23 days in Asia & Africa Itinerary

23 days in Asia & Africa Itinerary

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23 days in Asia & Africa Itinerary

Start: Christchurch, New Zealand
Fly:  29​h
1
Jerusalem, Israel
— 2 nights
bus:  15​min
2
Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Madaba, Jordan
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Arad, Israel
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Mitspe Ramon, Israel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Eilat, Israel
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 30​min
8
Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Christchurch, New Zealand

2
nights
Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tomb of the Virgin Mary and Tisch Family Zoological Gardens (Biblical Zoo). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, admire the masterpieces at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, contemplate the long history of Mt of Olives, and take in the spiritual surroundings of The Jerusalem Archaeological Park.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Jerusalem vacation planner.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Jerusalem is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Israel Standard Time is minus 10 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Christchurch in June; daily highs in Jerusalem reach 36°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Bethlehem.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Tomb of the Virgin Mary ©
Tomb of the Virgin Mary

2
nights
Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories

Bethlehem ©
For many, Bethlehem needs no introduction.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): stop by St. John Souvenir, don't miss a visit to Kfar Etzion, and then take an in-depth tour of Gush Etzion Heritage Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmel of the Holy Child Jesus, take a stroll through Star Street, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cave of St. Jerome, make a trip to Milk Grotto, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Nativity, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cremisan Monastery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bethlehem day trip tool .

Bethlehem is just a stone's throw from Jerusalem. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Arad.

Things to do in Bethlehem

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Gush Etzion, Cremisan Monastery
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Church of the Nativity ©
Church of the Nativity
Milk Grotto ©
Milk Grotto
Kfar Etzion ©
Kfar Etzion

1
night
Madaba, Jordan

Madaba ©
A trip to Madaba will delight most history enthusiasts: the small, friendly town boasts a plethora of exquisite Byzantine mosaics, decorating its buildings and archaeological sites.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dead Sea. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Madaba Mosaic Map, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St John the Baptist, then steep yourself in history at Mount Nebo, and finally examine the collection at La Storia Tourism Complex. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Dead Sea.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Madaba trip planner .

You can drive from Bethlehem to Madaba in 4.5 hours. In June in Madaba, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Arad.

Things to do in Madaba

Nature Parks Museums
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Dead Sea ©
Dead Sea
Church of St John the Baptist ©
Church of St John the Baptist
Mount Nebo ©
Mount Nebo

1
night
Arad, Israel

Arad ©
Arad is a city in the Southern District of Israel. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Masada National Park, admire the striking features of Masada Fortress, then take in the exciting artwork at Adi Miraro Jewelry, and finally see the interesting displays at Glass Art Museum Arad.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Arad route planner .

You can drive from Madaba to Arad in 5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mitspe Ramon.

Things to do in Arad

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Masada National Park
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Masada Fortress ©
Masada Fortress
Masada National Park ©
Masada National Park
Glass Art Museum Arad ©
Glass Art Museum Arad

1
night
Mitspe Ramon, Israel

Mitspe Ramon ©
Founded in 1951, the small desert town of Mitspe Ramon overlooks the Ramon Crater, a massive 40 km (24 mi) long dip in the Negev desert, created by erosion and notable for its interesting rock formations.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Ramon Crater and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Avdat National Park.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mitspe Ramon trip planner .

Drive from Arad to Mitspe Ramon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Mitspe Ramon, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Petra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Mitspe Ramon

Nature Parks
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Ramon Crater ©
Ramon Crater
Avdat National Park ©
Avdat National Park

3
nights
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan

Petra - Wadi Musa ©
Visitors flock to Wadi Musa to witness the rose colored rock-carved temples and tombs of Petra, the famous ancient city and World Heritage Site.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Petra Chair Massage. Discover out-of-the-way places like Petra Kitchen and Obelisk Tomb. Step out of Petra - Wadi Musa to go to Dana and see Dana Nature Reserve, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Petra, take an in-depth tour of Petra Museum, admire the landmark architecture of The Great Temple, and ride a horse along Horse Riding Jordan.

Planning Petra - Wadi Musa trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mitspe Ramon to Petra - Wadi Musa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Eilat.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Dana Nature Reserve
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Petra ©
Petra
Petra Kitchen ©
Petra Kitchen
Dana Nature Reserve ©
Dana Nature Reserve

4
nights
Eilat, Israel

At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
Run Out has been added to your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Red Canyon and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Next up on the itinerary: ponder the design of Musical Fountain, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Timna Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Dolphin Reef, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Underwater Observatory Marine Park.

Make your Eilat itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Petra - Wadi Musa to Eilat. June in Eilat sees daily highs of 46°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Eilat

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Red Canyon ©
Red Canyon

3
nights
Cairo, Egypt

Cairo ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pyramids of Dahshour and Safaris. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairo: Giza (Great Sphinx & Pyramids of Giza). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary), pause for some photo ops at Statue of Ramesses II, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Sergius and Bacchus.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Cairo day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Eilat to Cairo in 9.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Eilat in June: high temperatures in Cairo hover around 40°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Giza
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Safaris

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