59 days in Asia & Africa Itinerary

59 days in Asia & Africa Itinerary

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Beijing, China
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Seoul, South Korea
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Ubud, Indonesia
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 3 nights
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Kathmandu, Nepal
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Jaipur, India
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New Delhi, India
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Lahore, Pakistan
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
— 5 nights
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Medina, Saudi Arabia
— 2 nights
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Wadi Rum, Jordan
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Jerusalem, Israel
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Cairo, Egypt
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Beijing, China — 3 nights

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.
Visit Mutianyu Great Wall and Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang) for their historical value. The Palace Museum and Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. It doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and see the interesting displays at National Museum Of China.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Beijing road trip app.

Cochabamba, Bolivia to Beijing is an approximately 34-hour flight. The time zone changes from Bolivia Time to China Standard Time, which is usually a 12 hour difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Cochabamba in February, with highs in Beijing at 6°C and lows at -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Seoul.
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Seoul, South Korea — 4 nights

One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gyeongbokgung Palace and Cheonggyecheon Stream. National Museum of Korea and Seoul Arts Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Seoul: Hwaseong Fortress (in Suwon) and Korean Folk Village (in Yongin). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, stroll around Namsan Park, and contemplate the long history of Dongdaemun Gate (Heunginjimun).

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Traveling by flight from Beijing to Seoul takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and subway; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from China Standard Time (CST) to Korean Standard Time (KST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. February in Seoul sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -4°C at night. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Ubud.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Theme Parks
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Ubud, Indonesia — 5 nights

Experience small-town Bali in Ubud, an atmospheric town surrounded by small settlements, farms, and rice paddies.
Popular historic sites such as Mount Kawi and Tanah Lot Temple are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore Ubud's surroundings by going to Pandawa Beach (in Kuta), Chantara Wellness & Spa (in Sanur) and Nusa Dua Beach (in Nusa Dua). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tirta Empul Temple and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Ubud day trip planning app.

Fly from Seoul to Ubud in 10.5 hours. Traveling from Seoul to Ubud, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In February, Ubud is warmer than Seoul - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to fly to Ho Chi Minh City.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam — 2 nights

Formerly known in the West as Saigon and affectionately referred to as the "Pearl of the Far East," Ho Chi Minh City is a study of old and new, woven and piled together in a fast-paced urban hub.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, then get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, and finally ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Ubud to Ho Chi Minh City takes 7 hours. The time zone changes from Central Indonesia Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In February, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Hanoi.
Adventure · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
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Hanoi, Vietnam — 3 nights

The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Vietnamese Women's Museum and Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. Popular historic sites such as Temple of Literature & National University and Old Quarter are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, take in the spiritual surroundings of Truc Lam An Tam Zen Monastery, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake).

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hanoi road trip planning app.

You can fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. On the 19th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Kathmandu.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
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Kathmandu, Nepal — 4 nights

Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
Get some cultural insight at Boudhanath Stupa and Shree Pashupatinath Temple - Gwola Mahadyo. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Nepal Ascent Treks will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Kathmandu side-trips: Bhaktapur (Nyatapola Temple, Siddhi Lakshmi Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Swayambhunath Temple, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and steep yourself in history at Kathmandu Durbar Square.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kathmandu day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Hanoi to Kathmandu takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone changes from Indochina Time to Nepal Time, which is usually a -1.2 hour difference. In February, daytime highs in Kathmandu are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can fly to Jaipur.
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Jaipur, India — 4 nights

Known as the "Pink City" because of the color of the stone used for many of its notable structures, Jaipur draws visitors with its chaotic street life and a slew of colorful bazaars selling everything from handmade pottery to tie-dye scarves.
Appreciate the collections at Nahargarh Fort and Jantar Mantar - Jaipur. Escape the urban bustle at Elefantastic and Elefriend. The adventure continues: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monkey Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Jal Mahal, and tour the pleasant surroundings at EleSafari.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Jaipur trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Kathmandu to Jaipur in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Nepal Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a -0.2 hour difference. In February, Jaipur is a bit warmer than Kathmandu - with highs of 31°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to fly to New Delhi.
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New Delhi, India — 3 nights

Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
Get some cultural insight at India Gate and Lotus Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Akshardham and Red Fort. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Birla Mandir Temple (Lakshmi Narayan), and admire the striking features of Humayun's Tomb.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the New Delhi road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Jaipur to New Delhi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in New Delhi can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lahore.
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Lahore, Pakistan — 1 night

Seen by many to be the most forward-thinking, culturally important, and artistic of the country's metropolises, Lahore has plenty of charms, plenty of history, and plenty of people.
On the 5th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Lahore Fort and then steep yourself in history at Badshahi Mosque.

Before you visit Lahore, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Explore your travel options from New Delhi to Lahore with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from New Delhi to Lahore. When traveling from New Delhi in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Lahore, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can fly to Dubai.
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates — 6 nights

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Get a sense of the local culture at Al Fahidi Fort and Bastakia Quarter. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Marina Beach. Spend the 7th (Mon) exploring nature at Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Make the 9th (Wed) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kite Beach, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, take in panoramic vistas at Burj Khalifa, and buy something for everyone on your list at Souk Madinat Jumeirah.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Dubai vacation planner.

Fly from Lahore to Dubai in 6 hours. The time zone difference moving from Pakistan Standard Time (PKT) to Gulf Standard Time (GST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Lahore in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 24°C in Dubai. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Abu Dhabi.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — 5 nights

Take a trip to Abu Dhabi to discover a modern metropolis built on a strip of land jutting out into the Persian Gulf.
You'll get in some beach time at Saadiyat Beach and Corniche Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Boat Tours & Water Sports. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Louvre Abu Dhabi, contemplate the long history of Heritage Village, make a trip to Observation Deck at 300, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Abu Dhabi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dubai to Abu Dhabi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to fly to Medina.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
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Medina, Saudi Arabia — 2 nights

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.
On the 17th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid Al Qiblatayn, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Masjid an Nabawi, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid Al Ghamamah. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid Quba and then stroll the grounds of Jannatul Baqi.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Medina online tour planner.

Fly from Abu Dhabi to Medina in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Abu Dhabi to Medina due to the time zone difference. In March, daytime highs in Medina are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Wadi Rum.
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Wadi Rum, Jordan — 4 nights

Tourism in Wadi Rum revolves around UNESCO-protected desert scenery and spectacular limestone rock formations following a dry river bed, which in World War I served as the headquarters of a British-inspired Arab revolt against the Ottomans.
Wadi Rum Protected Area and The Urn Tomb are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Petra and Lawrence's House. Take a break from Wadi Rum with a short trip to Little Petra in Petra - Wadi Musa, about 2h 15 min away. There's more to do: trek along Wadi Rum Trail.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Wadi Rum road trip planning app.

Do a combination of flight and car from Medina to Wadi Rum in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Medina to Wadi Rum, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Jerusalem.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Jerusalem, Israel — 4 nights

Few places in the world boast such a long history and such a rich multiethnic culture as Jerusalem, a city sacred to Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jewish Quarter and Tayelet. Museum-lovers will appreciate Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center and Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem. Change things up with these side-trips from Jerusalem: The Church of the Annunciation (in Nazareth) and The Baha'i Gardens (in Haifa). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Mt of Olives, wander the streets of Old City of Jerusalem, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Jerusalem Archaeological Park, and don't miss a visit to The Western Wall Tunnels.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Jerusalem trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi, ferry, and flight from Wadi Rum to Jerusalem in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus; or fly. In March, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Cairo.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Cairo, Egypt — 4 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Safaris and Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids. Popular historic sites such as Pyramids of Giza and Great Sphinx are in your itinerary. When in Cairo, make a side trip to see Memphis and Sakkara in Saqqara, approximately Saqqara away. There's more to do: examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cairo trip planner.

You can fly from Jerusalem to Cairo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
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China travel guide

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With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.

