60 days in South America, Africa & Asia Itinerary

60 days in South America, Africa & Asia Itinerary

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60 days in South America, Africa & Asia Itinerary

Start: Charlotte, United States
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Margarita Island, Venezuela
— 10 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  2​h 15​min
2
Caracas, Venezuela
— 10 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
3
Bamako, Mali
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h
4
Tripoli, Libya
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Al Khums, Libya
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  15​h
6
Juba, South Sudan
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Hargeysa, Somalia
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 15​min
8
Damascus, Syria
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
9
Aleppo, Syria
— 1 night
Drive:  11​h
10
Erbil, Iraq
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
11
Baghdad, Iraq
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h
12
Bamyan, Afghanistan
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  22​h
13
Pyongyang, North Korea
— 5 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Charlotte, United States

10
nights
Margarita Island, Venezuela

Margarita Island ©
A popular holiday spot for Venezuelans, sunny Margarita Island boasts an exotic Caribbean location, but at the same time is easily accessible from the mainland.
Popular historic sites such as Castillo de Santa Rosa and Catedral Nuestra Senora are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Parque Nacional Laguna de La Restinga and Playa Zaragoza. When in Margarita Island, make a side trip to see Centro Sambil Barquisimeto in Barquisimeto, approximately 40 minutes away. Spend the 6th (Tue) exploring nature at Laguna de la Restinga. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Guacuco Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through La Playa El Agua, and explore the historical opulence of Fortín La Galera.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Margarita Island online tour itinerary builder .

Charlotte, USA to Margarita Island is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Venezuela Time (VET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Charlotte in August, Margarita Island is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Caracas.

Things to do in Margarita Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Isla Cubagua, Centro Sambil Barquisimeto
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Museo Marino de Margarita ©
Museo Marino de Margarita
Playa Zaragoza
Playa Zaragoza
Guacuco Beach ©
Guacuco Beach

10
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Caracas, Venezuela

Caracas ©
Tropical weather, great food, and memorable jungle surroundings seem like all the ingredients Caracas needs to become a must-see destination.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Playa Ensenada de Tuja and Jardines Ecologicos Topotepuy. Take a break from the city and head to Salto Kama - Kama Meru and Yurani Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Caracas: Saint Martin's Church (La Iglesia de San Martin) (in La Colonia Tovar) and Salto El Sapo (in Canaima National Park). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Panteon Nacional, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana de Caracas, explore the activities along Sorowapo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santa Teresa.

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You can do a combination of flight and bus from Margarita Island to Caracas in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Bamako.

Things to do in Caracas

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Canaima National Park, Saint Martin's Church (La Iglesia de San Martin), Playa Ensenada de Tuja, Playa Caribe, Jardines Ecologicos Topotepuy
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Salto Kama - Kama Meru ©
Salto Kama - Kama Meru
Yurani Falls ©
Yurani Falls

3
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Bamako, Mali

Bamako ©
Mali's capital and the fastest-growing city in Africa, Bamako acts as a major port, as well as a cultural and industrial center.
Step off the beaten path and head to Parc national du Mali, Bamako and Zoo National du Mali. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathedral of Bamako and Musee National de Bamako. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Dandan waterfalls, try to win big at Casino De L'amitie, don't miss a visit to Bamako Grand Mosque, and pause for some photo ops at Monument de l"Independance.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bamako road trip site .

Explore your travel options from Caracas to Bamako with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Venezuela Time (VET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 4 hours. In August, daytime highs in Bamako are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Tripoli.

Things to do in Bamako

Parks Nature Casinos
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Parc national du Mali, Bamako ©
Parc national du Mali, Bamako
Cathedral of Bamako ©
Cathedral of Bamako
Yacouba Guindo Mosque ©
Yacouba Guindo Mosque

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Tripoli, Libya

Tripoli ©
The "Mermaid of the Mediterranean," Libyan capital Tripoli exudes a mix of Mediterranean charm and Arabic-Islamic cultural sensibility.
Get a sense of the local culture at Roman Sabratha and Tripoli's Red Castle (Assai al-Hamra). You'll discover tucked-away gems like Al-Majidya Mosque and The Arch of Marcus Aurelius. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Nalut ruins, don't miss a visit to Martyrs' Square, browse the eclectic array of goods at Fish Market, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurgi Mosque.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Tripoli trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Bamako to Tripoli in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bamako to Tripoli due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bamako in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 77°F in Tripoli. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Al Khums.

Things to do in Tripoli

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Roman Sabratha, Libyan Sahara, Nalut ruins
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Roman Sabratha ©
Roman Sabratha
Nalut ruins ©
Nalut ruins
Tripoli's Red Castle (Assai al-Hamra) ©

1
night
Al Khums, Libya

Al Khums ©
Al Khums or Khoms District was a district of Libya from 1983 to 1995. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): delve into the distant past at Leptis Magna.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Al Khums online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Tripoli to Al Khums takes 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 77°F. On the 31st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Juba.

Things to do in Al Khums

Historic Sites
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Leptis Magna ©
Leptis Magna

1
night
Juba, South Sudan

Juba ©
A frantic metropolis bursting from the White Nile River, Juba stands as the capital and largest city of the Republic of South Sudan.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Main Mosque, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at All Saints Cathedral, and finally enjoy some diversion at Juba Stadium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St.Theresa Cathedral and then contemplate the waterfront views at White Nile.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Juba vacation planner.

Do a combination of car and flight from Al Khums to Juba in 15 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Juba, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 77°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Hargeysa.

