights
On a vacation in Diani Beach, a bustling resort town on Kenya's eastern coast, you can take advantage of a pristine sandy shore fringed by a verdant forest.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On your second day here, stroll through Diani Beach and then take an exotic tour of Jackal Adventure Safaris.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Diani Beach trip website.

Getting from Nairobi to Diani Beach by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or drive. In December, Diani Beach is somewhat warmer than Nairobi - with highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Diani Beach

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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Zanzibar City, Tanzania

— 4 nights
Discover a myriad of attractions in Zanzibar City, like its World Heritage-listed historic core, charming beach villages, and the modern neighborhood of Ng'ambo.
Zanzibar City is known for nature, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on things with Rising Sun Dive Center, take in nature's colorful creations at Forodhani Gardens, look for all kinds of wild species at Zanzibar Bookings - Day Tours, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheetah's Rock.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Zanzibar City trip planner.

Getting from Diani Beach to Zanzibar City by combination of car and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In December, daytime highs in Zanzibar City are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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Kenya travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Safaris · National Parks
The savannahs of Kenya contain some of the most iconic sights in Africa, stirred in the minds of many when they think of the continent. Big cats, elephants, and rhinos remain major inhabitants of this vast country, with a number of safari centers running trips across the region's World Heritage-listed national parks. Trips to rural villages, where many travelers choose to join up various volunteer projects, represent some of the most inspiring and enriching things to do in Kenya.

Zanzibar Island travel guide

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Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Islands
Unguja
Experience the bustling Zanzibar Island, the financial and economical metropolis of the Zanzibar Archipelago. Most tours of Zanzibar Island start in Zanzibar Town, where centuries of history are on display in Persian bathhouses, street coffee vendors, and the world's last open slave market in Stone Town, the historical center. Beyond that, attractions on Zanzibar Island include numerous archaeological sites dotted across the area.