25 days in Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

25 days in Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

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25 days in Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 7 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  7​h 30​min
2
Amman, Jordan
— 5 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  6​h
3
Erbil, Iraq
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Beirut, Lebanon
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Cairo, Egypt
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: London, United Kingdom

7
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
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 historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

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London, UK to Istanbul is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from London to Istanbul, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Amman.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Amman side-trips: Madaba (Mount Nebo, Madaba Mosaic Map, & more), Jerash (Jerash Ruins & Ajloun Castle) and Ajlun Castle (Qala'at ar-Rabad) (in Ajlun). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of The Citadel, see the interesting displays at The Jordan Museum, get your game on at 6 Yard, and contemplate the long history of Roman Amphitheater.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Amman online travel planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Istanbul to Amman in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Eastern European Time is minus 1 hour. In April, Amman is somewhat warmer than Istanbul - with highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Erbil.

Things to do in Amman

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Madaba, Jerash, Quseir Amra, Ajlun Castle (Qala'at ar-Rabad)
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The Citadel ©
The Citadel
Jerash Ruins ©
Jerash Ruins
Mount Nebo ©
Mount Nebo

2
nights
Erbil, Iraq

Erbil ©
The capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, Erbil occupies perhaps the longest-inhabited land in the world, with the earliest human settlement here possibly dating back to 5000 BCE.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): stroll around Sami Abdulrahman Park, contemplate the long history of Erbil Citadel, and then walk around Shanadar Park. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Kurdish Textile Museum, stroll around Minaret Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mudhafaria Minarett, then stop by Bazaar, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jalil Khayat and his Children's Mosque.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Erbil holiday planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Amman to Erbil takes 6 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Arabia Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. April in Erbil sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Beirut.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Sami Abdulrahman Park ©
Sami Abdulrahman Park
Erbil Citadel ©
Erbil Citadel
Shanadar Park ©
Shanadar Park

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Beirut: Temples of Baalbek (in Baalbeck) and Saint Charbel Tomb (in Byblos). And it doesn't end there: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, stop by Selim Mouzannar, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and examine the collection at Mim Museum - Mineral Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Beirut online route planner .

Traveling by flight from Erbil to Beirut takes 2.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Erbil to Beirut due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Erbil in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Beirut. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Beirut

Historic Sites Tours Nature

Side Trips

Temples of Baalbek, Jeita Grotto, Saint Charbel Tomb
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Temples of Baalbek ©
Temples of Baalbek
Mim Museum - Mineral Museum ©
Mim Museum - Mineral Museum
Jeita Grotto ©
Jeita Grotto

5
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.
Explore Cairo's surroundings by going to Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay, take a stroll through Coptic Cairo, and get a taste of the local shopping with Khan Al-Khalili.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cairo trip planner .

Getting from Beirut to Cairo by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Beirut, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cairo, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trip

Giza
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Photography Tours
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids

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