South Korea travel guide

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Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.

Indonesia travel guide

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Emerald of the Equator
Boasting over 18,000 islands, Indonesia represents the world's largest archipelago, serving as home to about 250 million people. A kaleidoscope of cultures, the country encompasses some 300 ethnic groups and nearly 750 different languages and dialects--an astounding cultural diversity that makes an Indonesia holiday especially rewarding. Begin your Indonesia tour by discovering the country's big cities, huge melting pots bursting with energy and soaked in centuries of dramatic history. From there, head farther afield: the nation's varied landscapes of volcanoes, white-sand beaches, and sprawling tropical forests draw adrenaline junkies seeking an exotic land offering perhaps the world's last truly great outdoor adventures.

Vietnam travel guide

4.3
Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.

Nepal travel guide

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With everything from snowcapped mountains and vast grasslands to dense tropical forests, Nepal represents one of the world's most ecologically diverse destinations. A trip to Nepal takes visitors to an ancient land situated between India and China, both of which influence the region's culture, cuisine, and religious traditions. Despite the country's natural appeal, commercial tourism in Nepal remains a relatively new industry and most of the area lies unspoiled and undiscovered by foreigners. Ideal for travelers interested in pushing their physical abilities to the limit, Nepal contains most of the world's tallest peaks, including the legendary Mount Everest.

India travel guide

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It may very well be fair to call India "incredible," given its mind-boggling diversity of landscapes, climates, cultures, and languages. The world's largest democracy, and second only to China in terms of population, India contains majestic peaks dusted with glistening snow, sun-drenched beaches, ancient hand-carved temples, and sprawling cities jam-packed with people, vehicles, and animals. Many tour India during the country's devotional festivals, which range from immense parades that convert cities into giant performance stages, to simple farming fairs dedicated to relatively obscure local deities. Whenever you choose to vacation in India, make sure you see some of the country's World Heritage Sites, which include the legendary Taj Mahal and Chilika Lake, the planet's second-largest lagoon.

Pakistan travel guide

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Landmarks · Shopping Malls · Historic Sites
Occupying territory inhabited since prehistoric times, Pakistan saw more than its share of ancient invaders, from the Bronze Age civilizations that thrived in the Indus Valley to the armies of Alexander of Macedonia. Each culture left a deep mark on the country's cultural heritage, shaping its religious traditions, art, and cuisine. Because of continued political instability in the region, few casual travelers consider a trip to Pakistan for pleasure, yet the intrepid explorers who do will discover a land blessed with numerous natural and cultural treasures. While thriving cities lie in the country's south, the remote and rarely visited north remains a wild frontier of soaring mountain ranges, which include K2, the world's second-highest mountain.

United Arab Emirates travel guide

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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

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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.

Jordan travel guide

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Historic Sites · Ruins · Deserts
For such a small country, Jordan boasts a surprising variety of natural landscapes and urban attractions. A trip to Jordan takes visitors on a journey back to biblical times, when sites like the Dead Sea and the ancient yet astonishingly well-preserved city of Petra seemed to be at the heart of world events. Although covered in rocky deserts, Jordan boasts a good network of roads, which makes sightseeing by car an easy way to discover many of the country's top highlights. Begin your tour of Jordan in Amman, the largest urban center and a major political, cultural, and economic hub of this Middle Eastern kingdom.

Israel travel guide

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Land of Creation
Surprisingly diverse for such a narrow strip of land pressed against the Mediterranean, modern Israel only dates back to 1948, though the history of this "Holy Land" spans many millennia. The big three monotheistic religions--Christianity, Judaism, and Islam--maintain extremely strong ties to this part of the world, so you can expect to see plenty of historic churches, mosques, and synagogues during your holiday in Israel. Beyond the undeniable cultural appeal, Israel also offers impressive natural features, including the Dead Sea and Makhtesh Ramon, one of the world's biggest craters. As you tour Israel, you'll find yourself following in the footsteps of figures that helped shape the world thousands of years ago.

Egypt travel guide

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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.