42 days in Turkey, South Africa & Ethiopia Itinerary

42 days in Turkey, South Africa & Ethiopia Itinerary

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Start: Canakkale, Turkey
Fly + Bus:  7 h 15 min
1
Goreme, Turkey
— 7 nights
Fly:  18 h 45 min
2
Cape Town, South Africa
— 6 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 6 nights
Fly:  11 h 30 min
4
Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Lalibela, Ethiopia
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
6
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
7
Istanbul, Turkey
— 16 nights
Fly:  3 h
End: Canakkale, Turkey

7
nights
Goreme, Turkey

Goreme ©
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Goreme: Guzelyurt (Kilise Camii, Guzelyurt Valley Monastery, &more) and Keslik Monastery (in Urgup). And it doesn't end there: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, explore the galleries of Goreme Open-Air Museum, and explore the ancient world of Gore Harabeleri.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Goreme vacation builder site.

Canakkale to Goreme is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Canakkale in July since evenings lows in Goreme dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Uchisar, Guzelyurt, Urgup, Gore Harabeleri, Guray Museum
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 7:
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Art & History Museum ©
Cappadocia Art & History Museum

6
nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape Point, step into the grandiose world of Castle of Good Hope, stop by Abseil Africa, and meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town tour planner.

Fly from Goreme to Cape Town in 20.5 hours. Traveling from Goreme to Cape Town, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Goreme in August, plan for cooler days and little chillier nights in Cape Town: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Two Oceans Aquarium ©
Two Oceans Aquarium

6
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Get out of town with these interesting Johannesburg side-trips: The Cradle of Humankind (in Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site) and Pretoria (Union Buildings, Voortrekker Monument, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, browse the different shops at Jack Friedman Eastgate, and try your luck at Gold Reef City.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Johannesburg tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in August, expect nights in Johannesburg to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 26°C. You'll set off for Bahir Dar on the 19th (Wed).

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Wildlife

Side Trips

Pretoria, Jack Friedman Eastgate, The Cradle of Humankind, Montecasino
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 19:
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Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct ©
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct

2
nights
Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

Bahir Dar
Palm trees and tropical gardens line the spacious avenues of Bahar Dar, a town nestled on the southern shore of the vast, glistening Lake Tana.
On the 20th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Church of Debre Sina Maryam and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Lions Art Gallery and then admire the sheer force of Blue Nile Falls.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Bahir Dar trip itinerary maker app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Johannesburg to Bahir Dar. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to East Africa Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Bahir Dar when traveling from Johannesburg in August, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Blue Nile Falls
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Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Blue Nile Falls ©
Blue Nile Falls
Lions Art Gallery ©
Lions Art Gallery

2
nights
Lalibela, Ethiopia

Lalibela ©
Tourism in Lalibela, a small town nestled in Ethiopia's Lasta Mountains, prospers due to its fascinating cluster of rock-carved churches, dating back to the 12th century and boasting the status of a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): explore the galleries of The Fine Art Gallery, delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, and then contemplate the long history of Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Asheton Maryam Monastery and then steep yourself in history at Church of St. George.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Lalibela trip itinerary planning website.

Do a combination of car and flight from Bahir Dar to Lalibela in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Church of St. George ©
Church of St. George
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela ©
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church ©
Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church

2
nights
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

A sprawling metropolis and home to millions of Ethiopians, Addis Ababa houses many international organizations, embassies, and commissions, making it a diplomatic, political, and economic hub of the country.
On the 24th (Mon), savor the flavors at Food & Drink, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, and then appreciate the history behind Yekatit 12 Martyrs Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Medhane Alem Cathedral, thenlook for gifts at Salem's Ethiopia, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

Plan my day in Addis Ababa using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from Lalibela to Addis Ababa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in Addis Ababa, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 25:
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Coffee & Tea Tours
Horseback Riding Tours
Salem's Ethiopia ©
Salem's Ethiopia

16
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , steep yourself in history at Galata Tower, and wander the streets of Ortakoy.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Istanbul route builder.

Fly from Addis Ababa to Istanbul in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Addis Ababa in August, with highs in Istanbul at 34°C and lows at 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Aug 25 — Sep 10:
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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