27 days in Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

27 days in Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

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Paphos, Cyprus
— 6 nights
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Jerusalem, Israel
— 3 nights
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Amman, Jordan
— 2 nights
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Damascus, Syria
— 2 nights
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Beirut, Lebanon
— 2 nights
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Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
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Alexandria, Egypt
— 3 nights
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Luxor, Egypt
— 3 nights

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Coral Bay and Aphrodite's Rock. Tombs of the Kings and Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Paphos side-trips: Panagia (Monastery) of Kykkos (in Pedoulas), Michael Owen Art Gallery (in Lania) and Stavrovouni Monastery (in Pyrga). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, admire the masterpieces at Chakra Fine Art Gallery & Culture Centre, learn about winemaking at Kalamos Winery, and explore the historical opulence of Paphos Harbour Castle.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Paphos online road trip planner.

Edmonton, Canada to Paphos is an approximately 21-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Edmonton to Paphos due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Edmonton in December: high temperatures in Paphos hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. You'll set off for Jerusalem on the 20th (Sun).

Things to do in Paphos

Side Trips

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Specialty Museum
Panagia (Monastery) of Kykkos
4.6
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World heritage site
Tombs of the Kings
3.9
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World heritage site
Kato Paphos Archaeological Park
4.5

3
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Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem ©

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Iris Eshet Cohen Gallery and Zadik Gallery. Let the collections at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center and Shrine of the Book capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jerusalem: Jaffa Old City (in Jaffa) and Tel Aviv (Neve Tzedek & Tayelet). There's much more to do: stop by Old City of Jerusalem, admire the striking features of Church of Saint Anne, explore the ancient world of Western Wall, and admire the masterpieces at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Jerusalem driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Paphos to Jerusalem takes 5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Amman.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

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2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Roman Amphitheater, then delve into the distant past at Jerash Ruins, and then look for gifts at Nadia Dajani Jewellery. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at The Citadel.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Amman trip planner.

Getting from Jerusalem to Amman by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Jerusalem in December: high temperatures in Amman hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Damascus.

Things to do in Amman

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Historic Site
The Citadel
4.4
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Historic Site
Roman Amphitheater
4.4

2
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Damascus, Syria

Damascus ©
Locals claim that the Prophet Muhammad refused to enter Damascus on his journey to Mecca--he wished to enter Paradise only once in his lifetime.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): explore the galleries of The National Museum of Damascus, then take an in-depth tour of Al Azem Palace (Palace of As'ad, Pasha al-'Azm), then take a stroll through Old City, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Damascus Umayyad Mosque. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Qassioun (Jebal Kasioun), then make a trip to Souq al-Hamidiyyeh, then contemplate the long history of Damascus Center, and finally admire the striking features of Sayyida Ruqayya Mausoleum.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Damascus online travel planner.

You can take a bus from Amman to Damascus in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Amman in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Damascus, with lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Beirut.

Things to do in Damascus

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Religious Site
Damascus Umayyad Mosque
4.8
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Flea Market
Souq al-Hamidiyyeh
4.7

2
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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 28th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of Lebanon, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Churches of Harissa, and then make a trip to Corniche Beirut. On your second day here, take a stroll through Beirut Souks, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Beirut, then take in the dramatic natural features at Pigeon Rocks in Raouche, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Hamra Street.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Beirut trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Damascus to Beirut takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Damascus in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Beirut, with highs around 23°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Beirut

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

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Neighborhood
Beirut Souks
3.0
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History Museum
National Museum of Beirut
4.7

3
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes World Tour Advice Tours to Egypt - Tours and Nile Cruises, Manial Palace Museum and The Coptic Museum. Popular historic sites such as Pyramids of Giza and Coptic Cairo are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and Great Sphinx. There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Khan Al-Khalili, contemplate the waterfront views at Nile River, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairo trip app.

You can fly from Beirut to Cairo in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. In December, daytime highs in Cairo are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Alexandria.

Things to do in Cairo

Side Trip

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Must see
Pyramids of Giza
4.4
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Monument
Great Sphinx
4.7

3
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Alexandria, Egypt

Alexandria ©

Mediterranean's Bride

Known for its turbulent and eventful past, the port city of Alexandria retains a historic charm and atmosphere, boasting thousands of years of Egypt's cultural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): explore the ancient world of Pompey's Pillar, explore the ancient world of Ancient Roman Amphitheater, and then admire the landmark architecture of St. Catherine's Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral and then delve into the distant past at Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Alexandria trip builder tool.

Getting from Cairo to Alexandria by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Alexandria are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Alexandria

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Luxor, Egypt

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
On the 5th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Luxor Museum, delve into the distant past at Temple of Karnak, and then look for gifts at Habiba Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Medinet Habu, explore the ancient world of Valley of the Kings, and then make a trip to Deir el-Shelwit Temple.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Luxor online travel route planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Alexandria to Luxor in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Alexandria in January: highs in Luxor hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 8°C. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Must see
Temple of Karnak
4.9
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Monument
Luxor Temple
4.7

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