60 days in Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

60 days in Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
— 20 nights
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 12 nights
3
Damascus, Syria
— 5 nights
4
Tripoli, Lebanon
— 5 nights
5
Amman, Jordan
— 5 nights
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Tel Aviv, Israel
— 7 nights
7
Cairo, Egypt
— 5 nights

20
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Athens: Nafplio (Church of Panaghia, Fortress Palamidi, &more), Archaeological Site Mycenae (in Mycenae) and Corinth (Akrokorinthos, Archea Korinthos, &more). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and stop by Plaka.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Athens online tour planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Athens is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Lisbon to Athens. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Lisbon in August: high temperatures in Athens hover around 39°C and lows are around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Nafplio, Corinth, Archaeological Site Mycenae
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

12
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
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 plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hagia Sophia Museum, steep yourself in history at Galata Tower, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, and admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip planner.

You can fly from Athens to Istanbul in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens to Istanbul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Athens in August: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 34°C and lows are around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Damascus.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Maaloula (Deir Mar Takla & Deir Mar Musa El-Habashi). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Damascus Umayyad Mosque, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Qassioun (Jebal Kasioun), take an in-depth tour of Al Azem Palace (Palace of As'ad, Pasha al-'Azm), and expand your understanding of the military at The Citadel.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Damascus trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Istanbul to Damascus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Damascus. Traveling from Istanbul in September, you will find days in Damascus are warmer (40°C), and nights are little chillier (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tripoli.

Things to do in Damascus

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Maaloula
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Damascus Umayyad Mosque ©
Damascus Umayyad Mosque
Mount Qassioun (Jebal Kasioun) ©
Mount Qassioun (Jebal Kasioun)

5
nights
Tripoli, Lebanon

Tripoli ©
A tour of Tripoli usually involves a visit to the old Mamluk-style city and its harbor overlooked by a crusader citadel.
Get out of town with these interesting Tripoli side-trips: Byblos (Vero Scultura, Saint Charbel Tomb, &more), Joining Beach (in Batroun) and Bcharre (Deir Qannoubin, Deir Mar Elisha, &more). There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Saydet el Nouriyi Monastery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Taynal Mosque, don't miss a visit to The Clock Tower, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephan's Cathedral.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tripoli trip planner.

You can drive from Damascus to Tripoli in 3 hours. Traveling from Damascus in September, you will find days in Tripoli are slightly colder (36°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Amman.

Things to do in Tripoli

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Byblos, Batroun, Bcharre, Baatara Pothole, Saydet el Nouriyi Monastery
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Saint Charbel Tomb ©
Saint Charbel Tomb
Qadisha Valley ©
Qadisha Valley
St. Stephan's Cathedral ©
St. Stephan's Cathedral

5
nights
Amman, Jordan

Jordan's capital city, Amman spreads across 19 hills and includes many distinct districts, each with their own historical and cultural marvels.
Get out of town with these interesting Amman side-trips: Jerash Ruins (in Jerash) and Madaba (Madaba Mosaic Map & Mount Nebo). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of The Citadel, look for gifts at Decoration One Co. Ltd., get outside with Outdoor Activities, and delve into the distant past at Roman Amphitheater.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Amman day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Tripoli to Amman takes 6 hours. Traveling from Tripoli in September, Amman is slightly colder at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Tel Aviv.

Things to do in Amman

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Madaba, Decoration One Co. Ltd., Jerash Ruins
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
The Citadel ©
The Citadel
Madaba Mosaic Map ©
Madaba Mosaic Map

7
nights
Tel Aviv, Israel

Called the "White City" thanks to the color of its World Heritage-listed architectural landmarks, Tel Aviv serves as Israel's modern and cosmopolitan second city.
Get out of town with these interesting Tel Aviv side-trips: Jerusalem (Tzuba Winery, Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, &more), House of Art - Garden (in Arad) and Masada National Park (in Masada). Spend the 24th (Thu) exploring nature at Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Joseph Bau House Museum, learn about winemaking at Seren D.P.T, take an in-depth tour of Eretz Israel Museum Complex (Haaretz Museum), and examine the collection at Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tel Aviv online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Amman to Tel Aviv takes 4.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Tel Aviv when traveling from Amman in September, with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Jerusalem, Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park, House of Art - Garden, Masada National Park
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Off-Road Tours
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

5
nights
Cairo, Egypt

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairo: Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx) and Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids (in Saqqara). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, look for gifts at Nomad Gallery - Zamalek Main Branch, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairo road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Tel Aviv to Cairo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Tel Aviv in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cairo: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

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

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