30 days in Africa, Asia & United States Itinerary

30 days in Africa, Asia & United States Itinerary

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Start: Phoenix, United States
Fly:  23 h
1
Alexandria, Egypt
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h
2
Cairo, Egypt
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5 h 45 min
3
Saint Catherine, Egypt
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Train + Bus:  56 h
5
Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
— 3 nights
Bus:  15 min
6
Jerusalem, Israel
— 7 nights
Fly:  20 h 30 min
7
Phoenix, United States
— 4 nights
End: Phoenix, United States

2
nights
Alexandria, Egypt

Alexandria ©
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.
On the 3rd (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Catherine's Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Fort Qaitbey, and then admire the striking features of Bibliotheca Alexandrina. On your second day here, pause for some photo ops at Pompey's Pillar, take in nature's colorful creations at Montazah Gardens, and then look for gifts at CREDO.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Alexandria holiday planner.

Phoenix, USA to Alexandria is an approximately 23- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Phoenix to Alexandria is 9 hours. Traveling from Phoenix in April, expect nights in Alexandria to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are little chillier, around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Cairo.

Things to do in Alexandria

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Fort Qaitbey ©
Fort Qaitbey
Bibliotheca Alexandrina ©
Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Pompey's Pillar ©
Pompey's Pillar

4
nights
Cairo, Egypt

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Giza (Great Sphinx & Pyramids of Giza). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, get a taste of the local shopping with Khan Al-Khalili, stroll around Al-Azhar Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cairo online trip itinerary builder.

You can take a bus from Alexandria to Cairo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Traveling from Alexandria in April, you will find days in Cairo are a bit warmer (84°F), and nights are about the same (62°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Saint Catherine.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Giza
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 8:
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Photography Tours
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza

1
night
Saint Catherine, Egypt

Saint Catherine ©
Visitors flock to the town of Saint Catherine, nestled in the foothills of Mount Sinai, to explore the World Heritage Area's numerous religious and historic sights.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Sinai and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Catherine's Monastery.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint Catherine road trip planning website.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Cairo to Saint Catherine in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cairo in April, with highs in Saint Catherine at 75°F and lows at 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Saint Catherine

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 9:
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St. Catherine's Monastery ©
St. Catherine's Monastery
Mount Sinai ©
Mount Sinai

4
nights
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

An enviable location on the southern end of the Sinai Peninsula and year-round warm weather boost tourism in Sharm El Sheikh and make it one of Egypt's premier travel destinations.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sharm El Sheikh: Dahab (WICKEDiCANDY & Scuba & Snorkeling). There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at SOHO Square, pause for some serene contemplation at The Heavenly Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Coptic Orthodox Church, and kick back and relax at Shark's Bay Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sharm El Sheikh tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Saint Catherine to Sharm El Sheikh in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Saint Catherine in April; daily highs in Sharm El Sheikh reach 88°F and lows reach 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Bethlehem.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Dahab
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 13:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
SOHO Square ©
SOHO Square
The Heavenly Cathedral ©
The Heavenly Cathedral

3
nights
Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories

Bethlehem ©
For many, Bethlehem needs no introduction.
Get out of town with these interesting Bethlehem side-trips: Ramallah (Mahmoud Darwish Museum, Dar Zahran Heritage Building, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mar Saba Monastery, examine the collection at Beituna al- Talhami Museum, steep yourself in history at Church of the Nativity, and get engrossed in the history at Palestinian Heritage Center.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bethlehem road trip planner.

Getting from Sharm El Sheikh to Bethlehem by combination of flight and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Bethlehem

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Ramallah
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 18:
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Dar Zahran Heritage Building ©
Dar Zahran Heritage Building
Mar Saba Monastery ©
Mar Saba Monastery
Palestinian Heritage Center ©
Palestinian Heritage Center

7
nights
Jerusalem, Israel

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.
Explore Jerusalem's surroundings by going to Tel Aviv (Artspace Tel Aviv, Tayelet, &more), Ruth Winery (in Modiin) and Jaffa Old City (in Jaffa). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, admire the striking features of The Church of the Annunciation, contemplate the long history of Bethesda, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Anne.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Jerusalem trip planner.

Jerusalem is just a short distance from Bethlehem. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in April, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Tel Aviv, Nazareth, Tel Yodfat, Ruth Winery, Buster's Beverage
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 25:
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Food Tours
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

4
nights
Phoenix, United States

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Phoenix: Right On Target Clay Guides of AZ (in Gilbert), Shamrock Farms (in Stanfield) and Taliesin West (in Scottsdale). And it doesn't end there: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, see the interesting displays at Scottsdale Model Railroad Historical Society, and admire the natural beauty at Desert Botanical Garden.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Phoenix attractions planner.

Getting from Jerusalem to Phoenix by flight takes about 20.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Jerusalem to Phoenix is minus 9 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Jerusalem in April: highs in Phoenix hover around 88°F, while lows dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Phoenix

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trips

Scottsdale, Right On Target Clay Guides of AZ, KOLI Equestrian Center, Shamrock Farms, Arizona Distilling Co
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 30:
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Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Balloon Rides
Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden

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