31 days in Africa & Asia Itinerary

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Marrakech, Morocco
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Algiers, Algeria
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Tunis, Tunisia
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Cairo, Egypt
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Jerusalem, Israel
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Amman, Jordan
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Arusha, Tanzania
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Marrakech, Morocco — 3 nights

Red City

You won't run out of things to do in Marrakech, a city where you can spend days exploring grandiose palaces and mosques, photogenic gardens, sacred tombs, and traditional mansions that evoke a bygone era.
Kids will enjoy Nature & Wildlife Tours and Jemaa el-Fnaa. Do some cultural sightseeing at Koutoubia Mosque and Marrakech Museum. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio da Bahia, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Menara Gardens and Pavilion.

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Newark, USA to Marrakech is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Western European Standard Time (WET) is 5 hours. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Newark in January: highs in Marrakech hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to fly to Algiers.
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Algiers, Algeria — 1 night

Algiers the White

Overlooking a scenic bay, the Mediterranean port city of Algiers enthralls visitors with its imposing skyline, a blend of French colonial buildings, run-down high-rises, and whitewashed Islamic architecture nestled on the hillside.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): examine the collection at Musee National du Bardo, then see the interesting displays at Musee Public National de l'Enluminure, de la Miniature et de la Calligraphie, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ketchaoua Mosque, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame d'Afrique.

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Fly from Marrakech to Algiers in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. In January, daily temperatures in Algiers can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can fly to Tunis.
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Tunis, Tunisia — 2 nights

The Mediterranean port city of Tunis, Tunisia's bustling capital, boasts a vibrant mix of cultures and architectural styles, enchanting visitors with its historical attractions, picturesque beaches, and laidback vibe.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): see the interesting displays at The National Bardo Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zitouna Mosque, then brush up on your military savvy at Musee National Militaire, and finally contemplate the long history of L'aqueduc de Zaghouan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Dar Lasram, take in the exciting artwork at Roumouz, and then see the interesting displays at Dar Bach Hamba.

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Traveling by flight from Algiers to Tunis takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in January, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Cairo.
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and Great Sphinx. Get some cultural insight at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids and Memphis and Sakkara. Go for a jaunt from Cairo to Giza to see Pyramids of Giza about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay, and browse the exhibits of Sondos Papyrus.

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Traveling by flight from Tunis to Cairo takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January, daily temperatures in Cairo can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Jerusalem.
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Jerusalem, Israel — 3 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Western Wall and Bethesda. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Venture out of the city with trips to ANZAC Memorial Center (in Beersheba) and Tel Aviv (Tayelet, Eretz Israel Museum Complex (Haaretz Museum), &more). It doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center and contemplate the long history of The Jerusalem Archaeological Park.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Jerusalem trip planner.

You can fly from Cairo to Jerusalem in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In January in Jerusalem, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to fly to Amman.
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Amman, Jordan — 1 night

White City

Jordan's capital city, Amman spreads across 19 hills and includes many distinct districts, each with their own historical and cultural marvels.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): browse the exhibits of Amman Panorama Art Gallery, then steep yourself in history at The Citadel, and then take in the exciting artwork at Project Positive Soulful Creations.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Amman holiday builder tool.

Getting from Jerusalem to Amman by flight takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Jerusalem in January, things will get slightly colder in Amman: highs are around 55°F and lows about 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Abu Dhabi.
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — 3 nights

Take a trip to Abu Dhabi to discover a modern metropolis built on a strip of land jutting out into the Persian Gulf.
Get some cultural insight at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Qasr Al Hosn. Bring the kids along to Heritage Village and The Corniche. Spend the 15th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: get in on the family fun at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and buy something for everyone on your list at Marina Mall.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Abu Dhabi holiday planner.

You can fly from Amman to Abu Dhabi in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Gulf Standard Time is 2 hours. In January, Abu Dhabi is somewhat warmer than Amman - with highs of 75°F and lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Dubai.
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates — 4 nights

City of Gold

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Get outdoors at Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Get a sense of the local culture at Dubai Museum & Al Fahidi Fort and Sharjah Museums. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dubai: Sharjah (Sharjah Heritage Museum & Sharjah Calligraphy Museum). Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Burj Khalifa, get to know the fascinating history of Bastakia Quarter, buy something for everyone on your list at The Dubai Mall, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Dubai trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Abu Dhabi to Dubai in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Nairobi.
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Nairobi, Kenya — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nairobi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Giraffe Centre, examine the collection at Karen Blixen Museum, and then get a dose of the wild on ToKenya.

