47 days in Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

47 days in Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

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Corfu Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly to Patrai, Taxi to Olympia
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Olympia, Greece
— 1 day
Drive
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Sparta, Greece
— 1 night
Drive to Kalamata Airport, Fly to Fira
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Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Mykonos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 1 night
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 1 day
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Didim, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Goreme, Turkey
— 1 night
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Mardin, Turkey
— 1 night
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 6 nights
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
— 1 night
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Medina, Saudi Arabia
— 3 nights
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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 5 nights
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Cairo, Egypt
— 2 nights
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Tunis, Tunisia
— 2 nights
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Marrakech, Morocco
— 4 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
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— 5 nights
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Corfu Town, Greece

— 2 nights
Often called "Kastropolis" because of its majestic Venetian castle, Corfu Town once featured such extensive fortifications that a force of over 20,000 soldiers defended them.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Casa Parlante, then stop by Sweet 'N Spicy Bahar Shop, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Spiridon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Paralia Sidari, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at 1st Fish Spa in Sidari Afrodite's Nails.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Corfu Town route planning site.

Rome, Italy to Corfu Town is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rome to Corfu Town. June in Corfu Town sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Olympia.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Outdoors · Beaches · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 6 — 8:

Olympia, Greece

— 1 day
Inhabited since prehistoric times, Olympia remains best known as the site of the original Olympic Games, held there for the first time in 776 BCE. Inscribed on the World Heritage List, the remains of Olympia's sanctuary allow visitors to admire the timeless mastery of ancient Greek builders.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Olympia, then learn about winemaking at Olympia Land Winery, and then see the interesting displays at Archimedes Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Olympia day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Corfu Town to Olympia in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Sparta.

Things to do in Olympia

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 9:

Sparta, Greece

— 1 night
Sparta was a prominent city-state in ancient Greece. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Archaeological site of Mystra.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sparta trip site.

Traveling by car from Olympia to Sparta takes 2.5 hours. June in Sparta sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fira.

Things to do in Sparta

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 8 — 9:

Fira, Greece

— 2 nights
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, then kick back and relax at Red Beach, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Santorini Brewing Company, and finally learn about winemaking at Gaia Winery.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Fira trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Sparta to Fira with the Route module. Traveling from Sparta in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 24°C in Fira. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Fira

Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 9 — 11:

Mykonos Town, Greece

— 2 nights

Chora Mykonos

A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
You'll get in some beach time at Platis Gialos Beach and Psaros Beach. Get some cultural insight at Little Venice and Agios Nikolakis Church. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Psarou beach, don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli), take in the waterfront activity at Old Port, and stroll through Agios Stefanos Beach.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Mykonos Town itinerary maker website.

You can ride a ferry from Fira to Mykonos Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in June, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to fly to Athens.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 11 — 13:

Athens, Greece

— 1 night

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 14th (Tue), stop by Anafiotika, pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion, and then take a stroll through Plaka.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Athens trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Mykonos Town to Athens in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. When traveling from Mykonos Town in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Athens: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Athens

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 13 — 14:

Istanbul, Turkey

— 2 nights

Queen of Cities

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Obelisk of Theodosius, then delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, then contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia Mosque, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Athens to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens to Istanbul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Athens in June: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 30°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Find places to stay Jun 14 — 16:

Pamukkale, Turkey

— 1 day

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
On the 16th (Thu), push the limits with an extreme tour, then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Pamukkale trip planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Didim.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 17:

Didim, Turkey

— 2 nights
Didim is a small town, popular seaside holiday resort, and district of Aydın Province on the Aegean coast of western Turkey, 123km from the provincial capital city of Aydın. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take a tour by water with Aegean Blue Cruise and then stroll through Altinkum Beach. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Temple of Apollo.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Didim trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Didim takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daytime highs in Didim are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Didim

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 18:

Goreme, Turkey

— 1 night
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.
On the 19th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Zemi Valley and then soar above the sights with Royal Balloon.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Goreme online journey planner.

Fly from Didim to Goreme in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Didim in June; daily highs in Goreme reach 32°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Mardin.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 19:
Highlights from your trip

Mardin, Turkey

— 1 night
Mardin is a city and multiple bishopric in southeastern Turkey. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Latifiye Mosque and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Deyrulzafaran Monastery.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mardin day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Mardin takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme in June, you will find days in Mardin are a bit warmer (41°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Dubai.

Things to do in Mardin

Find places to stay Jun 19 — 20:
Highlights from your trip

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

— 6 nights

City of Gold

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Bastakia Quarter and Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Gurudwara will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Al Fahidi Fort and OliOli. Take a break from Dubai with a short trip to Ajman Beach in Ajman, about 38 minutes away. On the 24th (Fri), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Next up on the itinerary: slough off your stress at Turkish baths, tee off at The Emirates Golf Club, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kite Beach, and admire the landmark architecture of Burj Khalifa.

To see photos and tourist information, refer to the Dubai visit planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mardin to Dubai. The time zone difference when traveling from Mardin to Dubai is 1 hour. Traveling from Mardin in June, expect nights in Dubai to be warmer, around 35°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 47°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Abu Dhabi.

Things to do in Dubai

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 21 — 27:

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

— 1 night
Take a trip to Abu Dhabi to discover a modern metropolis built on a strip of land jutting out into the Persian Gulf.
On the 27th (Mon), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. On the next day, join in the after-dark buzz at Saadiyat Beach Club, then contemplate the long history of Heritage Village, and then get outside with Nation Riviera Beach Club.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Abu Dhabi trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Abu Dhabi can reach 47°C, while at night they dip to 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Medina.

