56 days in Africa, Asia & Europe Itinerary

56 days in Africa, Asia & Europe Itinerary

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56 days in Africa, Asia & Europe Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong, China
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 5 nights
2
Windhoek, Namibia
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Gaborone, Botswana
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Antananarivo, Madagascar
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  11​h 45​min
5
Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Nairobi, Kenya
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Cairo, Egypt
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  5​h 45​min
9
Amman, Jordan
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  5​h 15​min
10
Beirut, Lebanon
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
11
Tel Aviv, Israel
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
12
Tbilisi, Georgia
— 4 nights
13
Baku, Azerbaijan
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
14
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Hong Kong, China

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, parks, beaches, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape of Good Hope, meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium, stroll through Clifton Beaches, and head off the coast to Robben Island Museum.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cape Town travel planner.

Hong Kong, China to Cape Town is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Hong Kong Time (HKT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Hong Kong in July: high temperatures in Cape Town hover around 20°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 27:
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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©

3
nights
Windhoek, Namibia

Located in the heart of the country, Namibia's capital city Windhoek receives a constant influx of tourists, in part because of its international airport.
On the 28th (Sun), take an exotic tour of a safari tour, admire the landmark architecture of Christuskirche, and then steep yourself in history at Katutura Township. On your second day here, look for gifts at The Diamond Works, then hunt for treasures at Namibia Craft Centre, then stroll through NamibRand Nature Reserve, and finally see the interesting displays at National Museum of Namibia.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Windhoek trip itinerary website .

Getting from Cape Town to Windhoek by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cape Town in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Windhoek, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Gaborone.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve
Christuskirche ©
Christuskirche

3
nights
Gaborone, Botswana

Gaborone ©
Planned as the capital after Botswana gained independence in the 1960s, Gaborone quickly transformed into a bustling city and the country's commercial center.
Gaborone is known for parks, shopping, theme parks, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Gaborone, pause for some photo ops at Three Chiefs' Statues, look for gifts at Botswanacraft, and stroll through Gaborone Game Reserve.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Gaborone trip planner .

You can fly from Windhoek to Gaborone in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Windhoek in July, expect warmer with lows of 22°C in Gaborone. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Antananarivo.

Things to do in Gaborone

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks
Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 2:
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Mokolodi Nature Reserve ©
Mokolodi Nature Reserve
ISKCON Gaborone ©
ISKCON Gaborone
Botswanacraft ©
Botswanacraft

4
nights
Antananarivo, Madagascar

Antananarivo ©
Surrounded by verdant rice paddies, Madagascar's capital and the country's commercial and cultural hub, Antananarivo boasts a rich history and heritage, evident in its numerous historic buildings, colonial-era neighborhoods, and archaeological museums.
Antananarivo is known for zoos & aquariums, historic sites, shopping, adventure, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ambohimanga, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Catholique d Andohalo, see the interesting displays at Musee de la Photographie de Madagascar, and get to know the resident critters at Lemurs' Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Antananarivo attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Gaborone to Antananarivo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Central African Time to Eastern African Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Gaborone in August, plan for much warmer days in Antananarivo, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kilimanjaro National Park.

Things to do in Antananarivo

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Lemurs' Park ©
Lemurs' Park
Ambohimanga ©
Ambohimanga

4
nights
Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania

Change things up with these side-trips from Kilimanjaro National Park: Marangu (Chagga Museum & Ndoro Waterfall). On the 7th (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Mount Kilimanjaro. Spend the 8th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kilimanjaro National Park day trip planning site .

Explore your travel options from Antananarivo to Kilimanjaro National Park with the Route module. On the 11th (Sun), you'll travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Kilimanjaro National Park

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

Marangu
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kibo
Mount Kibo

4
nights
Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi ©
You're likely to visit Nairobi at least once on a trip to Kenya, as the sprawling city houses the country's international airport and remains the jump-off point for many tours and safaris.
Nairobi is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nairobi National Park, admire the landmark architecture of African Heritage House, take in the architecture and atmosphere at All Saints Cathedral, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nairobi travel route site .

Explore your travel options from Kilimanjaro National Park to Nairobi with the Route module. In August in Nairobi, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Central Island National Park
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
Safaris

4
nights
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

A sprawling metropolis and home to millions of Ethiopians, Addis Ababa houses many international organizations, embassies, and commissions, making it a diplomatic, political, and economic hub of the country.
Addis Ababa is known for museums, historic sites, nature, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Yekatit 12 Martyrs Square, don't miss a visit to Karls Square, and see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethiopia.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Addis Ababa online trip builder .

