38 days in South Pacific, Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

38 days in South Pacific, Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

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38 days in South Pacific, Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
1
Brisbane, Australia
— 7 nights
Fly:  29​h
2
Rhodes Town, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  8​h 15​min
3
Ayia Napa, Cyprus
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Paphos, Cyprus
— 5 nights
Bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Beirut, Lebanon
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
6
Marrakech, Morocco
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Essaouira, Morocco
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
8
Malaga, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Granada, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
10
Hamburg, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Brisbane, Australia

7
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Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Visit Caloundra Lighthouses and St. John's Anglican Cathedral for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Kirra Beach (in Coolangatta), Montville (Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith & Kondalilla Falls) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Mooloolaba). There's more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park and take in the views from Kurilpa Bridge.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane trip itinerary app .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Brisbane International Airport and Gold Coast Airport. In December in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Montville, Caloundra Lighthouses, Scuba & Snorkeling, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Kondalilla Falls ©
Kondalilla Falls
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Scuba & Snorkeling

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nights
Rhodes Town, Greece

Rhodes Town ©
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Kounaki Wines and The Church of the Panagia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ieros Naos Eyaggelismoy ths Theotokoy ( Church Annunciation) and Street of the Knights. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rhodes Town: Stegna Beach (in Stegna), Monastery Tsambika (in Kolimbia) and Ancient Kamiros (in Kalavarda). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Plakia Beach, stroll through Traganou Beach, steep yourself in history at Mandraki Harbour, and have some family-friendly fun at Throne of Helios.

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You can fly from Brisbane to Rhodes Town in 29 hours. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Brisbane to Rhodes Town due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in January, things will get much colder in Rhodes Town: highs are around 17°C and lows about 11°C. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ayia Napa.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Plakia Beach, Monastery Tsambika, Ancient Kamiros, Kounaki Wines, The Church of the Panagia
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Mandraki Harbour ©
Mandraki Harbour
The Church of the Panagia ©
The Church of the Panagia
Street of the Knights ©
Street of the Knights

4
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Ayia Napa, Cyprus

Ayia Napa ©
Though Ayia Napa boasts archaeological sites and the largest water park in Europe, the city is best known as a party hub.
Step off the beaten path and head to Glyki Nero Beach and Agios Georgios Church. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Church Panagia Angeloktisti and Othello Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ayia Napa: Ancient Shipwreck Museum (in Kyrenia) and Famagusta (Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque & Sea Gate). There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and steep yourself in history at Zenobia Wreck.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ayia Napa trip planning app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Rhodes Town to Ayia Napa in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Ayia Napa can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Paphos.

Things to do in Ayia Napa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Protaras, Famagusta, Agios Georgios Church, Zenobia Wreck, Ancient Shipwreck Museum
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Ayia Thekla Beach ©
Ayia Thekla Beach
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Submarine Tours

5
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The House of Dionysus and Ayios Neophytos Monastery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Agia Ekaterini and Fikardos Winery. Change things up with these side-trips from Paphos: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Pissouri), Panagia (Monastery) of Kykkos (in Pedoulas) and Nelion Winery (in Praitori). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church, sample the tasty concoctions at Aphrodite's Rock Brewing Company, don't miss a visit to Saint Paul's Pillar, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Agia Kyriaki and post St. Paul.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Paphos holiday planner.

Drive from Ayia Napa to Paphos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Paphos, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Beirut.

Things to do in Paphos

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Chrysorrogiatissa Monastery, Nelion Winery, Agia Ekaterini, Latchi Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling
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The House of Dionysus ©
The House of Dionysus
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): make a trip to The Great al-Omari Mosque and then delve into the distant past at Al-Omari Mosque.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Beirut online vacation planner .

