31 days in Africa, Asia & Europe Itinerary

31 days in Africa, Asia & Europe Itinerary

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Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  22 h 30 min
1
Cairo, Egypt
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Jerusalem, Israel
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
3
Amman, Jordan
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
5
Athens, Greece
— 6 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
6
Rome, Italy
— 7 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
7
Beirut, Lebanon
— 3 nights
Fly:  18 h 30 min
End: Sydney, Australia

4
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids and Pyramids of Giza. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairo: Great Sphinx (in Giza) and Step Pyramid of Djoser (in Saqqara). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, walk around Al-Azhar Park, and delve into the distant past at Bent Pyramid.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairo trip itinerary builder app.

Sydney, Australia to Cairo is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Cairo. When traveling from Sydney in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Cairo, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Giza, Memphis Historical Site, Step Pyramid of Djoser
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities

4
nights
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.
Western Wall and Old City of Jerusalem will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore and learn at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center and Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, see Off-Road Tours, contemplate the long history of Mt of Olives, and make a trip to Mount Zion.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Jerusalem trip builder site.

Getting from Cairo to Jerusalem by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In April, Jerusalem is little chillier than Cairo - with highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Amman.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Western Wall ©
Western Wall
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

3
nights
Amman, Jordan

Amman ©
Jordan's capital city, Amman spreads across 19 hills and includes many distinct districts, each with their own historical and cultural marvels.
Get some historical perspective at Jerash Ruins and Ajlun Castle (Qala'at ar-Rabad). You'll explore and learn at Royal Automobile Museum and Project Positive Soulful Creations. Explore Amman's surroundings by going to Jerash (Oval Plaza, Arch of Hadrian, &more). There's more to do: delve into the distant past at The Citadel and contemplate the long history of Roman Amphitheater.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Amman trip planner.

Getting from Jerusalem to Amman by flight takes about 4.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Amman can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Petra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Amman

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Jerash, Ajlun Castle (Qala'at ar-Rabad)
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Jerash Ruins ©
Jerash Ruins
Ajlun Castle (Qala'at ar-Rabad) ©
Ajlun Castle (Qala'at ar-Rabad)
The Citadel ©
The Citadel

2
nights
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 13th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Temple of Dushares, contemplate the long history of Petra, thensteep yourself in history at The Great Temple, and finally explore the ancient world of Byzantine Church. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Al-Beidha - Little Petra, thendelve into the distant past at Montreal Crusader Castle, thenexplore the ancient world of Obelisk Tomb, and finally contemplate the long history of The Urn Tomb.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Petra - Wadi Musa trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Amman to Petra - Wadi Musa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Montreal Crusader Castle
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Petra ©
Petra
Montreal Crusader Castle ©
Montreal Crusader Castle
Al-Beidha - Little Petra ©
Al-Beidha - Little Petra

6
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Acropolis of Athens and Ancient Agora of Athens. Let the collections at Acropolis Museum and Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Athens: Nafplio (Nauplion Promenade, Church of Panaghia, &more), St. Luke Archibishop (in Lefkakia) and Agia Kyriaki Church (in Tolon). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum, explore the ancient world of Theater of Dionysus, take a stroll through Monastiraki, and pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Athens driving holiday planning site.

Fly from Petra - Wadi Musa to Athens in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April in Athens, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nafplio, Mycenae, Agia Kyriaki Church
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Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology ©
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

7
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Popular historic sites such as Colosseum and Pantheon are in your itinerary. Vatican Museums and Stanze di Raffaello will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rome: Tivoli (Villa Adriana & Villa d'Este). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and make a trip to St. Peter's Square.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rome travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Rome takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Rome is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Athens in April, Rome is little chillier at night with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Beirut.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Tivoli
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

3
nights
Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut ©
Sitting on the Mediterranean coast, Beirut, the country's capital and largest city, has plenty of appeal itself, as well as offering a convenient base for exploring the country's other sights and cities.
Let the collections at Mim Museum - Mineral Museum and Vero Scultura capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at Baalbek Roman Ruins and Temples of Baalbek. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Beirut: Byblos (Roman Theater, Byblos Castle, &more) and St. George Church (in Batroun). It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint George and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. George Maronite Cathedral.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Beirut travel route builder.

Getting from Rome to Beirut by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Beirut is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Rome in April: high temperatures in Beirut hover around 29°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Beirut

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Byblos, Baalbeck, St. George Church
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Mim Museum - Mineral Museum ©
Mim Museum - Mineral Museum
Temples of Baalbek ©
Temples of Baalbek
Baalbek Roman Ruins ©
Baalbek Roman Ruins

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