30 days in Europe, Africa & Asia Itinerary

30 days in Europe, Africa & Asia Itinerary

Justin Wigg

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30 days in Europe, Africa & Asia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Naousa, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Thessaloniki, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
4
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
8
Paola, Malta
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h
9
Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
10
Doha, Qatar
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Acropolis of Athens and National Archaeological Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Archaeological Site Mycenae and Temple of Olympian Zeus. Step out of Athens with an excursion to Kantia Beach in Kantia--about 1h 45 min away. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, stroll through Glyfada Beach, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Kapnikarea.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Athens road trip planning website .

Melbourne, Australia to Athens is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Melbourne to Athens. In May, Athens is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Naousa.

Things to do in Athens

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Glyfada Beach, Kantia Beach, Archaeological Site Mycenae
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Plaka ©
Plaka
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

2
nights
Naousa, Greece

Naousa ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Panagia Soumela Monastery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vima Apostolou Pavlou, examine the collection at Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina), then pause for some serene contemplation at Panagia Dovra Church, and finally explore the ancient world of The Macedonian Tombs of Lefkadia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Municipal Park of Naoussa, examine the collection at The Byzantine Museum of Veroia, and then delve into the distant past at School of Aristotle.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Naousa driving holiday site .

Explore your travel options from Athens to Naousa with the Route module. Traveling from Athens in May, expect Naousa to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Naousa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Veroia, Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina), Panagia Soumela Monastery
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The Macedonian Tombs of Lefkadia ©
The Byzantine Museum of Veroia ©
The Byzantine Museum of Veroia

2
nights
Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki ©
A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture and then pause for some serene contemplation at Hagios Demetrios.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Thessaloniki online holiday planner .

You can drive from Naousa to Thessaloniki in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Naousa in May, things will get a bit warmer in Thessaloniki: highs are around 30°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Hagios Demetrios ©
Hagios Demetrios
Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture

2
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): wander the streets of Cavtat Old Town and then steep yourself in history at Dubrovnik City Walls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): wander the streets of Old Town, step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum, and then steep yourself in history at The Franciscan Church and Monastery.

Plan my trip to Dubrovnik with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Fly from Thessaloniki to Dubrovnik in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Thessaloniki to Dubrovnik, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Thessaloniki, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Dubrovnik, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Cavtat Old Town
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Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town
War Photo Limited ©
War Photo Limited

5
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Relax by the water at Roman Beach and Koros Torok Sandy Beach. You'll explore and learn at House of Terror Museum and Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, admire the landmark architecture of Dohány Street Synagogue, and admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Dubrovnik to Budapest takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Dubrovnik in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 11°C in Budapest. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Koros Torok Sandy Beach
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
On the 18th (Mon), explore the activities along Canal Grande, make a trip to Basilica di San Marco, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, and finally see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Bagni Alberoni, enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo).

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Venice trip builder website .

You can fly from Budapest to Venice in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

3
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Colosseum and Piazza Navona. Get a sense of the local culture at Pantheon and Roman Forum. And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Vatican Museums, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rome day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Venice to Rome in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. May in Rome sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Paola.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

3
nights
Paola, Malta

Paola ©
Paola is a town in the South Eastern Region of Malta, with a population of 7,864 people . Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St. John's Co-Cathedral and Mnajdra. Let the collections at Casa Rocca Piccola and Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum capture your imagination. Step out of Paola with an excursion to Mellieha Beach in Mellieha--about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, witness the site of a historic battle at Saluting Battery, stroll the grounds of St Paul's Catacombs, and brush up on your military savvy at Lascaris War Rooms.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Paola journey app .

Explore your travel options from Rome to Paola with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Paola

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Valletta, Mdina, Mosta Parish, Mnajdra, St Paul's Catacombs
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St. John's Co-Cathedral ©
St. John's Co-Cathedral
Hal Saflieni Hypogeum ©
Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
Mnajdra ©
Mnajdra

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.
Popular historic sites such as Pyramids of Giza and Great Sphinx are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at Egyptian Antiquities Museum and Oum El Dounia Gallery. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, explore the activities along Nile River, delve into the distant past at Giza Plateau, and don't miss a visit to Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairo travel itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Paola to Cairo with the Route module. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Paola in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairo: highs are around 38°C and lows about 24°C. On the 28th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Doha.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Giza
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©

2
nights
Doha, Qatar

Doha ©
Doha, Qatar's capital city, draws visitors with its constant development and expansion, making it a destination on the rise.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): kick back and relax at Sealine Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at State Grand Mosque, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Islamic Art. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Katara Mosque, and then pause for some photo ops at The Pearl Monument.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Doha day trip planning site .

Getting from Cairo to Doha by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairo to Doha is 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cairo in May: high temperatures in Doha hover around 47°C and lows are around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Doha

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sealine Beach
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State Grand Mosque ©
State Grand Mosque
Museum of Islamic Art ©
Museum of Islamic Art
Sealine Beach ©
Sealine Beach

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