51 days in South America, Europe & Africa Itinerary

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Fly to Foz do Iguacu, Bus to Iguazu National Park
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 10 nights
Bus to Foz do Iguacu, Fly to Rome
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Rome, Italy
— 10 nights
Drive
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Friedrichshafen, Germany
— 8 nights
Fly
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Cairo, Egypt
— 10 nights
Fly
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Athens, Greece
— 10 nights
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina — 10 nights

Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Get in touch with nature at Iguazu Falls and Salto San Martin. Get out of town with these interesting Iguazu National Park side-trips: Lago Urugua-i (in Puerto Libertad) and Provincial Urugua-i Park (in San Antonio). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Salto Bernabe Mendez and step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Iguazu National Park trip builder tool.

Sydney, Australia to Iguazu National Park is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 13 hours traveling from Sydney to Iguazu National Park. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in June: highs in Iguazu National Park hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 13°C. You will leave for Rome on the 30th (Fri).
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Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Rome, Italy — 10 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Visit Colosseum and Vatican Museums for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Catacombs of Saint Callixtus and Riserva Naturale Regionale Macchiatonda. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rome: Culture Discovery Vacations - Cooking Classes & Vacations (in Soriano nel Cimino), Acqua e Sale - Stabilimento Balneare (in Maccarese) and Giardino del lago (in Anguillara Sabazia). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, contemplate the long history of Villa d'Este, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and visit Trastevere.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome road trip planning site.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Iguazu National Park to Rome in 19 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Iguazu National Park to Rome is 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Iguazu National Park in July; daily highs in Rome reach 37°C and lows reach 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Tue) before leaving for Friedrichshafen.
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Friedrichshafen, Germany — 8 nights

Reborn after World War II, the town of Friedrichshafen along the shores of Lake Constance feels deeply connected to its natural environment.
Visit Alpseebad and Strandbad St. Alban for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Eriskircher Ried Naturschutzgebiet and Schloss Langenstein - Der Country Club. Explore Friedrichshafen's surroundings by going to Schloss Neuschwanstein (in Schwangau), Fussen (Benediktinerkloster St. Mang & Altstadt von Fuessen) and Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Affenberg Salem, get engrossed in the history at Schulmuseum Friedrichshafen, head off the coast to Mainau, and examine the collection at Pfahlbaumuseum Unteruhldingen.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Friedrichshafen day trip website.

You can drive from Rome to Friedrichshafen in 10 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Rome in July: high temperatures in Friedrichshafen hover around 30°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cairo.
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Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature
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Cairo, Egypt — 10 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and AERODIUM Egypt. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids and Great Sphinx. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairo: Giza (Pyramids of Giza, Giza Plateau, &more) and Pyramid of Teti (in Saqqara). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, head off the coast to Zamalek (Gezira Island), see Off-Road Tours, and stroll around Al-Azhar Park.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairo trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Friedrichshafen to Cairo. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Friedrichshafen to Cairo. Traveling from Friedrichshafen in July, expect Cairo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 41°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Athens.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Tours
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Athens, Greece — 10 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Acropolis Museum and Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Acropolis of Athens and Fortress Palamidi. Venture out of the city with trips to Corinth Canal (in Isthmia), Archea Korinthos (in Corinth) and ARCHELON Τhe Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece (in Glyfada). There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with Seahorse Dive Center, explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site Mycenae, tour the pleasant surroundings at Glyfada Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Arvanitia beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Athens planner.

Getting from Cairo to Athens by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Argentina travel guide

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Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.
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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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