22 days in Africa, Europe & Mexico Itinerary

22 days in Africa, Europe & Mexico Itinerary

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Start: Perth, Australia
Fly:  20 h
1
Cairo, Egypt
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 30 min
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5 h 15 min
4
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  4 h 45 min
5
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
7
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
8
Marrakech, Morocco
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
9
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  13 h 15 min
10
Tulum, Mexico
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  32 h
End: Perth, Australia

1
night
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.
On the 2nd (Wed), walk around Al-Azhar Park and then explore the ancient world of Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cairo online trip builder.

Perth, Australia to Cairo is an approximately 21- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Perth to Cairo. Traveling from Perth in September, expect Cairo to be much warmer, temps between 39°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
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Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
Al-Azhar Park ©
Al-Azhar Park

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, then take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque. On the next day, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, then contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern, and finally make a trip to Hippodrome.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Istanbul using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairo to Istanbul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairo to Istanbul is 1 hour. When traveling from Cairo in September, plan for much colder days and about the same nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Galata Tower ©
Galata Tower

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take a stroll through Plaka, admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus, then don't miss a visit to Plateia Syntagmatos, and finally explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Athens journey planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Athens by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Athens due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in September, expect nights in Athens to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum

2
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): visit Old Town and then head off the coast to Lokrum Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then take in panoramic vistas at Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, and then get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik holiday planning app.

Getting from Athens to Dubrovnik by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, Dubrovnik is little chillier than Athens - with highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Outdoors Tours
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Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum ©
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island
Old Town ©
Old Town

2
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 9th (Wed), admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, and finally contemplate the long history of Colosseum. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, and then delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Dubrovnik to Rome by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. In September, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, examine the collection at Pitti Palace, then explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence day trip site.

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
Florence Academy of Fine Arts

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, stroll around Parc Guell, and then take a stroll through Las Ramblas.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Barcelona trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Florence to Barcelona by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Florence in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Barcelona, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

1
night
Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koutoubia Mosque, then admire the landmark architecture of Palacio da Bahia, and finally make a trip to Medersa Ben Youssef.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Marrakech travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Marrakech takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Barcelona to Marrakech, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Barcelona, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Marrakech, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Parks
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Koutoubia Mosque ©
Koutoubia Mosque
Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Palacio da Bahia ©
Palacio da Bahia

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, and then explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, then steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, and then make a trip to Puerta del Sol.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip planning website.

You can fly from Marrakech to Madrid in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Marrakech in September, things will get slightly colder in Madrid: highs are around 32°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

4
nights
Tulum, Mexico

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tulum: Xcaret (in Playa del Carmen) and Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (in Sian Ka'an). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote, and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tulum online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Madrid to Tulum takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Madrid to Tulum is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Madrid in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Tulum, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Xcaret, Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve
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Climbing Tours
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xcaret ©
Xcaret

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