15 days in Europe, Africa & Asia Itinerary

15 days in Europe, Africa & Asia Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly to Amman, Bus to Petra - Wadi Musa
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 1 night
Wadi Rum, Jordan
— 1 night
Taxi to Aqaba, Ferry to Taba, Foot to Taba Border Passage, Fly to Jerusalem
Jerusalem, Israel
— 3 nights


Istanbul, Turkey

— 4 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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hagia Sophia Mosque, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary builder tool.

Miami, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Miami to Istanbul is 8 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Miami in April: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 64°F and lows are around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Tours
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Goreme, Turkey

— 2 nights
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): soar above the sights with a balloon tour, get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum, and then look for gifts at Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Goreme itinerary planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Goreme by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Goreme, with lows around 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Cairo.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 17:

Cairo, Egypt

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, explore the activities along Nile River, and stroll around Al-Azhar Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cairo route maker website.

Getting from Goreme to Cairo by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Goreme to Cairo. Traveling from Goreme in April, you will find days in Cairo are somewhat warmer (84°F), and nights are warmer (62°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Petra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): delve into the distant past at Petra.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Petra - Wadi Musa road trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cairo to Petra - Wadi Musa takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Wadi Rum.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites
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Wadi Rum, Jordan

— 1 night
Tourism in Wadi Rum revolves around UNESCO-protected desert scenery and spectacular limestone rock formations following a dry river bed, which in World War I served as the headquarters of a British-inspired Arab revolt against the Ottomans.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): admire nature's extreme beauty at Wadi Rum Protected Area.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Wadi Rum online journey planner.

You can drive from Petra - Wadi Musa to Wadi Rum in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Wadi Rum

Nature · Parks
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Jerusalem, Israel

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jerusalem: Neve Tzedek (in Tel Aviv) and Jaffa Old City (in Jaffa). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Western Wall Tunnels, get to know the fascinating history of Old City of Jerusalem, and explore the ancient world of Western Wall.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Jerusalem trip builder website.

Getting from Wadi Rum to Jerusalem by combination of taxi, ferry, and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus; or fly. April in Jerusalem sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 22 — 25:

Turkey travel guide

Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Egypt travel guide

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.

Jordan travel guide

Historic Sites · Ruins · Deserts
For such a small country, Jordan boasts a surprising variety of natural landscapes and urban attractions. A trip to Jordan takes visitors on a journey back to biblical times, when sites like the Dead Sea and the ancient yet astonishingly well-preserved city of Petra seemed to be at the heart of world events. Although covered in rocky deserts, Jordan boasts a good network of roads, which makes sightseeing by car an easy way to discover many of the country's top highlights. Begin your tour of Jordan in Amman, the largest urban center and a major political, cultural, and economic hub of this Middle Eastern kingdom.

Israel travel guide

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.