You can fly from Nairobi to Addis Ababa in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. In August in Addis Ababa, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral
Photography 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairo side-trips: Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). Spend the 23rd (Fri) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, admire the striking features of Khan Al-Khalili, delve into the distant past at Giza Plateau, and see the interesting displays at Egyptian Antiquities Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cairo online tour itinerary planner .

Fly from Addis Ababa to Cairo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Addis Ababa to Cairo. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Addis Ababa in August: high temperatures in Cairo hover around 41°C and lows are around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Amman.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Giza
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

4
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.
Step out of Amman with an excursion to Jerash Ruins in Jerash--about 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of The Citadel, examine the collection at Royal Automobile Museum, explore the galleries of TIRAZ Widad Kawar Home for Arab Dress, and have fun and explore at Children's Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Amman trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Cairo to Amman by combination of flight and bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Cairo in August, Amman is slightly colder at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Beirut.

Things to do in Amman

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Jerash Ruins
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Jerash Ruins ©
Jerash Ruins
The Citadel ©
The Citadel
Roman Amphitheater ©
Roman Amphitheater

4
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.
Beirut is known for museums, shopping, historic sites, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Mim Museum - Mineral Museum, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Beirut, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and don't miss a visit to Zaitunay Bay.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Beirut trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Amman to Beirut takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Amman in August, Beirut is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 30°C. On the 31st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tel Aviv.

Things to do in Beirut

Tours Shopping Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Mim Museum - Mineral Museum ©
Mim Museum - Mineral Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings
Zaitunay Bay ©
Zaitunay Bay

4
nights
Tel Aviv, Israel

Called the "White City" thanks to the color of its World Heritage-listed architectural landmarks, Tel Aviv serves as Israel's modern and cosmopolitan second city.
Tel Aviv is known for museums, shopping, nightlife, fun & games, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Jaffa Old City, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, explore the world behind art at Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tel Aviv day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Beirut to Tel Aviv takes 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tbilisi.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Museums Tours Parks
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 4:
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Jaffa Old City ©
Jaffa Old City
Tel Aviv Museum of Art ©
Tel Aviv Museum of Art

4
nights
Tbilisi, Georgia

On the bank of the Mtkvari River and at the foot of Trialeti mountain range, Tbilisi's location has given the city strategic significance since it was founded in the 5th century.
Take a break from Tbilisi with a short trip to Jvari Church in Mtskheta, about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, get in on the family fun at Aerial Tramway in Tbilisi, pause for some serene contemplation at Tsminda Sameba Cathedral, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tbilisi online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Tel Aviv to Tbilisi takes 6 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Tbilisi is 2 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tel Aviv in September; daily highs in Tbilisi reach 31°C and lows reach 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Baku.

Things to do in Tbilisi

Tours Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Jvari Church
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Walking tours
The Bridge of Peace ©
The Bridge of Peace

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nights
Baku, Azerbaijan

Baku ©
The capital of Azerbaijan and the Caucasus' largest city, Baku brings the old and the new, the East and the West colliding together in a particularly diverse and changing city.
On the 9th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Baku Old City, then don't miss a visit to Baku Boulevard, and then see the interesting displays at Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center. Keep things going the next day: learn more about the world around you at Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape, pause for some photo ops at Sculpture Girl on Bench, then make a trip to Fountain Square, then enjoy breathtaking views from Maiden Tower, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Flame Towers.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Baku trip planner .

Getting from Tbilisi to Baku by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Baku can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Abu Dhabi.

Things to do in Baku

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center ©
Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center
Baku Old City ©
Baku Old City
Baku Boulevard ©
Baku Boulevard

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nights
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi ©
Take a trip to Abu Dhabi to discover a modern metropolis built on a strip of land jutting out into the Persian Gulf.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take in the pleasant sights at The Corniche, then take an in-depth tour of Qasr Al Hosn, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center, and finally snap pictures at Sheikh Zayed Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Marina Mall and then find something for the whole family at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Abu Dhabi planner .

Fly from Baku to Abu Dhabi in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Baku in September: highs in Abu Dhabi hover around 47°C, while lows dip to 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Theme Parks Historic Sites Spas
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center ©
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi ©
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Emirates Palace ©
Emirates Palace

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