41 days in Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

41 days in Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights
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Beirut, Lebanon
— 4 nights
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Doha, Qatar
— 5 nights
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 6 nights
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
— 6 nights
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Cairo, Egypt
— 5 nights
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Eilat, Israel
— 3 nights
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Jerusalem, Israel
— 5 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 6 nights

Queen of Cities

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.
Kids will enjoy Hagia Sophia Mosque and Topkapi Palace. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Istanbul online sightseeing planner.

Newark, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Newark to Istanbul, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Newark in November since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Beirut.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 30:

Beirut, Lebanon

— 4 nights

Paris of the East

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Beirut: Bkassine Pine Forest (in Jezzine), Temples of Baalbek (in Baalbeck) and Chouane Lake (in Chouaneh). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Mim Museum - Mineral Museum, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Beirut, cast your line with XDC - Xtreme Dive Center, and browse the different shops at CITYMALL.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Beirut trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Beirut in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Beirut due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in November, you will find days in Beirut are somewhat warmer (76°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Doha.

Things to do in Beirut

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 4:

Doha, Qatar

— 5 nights
Doha, Qatar's capital city, draws visitors with its constant development and expansion, making it a destination on the rise.
Family-friendly places like Museum of Illusions and Museum of Islamic Art will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Doha side-trips: Mesaieed (Khor Al Udaid Beach & Sealine Beach), Al Khor Park (in Al Khor) and Fuwairit Beach (in Fuwayrit). And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Souq Waqif, make a trip to The Corniche, let little ones run wild at MIA Park, and see the interesting displays at National Museum of Qatar.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Doha trip itinerary builder site.

Fly from Beirut to Doha in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Arabian Standard Time (AST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Beirut in December, expect nights in Doha to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Dubai.

Things to do in Doha

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 9:

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

— 6 nights

City of Gold

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Bring the kids along to Burj Khalifa and Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark. Make the 15th (Wed) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at The Dubai Mall, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, explore the activities along Dubai Creek, and meet the residents at Sharjah Aquarium.

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Traveling by flight from Doha to Dubai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Doha to Dubai due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Doha in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 65°F in Dubai. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Abu Dhabi.

Things to do in Dubai

Tours · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 15:

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

— 6 nights
Take a trip to Abu Dhabi to discover a modern metropolis built on a strip of land jutting out into the Persian Gulf.
Kids will enjoy Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. Spend the 20th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at The Corniche, contemplate the long history of Qasr Al Hosn, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Abu Dhabi, and appreciate the history behind The Founder's Memorial.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Abu Dhabi tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Dubai to Abu Dhabi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. In December in Abu Dhabi, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to fly to Cairo.

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Outdoors · Theme Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 21:

Cairo, Egypt

— 5 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

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 visit kid-friendly attractions like The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and Great Sphinx. Get out of town with these interesting Cairo side-trips: Giza (Bent Pyramid & Pyramids of Giza). There's lots more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, contemplate the waterfront views at Nile River, walk around Al-Azhar Park, and stop by Islamic Cairo.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cairo online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Abu Dhabi to Cairo takes 6.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Abu Dhabi to Cairo. In December, Cairo is little chillier than Abu Dhabi - with highs of 69°F and lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can fly to Eilat.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 26:

Eilat, Israel

— 3 nights
At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Timna Park and Underwater Observatory Marine Park. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Dolphin Reef, head outdoors with Sea and Desert Adventures, see the vivid underwater world at Coral Beach Nature Reserve, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Eilat online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairo to Eilat takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Eilat

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

Jerusalem, Israel

— 5 nights

Holy City

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.
Attractions like Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center and Western Wall make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Jerusalem's surroundings by going to Jaffa Old City (in Jaffa) and Tel Aviv (Neve Tzedek & Tel Aviv Museum of Art). On the 3rd (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, stop by Jerusalem Pottery Hagop Karakashian, take a stroll through Old City of Jerusalem, and take in panoramic vistas at Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Jerusalem road trip planner.

You can fly from Eilat to Jerusalem in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Eilat in December, expect nights in Jerusalem to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are slightly colder, around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 3:

Lebanon travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Ruins
With a lengthy coastline along the Mediterranean, Lebanon has attracted its share of foreign invaders, from ancient Phoenicians and Egyptians to the medieval Crusaders and Ottoman Turks. Each of these peoples left an indelible mark on the tiny country's cultural heritage, art, religious traditions, and cuisine. Though it shares a border with troubled Syria, Lebanon remains one of the Arab world's most charming destinations. A tour of Lebanon allows travelers to discover modern seaside resorts, ancient ruins, lush nature reserves, and dynamic cities. Base your Lebanon vacation in Beirut, a cosmopolitan capital known for its cafe culture and European architecture, as well as many museums, parks, and squares.

Qatar travel guide

4.1
Scenic Walking Areas · Art Museums · Landmarks
Sitting on a peninsula that juts out into the Persian Gulf, little Qatar covers a small amount of territory but contains big reserves of natural gas and oil, boosting the per capita income to levels greater than in many highly industrialized Western countries. Ideal for travelers interested in taking a trip back in time, a vacation in Qatar also allows explorers to discover modern cities boasting outstanding museums, a lively arts scene, and an eclectic culinary heritage. In a country that embraces the future without forgetting its past, it's still possible to spend time learning about the centuries-old art of falconry or ride off into the sunset on the back of a docile camel.

Egypt travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Monuments
Gift of the Nile
The land of pharaohs, pyramids, sphinxes, and papyrus, Egypt needs little by way of introduction. Visitors find more than a textbook readout of ancient history when visiting the country--the power, scale, art, and mysticism of its centuries-old culture bleed out from each landmark attraction and seep into the everyday life. Bustling markets, the slow-flowing Nile, the vast desert, and inspiring archeological sites often sit right alongside palaces of great excess and historical importance. All ensure you have plenty to see and do during your vacation in Egypt. In the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011, travel to certain areas where conflict and terrorism are deemed likely remains inadvisable for foreign visitors.

Israel travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Walking Areas · Ruins
Land of Creation
Surprisingly diverse for such a narrow strip of land pressed against the Mediterranean, modern Israel only dates back to 1948, though the history of this "Holy Land" spans many millennia. The big three monotheistic religions--Christianity, Judaism, and Islam--maintain extremely strong ties to this part of the world, so you can expect to see plenty of historic churches, mosques, and synagogues during your holiday in Israel. Beyond the undeniable cultural appeal, Israel also offers impressive natural features, including the Dead Sea and Makhtesh Ramon, one of the world's biggest craters. As you tour Israel, you'll find yourself following in the footsteps of figures that helped shape the world thousands of years ago.