15 days in Africa & Europe Itinerary

15 days in Africa & Europe Itinerary

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Cairo, Egypt
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Athens, Greece
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Cairo, Egypt

— 3 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

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 (Great Sphinx, Pyramids of Giza, &more) and Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids (in Saqqara). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Muhammad Ali, stroll around Al-Azhar Park, and shop like a local with Khan Al-Khalili.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cairo online route planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Cairo is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Cairo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, you will find days in Cairo are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are colder (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 4:

Istanbul, Turkey

— 3 nights

Queen of Cities

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: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, use the Istanbul online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairo to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cairo in December, plan for colder days in Istanbul, with highs around 7°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:

Athens, Greece

— 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, wander the streets of Plaka, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Lycabettus.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Athens trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Athens takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Istanbul in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Athens, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Lisbon, Portugal

— 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Change things up with a short trip to Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra (about 36 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Belém Tower, visit Alfama, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and examine the collection at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Lisbon takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Lisbon is minus 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Lisbon are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours

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Egypt travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Monuments
Gift of the Nile
The land of pharaohs, pyramids, sphinxes, and papyrus, Egypt needs little by way of introduction. Visitors find more than a textbook readout of ancient history when visiting the country--the power, scale, art, and mysticism of its centuries-old culture bleed out from each landmark attraction and seep into the everyday life. Bustling markets, the slow-flowing Nile, the vast desert, and inspiring archeological sites often sit right alongside palaces of great excess and historical importance. All ensure you have plenty to see and do during your vacation in Egypt. In the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011, travel to certain areas where conflict and terrorism are deemed likely remains inadvisable for foreign visitors.

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

Portugal travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.