56 days in Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

56 days in Europe, Asia & Africa Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Goreme, Turkey
— 4 nights
Drive to Kayseri Erkilet Airport, Fly to Baghdad International Airport
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Baghdad, Iraq
— 2 nights
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Tehran, Iran
— 2 nights
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Isfahan, Iran
— 2 nights
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 5 nights
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
— 4 nights
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Karachi, Pakistan
— 2 nights
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
— 3 nights
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Mogadishu, Somalia
— 2 nights
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Kampala, Uganda
— 2 nights
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Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo
— 3 nights
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Bus to Kigali, Fly to Livingstone, Drive to Victoria Falls
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 5 nights
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Accra, Ghana
— 2 nights
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Abuja, Nigeria
— 2 nights
Fly to Abidjan, Bus to Yamoussoukro
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Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast
— 1 night
Bus to Abidjan, Fly to Blaise Diagne
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Dakar, Senegal
— 3 nights
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Marrakech, Morocco
— 5 nights
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Algiers, Algeria
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 4 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul driving holiday planner.

London, UK to Istanbul is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from London to Istanbul. Traveling from London in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 5:

Goreme, Turkey

— 4 nights
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Goreme is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Off-Road Tours, get outside with Outdoor Activities, appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Goreme road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in February, plan for colder nights in Goreme, with lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Baghdad.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 5 — 9:

Baghdad, Iraq

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Baghdadi Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Al-Shaheed Monument, and then examine the collection at Iraqi Museum. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Zawraa Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Baghdad trip itinerary maker tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Goreme to Baghdad. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Goreme in February, with highs in Baghdad at 22°C and lows at 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tehran.

Things to do in Baghdad

Theme Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 11:

Tehran, Iran

— 2 nights

Teh

Tehran, the capital and one of the largest cities in the Middle East, sits in the foothills of a mountain range and stretches out for miles.
On the 12th (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Niavaran Historical Cultural Complex and then see the interesting displays at Sadabaad Palace. On the next day, take in panoramic vistas at Milad Tower, engage your brain at Iran Science Park, and then take an in-depth tour of Golestan Palace.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tehran trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Baghdad to Tehran takes 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Baghdad to Tehran is 0.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Baghdad in February; daily highs in Tehran reach 13°C and lows reach 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Isfahan.

Things to do in Tehran

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 13:

Isfahan, Iran

— 2 nights

Half of the World

A cultural hub in the center of the country, Esfahan boasts a proud heritage of art, architecture, and craftsmanship.
On the 14th (Sun), take in the views from SioSe Pol Bridge, admire the masterpieces at Isfahan Music Museum, then steep yourself in history at Naqsh-e Jahan Square, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chehel Sotoun. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jameh Mosque of Isfahan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, then snap pictures at Khaju Bridge, and finally see the interesting displays at Isfahan Seashell Museum.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Isfahan holiday maker tool.

You can fly from Tehran to Isfahan in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Isfahan when traveling from Tehran in February, with lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Dubai.

Things to do in Isfahan

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 15:

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

— 5 nights

City of Gold

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Get out of town with these interesting Dubai side-trips: Sharjah (Sharjah Museums, Sharjah Heritage Museum, &more) and Al Ain (Al Ain National Museum, Al Ain Oasis, &more). There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Burj Khalifa, appreciate the extensive heritage of Bastakia Quarter, browse the different shops at The Dubai Mall, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sharjah Aquarium.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Dubai route planner.

You can fly from Isfahan to Dubai in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Isfahan to Dubai is 0.5 hours. Traveling from Isfahan in February, you will find days in Dubai are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are much hotter (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Abu Dhabi.

Things to do in Dubai

Shopping · Museums · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 15 — 20:

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

— 4 nights
Take a trip to Abu Dhabi to discover a modern metropolis built on a strip of land jutting out into the Persian Gulf.
Pack the 23rd (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, go for a walk through The Corniche, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Abu Dhabi, and don't miss a visit to IPIC Arena.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Abu Dhabi trip planner.

Drive from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Abu Dhabi can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. On the 24th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Karachi.

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 24:

Karachi, Pakistan

— 2 nights

City of Lights

Sprawling, busy, and central to the nation's economy, Karachi stands as one of the biggest and most populous cities in the world.
On the 25th (Thu), examine the collection at State Bank Museum, take an in-depth tour of Mohatta Palace Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: stop by Tali Karachi, admire the landmark architecture of TDF Ghar, then get a sense of history and politics at High Court Building, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tooba Mosque.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Karachi trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Abu Dhabi to Karachi takes 7.5 hours. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Pakistan Standard Time (PKT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Abu Dhabi in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Karachi, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Riyadh.

