8 days in Asia, Africa, Europe & South America Itinerary

8 days in Asia, Africa, Europe & South America Itinerary

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8 days in Asia, Africa, Europe & South America Itinerary

Start: Lisbon, Portugal
Fly:  10 h 30 min
1
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 45 min
2
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly + Shuttle:  4 h 15 min
4
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 1 night
Fly:  10 h 15 min
5
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  13 h
6
Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Lisbon, Portugal

1
night
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Dubai trip planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Dubai is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time (WET) to Gulf Standard Time (GST) is 4 hours. Traveling from Lisbon in May, expect Dubai to be much warmer, temps between 44°C and 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Dubai

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Safaris

1
night
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sharm El Sheikh online trip planner .

Getting from Dubai to Sharm El Sheikh by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Dubai in May, with highs in Sharm El Sheikh at 40°C and lows at 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul day trip planning app .

Getting from Sharm El Sheikh to Istanbul by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sharm El Sheikh to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in May; daily highs in Istanbul reach 25°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Sultanahmet District ©
Sultanahmet District
Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami

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night
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Dubrovnik takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Dubrovnik is minus 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Dubrovnik can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Parks Nature
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Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island

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night
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Sun Voyager, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, and then admire all the interesting features of Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition.

To see photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik trip planner.

You can fly from Dubrovnik to Reykjavik in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Dubrovnik, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Reykjavik, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Historic Sites Museums
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Sun Voyager ©
Sun Voyager

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nights
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena and then make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Reykjavik to Cartagena takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Colombia Time is minus 5 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Reykjavik in May, with highs in Cartagena at 38°C and lows at 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites
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Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

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