24 days in Africa & Asia Itinerary

24 days in Africa & Asia Itinerary

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24 days in Africa & Asia Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  17 h
1
Luxor, Egypt
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
Bus:  2 h
3
Alexandria, Egypt
— 2 nights
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Bus:  7 h
4
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
5
Amman, Jordan
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
6
Nazareth, Israel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
— 3 nights
Bus:  15 min
8
Jerusalem, Israel
— 4 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: Chicago, United States

4
nights
Luxor, Egypt

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Temple of Karnak and Temple of Horus at Edfu. Get a sense of the local culture at Medinet Habu and Tomb of Queen Nefertari. Go for a jaunt from Luxor to Edfu to see Gibel Silsila about 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Tomb of Ramses VI, examine the collection at Le Scarabe Papyrus Museum, stop by Habiba Gallery, and get to know the fascinating history of Avenue of Sphinxes.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Luxor trip planner.

Chicago, USA to Luxor is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Chicago to Luxor, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in June, you will find days in Luxor are warmer (107°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (78°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Edfu
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Avenue of Sphinxes ©
Avenue of Sphinxes
Medinet Habu ©
Medinet Habu
Temple of Horus at Edfu ©
Temple of Horus at Edfu

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.
Get some historical perspective at Pyramids of Giza and Pyramids of Dahshour. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Step Pyramid of Djoser and Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Mosque of Ibn Tulun, appreciate the history behind Statue of Ramses II, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairo trip maker.

Fly from Luxor to Cairo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Luxor in June, with highs in Cairo at 94°F and lows at 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Alexandria.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Giza, Step Pyramid of Djoser
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Step Pyramid of Djoser ©
Step Pyramid of Djoser
Pyramids of Dahshour ©
Pyramids of Dahshour

2
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.
On the 15th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, and then explore the world behind art at Bibliotheca Alexandrina. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Alexandria National Museum, admire the landmark architecture of St. Catherine's Cathedral, and then contemplate the long history of Fort Qaitbey.

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Traveling by bus from Cairo to Alexandria takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Cairo in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Alexandria: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 71°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Petra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Alexandria

Historic Sites Museums
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Bibliotheca Alexandrina ©
Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa ©
Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa
Alexandria National Museum ©
Alexandria National Museum

1
night
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan

Petra - Wadi Musa ©
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 17th (Wed): delve into the distant past at The Great Temple, delve into the distant past at Byzantine Church, then contemplate the long history of Al-Beidha - Little Petra, then steep yourself in history at Obelisk Tomb, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Street of Facades and then contemplate the long history of Petra.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Petra - Wadi Musa trip maker.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Alexandria to Petra - Wadi Musa in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Amman.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites Spas
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Al-Beidha - Little Petra ©
Al-Beidha - Little Petra
Petra ©
Petra
Street of Facades ©
Street of Facades

1
night
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.
On the 19th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Roman Amphitheater, then explore the ancient world of The Citadel, then examine the collection at The Jordan Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Love on a Bike.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Amman online vacation builder .

Traveling by car from Petra - Wadi Musa to Amman takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in June, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Nazareth.

Things to do in Amman

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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The Citadel ©
The Citadel
The Jordan Museum ©
The Jordan Museum
Roman Amphitheater ©
Roman Amphitheater

3
nights
Nazareth, Israel

Nazareth ©
Known worldwide as the hometown of Jesus Christ, Nazareth draws flocks of pilgrims who come to see the place where Christ grew up, and follow his footsteps along the Jesus Trail.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like International Center Mary of Nazareth and Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation. Discover out-of-the-way places like St. Joseph Church and Tel Megiddo National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nazareth: Acre (Templars Tunnel, Akko Old Town, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nazareth Village, contemplate the long history of Holy Caves of Nazareth, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Franciscan Wedding Church, and admire the striking features of The Church of the Annunciation.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Nazareth visit planning site .

You can drive from Amman to Nazareth in 3 hours. When traveling from Amman in June, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Nazareth: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Bethlehem.

Things to do in Nazareth

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Acre, Franciscan Wedding Church
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International Center Mary of Nazareth ©
Nazareth Village ©
Nazareth Village

3
nights
Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories

Bethlehem ©
For many, Bethlehem needs no introduction.
Dar Zahran Heritage Building and The Church of St. Catherine will appeal to history buffs. Eretz Yehuda Archeological Museum and Mahmoud Darwish Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Bethlehem: Genesis Land (in Alon), Mount of Temptation Monastery (in Jericho) and Noora Heritage House (in Ramallah). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mar Saba Monastery, revel in the low prices at Blessings Gift Shop and The Olive Wood Factory, take a stroll through Star Street, and don't miss a visit to Milk Grotto.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bethlehem day trip tool .

Getting from Nazareth to Bethlehem by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Bethlehem

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Ramallah, Hebron, Eretz Yehuda Archeological Museum, Genesis Land, Mount of Temptation Monastery
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Dar Zahran Heritage Building ©
Dar Zahran Heritage Building
Mar Saba Monastery ©
Mar Saba Monastery
The Church of St. Catherine ©
The Church of St. Catherine

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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.
Let the collections at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center and U. Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art capture your imagination. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hezekiah's Tunnel - Siloam Tunnel and The Way of the Cross - Via Dolorosa. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Western Wall, steep yourself in history at Dormition Abbey, and wander the streets of Old City of Jerusalem.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Jerusalem trip itinerary planning website .

Jerusalem is very close to Bethlehem. In June, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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