28 days in Asia, Europe & Africa Itinerary

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Muscat, Oman
— 2 nights
Fly to Baghdad International Airport / New Al Muthana Air Base, Drive to Karbala
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Karbala, Iraq
— 1 night
Drive to Baghdad International Airport / New Al Muthana Air Base, Fly to Istanbul
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Beirut, Lebanon
— 1 night
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Cairo, Egypt
— 2 nights
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Jerusalem, Israel
— 2 nights
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Amman, Jordan
— 2 nights
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
— 2 nights
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Socotra Island, Yemen
— 2 nights
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
— 2 nights
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Doha, Qatar
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Muscat, Oman — 2 nights

The capital and largest city of Oman, the coastal city of Muscat boasts numerous historical sites and pristine modern developments.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Pebble Beach and then see the interesting displays at Bait Al Zubair. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Muscat road trip planning app.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Muscat is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Gulf Standard Time, which is usually a -1.5 hour difference. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Muscat. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time for travel to Karbala.
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Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:

Karbala, Iraq — 1 night

Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tal Al Zainabeiah site and then don't miss a visit to The Holy Shrine of Imam Hussain.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Karbala day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Muscat to Karbala. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Muscat to Karbala. While traveling from Muscat, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Karbala, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Istanbul.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 4:

Istanbul, Turkey — 3 nights

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.
Istanbul is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, snap pictures at Galata Koprusu, and contemplate the long history of Galata Tower.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul online day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Karbala to Istanbul. When traveling from Karbala in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 7°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Goreme.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:

Goreme, Turkey — 2 nights

Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, and then look for gifts at Sirvan Carpet. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see Off-Road Tours and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see where to stay and tourist information, you can read our Goreme vacation builder app.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Istanbul in December since evenings lows in Goreme dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Beirut.
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Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 9:

Beirut, Lebanon — 1 night

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 10th (Sat), look for gifts at Selim Mouzannar, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Beirut, then cast your line with Narcosis Diving Facility, and finally see the interesting displays at Mim Museum - Mineral Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Beirut trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Goreme to Beirut in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Goreme to Beirut. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Goreme in December, with highs in Beirut at 23°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to fly to Cairo.
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Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Cairo, Egypt — 2 nights

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 11th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Pyramids of Giza, then pause for some photo ops at Great Sphinx, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and then get a taste of the local shopping with Khan Al-Khalili.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cairo tour planner.

Getting from Beirut to Cairo by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. In December in Cairo, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Jerusalem.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 12:

Jerusalem, Israel — 2 nights

Holy City

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, look for gifts at Jerusalem Pottery Hagop Karakashian, contemplate the long history of Western Wall, then admire the landmark architecture of Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old City of Jerusalem. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Jerusalem Archaeological Park, then take an in-depth tour of Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem, then examine the collection at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and finally examine the collection at Shrine Of The Book.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Jerusalem trip planner.

You can fly from Cairo to Jerusalem in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In December in Jerusalem, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to fly to Amman.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:

Amman, Jordan — 2 nights

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 15th (Thu), appreciate the history behind Madaba Mosaic Map, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Nebo, then take in the exciting artwork at Love on a Bike, then steep yourself in history at The Citadel, and finally view the masterpieces at Project Positive Soulful Creations. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to King Abdullah Mosque, then see the interesting displays at Royal Automobile Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Roman Theatre.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Amman day trip planning app.

Getting from Jerusalem to Amman by flight takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Jerusalem in December, things will get slightly colder in Amman: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can fly to Riyadh.
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Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia — 2 nights

As the nation's capital, Riyadh represents a hub of commerce, culture, and transport.
On the 17th (Sat), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, see the interesting displays at National Museum, then wander the streets of Underground Gallery, and finally contemplate the long history of Masmak Fortress.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Riyadh trip planner.

You can fly from Amman to Riyadh in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Arabian Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Amman in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Riyadh: highs are around 23°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Socotra Island.
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Museums · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:

Socotra Island, Yemen — 2 nights

Galapagos of the Indian Ocean

Off coast of the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa, Socotra Island has developed in almost total isolation, yielding a biodiversity that is unique in the world.
On the 19th (Mon), kick back and relax at Arher Beach, then stroll through Shoab beach, and then kick back and relax at Delisha Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Socotra Island trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Riyadh to Socotra Island. When traveling from Riyadh in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Socotra Island, with highs around 34°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Abu Dhabi.
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Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — 2 nights

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 21st (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and then get in on the family fun at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the different shops at Marina Mall, contemplate the long history of Heritage Village, then take in the pleasant sights at The Corniche, and finally steep yourself in history at Qasr Al Hosn.

