33 days in Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

33 days in Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

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33 days in Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  27 h
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
2
Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Dijon, France
— 5 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  8 h
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
6
Tel Aviv, Israel
— 7 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
7
Cairo, Egypt
— 6 nights
Fly:  8 h
8
Paris, France
— 1 night
Fly:  27 h
End: Sydney, Australia

2
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): make a trip to Place de la Concorde, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and then admire the striking features of Louvre Museum. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris vacation builder app.

Sydney, Australia to Paris is an approximately 27- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Paris. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Paris at 9°C and lows at 3°C. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Geneva.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

1
night
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
On the 20th (Sun), admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain and then take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de St-Pierre.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Geneva online itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Geneva in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In December, Geneva is a bit cooler than Paris - with highs of 6°C and lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Dijon.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain

5
nights
Dijon, France

Dijon ©
Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Explore Dijon's surroundings by going to Lyon (DreamAway Lyon, Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, &more) and Beaune (Marche aux Vins, Galeries Bartoux Beaune, &more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Musee Magnin, explore the world behind art at Palace of the Dukes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon, and don't miss a visit to Place de la Liberation.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Dijon trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Geneva to Dijon in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Dijon are 6°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Dijon

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Beaune, Lyon
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Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon ©
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon
Musee Magnin ©
Musee Magnin
Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon ©
Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon

3
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and steep yourself in history at Dohány Street Synagogue.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Budapest trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Dijon to Budapest in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Spas Museums
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Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

4
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 museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, and admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planner.

Fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 2 hours. Traveling from Budapest in December, Istanbul is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Tel Aviv.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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: Haifa (Clandestine Immigration and Naval Museum & The Baha'i Gardens), The Church of the Annunciation (in Nazareth) and Sea of Galilee (in Tiberias). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Tabor, take in the waterfront at Yarkon River and Park Hayarkon, take a stroll through Jaffa Old City, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tel Aviv journey planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Tel Aviv by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Israel Standard Time (IST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Istanbul, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tel Aviv, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trips

Haifa, Sea of Galilee, The Church of the Annunciation, Mount Tabor
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Food Tours
Sea of Galilee ©
Sea of Galilee
Mount Tabor ©
Mount Tabor

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairo: Giza (Great Sphinx & Pyramids of Giza). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, get a taste of the local shopping with Khan Al-Khalili, delve into the distant past at Bent Pyramid, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cairo trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Tel Aviv to Cairo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Cairo, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Giza
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 15:
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Photography Tours
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza

1
night
Paris, France

Paris ©
On the 16th (Sat), snap pictures at Pont Alexandre III.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip app.

Fly from Cairo to Paris in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central European Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cairo in January, expect nights in Paris to be little chillier, around 1°C, while days are cooler, around 8°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Sat) before leaving for home.
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 16:
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Pont Alexandre III ©
Pont Alexandre III

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