25 days in Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

25 days in Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

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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 museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul sightseeing planner.

London, UK to Istanbul is an approximately 5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Istanbul is 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from London in March since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 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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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amman: Jerash (Jerash Ruins & Ajloun Castle), Ajlun Castle (Qala'at ar-Rabad) (in Ajlun) and Madaba (Mount Nebo, Madaba Mosaic Map, &more). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Quseir Amra, explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum, see the interesting displays at The Jordan Museum, and contemplate the long history of Lilas Tours.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Amman road trip app.

Getting from Istanbul to Amman by combination of flight and bus takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Istanbul in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Amman: highs are around 28°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Erbil.

Things to do in Amman

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

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

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.
On the 10th (Fri), stroll around Sami Abdulrahman Park, then contemplate the long history of Erbil Citadel, and then stroll around Shanadar Park. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Kurdish Textile Museum, walk around Minaret Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mudhafaria Minarett, then look for gifts at Bazaar, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jalil Khayat and his Children's Mosque.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Erbil road trip site.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Amman to Erbil in 3 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amman to Erbil due to the time zone difference. In April, daytime highs in Erbil are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to 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
Kurdish Textile Museum ©
Kurdish Textile Museum

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.
Explore Beirut's surroundings by going to Saint Charbel Tomb (in Byblos) and Temples of Baalbek (in Baalbeck). There's much more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Beirut, examine the collection at Banque Du Liban Museum, and look for gifts at Selim Mouzannar.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Beirut trip itinerary site.

Fly from Erbil to Beirut in 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Erbil in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Beirut, with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Beirut

Tours Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

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

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairo: Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, steep yourself in history at Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay, take a stroll through Coptic Cairo, and visit Islamic Cairo.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cairo itinerary planner.

Getting from Beirut to Cairo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Beirut in April: highs in Cairo hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trip

Giza
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Photography Tours
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
Islamic Cairo ©
Islamic Cairo

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