22 days in Asia & Africa Itinerary

22 days in Asia & Africa Itinerary

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22 days in Asia & Africa Itinerary

Start: Brussels, Belgium
Fly:  14​h
1
Shanghai, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  13​h 45​min
3
Agra, India
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  19​h
4
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 1 day
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
5
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
6
Cape Town, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h
7
Marrakech, Morocco
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Brussels, Belgium

2
nights
Shanghai, China

Shanghai ©
With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Bund (Wai Tan) and Longhua Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Zhujiajiao Ancient Town and Former French Concession. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), take a stroll through Maoming Road, pause for some photo ops at Jade Buddha Temple, and take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Shanghai road trip website .

Brussels, Belgium to Shanghai is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Brussels to Shanghai. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Brussels in July: highs in Shanghai hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town ©
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©

2
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tokyo National Museum and Imperial Palace. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and wander the streets of Odaiba.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Shanghai to Tokyo in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone changes from China Standard Time (CST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Agra.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace

2
nights
Agra, India

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Get a sense of the local culture at Agra Fort and Taj Mahal. Visit Shah Burj and Gurudwara Guru ka Tal for their historical value. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bageshwarnath Temple, admire the striking features of Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, pause for some serene contemplation at St. George's Cathedral, and take in the history at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Agra trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Tokyo to Agra in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Tokyo to Agra is minus 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Agra can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites
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Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Balkeshwar Mandir ©
Balkeshwar Mandir

1
day
Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, then steep yourself in history at Mandela House, and then ponder the world of politics at Constitution Hill.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Johannesburg trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Agra to Johannesburg in 19 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Agra to Johannesburg, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Agra in August, expect Johannesburg to be colder, temps between 26°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Historic Sites Museums
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Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Mandela House ©
Mandela House

4
nights
Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park ©
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Get in touch with nature at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Olifants Wilderness Trail. There's lots more to do: stroll through Idube Game Reserve, trek along Bushmans Trail, and take some stellar pictures from Nkumbe View Site.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park trip itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, Kruger National Park is a bit warmer at night with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Olifants Wilderness Trail ©
Olifants Wilderness Trail

3
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.
Visit Robben Island Museum and Maclear's Beacon for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Great Synagogue and Iziko Koopmans-De Wet House. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Cape of Good Hope, enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clifton Beaches, and see the interesting displays at Eyewitness - A Private Collection.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cape Town trip builder tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Cape Town in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. While traveling from Kruger National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Cape Town, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

2
nights
Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech ©
You won't run out of things to do in Marrakech, a city where you can spend days exploring grandiose palaces and mosques, photogenic gardens, sacred tombs, and traditional mansions that evoke a bygone era.
On the 18th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Bahia Palace, then stroll the grounds of Saadian Tombs, and then explore the world behind art at Women's Museum - Marrakech. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Medina of Marrakesh, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then admire the striking features of Ben Youssef Madrasa.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Marrakech vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Marrakech takes 22 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Cape Town in August, expect Marrakech to be much hotter, temps between 44°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Parks Spas
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Medina of Marrakesh ©
Medina of Marrakesh
Palacio da Bahia ©
Palacio da Bahia

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