Things to do in Juba

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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All Saints Cathedral ©
All Saints Cathedral
White Nile
White Nile

1
night
Hargeysa, Somalia

Hargeysa ©
A capital of the self-declared state of Somaliland, Hargeisa is the second-largest city in Somalia.
On the 3rd (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Saryan Museum, have fun at Guul Goals, and then get outside with Laas Geel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at Dahabshiil Business Centre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at MiG Jet, then appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market.

Plan trip to Hargeysa with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Juba to Hargeysa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Juba to Hargeysa is 1 hour. Traveling from Juba in September, Hargeysa is little chillier at night with lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Damascus.

Things to do in Hargeysa

Shopping Fun & Games Outdoors
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Central Market ©
Central Market
Laas Geel ©
Laas Geel
MiG Jet ©
MiG Jet

5
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Damascus, Syria

Damascus
Locals claim that the Prophet Muhammad refused to enter Damascus on his journey to Mecca--he wished to enter Paradise only once in his lifetime.
Step off the beaten path and head to Umayyad Mosque and Old City. Visit Damascus Center and Mar Sarkis for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Damascus: Cherubim Patriarchal Monastery (in Saydnaya) and Deir Mar Musa El-Habashi (in Maaloula). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Al Azem Palace (Palace of As'ad, Pasha al-'Azm), see the interesting displays at The National Museum of Damascus, pause for some photo ops at Saladin (Selahedin) Mausoleum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tekiyeh Al-Suleimaniyeh.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Damascus travel route site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hargeysa to Damascus. The time zone changes from Eastern African Time (EAT) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Hargeysa in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Damascus, with highs around 94°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Aleppo.

Things to do in Damascus

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Maaloula, Cherubim Patriarchal Monastery, Moses Cave
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Umayyad Mosque
Umayyad Mosque
Old City ©
Old City

1
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Aleppo, Syria

Aleppo ©
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 11th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Turkish Bath (Hammam Yalbougha al-Nasri ), stroll around General Park, then admire the landmark architecture of Great Mosque, and finally step into the grandiose world of Aleppo Citadel. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Aleppo Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Souq al, then delve into the distant past at Dead City of Serjilla, then deepen your knowledge of military history at Saint Simon Citadel (Sam’an Citadel, Qalat Samaan), and finally don't miss a visit to Aleppo Town Centre.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Aleppo trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Damascus to Aleppo in 5 hours. Another option is to fly. When traveling from Damascus in September, plan for slightly colder days in Aleppo, with highs around 84°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Erbil.

Things to do in Aleppo

Historic Sites Spas Parks
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Aleppo Citadel ©
Aleppo Citadel
Dead City of Serjilla ©
Dead City of Serjilla

3
nights
Erbil, Iraq

Erbil ©
The capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, Erbil occupies perhaps the longest-inhabited land in the world, with the earliest human settlement here possibly dating back to 5000 BCE.
Get outdoors at The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa and Gali Ali Bag. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sami Abdulrahman Park and Shanadar Park. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Kurdish Textile Museum, stroll around Minaret Park, browse the different shops at Majidi Mall, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jalil Khayat and his Children's Mosque.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Erbil online holiday planner .

Drive from Aleppo to Erbil in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Aleppo to Erbil is 1 hour. When traveling from Aleppo in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Erbil, with highs around 99°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Baghdad.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks Shopping Nature
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Sami Abdulrahman Park ©
Sami Abdulrahman Park
Kurdish Textile Museum ©
Kurdish Textile Museum
Shanadar Park ©
Shanadar Park

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Baghdad, Iraq

Baghdad ©
It's quite possible that a Baghdad holiday isn't on your list of things to do, but despite the city's reputation for turmoil, it still has plenty to offer to a daring traveler.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Al Abbas Holy Shrine and The Iraq Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Imam Hussain's Shrine and Tal Al Zainabeiah site. Venture out of the city with trips to Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel (in Karbala) and Babylon (in Al Hillah). Pack the 20th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Zawraa Park. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Armenian Orthodox Church - St Gregory The Illuminator and make a trip to Al-Shaheed Monument.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Baghdad itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Erbil to Baghdad takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Erbil in September: highs in Baghdad hover around 105°F, while lows dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bamyan.

Things to do in Baghdad

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Karbala, Babylon
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Al Abbas Holy Shrine ©
Al Abbas Holy Shrine
Imam Hussain's Shrine ©
Imam Hussain's Shrine
Iraqi Museum ©
Iraqi Museum

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Bamyan, Afghanistan

Bamyan ©
For centuries a major Buddhist pilgrimage site, Bamyan now represents one of the most stable places in war-torn Afghanistan.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the ancient world of Shahr-e-Zahak (Red City) and then steep yourself in history at Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Band-e-Amir National Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Bamyan trip itinerary maker website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Baghdad to Bamyan. The time zone difference when traveling from Baghdad to Bamyan is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Pyongyang.

Things to do in Bamyan

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Pyongyang, North Korea

Pyongyang ©
Built from the ground up after the Korean War, Pyongyang impresses with its Soviet-era buildings and monuments to modern leadership.
Bring the kids along to Kaeson Youth Park and Munsu Water Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tower of the Juche Idea and Mansudae Art Studio Gallery. Go for a jaunt from Pyongyang to Nampo to see Chongsan-ri Cooperative Farm about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Geumsusan Memorial Palace, appreciate the history behind Triumphal Arch, delve into the distant past at Koguryo Tombs, and explore the activities along Daedong River (Taedong River).

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Pyongyang trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Bamyan to Pyongyang in 22 hours. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Bamyan to Pyongyang due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pyongyang

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Chongsan-ri Cooperative Farm
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Kaeson Youth Park ©
Kaeson Youth Park
Koguryo Tombs ©
Koguryo Tombs

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