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Fly from Dubai to Nairobi in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to East Africa Time (EAT) is minus 1 hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Arusha.
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Arusha, Tanzania — 2 nights

Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
On the 24th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Cultural Heritage Centre and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Arusha road trip site.

You can fly from Nairobi to Arusha in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in January, and nighttime lows around 61°F. On the 25th (Sat), you'll travel to Cape Town.
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Cape Town, South Africa — 6 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Appreciate the collections at District Six Museum and South African Jewish Museum. Popular historic sites such as Maclear's Beacon and Robben Island Museum are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: get great views at Cape Point, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, cruise along Chapman's Peak Drive, and enjoy the sand and surf at Llandudno Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Arusha to Cape Town takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Arusha to Cape Town is minus 1 hour. In January in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Morocco travel guide

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Diverse in landscapes and cultures, Morocco has long been a popular tourist destination, offering many quintessential North African vistas, sounds, and tastes. The ancient medinas of the main cities have retained their look and feel over the centuries, with bustling markets of colorful spice stalls, leather tanning in the streets, and teahouses. The dunes of the Sahara and the peaks of the High Atlas mountains battle for the interest of tourists on holiday in Morocco, with each possessing impressive, picturesque scenery, and hidden-away traditional villages, filled with crafts, carpets, and a rural way of life.
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Algeria travel guide

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Churches · Gardens · Historic Sites
Algeria the White
The largest country on the continent, Algeria combines diverse landscapes with cultural intrigue and history. The north of the country has always been the most developed area, with the majority of the population living in cities along the Mediterranean coast. Roman ruins, modern and colonial architecture, renowned museums, and impressive coastal areas in the north represent some of the highlights of a vacation in Algeria. Heading south, the Sahara Desert takes hold. The dunes and nomadic tribes crossing the landscape offer a dreamier, less scripted counterpoint to the urbane north.
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Tunisia travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Historic Sites · Ruins
Tunisia benefits from its thin, slivery form, with a range of landscapes and climates causing diverse cultures, traditions, and lifestyles to develop over time. The lesser-visited south of the country possesses some major archaeological sites, impressive dunes, and caravans of nomadic peoples crossing the sands. The north contains many of the main cities in the country, located along the historic Mediterranean coast. Carthaginian and Roman ruins are found in and just outside the contemporary urban areas, which themselves blend African, Ottoman, and European influences. Many come for a beach holiday in Tunisia, but those who don't stop there are richly rewarded.
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Egypt travel guide

4.5
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.
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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.
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Jordan travel guide

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For such a small country, Jordan boasts a surprising variety of natural landscapes and urban attractions. A trip to Jordan takes visitors on a journey back to biblical times, when sites like the Dead Sea and the ancient yet astonishingly well-preserved city of Petra seemed to be at the heart of world events. Although covered in rocky deserts, Jordan boasts a good network of roads, which makes sightseeing by car an easy way to discover many of the country's top highlights. Begin your tour of Jordan in Amman, the largest urban center and a major political, cultural, and economic hub of this Middle Eastern kingdom.
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United Arab Emirates travel guide

4.5
Observation Decks · Fountains · Shopping Malls
Though most people associate United Arab Emirates only with Dubai, nicknamed the "City of Gold," the federation of seven emirates boats a surprisingly rich historical and cultural heritage and provides a good starting point for visitors interested in discovering the Middle East. A trip to United Arab Emirates reveals a modern nation with a dynamic atmosphere and a landscape that quickly changes from futuristic cities to remote deserts, mysteriously silent places where only the shifting sand dunes mark the passage of time. Add the eastern coastline to your United Arab Emirates itinerary to find a string of outstanding beaches and some of the finest diving and snorkeling opportunities in the region.
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Kenya travel guide

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Nature & Parks · National Parks · Safaris
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.
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Tanzania travel guide

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Safaris · Geologic Formations · Beaches
Though the size and scale of Tanzania may be overwhelming, the people make it a personable and easy-going place to visit. The bigger cities not only offer good connections to the main natural attractions, but also feature bustling markets where locals sell fresh produce, snacks, and crafts. Smaller villages retain their long-held customs, beliefs, and artistic traditions. With the continent's highest peak, and some of the most animal-rich safaris available, Tanzania holidays tend to dart between the big and bold, and the personal and low-key.
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South Africa travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.
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