13 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

13 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

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Start: Athens, Greece
Fly:  3 h 30 min
1
Thessaloniki, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 5 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
3
Ankara, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  8 h 30 min
4
Cairo, Egypt
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: Athens, Greece

2
nights
Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki ©
A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): appreciate the history behind Monument of Alexander The Great, then take in panoramic vistas at White Tower of Thessaloniki, then take a stroll through Ladadika District, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Osios David (The Latomou Monastery). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): explore the ancient world of Rotunda, contemplate the long history of Hagios Demetrios, then appreciate the history behind Arch of Galerius, then get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Thessaloniki online trip itinerary builder.

Athens to Thessaloniki is an approximately 3.5- hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Athens in June, Thessaloniki is slightly colder at night with lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Hagios Demetrios ©
Hagios Demetrios
Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture
White Tower of Thessaloniki ©
White Tower of Thessaloniki

5
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: get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, don't miss a visit to Fisherman's Bastion, and take in the views from Szechenyi Lanchid.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Budapest trip planner.

Fly from Thessaloniki to Budapest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Thessaloniki to Budapest, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Thessaloniki in June, with highs in Budapest at 30°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

1
night
Ankara, Turkey

Ankara ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tacettin Sultan Cami, get a new perspective on nature at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, and then get engrossed in the history at Anitkabir.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ankara trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Ankara takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. While traveling from Budapest, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Ankara, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Ankara

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Anitkabir ©
Anitkabir
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi ©
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi
Tacettin Sultan Cami ©
Tacettin Sultan Cami

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairo: Giza (Great Sphinx & Pyramids of Giza). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, look for gifts at Nomad Gallery - Zamalek Main Branch, get a taste of the local shopping with Khan Al-Khalili, and explore the activities along Nile River.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cairo itinerary planner.

You can fly from Ankara to Cairo in 8.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ankara to Cairo. When traveling from Ankara in June, plan for warmer days in Cairo, with highs around 40°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Giza
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities

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