55 days in Africa, Asia & Europe Itinerary

55 days in Africa, Asia & Europe Itinerary

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Luxor, Egypt
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Marsa Alam, Egypt
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Hurghada, Egypt
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Cairo, Egypt
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Alexandria, Egypt
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Port Said, Egypt
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Masada, Israel
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Jerusalem, Israel
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Tiberias, Israel
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Baalbeck, Lebanon
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Beirut, Lebanon
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Tripoli, Lebanon
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Aleppo, Syria
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Goreme, Turkey
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Ankara, Turkey
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Pamukkale, Turkey
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Izmir, Turkey
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Burgas, Bulgaria
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Katerini, Greece
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Athens, Greece
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Corfu Town, Greece
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Ioannina, Greece
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Edessa, Greece
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Rila, Bulgaria
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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Bucharest, Romania
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Brasov, Romania
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Sibiu, Romania
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Luxor, Egypt

— 1 night
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): get advice or help at ACE - Animal Care in Egypt, explore the ancient world of Temple of Karnak, and then appreciate the history behind Luxor Temple.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Luxor tour builder website.

Aswan to Luxor is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train. Expect a daytime high around 45°C in May, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 19 — 20:

Marsa Alam, Egypt

— 1 night
The opening of an international airport and subsequent development of hotels and resorts boosted tourism in Marsa Alam, a town on Egypt's Red Sea coast known for its world-class diving spots.
On the 20th (Fri), stroll through Marsa Mubarak.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Marsa Alam sightseeing planner.

Getting from Luxor to Marsa Alam by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Luxor in May, expect nights in Marsa Alam to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 38°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hurghada.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay May 20 — 21:
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Hurghada, Egypt

— 1 night
Originally a small fishing town on the Red Sea coast, Hurghada developed into Egypt's premier beach destination thanks to its year-round sunny weather and world-class dive sites.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

Plan a Hurghada trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Marsa Alam to Hurghada takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Hurghada are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Hurghada

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay May 21 — 22:
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Cairo, Egypt

— 4 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 (Pyramids of Giza, Great Sphinx, &more). Spend the 22nd (Sun) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, contemplate the waterfront views at Nile River, stop by Nomad Gallery - Zamalek Main Branch, and take in the exciting artwork at Oum El Dounia Gallery.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Cairo trip planner.

You can fly from Hurghada to Cairo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, Cairo is slightly colder than Hurghada - with highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Alexandria.

Things to do in Cairo

Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 22 — 26:

Alexandria, Egypt

— 2 nights

Mediterranean's Bride

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Pompey's Pillar, then take in nature's colorful creations at Montazah Gardens, and then look for gifts at CREDO. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, and then take a leisurely stroll along Corniche.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Alexandria vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Cairo to Alexandria in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Cairo in May, plan for slightly colder days in Alexandria, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Port Said.

Things to do in Alexandria

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay May 26 — 28:

Port Said, Egypt

— 2 nights
Port Said is a city that lies in north east Egypt extending about 30km along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, north of the Suez Canal, with an approximate population of 603,787 (2010). On the 28th (Sat), brush up on your military savvy at Port Said Military Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Suez Canal and then explore the world behind art at El Nasr Museum For Modern Art.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Port Said online day trip planner.

You can drive from Alexandria to Port Said in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May in Port Said, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Masada.

Things to do in Port Said

Museums · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay May 28 — 30:

Masada, Israel

— 1 night
For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Masada trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Port Said to Masada takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can take a bus to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Masada

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay May 30 — 31:

Jerusalem, Israel

— 3 nights

Holy City

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.
Jerusalem is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, wander the streets of Old City of Jerusalem, see the interesting displays at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Western Wall.