Plan my day in Abu Dhabi using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Explore your travel options from Socotra Island to Abu Dhabi with the Route module. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Socotra Island to Abu Dhabi due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Socotra Island in December, with highs in Abu Dhabi at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Dubai.
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Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

Dubai, United Arab Emirates — 3 nights

City of Gold

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Dubai is known for sightseeing, shopping, and theme parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Burj Khalifa, get engrossed in the history at Dubai Museum & Al Fahidi Fort, browse the different shops at The Dubai Mall, and get to know the fascinating history of Bastakia Quarter.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Dubai travel route planner.

Getting from Abu Dhabi to Dubai by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and subway; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can fly to Doha.
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Shopping · Tours · Theme Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:

Doha, Qatar — 3 nights

Doha, Qatar's capital city, draws visitors with its constant development and expansion, making it a destination on the rise.
On the 26th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Qatar, then make a trip to The Pearl Island, and then make a trip to The Corniche. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Islamic Art, see the interesting displays at Museum of Illusions, and then let the kids burn off some steam at MIA Park.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Doha trip site.

You can fly from Dubai to Doha in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dubai to Doha. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Dubai in December, with highs in Doha at 28°C and lows at 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Museums · Parks · Fun & Games · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:

Oman travel guide

4.4
Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Flea Markets
Underdeveloped and largely ignored by foreign visitors until the 1970s, Oman now represents one of the region's top vacation destinations, attracting tourists with its pretty beaches, impressive dunes, and friendly mountain villages. A tour of Oman allows travelers to discover a traditional Middle Eastern way of life, authentic cuisine, and thriving urban centers where centuries-old heritage meets every modern amenity under the sun. In a country of well-maintained roads, many visitors choose to drive from one city to the next, where a typical Oman itinerary will include World Heritage Sites, historic forts, modern beaches, and an eclectic dining scene.
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Iraq travel guide

3.9
Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping Malls
Encompassing the fertile area between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers once called Mesopotamia, modern Iraq is marked by turmoil, torn between its rich historical heritage and recent instability and bloodshed. Few tourists choose to vacation in Iraq, put off by reports of violence and destruction that have shaken the country to its core. Still, the semi-autonomous province of Kurdistan remains seemingly insulated from the chaos of the rest of the country. This small region draws a growing number of foreign travelers, enticed by the area's rugged appeal and numerous lakes, archaeological sites, and impressive mountains.
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Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
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Lebanon travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Monuments · Ruins
With a lengthy coastline along the Mediterranean, Lebanon has attracted its share of foreign invaders, from ancient Phoenicians and Egyptians to the medieval Crusaders and Ottoman Turks. Each of these peoples left an indelible mark on the tiny country's cultural heritage, art, religious traditions, and cuisine. Though it shares a border with troubled Syria, Lebanon remains one of the Arab world's most charming destinations. A tour of Lebanon allows travelers to discover modern seaside resorts, ancient ruins, lush nature reserves, and dynamic cities. Base your Lebanon vacation in Beirut, a cosmopolitan capital known for its cafe culture and European architecture, as well as many museums, parks, and squares.
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Egypt travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · Historic Sites · Ruins
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.
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Israel travel guide

4.7
Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Ruins
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.
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Jordan travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Ruins · Nightlife
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.
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Saudi Arabia travel guide

4.1
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Shopping Malls
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.
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Yemen travel guide

4.4
Ruins · Nature & Parks · Landmarks
Years of political instability and armed conflicts have kept Yemen off most travel itineraries, yet this country boasts an incredibly rich history and equally impressive landscapes. Home of the biblical kingdom of Sheba, which thrived for over a thousand years, Yemen entered the 20th century divided between the British and Ottoman empires. Independent since 1990, the country remains highly troubled, with tourism in Yemen virtually nonexistent. The few travelers who make it there discover an ancient land of sleepy mountain villages, marine life-rich coral reefs, and forests boasting some of the rarest tree species in the world.
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United Arab Emirates travel guide

4.5
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.
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Qatar travel guide

4.4
Scenic Walking Areas · Nightlife · Art Museums
Sitting on a peninsula that juts out into the Persian Gulf, little Qatar covers a small amount of territory but contains big reserves of natural gas and oil, boosting the per capita income to levels greater than in many highly industrialized Western countries. Ideal for travelers interested in taking a trip back in time, a vacation in Qatar also allows explorers to discover modern cities boasting outstanding museums, a lively arts scene, and an eclectic culinary heritage. In a country that embraces the future without forgetting its past, it's still possible to spend time learning about the centuries-old art of falconry or ride off into the sunset on the back of a docile camel.
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