40 days in Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

40 days in Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 6 nights
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Rouen, France
— 2 nights
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Caen, France
— 3 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Larnaca, Cyprus
— 1 night
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Paphos, Cyprus
— 3 nights
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Beirut, Lebanon
— 3 nights
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Amman, Jordan
— 3 nights
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Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
— 3 nights
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Salalah, Oman
— 2 nights
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Muscat, Oman
— 3 nights
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Kuwait City, Kuwait
— 3 nights
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Basrah, Iraq
— 1 night

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Paris, France

Paris ©

City of Light

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee) and Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Montmartre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and shop like a local with Le Marais.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Paris road trip planner.

If you are flying in from Mexico, the closest major aiports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. March in Paris sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Side Trips

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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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Rouen, France

Rouen ©

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 14th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Fondation Claude Monet, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Saint-Sever, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Palais Benedictine, then wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge, then don't miss a visit to Vieux Rouen, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rouen planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March in Rouen, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Caen.

Things to do in Rouen

Side Trips

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

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Caen, France

Caen ©

City of a Hundred Steeples

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and then don't miss a visit to Hotel D'Escoville. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Caen online journey planner.

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

Things to do in Caen

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 15 — 18:
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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

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Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©

Queen of Cities

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.
On the 18th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, then admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, and finally make a trip to Hippodrome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): slough off your stress at Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, then admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, and finally admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Caen to Istanbul takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Caen to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Caen in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 14°C in Istanbul. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Larnaca.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Baths · Spas
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 20:
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Hagia Sophia ©
Hagia Sophia
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement, explore the activities along Larnaka Salt Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hala Sultan Tekke, then tour the pleasant surroundings at 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: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque, then kick back and relax at Nissi Beach, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Larnaca visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Larnaca takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, ferry, and car. Traveling from Istanbul to Larnaca, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Istanbul in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Larnaca: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Paphos.

Things to do in Larnaca

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Finikoudes Beach ©
Finikoudes Beach
Church of Saint Lazarus ©
Church of Saint Lazarus
Hala Sultan Tekke ©
Hala Sultan Tekke

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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.
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 delve into the distant past at Tombs of the Kings, and finally explore the historical opulence of Paphos Harbour Castle. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church, then get to know the resident critters at Pafos Zoo, and finally go for a walk through Paphos Harbour and Port.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Paphos tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Larnaca to Paphos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Beirut.

Things to do in Paphos

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 21 — 24:
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Tombs of the Kings ©
Tombs of the Kings
Kato Paphos Archaeological Park ©
Kato Paphos Archaeological Park
Kourion ©
Kourion

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Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut ©

Paris of the East

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.
On the 25th (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Jeita Grotto, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Beirut, and then make a trip to Corniche Beirut. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Zaitunay Bay, then explore the striking landscape at Pigeon Rocks in Raouche, and then delve into the distant past at Temples of Baalbek.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Beirut online trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Paphos to Beirut in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Paphos in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Beirut, with lows of 15°C. On the 27th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Amman.

Things to do in Beirut

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 24 — 27:
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Temples of Baalbek ©
Temples of Baalbek
Zaitunay Bay ©
Zaitunay Bay
National Museum of Beirut ©
National Museum of Beirut

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Amman, Jordan

Amman ©

White City

Jordan's capital city, Amman spreads across 19 hills and includes many distinct districts, each with their own historical and cultural marvels.
On the 28th (Sun), steep yourself in history at The Citadel, don't miss a visit to Rainbow Street, and then delve into the distant past at Jerash Ruins. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Madaba Mosaic Map, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Nebo, then examine the collection at Royal Automobile Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Roman Amphitheater.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Amman trip website.

You can fly from Beirut to Amman in 5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Amman when traveling from Beirut in March, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Amman

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 27 — 30:
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Jerash Ruins ©
Jerash Ruins
The Citadel ©
The Citadel
Mount Nebo ©
Mount Nebo

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Cairo, Egypt

Cairo ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): delve into the distant past at Pyramids of Giza, steep yourself in history at Great Sphinx, and then explore the activities along Nile River. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and then explore the ancient world of Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Cairo road trip tool.

Getting from Amman to Cairo by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Amman in March: high temperatures in Cairo hover around 29°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Riyadh.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 2:
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Riyadh ©
As the nation's capital, Riyadh represents a hub of commerce, culture, and transport.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Al Faisaliyah Centre, steep yourself in history at Masmak Fortress, then examine the collection at National Museum, and finally admire the striking features 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.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Riyadh trip planner.

You can fly from Cairo to Riyadh in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Arabian Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Cairo in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Riyadh: highs are around 39°C and lows about 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 · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 5:
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King Abdullah Park ©
King Abdullah Park
Al Rajhi Grand Mosque ©
Al Rajhi Grand Mosque
Masmak Fortress ©
Masmak Fortress

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Salalah, Oman

Salalah ©
The Sultanate's second city, Salalah has become known as a southerly counterpoint to the capital in the north.
Start off your visit 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. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Al Fizayah Beach and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Qaboos Mosque.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Salalah road trip website.

You can fly from Riyadh to Salalah in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Riyadh to Salalah due to the time zone difference. In April, daytime highs in Salalah are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to fly to Muscat.

Things to do in Salalah

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Al Mughsail Beach ©
Al Mughsail Beach
Al Fizayah Beach ©
Al Fizayah Beach
Sultan Qaboos Mosque ©
Sultan Qaboos Mosque

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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), get engrossed in the history at Ghalya's Museum of Modern Art, then examine the collection at Bait Al Zubair, then get a sense of history and politics at Al Alam Palace, and finally hunt for treasures at Mutrah Souq. Here are some ideas for day two: get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Muscat travel planning app.

Getting from Salalah to Muscat by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Muscat can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Kuwait City.

Things to do in Muscat

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 7 — 10:
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Walking tours
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque ©
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
Al Alam Palace ©
Al Alam Palace

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Al Shaheed Park. 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.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Kuwait City trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Muscat to Kuwait City takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Muscat to Kuwait City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Muscat in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 23°C in Kuwait City. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Basrah.

Things to do in Kuwait City

Shopping · Fun & Games · Parks · Nightlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 13:
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Souk Al-Mubarakiya ©
Souk Al-Mubarakiya
Al Shaheed Park ©
Al Shaheed Park
Grand Mosque ©
Grand Mosque

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Basrah, Iraq

Basrah ©
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: deepen your understanding at University of Basrah and then make a trip to Basra Times Square.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Basrah driving holiday planning website.

Getting from Kuwait City to Basrah by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in April, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel back home.
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 14:
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Basra Times Square ©
Basra Times Square
University of Basrah ©
University of Basrah

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