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

Traveling by bus from Masada to Jerusalem takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daily temperatures in Jerusalem can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tiberias.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 3:

Tiberias, Israel

— 1 night
On the shores of Lake Kinneret, a vacation in Tiberias offers plenty of water sports and biblical walks.
On the 3rd (Fri), contemplate the long history of Tiberias, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sea of Galilee, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Beatitude Monastery, and finally explore the ancient world of Magdala.

To see reviews and tourist information, use the Tiberias online holiday planner.

You can drive from Jerusalem to Tiberias in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Baalbeck.

Things to do in Tiberias

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 3 — 4:

Baalbeck, Lebanon

— 1 night
Baalbek, properly Baʿalbek and also known as Balbec, Baalbec or Baalbeck, is a town in the Anti-Lebanon foothills east of the Litani River in Lebanon's Beqaa Valley, about 85km northeast of Beirut and about 75km north of Damascus. On the 4th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Temples of Baalbek, get to know the fascinating history of Baalbek Roman Ruins, and then don't miss a visit to Hajar al-Hibla.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Baalbeck trip builder website.

Drive from Tiberias to Baalbeck in 5.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Baalbeck are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Beirut.

Things to do in Baalbeck

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 5:

Beirut, Lebanon

Paris of the East

Sitting on the Mediterranean coast, Beirut, the country's capital and largest city, has plenty of appeal itself, as well as offering a convenient base for exploring the country's other sights and cities.
On the 5th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Beirut, take in the dramatic natural features at Pigeon Rocks in Raouche, and then don't miss a visit to Zaitunay Bay.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Beirut trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Baalbeck to Beirut takes 2 hours. In June in Beirut, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Tripoli.

Things to do in Beirut

Museums · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 6:

Tripoli, Lebanon

— 1 night
A tour of Tripoli usually involves a visit to the old Mamluk-style city and its harbor overlooked by a crusader citadel.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): soak in style at Ezzeddine Hammam.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Tripoli vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Beirut to Tripoli in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Tripoli can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Aleppo.

Things to do in Tripoli

Spas · Baths · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 6:

Aleppo, Syria

Inhabited since ancient times and boasting a rich and turbulent history, Aleppo's rustic old town, historic mosques, and lively bazaars used to attract tourists from all over the world.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Mosque.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Aleppo day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tripoli to Aleppo takes 4 hours. Traveling from Tripoli in June, expect nights in Aleppo to be a bit warmer, around 30°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Aleppo

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 7:
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Goreme, Turkey

— 1 night
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Goreme day trip planning app.

You can drive from Aleppo to Goreme in 7 hours. Another option is to drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Aleppo to Goreme due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Aleppo in June, plan for much colder nights in Goreme, with lows around 15°C. On the 7th (Tue), you're off to Ankara.

Things to do in Goreme

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 7:

Ankara, Turkey

— 2 nights

Heart of Turkey

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii), see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, then get to know the fascinating history of Hamamonu Restored Area, and finally pause for some photo ops at Equestrian Statue of Kemal Ataturk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Anitkabir, then get a new perspective on nature at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ankara Castle, and finally stop by Kibele Kale.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ankara route planning website.

Getting from Goreme to Ankara by bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Goreme, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Ankara, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 20°C. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 9:

Pamukkale, Turkey

— 1 night

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale online attractions planner.

You can drive from Ankara to Pamukkale in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll set off for Izmir on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 10:

Izmir, Turkey

Pearl of the Aegean

The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): stop by Kemeralti Market and then don't miss a visit to Tarihi Asansor.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Izmir trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Izmir in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. June in Izmir sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Izmir

Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 11:

Istanbul, Turkey

— 4 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, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern.

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Traveling by flight from Izmir to Istanbul takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Izmir in June: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 30°C and lows are around 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Tue) before leaving for Burgas.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 14:

Burgas, Bulgaria

— 1 night
Surrounded by lakes and the sea, Burgas represents a popular vacation spot because of its nature, mild climate, and proximity to several charming ancient towns.
On the 14th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Poda Protected Site.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Burgas online attractions planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Burgas by car takes about 4.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Burgas is minus 1 hour. In June, daytime highs in Burgas are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Katerini.

