15 days in Africa & Europe Itinerary

15 days in Africa & Europe Itinerary

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1
Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
3
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
4
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights

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.
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

Side Trips

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

3
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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: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Museum, 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

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

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Athens, Greece

Athens ©
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
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

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Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
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

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

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