16 days in Asia & Africa Itinerary

16 days in Asia & Africa Itinerary

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16 days in Asia & Africa Itinerary

Start: New Delhi, India
Fly:  4​h
1
Muscat, Oman
— 1 night
2
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Doha, Qatar
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Medina, Saudi Arabia
— 2 nights
5
Mecca, Saudi Arabia
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Beirut, Lebanon
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h
8
Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Seattle, United States

1
night
Muscat, Oman

The capital and largest city of Oman, the coastal city of Muscat boasts numerous historical sites and pristine modern developments.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): get outside with Outdoor Activities, stroll through Qurum Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, and finally make a trip to Mohammed Al Ameen mosque .

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Muscat road trip planner.

New Delhi, India to Muscat is an approximately 4-hour flight. Traveling from New Delhi to Muscat, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Muscat are 97°F, while nighttime lows are 84°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Abu Dhabi.

Things to do in Muscat

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque ©
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
Qurum Beach ©
Qurum Beach

2
nights
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Dubai is known for shopping, theme parks, wildlife, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Burj Khalifa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mesquita Jumeirah, contemplate the waterfront views at Dubai Creek, and browse the different shops at The Dubai Mall.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Dubai trip planner .

Getting from Muscat to Dubai by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Muscat in August; daily highs in Dubai reach 108°F and lows reach 91°F. On the 13th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Doha.

Things to do in Dubai

Shopping Theme Parks Nature
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Burj Khalifa ©
Burj Khalifa
The Dubai Mall ©
The Dubai Mall
Wild Wadi Waterpark ©
Wild Wadi Waterpark

2
nights
Doha, Qatar

Doha ©
Doha, Qatar's capital city, draws visitors with its constant development and expansion, making it a destination on the rise.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at The Pearl Monument, explore the world behind art at Museum of Islamic Art, make a trip to The Corniche, then make a trip to The Pearl-Qatar, and finally hunt for treasures at Souq Al Asiri.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Doha planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Dubai to Doha takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dubai to Doha due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in August, Doha is little chillier at night with lows of 86°F. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Medina.

Things to do in Doha

Museums Parks Shopping
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Museum of Islamic Art ©
Museum of Islamic Art
The Corniche ©
The Corniche
The Pearl-Qatar ©
The Pearl-Qatar

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nights
Medina, Saudi Arabia

Medina ©
Most tourism in Medina, the second-holiest city in Islam, comes from pilgrims who visit as part of the Hajj, an annual traditional journey that ends in Mecca.
On the 15th (Thu), explore the different monuments and memorials at Jannatul Baqi.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Medina online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Doha to Medina in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Medina are 111°F, while nighttime lows are 90°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mecca.

Things to do in Medina

Historic Sites Museums
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Al Masjid an Nabawi ©
Al Masjid an Nabawi
Masjid Quba ©
Masjid Quba
Masjid Al Qiblatayn ©
Masjid Al Qiblatayn

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night
Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Mecca ©
The city of Mecca boasts the statues of the holiest site in Islam, and represents the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad and therefore the religion itself.
On the 17th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Jabal al-Nour, admire the striking features of Abraj Al-Bait Towers, and then admire the landmark architecture of Kaaba.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mecca day trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Medina to Mecca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Mecca sees daily highs of 109°F and lows of 87°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Beirut.

Things to do in Mecca

Historic Sites
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Kaaba ©
Kaaba
Jabal al-Nour ©
Jabal al-Nour
Abraj Al-Bait Towers ©
Abraj Al-Bait Towers

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nights
Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut ©
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.
Step out of Beirut to go to Baalbeck and see Temples of Baalbek, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: Head underground at Jeita Grotto, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Beirut, don't miss a visit to Zaitunay Bay, and stop by Selim Mouzannar.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Beirut day trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Mecca to Beirut in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mecca to Beirut due to the time zone difference. In August, Beirut is little chillier than Mecca - with highs of 90°F and lows of 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Petra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Beirut

Tours Nature Parks

Side Trips

Jeita Grotto, Temples of Baalbek
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Temples of Baalbek ©
Temples of Baalbek
Jeita Grotto ©
Jeita Grotto
Wine Tours & Tastings

2
nights
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan

Petra - Wadi Musa ©
Visitors flock to Wadi Musa to witness the rose colored rock-carved temples and tombs of Petra, the famous ancient city and World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): explore the ancient world of Petra, then delve into the distant past at Byzantine Church, and then steep yourself in history at Al-Beidha - Little Petra. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Shobak Castle, deepen your understanding at Petra Kitchen, then explore the ancient world of The Great Temple, and finally delve into the distant past at Temple of Dushares.

Before you visit Petra - Wadi Musa, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Beirut to Petra - Wadi Musa by combination of flight and car takes about 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Wadi Rum.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites
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Petra ©
Petra
Al-Beidha - Little Petra ©
Al-Beidha - Little Petra
Byzantine Church ©
Byzantine Church

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Pyramids of Giza, appreciate the history behind Great Sphinx, and then explore the activities along Nile River. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Egyptian Antiquities Museum, contemplate the long history of Mosque of Muhammad Ali, and then delve into the distant past at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cairo online tour planner .

Getting from Petra - Wadi Musa to Cairo by combination of car and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 96°F in August, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) 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
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids

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