Things to do in Burgas

Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 15:
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Katerini, Greece

— 3 nights
Katerini is a town in Central Macedonia, Greece, the capital of Pieria regional unit. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Katerini: Mountain Trail Litochoro - Prionia (in Litochoro) and Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina) (in Vergina). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Olympus, pause for some serene contemplation at Agios Nikolaos Church, make a trip to Republic Square, and walk around Katerini Municipal Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Katerini holiday site.

Traveling by car from Burgas to Katerini takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Burgas in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Katerini, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Katerini

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 15 — 18:

Athens, Greece

— 6 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Athens: Mycenae (Archaeological Site Mycenae & Lion Gate) and Nafplio (Lion of Bavaria, Fortress Palamidi, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, stroll through Mount Lycabettus, contemplate the long history of Ancient Agora of Athens, and admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Athens trip website.

You can drive from Katerini to Athens in 4.5 hours. In June in Athens, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 18 — 24:

Corfu Town, Greece

— 6 nights
Often called "Kastropolis" because of its majestic Venetian castle, Corfu Town once featured such extensive fortifications that a force of over 20,000 soldiers defended them.
Explore Corfu Town's surroundings by going to Roda Beach (in Roda), Paleokastritsa Beach (in Paleokastritsa) and St. Spyridon First Beach (in Agios Spyridonas). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Old Fortress Corfu, step into the grandiose world of New Fortress, take a tour by water with Madalena Boat Trips, and take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Corfu.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Corfu Town travel route builder.

Fly from Athens to Corfu Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In June in Corfu Town, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Ioannina.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 24 — 30:

Ioannina, Greece

— 1 night
Ioannina, often called Yannena within Greece, is the capital and largest city of Epirus, an administrative region in north-western Greece. On the 30th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iera Moni Agiou Nikolaou Filanthropinon, explore the historical opulence of Ioannina Castle, see the interesting displays at Vrellis Greek History Museum, then examine the collection at Silversmithing Museum, then explore the activities along Lake Pamvotis, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Kehila Kedosha Yashan Synagogue. Here are some ideas for day two: let the river carry you with Alpine Zone.

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Traveling by bus from Corfu Town to Ioannina takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Edessa.

Things to do in Ioannina

Parks · Adventure · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 1:

Edessa, Greece

— 2 nights
Edessa, is a city in northern Greece and the capital of the Pella regional unit, in the Central Macedonia region of Greece. For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Edessa day trip app.

You can drive from Ioannina to Edessa in 3 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Edessa when traveling from Ioannina in July, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rila.

Things to do in Edessa

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 3:

Rila, Bulgaria

Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. On the 3rd (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rila.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rila road trip app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Edessa to Rila. In July in Rila, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Rila

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 4:
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Sofia, Bulgaria

— 2 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
On the 4th (Mon), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then admire the striking features of Catedral de Sveta-Nedelya, and finally appreciate the history behind Saint Sofia Monument.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sofia road trip planning site.

You can drive from Rila to Sofia in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Sofia can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bucharest.

Things to do in Sofia

Tours · Spas · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 5:

Bucharest, Romania

— 4 nights
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Bucharest is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Palace of Parliament, take in the exciting artwork at Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", take an in-depth tour of Peasant Museum (Muzeul Taranului Roman), and contemplate the long history of Stavropoleos Monastery.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bucharest route planner.

Getting from Sofia to Bucharest by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Bucharest are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Brasov.

Things to do in Bucharest

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 5 — 9:

Brasov, Romania

With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
On the 9th (Sat), make a trip to Council Square.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Brasov road trip site.

You can drive from Bucharest to Brasov in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Sibiu.
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 10:
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Sibiu, Romania

— 1 night

Red Town

Reminiscent of the height of the bourgeoisie and retaining much of its medieval architecture, Sibiu is Romania's cultural gem.
On the 9th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Strada Nicolae Balcescu and then make a trip to Big Square (Piata Mare).

