53 days in Africa & Asia Itinerary

53 days in Africa & Asia Itinerary

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53 days in Africa & Asia Itinerary

Start: Lisbon, Portugal
Fly:  4 h 45 min
1
Marrakech, Morocco
— 3 nights
Fly:  10 h
2
Cairo, Egypt
— 4 nights
Fly:  14 h
3
Cape Town, South Africa
— 5 nights
Fly:  20 h 15 min
4
Bangkok, Thailand
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
5
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
6
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
7
Hong Kong, China
— 5 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Fly + Taxi:  6 h 45 min
8
Leshan, China
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5 h 15 min
9
Xi'an, China
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  5 h
10
Beijing, China
— 5 nights
Fly + Train:  7 h 15 min
11
Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
12
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  14 h
End: Melbourne, Australia

3
nights
Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech ©
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.
Marrakech is known for shopping, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, steep yourself in history at Palacio da Bahia, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Marrakech travel itinerary planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Marrakech is an approximately 5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Lisbon in August, expect Marrakech to be somewhat warmer, temps between 100°F and 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Marrakech

Parks Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

High Atlas Mountains
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 3:
Highlights from your plan
Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fna
Jemaa el-Fna
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
Cairo, Egypt

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairo: Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, explore the ancient world of Bent Pyramid, stroll around Al-Azhar Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cairo trip planning site.

You can fly from Marrakech to Cairo in 10 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Marrakech to Cairo is 2 hours. Traveling from Marrakech in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Cairo, with lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Giza
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©

5
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, stop by Abseil Africa, kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and hike along Platteklip Gorge.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Cairo to Cape Town in 14 hours. Traveling from Cairo in September, things will get colder in Cape Town: highs are around 68°F and lows about 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©

5
nights
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Take a break from Bangkok with a short trip to Wat Maha That in Ayutthaya, about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, meet the residents at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, buy something for everyone on your list at Siam Paragon, and shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bangkok holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Bangkok takes 20.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Indochina Time (ICT) is 5 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Cape Town in September: high temperatures in Bangkok hover around 91°F and lows are around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Wat Maha That
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho

4
nights
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap ©
Once a small village in northwest Cambodia, Siem Reap now serves as a gateway to the Angkor region's World Heritage-listed temple and other attractions.
Siem Reap is known for historic sites, nightlife, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Angkor Wat, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Banteay Srei, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Siem Reap attractions planner.

You can fly from Bangkok to Siem Reap in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Siem Reap can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Tours Fun & Games
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Angkor Thom ©
Angkor Thom

3
nights
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh ©
On the confluence of two major rivers, Phnom Penh occupies a scenic location largely responsible for its nickname the "Charming City." On a trip to Phnom Penh you'll discover one of Asia's most dynamic cities, where the natives live much of their lives outdoors, on the streets, and in the bustling markets filled with scents of spicy foods.
Phnom Penh is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, stop by Lotus Space, see the interesting displays at National Museum, and admire the striking features of Central Market.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Phnom Penh online trip maker.

Getting from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Phnom Penh are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Fun & Games Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Cambodia Fire Range ©
Cambodia Fire Range
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center ©
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center

5
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Hong Kong is known for shopping, theme parks, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), look for gifts at Lugard, find something for the whole family at Hong Kong Disneyland, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lantau island.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hong Kong sightseeing planner.

Fly from Phnom Penh to Hong Kong in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Phnom Penh to Hong Kong due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Hong Kong can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Leshan.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Nature
Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 2:
Highlights from your plan
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park
Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Lantau island ©
Lantau island

2
nights
Leshan, China

Leshan ©
The city of Leshan sits proudly at the confluence of three rivers, and has become known for its World Heritage Site and importance to Buddhism in the country.
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) has been added to your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Leshan: Emeishan (Wannian Temple, Fuhu Temple, &more). The adventure continues: take in the views from Leshan Bridge and hike along Lingyun Cliff Road.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Leshan journey builder.

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Hong Kong to Leshan takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Leshan

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trip

Emeishan
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Baoguo Temple ©
Baoguo Temple
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) ©
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
Fuhu Temple ©
Fuhu Temple

2
nights
Xi'an, China

Xi'an ©
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
You've now added Terracotta Warrior Tours to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Xi'an Bell Tower, gain interesting insight with Terracotta Warrior Tours, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daxuexixiang Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Kaiyuan Square, then steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), and then take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Xi'an road trip planning site.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Leshan to Xi'an in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Xi'an can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)
Terracotta Warrior Tours ©
Terracotta Warrior Tours

5
nights
Beijing, China

Beijing ©
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Juyong Pass of Great Wall has been added to your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Mutianyu Great Wall, contemplate the long history of Bell and Drum Towers, get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven, and browse the exhibits of The Palace Museum.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Beijing trip simple and quick.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Beijing takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 45°F. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
Lama Temple (Yonghegong) ©
Lama Temple (Yonghegong)

5
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Osaka (Osaka Castle, Dotonbori, &more) and Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, go for a walk through Arashiyama, don't miss a visit to Kitamukizan Fudoin, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

Getting from Beijing to Kyoto by combination of flight and train takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Beijing to Kyoto. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Beijing in October, with highs in Kyoto at 74°F and lows at 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

4
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary builder website.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In October in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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