Things to do in Karachi

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 26:

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

— 3 nights
As the nation's capital, Riyadh represents a hub of commerce, culture, and transport.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Masmak Fortress, then take an in-depth tour of Al Masmak Palace Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Rajhi Grand Mosque, and finally walk around Salam Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at King Khalid Grand Mosque, see the interesting displays at National Museum, and then stroll around King Abdullah Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Riyadh trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Karachi to Riyadh in 7.5 hours. Traveling from Karachi to Riyadh, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Karachi in February, you will find days in Riyadh are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Mogadishu.

Things to do in Riyadh

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 1:

Mogadishu, Somalia

— 2 nights

White Pearl of the Indian Ocean

Swim in the warm waters, stroll over white sand, or play volleyball and other sports on the beaches of Mogadishu, the White Pearl of the Indian Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): appreciate the history behind The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier -Mogadishu, make a trip to Shanghai Old City, and then stroll through Liido Beach Somalia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hadful Mosque and then get engrossed in the history at black Hawk Down crash site museum.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Mogadishu day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Riyadh to Mogadishu. In March, Mogadishu is somewhat warmer than Riyadh - with highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kampala.

Things to do in Mogadishu

Museums · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 3:

Kampala, Uganda

— 2 nights
Kampala enjoys the reputation of a modern city with a buzzing atmosphere--it also serves as a good base point for exploring the surrounding area.
On the 4th (Thu), take an exotic tour of a safari tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Gorilla Bookings.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kampala trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Mogadishu to Kampala by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive. In March, Kampala is slightly colder than Mogadishu - with highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Goma.

Things to do in Kampala

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 3 — 5:
Highlights from your trip

Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo

— 3 nights
Nestled between two opposites--a lake and a volcano--Goma represents an adventurous vacation spot.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Nyiragongo. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Virunga National Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Goma online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Kampala to Goma takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from East Africa Time to Central Africa Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kampala in March: highs in Goma hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Goma

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 8:

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

— 5 nights
Victoria Falls, a Zimbabwean town near the eponymous waterfall, serves as one of two prime gateway points to the majestic cascade and its surrounding national park.
Spend the 10th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Victoria Falls trip maker tool.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Goma to Victoria Falls in 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Goma in March, expect nights in Victoria Falls to be a bit cooler, around 21°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Accra.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 13:

Accra, Ghana

— 2 nights
On a tour of Accra, you can experience the vivacious and dynamic atmosphere of Ghana's sprawling capital city, a commercial and tourist hub of the region.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Legon Botanical Gardens and then take in nature's colorful creations at Legon Botanical Gardens. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Artists Alliance Gallery, then explore the galleries of W.E.B. DuBois Center, and then look for gifts at Trashy Bags.

For ratings and other tourist information, use the Accra trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Victoria Falls to Accra takes 13 hours. The time zone changes from Central Africa Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Victoria Falls in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Accra: highs are around 38°C and lows about 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Abuja.

Things to do in Accra

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 13 — 15:

Abuja, Nigeria

— 2 nights
The capital city of Nigeria, Abuja dates back to the 1980s, and in 2010 it represented the world's fastest-growing city.
On the 16th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Thought Pyramid Art Centre and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at An Noor Mosque.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Abuja tour app.

Fly from Accra to Abuja in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to West Africa Standard Time is 1 hour. March in Abuja sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 30°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Wed) before leaving for Yamoussoukro.

Things to do in Abuja

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 17:

Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast

— 1 night
Unlike many of the world's cities with infrastructure trying to keep up with population, Yamoussoukro has no such problem--many of the city's sprawling six-lane highways and hotels were built before anybody lived here.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of Our Lady of Peace.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Yamoussoukro trip planning app.

Getting from Abuja to Yamoussoukro by combination of flight and bus takes about 12 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. The time zone changes from West Africa Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Abuja in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Yamoussoukro, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Dakar.

Things to do in Yamoussoukro

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 18:
Highlights from your trip

Dakar, Senegal

— 3 nights
Situated on the western edge of mainland Africa, the crowded and dynamic city of Dakar offers visitors booming shopping, dining, and entertainment scenes.
On the 19th (Fri), step off the mainland to explore Island of Goree, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee, and then see the interesting displays at La Maison des Esclaves. On the next day, surround yourself with nature on Youba Tour, then kick back and relax at Plage Popenguine, and then examine the collection at Museo de la Tapiceria.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Dakar day trip website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Yamoussoukro to Dakar in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, Dakar is little chillier than Yamoussoukro - with highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow time for travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Dakar

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 18 — 21:

Marrakech, Morocco

— 5 nights

Red City

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.
Spend the 23rd (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, steep yourself in history at Palacio da Bahia, admire the landmark architecture of Medersa Ben Youssef, and see the interesting displays at Marrakech Museum.

