40 days in Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

40 days in Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

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40 days in Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
1
Paris, France
— 6 nights
2
Rouen, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Caen, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
+2
train + Fly + Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Larnaca, Cyprus
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Paphos, Cyprus
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Beirut, Lebanon
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  5​h 15​min
8
Amman, Jordan
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  6​h 15​min
9
Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
10
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
11
Salalah, Oman
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
12
Muscat, Oman
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
13
Kuwait City, Kuwait
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
14
Basrah, Iraq
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: New Delhi, India

6
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Paris travel route builder website .

If you are flying in from Mexico, the closest major airports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Versailles, Disneyland Paris
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Rouen, France

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Saint-Sever, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Palais Benedictine, wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge, then don't miss a visit to Vieux, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rouen trip planner .

Take a bus from Paris to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Rouen are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Caen.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Fondation Claude Monet, Palais Benedictine
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Fondation Claude Monet ©
Fondation Claude Monet

3
nights
Caen, France

Caen ©
Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
On the 16th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Memorial de Caen, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and then make a trip to Hotel D'Escoville. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, examine the collection at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, and finally stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Caen road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Rouen to Caen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Caen are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Caen

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trips

Bayeux, Normandy American Cemetery, Pointe du Hoc
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, then take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and finally don't miss a visit to Hippodrome (At Meydani). Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, and finally get engrossed in the history at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul holiday tool .

Fly from Caen to Istanbul in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Caen in March, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Larnaca.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Spas
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

1
night
Larnaca, Cyprus

Larnaca ©
Situated on the southernmost coast of Cyprus, the 6,000-year-old city of Larnaka features a bustling promenade full of bars, cafes, restaurants, and plenty of spots in the sun.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement, contemplate the waterfront views at Larnaka Salt Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hala Sultan Tekke, then stroll through Finikoudes Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Lazarus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque, stroll through Nissi Beach, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Start your trip to Larnaca by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and car from Istanbul to Larnaca takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Istanbul in March, you will find days in Larnaca are a bit warmer (23°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Paphos.

Things to do in Larnaca

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement, Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque, Nissi Beach
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Finikoudes Beach ©
Finikoudes Beach
Church of Saint Lazarus ©
Church of Saint Lazarus
Hala Sultan Tekke ©
Hala Sultan Tekke

3
nights
Paphos, Cyprus

Paphos ©
The legendary birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite and the capital of western Cyprus, the city of Paphos showcases an abundance of archaeological, architectural, and historical sites.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): make a trip to Kouklia Arts Centre, delve into the distant past at Kourion, then explore the striking landscape at Aphrodite's Rock, then explore the ancient world of Tombs of the Kings, and finally explore the historical opulence of Paphos Harbour Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church, then meet the residents at Pafos Zoo, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Paphos Harbour and Port.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Paphos day trip planner.

Getting from Larnaca to Paphos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in March, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Beirut.

Things to do in Paphos

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kouklia, Kourion, Coral Bay
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Tombs of the Kings ©
Tombs of the Kings
Aphrodite's Rock ©
Aphrodite's Rock
Kato Paphos Archaeological Park ©
Kato Paphos Archaeological Park

3
nights
Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut ©
Sitting on the Mediterranean coast, Beirut, the country's capital and largest city, has plenty of appeal itself, as well as offering a convenient base for exploring the country's other sights and cities.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Jeita Grotto, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Beirut, and then make a trip to Corniche Beirut. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Zaitunay Bay, then take in the dramatic natural features at Pigeon Rocks in Raouche, and then delve into the distant past at Temples of Baalbek.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Beirut visit site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Paphos to Beirut in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Beirut when traveling from Paphos in March, with lows around 15°C. On the 27th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Amman.

