31 days in Europe, Africa & Asia Itinerary

31 days in Europe, Africa & Asia Itinerary

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1
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
2
Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
3
Cairo, Egypt
— 2 nights
4
Jerusalem, Israel
— 2 nights
5
Sweimah, Jordan
— 3 nights
6
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 1 night
7
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 7 nights
8
Carcassonne, France
— 7 nights

2
nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
On the 3rd (Tue), take in panoramic vistas at Rundetarn, thenstep into the grandiose world of Rosenborg Castle, and then wander the streets of Stroeget.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Copenhagen road trip website.

Charlotte, USA to Copenhagen is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Charlotte to Copenhagen due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Charlotte in August, things will get little chillier in Copenhagen: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Stroeget ©
Stroeget
Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle
Rundetarn ©
Rundetarn

2
nights
Moscow, Russia

Moscow
Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
On the 4th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Moscow Kremlin and then admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Red Square, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral, thenbrush up on your military savvy at Armoury Chamber, and finally admire the striking features of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Moscow vacation builder website.

Traveling by flight from Copenhagen to Moscow takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Copenhagen to Moscow, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. August in Moscow sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums
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Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin
Red Square ©
Red Square
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral

2
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). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, delve into the distant past at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, stop by Nomad Gallery - Zamalek Main Branch, and explore the activities along Nile River.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cairo travel route planner.

You can fly from Moscow to Cairo in 8.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Moscow in August, with highs in Cairo at °F and lows at °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

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

2
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.
On the 9th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, explore the world behind art at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, thenadmire the striking features of Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre, and finally take a stroll through Old City of Jerusalem. Keep things going the next day: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, make a trip to The Western Wall Tunnels, thensteep yourself in history at Western Wall, thensteep yourself in history at Mt of Olives, and finally explore the ancient world of Bethesda.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Jerusalem trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Cairo to Jerusalem in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairo in August, you will find days in Jerusalem are slightly colder (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sweimah.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Food Tours
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

3
nights
Sweimah, Jordan

Sweimah ©
Get out of town with these interesting Sweimah side-trips: Madaba (Al Hakaya (La Storia) Eatery and cultural center, Memorial Church of Moses, &more).

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sweimah day trip planning tool.

Drive from Jerusalem to Sweimah in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Petra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Sweimah

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Madaba, Dead Sea Region, Wadi al-Mujib
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Mount Nebo ©
Mount Nebo
Wadi al-Mujib ©
Wadi al-Mujib
Madaba Mosaic Map ©
Madaba Mosaic Map

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Petra, thenadmire the landmark architecture of The Great Temple, thenexplore the ancient world of Temple of Dushares, and finally contemplate the long history of Al-Beidha - Little Petra.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Petra - Wadi Musa day trip tool.

You can drive from Sweimah to Petra - Wadi Musa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites
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Petra ©
Petra
Al-Beidha - Little Petra ©
Al-Beidha - Little Petra
The Great Temple ©
The Great Temple

7
nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sofia: Borovets (Tsarska Bistritsa & Borovets Ski Resort), Rila Monastery (in Rila) and Barakli Mosque (in Samokov). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, take a stroll through Vitosha Boulevard, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Sveti Nikolay, and explore the ancient world of Plovdiv Roman Theatre.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sofia planner.

Traveling by flight from Petra - Wadi Musa to Sofia takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Sofia can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Plovdiv, Borovets, Zlatnite_Mostove -Golden Bridges, Rila Monastery, Barakli Mosque
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Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Vitosha Mountain ©
Vitosha Mountain

7
nights
Carcassonne, France

Carcassonne ©
Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Albi (Pont Vieux, Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, &more) and Toulouse (Church of Les Jacobins, Le Capitole, &more). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal du Midi, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and get to know the fascinating history of La Cite Medievale.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Carcassonne road trip app.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Sofia to Carcassonne in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Sofia to Carcassonne is minus 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Toulouse, Albi, Canal du Midi
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile

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