27 days in Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

27 days in Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Paphos, Cyprus
— 6 nights
2
Jerusalem, Israel
— 3 nights
3
Amman, Jordan
— 2 nights
4
Damascus, Syria
— 2 nights
5
Beirut, Lebanon
— 2 nights
6
Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
7
Alexandria, Egypt
— 3 nights
8
Luxor, Egypt
— 3 nights

6
nights
Paphos, Cyprus

Paphos ©
The legendary birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite and the capital of western Cyprus, the city of Paphos showcases an abundance of archaeological, architectural, and historical sites.
Take a break from the city and head to Coral Bay and Aphrodite's Rock. Tombs of the Kings and Kato Paphos Archaeological Park will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Paphos side-trips: Michael Owen Art Gallery (in Lania), Panagia (Monastery) of Kykkos (in Pedoulas) and Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement (in Choirokoitia). And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Neldi Art Gallery, stop by The Place, explore the ancient world of Panagia of Sintis, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Stavrovouni Monastery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Paphos tour itinerary maker tool.

Edmonton, Canada to Paphos is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Edmonton in December: high temperatures in Paphos hover around °C and lows are around °C. On the 20th (Sun), you'll travel to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Paphos

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Michael Owen Art Gallery, Coral Bay, Panagia (Monastery) of Kykkos, Aphrodite's Rock, Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement
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Panagia (Monastery) of Kykkos ©
Panagia (Monastery) of Kykkos
Tombs of the Kings ©
Tombs of the Kings
Kato Paphos Archaeological Park ©
Kato Paphos Archaeological Park

3
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Iris Eshet Cohen Gallery and Zadik Gallery. Let the collections at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center and Shrine of the Book capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jerusalem: Jaffa Old City (in Jaffa) and Tel Aviv (Neve Tzedek & Tayelet). There's much more to do: stop by Old City of Jerusalem, admire the striking features of Church of Saint Anne, explore the ancient world of Western Wall, and admire the masterpieces at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Jerusalem driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Paphos to Jerusalem takes 5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Amman.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tel Aviv
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Old City of Jerusalem ©
Old City of Jerusalem
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Roman Amphitheater, thendelve into the distant past at Jerash Ruins, and then look for gifts at Nadia Dajani Jewellery. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at The Citadel.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Amman trip planner.

Getting from Jerusalem to Amman by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Jerusalem in December: high temperatures in Amman hover around °C and lows are around °C. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Damascus.

Things to do in Amman

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Jerash Ruins
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Jerash Ruins ©
Jerash Ruins
The Citadel ©
The Citadel
Roman Amphitheater ©
Roman Amphitheater

2
nights
Damascus, Syria

Damascus ©
Locals claim that the Prophet Muhammad refused to enter Damascus on his journey to Mecca--he wished to enter Paradise only once in his lifetime.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): explore the galleries of The National Museum of Damascus, thentake an in-depth tour of Al Azem Palace (Palace of As'ad, Pasha al-'Azm), thentake a stroll through Old City, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Damascus Umayyad Mosque. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Qassioun (Jebal Kasioun), admire the natural beauty at The Environmental Garden, don't miss a visit to Souq al-Hamidiyyeh, thencontemplate the long history of Damascus Center, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Sayyida Ruqayya Mausoleum.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Damascus travel route builder.

Traveling by bus from Amman to Damascus takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Amman in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Damascus, with lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Beirut.

Things to do in Damascus

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Damascus Umayyad Mosque ©
Damascus Umayyad Mosque
Souq al-Hamidiyyeh ©
Souq al-Hamidiyyeh

2
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.
On the 28th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of Lebanon, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Churches of Harissa, and then make a trip to Corniche Beirut. On your second day here, take a stroll through Beirut Souks, thentake an in-depth tour of National Museum of Beirut, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Pigeon Rocks in Raouche, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Hamra Street.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Beirut trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Damascus to Beirut takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Damascus in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Beirut, with highs around °C, while nights are much hotter with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Beirut

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Churches of Harissa, Our Lady of Lebanon
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Beirut Souks ©
Beirut Souks
National Museum of Beirut ©
National Museum of Beirut
Our Lady of Lebanon ©
Our Lady of Lebanon

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes World Tour Advice Tours to Egypt - Tours and Nile Cruises, Manial Palace Museum and The Coptic Museum. Popular historic sites such as Pyramids of Giza and Coptic Cairo are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay. Take a break from Cairo with a short trip to Great Sphinx in Giza, about 34 minutes away. There's more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Khan Al-Khalili and explore the activities along Nile River.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairo tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Beirut to Cairo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Alexandria.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Giza
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

3
nights
Alexandria, Egypt

Alexandria ©
Known for its turbulent and eventful past, the port city of Alexandria retains a historic charm and atmosphere, boasting thousands of years of Egypt's cultural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): explore the ancient world of Pompey's Pillar, explore the ancient world of Roman Amphitheatre, and then admire the landmark architecture of St. Catherine's Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral and then delve into the distant past at Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Alexandria trip builder tool.

Getting from Cairo to Alexandria by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Alexandria are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Alexandria

Historic Sites Museums
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Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa ©
Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa
Bibliotheca Alexandrina ©
Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Pompey's Pillar ©
Pompey's Pillar

3
nights
Luxor, Egypt

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
On the 5th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Luxor Museum, delve into the distant past at Temple of Karnak, and then look for gifts at Habiba Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Medinet Habu, explore the ancient world of Valley of the Kings, and then make a trip to Deir el-Shelwit Temple.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Luxor online travel route planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Alexandria to Luxor in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Alexandria in January: highs in Luxor hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings
Luxor Temple ©
Luxor Temple

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