58 days in Africa, Europe & Middle East Itinerary

58 days in Africa, Europe & Middle East Itinerary

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58 days in Africa, Europe & Middle East Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
Luxor, Egypt
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Cairo, Egypt
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Athens, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Istanbul, Turkey
— 11 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Jerusalem, Israel
— 4 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  14​h 45​min
6
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h
7
Doha, Qatar
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
8
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 12 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

4
nights
Luxor, Egypt

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Luxor Sound and Light Show has been added to your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Temple of Karnak and Valley of the Kings. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Medinet Habu and Tomb of Sennedjem. Spend the 22nd (Fri) floating through the air with a balloon tour. There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari, explore the ancient world of Ramesseum (Mortuary Temple of Ramses II), get to know the fascinating history of Avenue of Sphinxes, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Luxor Temple.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Luxor is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Luxor is 5 hours. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in June: highs in Luxor hover around 49°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Medinet Habu ©
Medinet Habu
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings

5
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.
Get some historical perspective at Pyramids of Giza and Great Sphinx. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids and Egyptian Antiquities Museum. There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Khan Al-Khalili, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take a stroll through Zamalek (Gezira Island), and browse the different shops at Cairo Festival City Mall (CFC).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cairo trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Luxor to Cairo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Luxor in June, things will get a bit cooler in Cairo: highs are around 40°C and lows about 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Giza
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 30:
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

5
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
We've included these beaches for you: Glyfada Beach and Voula Beach. Let the collections at Acropolis Museum and Benaki Museum capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Athens side-trips: Vouliagmeni Beach (in Vouliagmeni) and Attica Zoological Park (in Spata). On the 3rd (Tue), spend a cool day on the water with Sea Stars. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Plaka, admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Hephaestus.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Athens trip planning site .

Fly from Cairo to Athens in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Cairo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Athens, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Athens

Outdoors Transportation Tours

Side Trips

Attica Zoological Park, Vouliagmeni Beach, Glyfada Beach
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 5:
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Plaka ©
Plaka
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

11
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.
Get in touch with nature at Selale Parkuru and Dalia Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Florya Sahil Parkı and Solar Plajı. Spend the 15th (Sun) floating through the air with a balloon tour. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, wander the streets of Ortakoy, and admire the landmark architecture of Suleymaniye Cami .

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Istanbul takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. In July, Istanbul is slightly colder than Athens - with highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Istanbul

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tayelet and En Gedi Nature Reserve. Do some cultural sightseeing at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center and Mt of Olives. Change things up with these side-trips from Jerusalem: Nalagaat Center (in Jaffa), Tel Aviv (Dizengoff Street, Carmel Market (Shuk Ha'Carmel), & more) and Ein Gedi Botanical Garden (in Ein Gedi). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Israel Museum, explore the galleries of Old City of Jerusalem, steep yourself in history at Western Wall, and stop by Baltinester Bros. Jewelry and Judaica.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Jerusalem online driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight, train, and bus from Istanbul to Jerusalem in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Israel Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Petra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Tel Aviv, En Gedi Nature Reserve, Ein Gedi Botanical Garden
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 20:
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Carmel Market (Shuk Ha'Carmel) ©
Carmel Market (Shuk Ha'Carmel)
Israel Museum ©
Israel Museum

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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Wadi Rum Protected Area and Petra World Heritage Site. Get some historical perspective at Street of Facades and Al-Beidha - Little Petra. Change things up with a short trip to Horseback Riding Tours in Wadi Rum (about 1h 55 min away). There's more to do: explore the ancient world of Temple of Dushares and admire the striking features of The Great Temple.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Petra - Wadi Musa travel site .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Jerusalem to Petra - Wadi Musa in 15 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Doha.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Wadi Rum
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 24:
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Wadi Rum Protected Area ©
Wadi Rum Protected Area
Petra ©
Petra
Horseback Riding Tours

3
nights
Doha, Qatar

Doha ©
Doha, Qatar's capital city, draws visitors with its constant development and expansion, making it a destination on the rise.
Head to Souq Waqif and Villaggio Mallfor plenty of shopping. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Khor Al Udeid and Simaisma Beach. When in Doha, make a side trip to see Sealine Beach in Mesaieed, approximately 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Islamic Art, don't miss a visit to The Corniche, stroll through Aspire Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at State Grand Mosque.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Doha trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Petra - Wadi Musa to Doha takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Arabia Standard Time (AST) is 1 hour. July in Doha sees daily highs of 51°C and lows of 34°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Abu Dhabi.

Things to do in Doha

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Sealine Beach
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Souq Waqif ©
Souq Waqif
Sealine Beach ©
Sealine Beach
Museum of Islamic Art ©
Museum of Islamic Art

6
nights
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Take a trip to Abu Dhabi to discover a modern metropolis built on a strip of land jutting out into the Persian Gulf.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque and Qasr Al Hosn will appeal to history buffs. Get outdoors at Saadiyat Public Beach and Corniche Beach. The adventure continues: browse the different shops at Marina Mall, admire the landmark architecture of Emirates Palace, contemplate the long history of Heritage Village, and get in on the family fun at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.

To find out how to plan a trip to Abu Dhabi, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Doha to Abu Dhabi in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Doha to Abu Dhabi is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 50°C in July, and nighttime lows around 37°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Dubai.

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Outdoors Parks Theme Parks
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Safaris
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center ©
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center
Heritage Village ©
Heritage Village

12
nights
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Get a sense of the local culture at Al Ain Zoo and Al Jahili Fort. Escape the urban bustle at Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and Marina Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Al Ain (Al Ain National Museum, Al Ain Oasis, & more), Al Badiyah Mosque (in Al Badiyah) and Ajman Beach (in Ajman). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 13th (Mon) at Aquaventure Waterpark. There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at The Dubai Mall, get engrossed in the history at Al Fahidi Fort, enjoy the sand and surf at Umm Suqeim Beach, and don't miss a visit to Jumeirah Mosque.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Dubai route planner.

Drive from Abu Dhabi to Dubai in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Dubai are 49°C, while nighttime lows are 38°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubai

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Al Ain, Sharjah, Al Badiyah Mosque, Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Khor Fakkan Beach
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 15:
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Burj Khalifa ©
Burj Khalifa
The Dubai Mall ©
The Dubai Mall
Wild Wadi Waterpark ©
Wild Wadi Waterpark

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