Things to do in Beirut

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Temples of Baalbek, Jeita Grotto
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Temples of Baalbek ©
Temples of Baalbek
Jeita Grotto ©
Jeita Grotto
National Museum of Beirut ©
National Museum of Beirut

3
nights
Amman, Jordan

Amman ©
Jordan's capital city, Amman spreads across 19 hills and includes many distinct districts, each with their own historical and cultural marvels.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): steep yourself in history at The Citadel, then make a trip to Rainbow Street, and then explore the ancient world of Jerash Ruins. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Madaba Mosaic Map, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Nebo, then see the interesting displays at Royal Automobile Museum, and finally delve into the distant past at Roman Amphitheater.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Amman online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Beirut to Amman in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Beirut in March, Amman is slightly colder at night with lows of 10°C. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Amman

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Madaba, Jerash Ruins
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Jerash Ruins ©
Jerash Ruins
The Citadel ©
The Citadel
Mount Nebo ©
Mount Nebo

3
nights
Cairo, Egypt

Cairo ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): delve into the distant past at Pyramids of Giza, appreciate the history behind Great Sphinx, and then explore the activities along Nile River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Egyptian Antiquities Museum and then delve into the distant past at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairo day trip app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Amman to Cairo takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Amman in March; daily highs in Cairo reach 29°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time for travel to Riyadh.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Giza
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

3
nights
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Riyadh ©
As the nation's capital, Riyadh represents a hub of commerce, culture, and transport.
On the 3rd (Sat), admire the striking features of Al Faisaliyah Centre, then steep yourself in history at Masmak Fortress, then examine the collection at National Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Kingdom Centre Tower. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Naila Art Gallery, contemplate the waterfront views at Wadi Hanifah, then stroll around King Abdullah Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Rajhi Grand Mosque.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Riyadh using our trip planner.

Getting from Cairo to Riyadh by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairo to Riyadh is 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cairo in April: high temperatures in Riyadh hover around 39°C and lows are around 26°C. On the 5th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Salalah.

Things to do in Riyadh

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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King Abdullah Park ©
King Abdullah Park
National Museum ©
National Museum
Masmak Fortress ©
Masmak Fortress

2
nights
Salalah, Oman

Salalah ©
The Sultanate's second city, Salalah has become known as a southerly counterpoint to the capital in the north.
On the 6th (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Marneef Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Al Mughsail Beach, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of the Frankincense Land. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Al Fizayah Beach and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Qaboos Mosque.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Salalah trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Riyadh to Salalah takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Riyadh to Salalah. April in Salalah sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Muscat.

Things to do in Salalah

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Al Mughsail Beach ©
Al Mughsail Beach
Al Fizayah Beach ©
Al Fizayah Beach
Museum of the Frankincense Land ©
Museum of the Frankincense Land

3
nights
Muscat, Oman

The capital and largest city of Oman, the coastal city of Muscat boasts numerous historical sites and pristine modern developments.
On the 8th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Ghalya's Museum of Modern Art, then see the interesting displays at Bait Al Zubair, then ponder the world of politics at Al Alam Palace, and finally hunt for treasures at Mutrah Souq. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Muscat trip itinerary site .

Fly from Salalah to Muscat in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in April, and nighttime lows around 30°C. On the 10th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kuwait City.

Things to do in Muscat

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muscat Governorate
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Walking tours
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque ©
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
Al Alam Palace ©
Al Alam Palace

3
nights
Kuwait City, Kuwait

Kuwait City ©
Kuwait City, the country's capital and largest urban area, combines many of the aspects of a modern, rich city of the Gulf region, with a more rugged and ordinary core.
On the 10th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Al Shaheed Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Sadu House, get a taste of the local shopping with Souk Al-Mubarakiya, then admire the landmark architecture of Kuwait Towers, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grand Mosque.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Kuwait City online trip builder .

Fly from Muscat to Kuwait City in 3 hours. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Arabia Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Muscat in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kuwait City, with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Basrah.

Things to do in Kuwait City

Shopping Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Sadu House
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Souk Al-Mubarakiya ©
Souk Al-Mubarakiya
Grand Mosque ©
Grand Mosque
Kuwait Towers ©
Kuwait Towers

1
night
Basrah, Iraq

Basrah ©
On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: gain insight at University of Basrah and then don't miss a visit to Basra Times Square.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Basrah trip planner .

Getting from Kuwait City to Basrah by car takes about 2.5 hours. In April in Basrah, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Basra Times Square ©
Basra Times Square
University of Basrah ©
University of Basrah

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