22 days in Africa & Europe Itinerary

22 days in Africa & Europe Itinerary

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Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 3 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Nuuk, Greenland
— 2 nights
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Oslo, Norway
— 3 nights
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Helsinki, Finland
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Cairo, Egypt — 3 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx) and Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids (in Saqqara). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, stroll around Al-Azhar Park, steep yourself in history at Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay, and look for gifts at Nomad Gallery - Zamalek Main Branch.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cairo day trip planning website.

Melbourne, Australia to Cairo is an approximately 22-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Melbourne to Cairo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Melbourne in January: high temperatures in Cairo hover around 21°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 3 nights

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Venice: Padua (Basilica of St. Anthony, Chiesa degli Eremitani - World Heritage Site, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, explore the world behind art at Museo Correr, and contemplate the long history of Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

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

You can fly from Cairo to Venice in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In January, Venice is a bit cooler than Cairo - with highs of 9°C and lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can fly to Copenhagen.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Parks
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Copenhagen, Denmark — 3 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Copenhagen is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Nyhavn, soothe aching muscles at Zenzes Wellness, explore the historical opulence of Rosenborg Castle, and explore the world behind art at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Copenhagen trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Copenhagen takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Venice, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Copenhagen, ranging from highs of 3°C to lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can fly to London.
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London, United Kingdom — 4 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, and steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our London trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Copenhagen to London takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or take a train. Traveling from Copenhagen to London, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Copenhagen in January, plan for a bit warmer days in London, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to fly to Belfast.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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Belfast, United Kingdom — 1 night

A city with character, Belfast remains a great place for a leisurely exploration, as it is still relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists, who usually opt to visit Dublin instead.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

Before you visit Belfast, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Fly from London to Belfast in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. January in Belfast sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 3°C at night. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Nuuk.
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Nuuk, Greenland — 2 nights

Home to a quarter of the nation's population, Nuuk represents the nation's cultural and economic center and holds the title as the world's smallest and northernmost capital.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Prince Christian Sound, make a trip to Qornok, and then don't miss a visit to Nuuk Cathedral.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Nuuk journey tool.

You can fly from Belfast to Nuuk in 14 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to West Greenland Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Belfast in January, things will get cooler in Nuuk: highs are around -5°C and lows about -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to fly to Oslo.
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Oslo, Norway — 3 nights

Tiger City

Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Oslo is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning), admire the masterpieces at Vigeland Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Oslofjord, and examine the collection at Fram Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Oslo day trip site.

Getting from Nuuk to Oslo by flight takes about 11.5 hours. Traveling from Nuuk to Oslo, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Nuuk in January, you will find days in Oslo are a bit warmer (6°C), and nights are about the same (-9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Helsinki.
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Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature
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Helsinki, Finland — 1 night

Daughter of the Baltic

Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and then admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Oslo to Helsinki by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Oslo to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Oslo in January, you will find days in Helsinki are little chillier (-3°C), and nights are about the same (-9°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Denmark travel guide

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Known for its old-fashioned charm, Denmark often is referenced as a fairy-tale setting by visitors and locals alike. With quaint cobblestone streets leading the way to art galleries, museums, and historical sights, plus a modern and easily accessible public transportation system, Denmark seamlessly blends its rich history with modern advancements. Be inspired by the works of local legends, including the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, the symphonies of Carli Nielsen, and the astronomy work of Tycho Brahe, then play a bit at amusement parks like Legoland. Visitors often find themselves developing "hygge," the untranslatable Danish trait that encapsulates a sense of coziness and contentment, which is thought to have a great deal of influence on Denmark's standing as one of the happiest nations on the planet.
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Greenland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Nature & Parks
An autonomous Danish territory, Greenland combines the power of Mother Nature with some of the most stunning scenery in the world. A trip to Greenland takes you to the planet's largest non-continental island, with the sparsest population in the world. Don't let that stop you from choosing a holiday in Greenland, the perfect chance to discover small towns and photogenic villages known for their colorful wooden cottages. The improving tourist network includes many hotels and hostels, as well as a slew of tour operators providing exiting outdoor activities.
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Norway travel guide

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Land of the Midnight Sun
Take a trip up north and visit Norway, the land of fjords, northern lights, unspoiled nature, and friendly communities. Norway is a haven for holidaymakers who enjoy the outdoors, with numerous resorts for downhill skiing and snowboarding, as well as countless trails for hiking in the summer or dog sledding and cross-country skiing in the winter. Norway's cities combine historical and modern architecture and feature a selection of museums, art galleries, and performance venues. Meanwhile, traditional ways of life, local customs, and crafts are celebrated in many open-air and ethnological museums across the land. Even though the country has a modern and elaborate system of roads, Norway continues to foster its ancient connection with the sea. Take to the waters yourself with tours of the scenic coast, fjords, or whale watching.
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Finland travel guide

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Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."
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