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Sibiu visit planning site.

You can drive from Brasov to Sibiu in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Cluj-Napoca.

Things to do in Sibiu

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 10:

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

— 1 night

Treasure City

The multicultural Cluj-Napoca is the capital of the historic region of Transylvania.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): walk around Simion Bărnuțiu Central Park and then look for gifts at Chic Bijoux Gallery.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cluj-Napoca road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Sibiu to Cluj-Napoca takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Cluj-Napoca can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Timisoara.

Things to do in Cluj-Napoca

Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 11:

Timisoara, Romania

— 1 night
Timișoara is the capital city of Timiș County, and the main social, economic and cultural centre in western Romania.The third most populous city in the country, with 319,279 inhabitants as of the 2011 census, Timișoara is the informal capital city of the historical region of Banat. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Timisoara Historical Center.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Timisoara trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Cluj-Napoca to Timisoara in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Timisoara

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 12:
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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.

Israel travel guide

4.7
Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Ruins
Land of Creation
Surprisingly diverse for such a narrow strip of land pressed against the Mediterranean, modern Israel only dates back to 1948, though the history of this "Holy Land" spans many millennia. The big three monotheistic religions--Christianity, Judaism, and Islam--maintain extremely strong ties to this part of the world, so you can expect to see plenty of historic churches, mosques, and synagogues during your holiday in Israel. Beyond the undeniable cultural appeal, Israel also offers impressive natural features, including the Dead Sea and Makhtesh Ramon, one of the world's biggest craters. As you tour Israel, you'll find yourself following in the footsteps of figures that helped shape the world thousands of years ago.

Lebanon travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Monuments · Ruins
With a lengthy coastline along the Mediterranean, Lebanon has attracted its share of foreign invaders, from ancient Phoenicians and Egyptians to the medieval Crusaders and Ottoman Turks. Each of these peoples left an indelible mark on the tiny country's cultural heritage, art, religious traditions, and cuisine. Though it shares a border with troubled Syria, Lebanon remains one of the Arab world's most charming destinations. A tour of Lebanon allows travelers to discover modern seaside resorts, ancient ruins, lush nature reserves, and dynamic cities. Base your Lebanon vacation in Beirut, a cosmopolitan capital known for its cafe culture and European architecture, as well as many museums, parks, and squares.

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
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.

Bulgaria travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Ruins · Landmarks
Eventful history has endowed Bulgaria with a rich cultural, architectural, and artistic heritage, while natural beauty and recreational opportunities make it one of Europe's most desirable holiday destinations. Carpeted by dense forests and fed by mighty rivers, this ancient land once drew invaders from distant corners of Europe. Today, the country's Black Sea coastline and seven rugged mountain ranges top the itineraries of nearly 8 million annual visitors. While its growing cities offer modern shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, Bulgaria's countryside remains a history buff's paradise, boasting well-preserved reminders of ancient civilizations that conquered or passed through this land. Begin your Bulgarian adventure in Sofia, one of Europe's oldest capitals, with over 250 historic landmarks.

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.

Romania travel guide

4.4
Castles · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
An image of ancient architecture contrasted against a backdrop of vivdly green landscape represents the country of Romania, which features a diversity of landscape that has been largely undeveloped. With numerous mountain, valley, and lakeside resorts, an abundance of activities await outdoor enthusiasts. The other side of Romanian tourism is its impressive collection of ancient ruins, prehistoric fortresses, and medieval castles. Many of these date back to prehistoric times, the Ottoman Empire, and Austro-Hungarian rule, the influences of which are still apparent in preserved details. Tourism in Romania is not as prevalent as other countries, which this makes the travel experience here feel more authentic and awe-inspiring. Check out this simple but captivating country and discover its natural and historic beauty.