38 days in Africa & Asia Itinerary

38 days in Africa & Asia Itinerary

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Fly
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Luxor, Egypt
— 3 nights
Drive
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Aswan, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly
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Abu Simbel, Egypt
— 2 nights
Drive
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Asmara, Eritrea
— 5 nights
Fly
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Djibouti, Djibouti
— 3 nights
Fly
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Yanbu, Saudi Arabia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Medina, Saudi Arabia
— 3 nights
Drive
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AlUla, Saudi Arabia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aqaba, Jordan
— 3 nights
Ferry to Taba, Bus to Sharm El Sheikh
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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 3 nights
Taxi to Sharm el-Sheikh, Fly to Hurghada
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Hurghada, Egypt
— 4 nights
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Luxor, Egypt — 3 nights

A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
You've added Tombs of El kab, Dendera Temple Complex, Temple of Amun, and other attractions to your itinerary. Your inner history buff will appreciate Temple of Karnak and Tomb of King Tutankhamun (Tut). Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Avenue of Sphinxes and Tomb of Ramases IX. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Howard Carter House, delve into the distant past at Tomb of Merenptah, and make a trip to Tomb of Queen Titi.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Luxor trip itinerary maker tool.

Newark, USA to Luxor is an approximately 21-hour flight. Traveling from Newark to Luxor, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In February, Luxor is much hotter than Newark - with highs of 79°F and lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Aswan.
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Aswan, Egypt — 3 nights

Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Temple of Amada, Lake Nasser, El-Tabia Mosque, and other attractions. Do some cultural sightseeing at Temple of Kom Ombo and Unfinished Obelisk. Explore hidden gems such as Nubian Museum and Elephantine Island. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Aswan vacation builder app.

Traveling by car from Luxor to Aswan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Aswan can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can fly to Abu Simbel.
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Abu Simbel, Egypt — 2 nights

Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Abu Simbel Temple Complex.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Abu Simbel day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Aswan to Abu Simbel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, daytime highs in Abu Simbel are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Asmara.
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Asmara, Eritrea — 5 nights

Little Rome

Having earned UNESCO World Heritage status for its abundance of Italian modernist architecture, Asmara boasts a rich history and architectural gems.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Former Imperial Palace, Metera and Dahlak Archipelago National Park. Qohaito and National Museum Asmara are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Synagogue of Asmara and Bethel Kale Hiwot Church for their historical value. The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Cimitero Italiano Di Asmara, admire the striking features of Cattedrale di Asmara, make a trip to Liberation Avenue (also called Harnet Ave), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Khulafa Al Rashiudin Mosque.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Asmara road trip app.

You can drive from Abu Simbel to Asmara in 56.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Abu Simbel to Asmara is 1 hour. On the 18th (Sun), you'll travel to Djibouti.
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Djibouti, Djibouti — 3 nights

Pearl of the Gulf of Tadjoura

Djibouti, the country's eponymous capital and largest city, houses over two thirds of the nation's population.
Hamoudi Mosque has been added to your itinerary. On the 19th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hamoudi Mosque, kick back and relax at Arta Beach, and then stroll through Khor Ambado Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Assal.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Djibouti trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Asmara to Djibouti takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in February, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Jeddah.
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia — 3 nights

The Bride of the Red Sea

The commercial and entertainment capital of Saudi Arabia, Jeddah offers a dazzling range of sites and activities combined with mouthwatering cuisine.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Saiysad National Park as well as Shafa Mountains. Discover out-of-the-way places like Station of Ibrahim and Bilal Masjid. Do some cultural sightseeing at Al Rahma Mosque and Al-Balad. There's still lots to do: ponder the design of King Fahd's Fountain, don't miss a visit to Globe Roundabout, take in the spiritual surroundings of Al-Jaffali Mosque, and browse the exhibits of Hafez Gallery.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Jeddah trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Djibouti to Jeddah. Traveling from Djibouti in February, Jeddah is slightly colder at night with lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Yanbu.
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Yanbu, Saudi Arabia — 2 nights

Particularly known for its large expatriate community--resident here because of the oil and petrochemical industry--the port city of Yanbu has a pronounced international feel.
On the 24th (Sat), head outdoors with Yanbu Al-Bahr Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: buy something for everyone on your list at Dana Mall, stroll around Yanbu Lakes, and then walk around Al Fairouz Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Yanbu trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Jeddah to Yanbu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Jeddah in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Yanbu, with lows of 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Medina.
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Medina, Saudi Arabia — 3 nights

Radiant City

Most tourism in Medina, the second-holiest city in Islam, comes from pilgrims who visit as part of the Hajj, an annual traditional journey that ends in Mecca.
You've now added Mosque of Badr to your itinerary. Masjid Quba and Masjid Al Qiblatayn are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Jannatul Baqi and Masjid Al Ghamamah are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Grave of Hamza ibn Abdul-Muttalib, take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Masjid an Nabawi, contemplate the long history of Amberiye Mosque, and examine the collection at Koran Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Medina trip planner.

Drive from Yanbu to Medina in 2.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Medina can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to AlUla.
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AlUla, Saudi Arabia — 2 nights

Historically based on a strategic location along the incense route, Al Ula has one of the largest archeological sites in Saudi Arabia.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Madain Saleh.AL-ULA. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Madain Saleh.AL-ULA, then contemplate the long history of Jabal Ithlib, then delve into the distant past at Al Diwan, and finally explore the striking landscape at Jabal AlFil (Elephant Rock).

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the AlUla day trip app.

You can drive from Medina to AlUla in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In February, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 59°F. On the 2nd (Sat), you're off to Aqaba.
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Aqaba, Jordan — 3 nights

Bride of the Red Sea

Jordan's only coastal and port city, Aqaba offers a wide range of water-related activities offshore to accompany its mix of historic buildings back on land.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Saraya Aqaba Waterpark as well as Street of Facades. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): delve into the distant past at Street of Facades, try out the rides at Saraya Aqaba Waterpark, and then explore the ancient world of Petra. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then kick back and relax at City Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Aqaba trip tool.

You can drive from AlUla to Aqaba in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Israel Standard Time (IST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from AlUla in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Aqaba, with lows of 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sharm El Sheikh.
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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt — 3 nights

City of Peace

An enviable location on the southern end of the Sinai Peninsula and year-round warm weather boost tourism in Sharm El Sheikh and make it one of Egypt's premier travel destinations.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Al Mustafa Mosque and St Catherine Shop. Take a break from the city and head to Shark Diving and Mangrove Beach. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at King Tut Museum.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Sharm El Sheikh road trip site.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Aqaba to Sharm El Sheikh in 7.5 hours. In March in Sharm El Sheikh, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Hurghada.
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Hurghada, Egypt — 4 nights

Originally a small fishing town on the Red Sea coast, Hurghada developed into Egypt's premier beach destination thanks to its year-round sunny weather and world-class dive sites.
Popular historic sites such as Mosque El Mina Masjid and Coptic Cathedral of Saint Shenouda are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate Mini Egypt Park and Sand City. Spend the 9th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with iDive Diving Centre, see the vivid underwater world at Carless Reef, play a few rounds at El Gouna Golf Club, and kick back and relax at Zeytuna Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hurghada online day trip planner.

Getting from Sharm El Sheikh to Hurghada by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or drive. Traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in March, expect little chillier with lows of 61°F in Hurghada. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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