Getting from Paphos to Beirut by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, car, and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Beirut

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Great al-Omari Mosque
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Badaro ©
Badaro
Nicolas Sursock Museum ©
Nicolas Sursock Museum
Al-Omari Mosque ©
Al-Omari Mosque

1
day
Marrakech, Morocco

You won't run out of things to do in Marrakech, a city where you can spend days exploring grandiose palaces and mosques, photogenic gardens, sacred tombs, and traditional mansions that evoke a bygone era.
On the 17th (Fri), stroll the grounds of Miaara Jewish Cemetery and then soak in style at Turkish baths.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Marrakech route website .

Fly from Beirut to Marrakech in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Beirut to Marrakech, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Beirut in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 6°C in Marrakech. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Essaouira.

Things to do in Marrakech

Baths Spas Historic Sites
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Turkish Baths
Miaara Jewish Cemetery ©
Miaara Jewish Cemetery

1
night
Essaouira, Morocco

The laidback town of Essaouira, known for its forceful trade winds, attracts Moroccan and foreign tourists alike with its sweeping beaches and atmospheric, labyrinthine medina, a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): go for a walk through City Walls, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then steep yourself in history at Chaim Pinto Synagogue.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Essaouira vacation planning app .

Getting from Marrakech to Essaouira by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in January, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Malaga.

Things to do in Essaouira

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Walking tours

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nights
Malaga, Spain

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Get some historical perspective at Basilica of Santa Maria de la Victoria and Santo Cristo de la Salud Church. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa La Carihuela and Roman Theatre. Explore Malaga's surroundings by going to Ronda (La Ciudad, Iglesia de Santa Maria la Mayor, & more) and Antequera (Lobo Park, Dolmen de Menga, & more). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa El Bajondillo, look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of Eagles (Jardin de Las Aguilas), and don't miss a visit to Points of View Sculpture.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Malaga trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Essaouira to Malaga in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. In January, daily temperatures in Malaga can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Granada.

Things to do in Malaga

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ronda, Antequera, Torremolinos, Garden of Eagles (Jardin de Las Aguilas)
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Playa La Carihuela ©
Playa La Carihuela
Alcazaba de Antequera ©
Alcazaba de Antequera
Dolmen de Menga ©
Dolmen de Menga

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nights
Granada, Spain

Granada ©
Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Sinagoga del Agua and Iglesia de San Nicolas are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Conjunto Monumental de La Alcazaba and Basilica de San Juan de Dios. Venture out of the city with trips to Natural Park Sierra de Cazorla (in Cazorla), Ubeda (Centro Historico & Holy Chapel of the Saviour) and Bodega Barranco Oscuro (in Cadiar). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Monasterio Cartuja, look and learn at Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Anton.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Granada trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Malaga to Granada takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, Granada is little chillier than Malaga - with highs of 14°C and lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Hamburg.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Ubeda, Natural Park Sierras de Cazorla, Conjunto Monumental de La Alcazaba, Bodega Barranco Oscuro
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Natural Park Sierras de Cazorla ©
Natural Park Sierras de Cazorla
Basilica de San Juan de Dios ©
Basilica de San Juan de Dios
Sinagoga del Agua ©
Sinagoga del Agua

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nights
Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg ©
As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Get a sense of the local culture at Maritimes Denkmal Passat and Gothmund. Explore hidden gems such as Wildpark Schwarze Berge and Burgtor-Befestigungsanlage Lubeck. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hamburg: St. Nikolai Church (in Kiel), Old Lighthouse Travemuende (in Travemuende) and Lubeck (Sankt Jakobi Church & An der Obertrave). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Marktkirche, see the interesting displays at Bucerius Kunst Forum, and take an in-depth tour of Krameramtswohnungen (Flats for Small Trader's Guild).

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You can fly from Granada to Hamburg in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Granada in January; daily highs in Hamburg reach 3°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hamburg

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Lubeck, Wildpark Schwarze Berge, St. Nikolai Church, Old Lighthouse Travemuende
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St. Nikolai Church ©
St. Nikolai Church
Wildpark Schwarze Berge ©
Wildpark Schwarze Berge
Burgtor-Befestigungsanlage Lubeck ©
Burgtor-Befestigungsanlage Lubeck

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