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Outdoors · Beaches · Nightlife · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 27 — 28:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid Al Qiblatayn, then contemplate the long history of Abu Bakar Masjed, and then don't miss a visit to Masjid Al Ghamamah. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Koran Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Masjid an Nabawi, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid Quba.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Medina sightseeing planner.

Fly from Abu Dhabi to Medina in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Abu Dhabi to Medina is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 49°C in June, and nighttime lows around 35°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Medina

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 1:

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

— 5 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.
Relax by the water at Mangrove Beach and Ras Um Sid. The Heavenly Cathedral and Al Mustafa Mosque are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Dahab (Spas & Coral Reefs). There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, see Off-Road Tours, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and tour the depths of the sea with a submarine tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sharm El Sheikh online sightseeing planner.

Explore your travel options from Medina to Sharm El Sheikh with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Medina in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sharm El Sheikh: temperatures range from 44°C by day to 34°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can fly to Cairo.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 6:

Cairo, Egypt

— 2 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.
On the 7th (Thu), step off the mainland to explore Zamalek (Gezira Island) and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then contemplate the long history of Great Sphinx.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cairo trip planner.

You can fly from Sharm El Sheikh to Cairo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in July, with highs in Cairo at 41°C and lows at 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Tunis.

Things to do in Cairo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 8:

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 9th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Baths of Antoninus, explore the ancient world of Villas Romaines, then take in panoramic vistas at The doors of the medina, and finally make a trip to Medina of Tunis.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tunis route planner.

Fly from Cairo to Tunis in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cairo to Tunis, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Marrakech.

Things to do in Tunis

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 10:

Marrakech, Morocco

— 4 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.
Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech and Palacio da Bahia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Koutoubia Mosque and Medersa Ben Youssef. There's much more to do: slough off your stress at Turkish baths, see Off-Road Tours, explore the different monuments and memorials at Saadian Tombs, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Marrakech trip planner.

Getting from Tunis to Marrakech by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tunis to Marrakech due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tunis in July, you will find days in Marrakech are somewhat warmer (44°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to fly to Madrid.

Things to do in Marrakech

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 14:

Madrid, Spain

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, and then contemplate the long history of Museo Cerralbo. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, admire the striking features of Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, and then contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Madrid road trip planner.

You can fly from Marrakech to Madrid in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Marrakech in July, expect nights in Madrid to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 40°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 16:

Barcelona, Spain

— 1 night

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then wander the streets of Ciutat Vella, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Barcelona trip planner.

You can fly from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Madrid in July, plan for little chillier days in Barcelona, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can fly to Ibiza Town.

Things to do in Barcelona

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 17:

Ibiza Town, Spain

— 5 nights

Party Capital of Europe

As the island’s largest city and most-visited site, Ibiza is famous for its electric nightlife and lively Mediterranean culture.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Castell de Eivissa and Iglesia Sant Rafel. Visiting Playa Cala Salada and Ibiza Cathedral will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Platja de ses Salines, tour the pleasant surroundings at Platja Des Cavallet, take in the awesome beauty at Sa Talaia, and see the interesting displays at Necropolis del Puig des Molins.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Ibiza Town fast, fun, and easy.

Getting from Barcelona to Ibiza Town by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In July in Ibiza Town, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. You will leave for home on the 22nd (Fri).

Things to do in Ibiza Town

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 22:

Greece travel guide

4.2
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

Santorini travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.

Mykonos travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Landmarks · Nightlife
Island of the Winds
Local tradition claims that Mykonos, the trendiest of the Cyclades group of islands, came into existence from the petrified bodies of giants killed by the mythological hero Hercules. Named after the grandson of the god Apollo, this cosmopolitan "Ibiza of Greece" offers modern tourists a blend of glamour and simplicity. Be prepared for hip and loud dance clubs along the coastline and quieter areas farther from the water. Avoid cruise ship crowds thronging the narrow streets by exploring the small villages located in the center of the island. The easiest way to discover the island's golden beaches is by guided boat tour, private car, or motorcycle.

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Cappadocia travel guide

4.6
History Museums · Geologic Formations · National Parks
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.

United Arab Emirates travel guide

4.2
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.

Saudi Arabia travel guide

4.1
With coastlines on two seas, Saudi Arabia boasts some of the world's top scuba diving locations. At the same time, it has tourist attractions of such cultural heft as Mecca and Medina, the most sacred destinations for Muslim travelers and pilgrims. When it comes to relaxation and recreation, a trip to Saudi Arabia opens a world of possibilities for outdoor adventures, which include desert excursions by horse or camel, mountain climbing, cycling, and camping under the starry sky. Think about beginning or ending your tour of Saudi Arabia in Jeddah, a cosmopolitan center of commerce, shopping, and dining situated on the Red Sea coastline.

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.

Tunisia travel guide

3.8
Historic Sites · Landmarks · Beaches
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.

Morocco travel guide

4.1
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.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Ibiza travel guide

3.9
Beaches · Nightlife · Outdoor Activities
Famous for its vibrant nightlife and numerous near-perfect beaches, Ibiza also features a rustic countryside few casual visitors ever get to see. Seaside festivals offer a convenient opportunity to soak up lots of local culture, but for a taste of genuine island life try to get away from the overcrowded tourist spots along the most popular sections of the coast. Though for many visitors Ibiza remains synonymous with endless raves on the waterfront, savvier travelers explore the island’s unspoiled northeast, which is covered by thick pine forests and olive groves. Away from the jostling tourist crowds you can experience the island’s lesser-known charms, including quiet wooded trails, secluded bays, and outstanding vineyards.