29 days in Africa, United States, Asia & Europe Itinerary

29 days in Africa, United States, Asia & Europe Itinerary

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29 days in Africa, United States, Asia & Europe Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Fly:  9​h
1
Marrakech, Morocco
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h
2
New York City, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
3
Los Angeles, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
4
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Shanghai, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Beijing, China
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  13​h 30​min
8
Agra, India
— 1 night
+2
train + subway + Fly:  5​h
9
Leh, India
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
10
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
End: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

2
nights
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.
On the 28th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koutoubia Mosque, and then admire the striking features of Palacio da Bahia. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Henna Louaya, don't miss a visit to Medersa Ben Youssef, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally hunt for treasures at Jemaa el-Fnaa.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Marrakech trip itinerary builder website .

Edinburgh, UK to Marrakech is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Edinburgh in June, plan for much hotter days in Marrakech, with highs around 39°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Palacio da Bahia ©
Palacio da Bahia
Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa

4
nights
New York City, United States

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, stroll around The High Line, admire the landmark architecture of Rockefeller Center, and don't miss a visit to Grand Central Terminal.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read New York City day trip planner.

Getting from Marrakech to New York City by combination of flight and bus takes about 13 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Marrakech to New York City. When traveling from Marrakech in June, plan for slightly colder days in New York City, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

4
nights
Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim (about 36 minutes away). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall, take an in-depth tour of Autry Museum of the American West, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles online sightseeing planner .

Fly from New York City to Los Angeles in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in July, expect little chillier with lows of 22°C in Los Angeles. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
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Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

2
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
On the 10th (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Imperial Palace, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, then get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science, and finally admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Tokyo route builder .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Tokyo in 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

2
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
On the 12th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple and then wander the streets of Gion. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find ratings and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. July in Kyoto sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

2
nights
Shanghai, China

Shanghai ©
With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center, then enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and finally take some stellar pictures from Jin Mao Tower. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Jade Buddha Temple, shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), then go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan).

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Shanghai online tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Shanghai in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or ride a ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Kyoto to Shanghai is minus 1 hour. July in Shanghai sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)

2
nights
Beijing, China

Beijing ©
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang) and then see Mutianyu Great Wall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Beijing sightseeing planning site .

You can fly from Shanghai to Beijing in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Beijing when traveling from Shanghai in July, with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Agra.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
Lama Temple (Yonghegong) ©
Lama Temple (Yonghegong)

1
night
Agra, India

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bageshwarnath Temple and then admire the striking features of Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Agra Fort, then admire the landmark architecture of Taj Mahal, and then admire the striking features of Jahangir Mahal.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Agra trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and train from Beijing to Agra in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Beijing to Agra is minus 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Beijing in July since evenings lows in Agra dip to 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Leh.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites
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Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah ©
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah

3
nights
Leh, India

Leh ©
The former capital of the Kingdom of Ladakh, Leh possesses a historic old town area marked by stupas, monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses.
Leh is known for historic sites, nature, museums, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiksey Monastery, appreciate the history behind Shey Monastery, delve into the distant past at Basgo gompa, and examine the collection at Hall of Fame.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Leh online visit planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Agra to Leh in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors
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Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Likir Gompa ©
Likir Gompa
Spituk Monastery ©
Spituk Monastery

3
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, and make a trip to The Real Mary King's Close.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Edinburgh road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Leh to Edinburgh takes 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. July in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

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