To see maps and other tourist information, read Marrakech online visit planner.

You can fly from Dakar to Marrakech in 9 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Dakar in March, expect little chillier with lows of 11°C in Marrakech. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Algiers.

Things to do in Marrakech

Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 26:

Algiers, Algeria

— 2 nights

Algiers the White

Overlooking a scenic bay, the Mediterranean port city of Algiers enthralls visitors with its imposing skyline, a blend of French colonial buildings, run-down high-rises, and whitewashed Islamic architecture nestled on the hillside.
On the 27th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Fine Arts of Algiers, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin d'Essai du Hamma, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame d'Afrique, and finally examine the collection at Musee Public National de l'Enluminure, de la Miniature et de la Calligraphie. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ketchaoua Mosque and then examine the collection at Musee National du Bardo.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Algiers journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Marrakech to Algiers takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Marrakech to Algiers, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Marrakech in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Algiers: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Algiers

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 28:

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Iraq travel guide

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Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping Malls
Encompassing the fertile area between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers once called Mesopotamia, modern Iraq is marked by turmoil, torn between its rich historical heritage and recent instability and bloodshed. Few tourists choose to vacation in Iraq, put off by reports of violence and destruction that have shaken the country to its core. Still, the semi-autonomous province of Kurdistan remains seemingly insulated from the chaos of the rest of the country. This small region draws a growing number of foreign travelers, enticed by the area's rugged appeal and numerous lakes, archaeological sites, and impressive mountains.

Iran travel guide

4.5
Sacred & Religious Sites · Ruins · Specialty Museums
Known as Persia for most of its long history, Iran once represented a mighty empire that encompassed everything from modern Turkey in the west to India in the east. Today, visitors on a tour of Iran discover a country of numerous ethnic groups and a culture revealing traces of Arab, Greek, Mongol, and Turkish influences. Sightseeing in Iran allows you to follow in the ancient footsteps of a former world power, nowhere more apparent than at Persepolis, an old Persian capital established long before the birth of Christ and burned down by Alexander of Macedonia. Other highlights on an Iranian itinerary may include visits to cozy teahouses, busy open-air markets, vast deserts dotted with otherworldly oases, and rugged mountains presiding over plains, forests, and meandering rivers.

United Arab Emirates travel guide

4.3
Observation Decks · Fountains · Shopping Malls
Though most people associate United Arab Emirates only with Dubai, nicknamed the "City of Gold," the federation of seven emirates boats a surprisingly rich historical and cultural heritage and provides a good starting point for visitors interested in discovering the Middle East. A trip to United Arab Emirates reveals a modern nation with a dynamic atmosphere and a landscape that quickly changes from futuristic cities to remote deserts, mysteriously silent places where only the shifting sand dunes mark the passage of time. Add the eastern coastline to your United Arab Emirates itinerary to find a string of outstanding beaches and some of the finest diving and snorkeling opportunities in the region.

Pakistan travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Shopping Malls · Specialty Museums
Occupying territory inhabited since prehistoric times, Pakistan saw more than its share of ancient invaders, from the Bronze Age civilizations that thrived in the Indus Valley to the armies of Alexander of Macedonia. Each culture left a deep mark on the country's cultural heritage, shaping its religious traditions, art, and cuisine. Because of continued political instability in the region, few casual travelers consider a trip to Pakistan for pleasure, yet the intrepid explorers who do will discover a land blessed with numerous natural and cultural treasures. While thriving cities lie in the country's south, the remote and rarely visited north remains a wild frontier of soaring mountain ranges, which include K2, the world's second-highest mountain.

Saudi Arabia travel guide

4.1
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Shopping Malls
With coastlines on two seas, Saudi Arabia boasts some of the world's top scuba diving locations. At the same time, it has tourist attractions of such cultural heft as Mecca and Medina, the most sacred destinations for Muslim travelers and pilgrims. When it comes to relaxation and recreation, a trip to Saudi Arabia opens a world of possibilities for outdoor adventures, which include desert excursions by horse or camel, mountain climbing, cycling, and camping under the starry sky. Think about beginning or ending your tour of Saudi Arabia in Jeddah, a cosmopolitan center of commerce, shopping, and dining situated on the Red Sea coastline.

Somalia travel guide

3.8
Outdoor Activities · Nature & Parks · Sacred & Religious Sites
With ancient historical sites, the longest coastline on the continent, a rich and varied cuisine, and sprawling desert and savannah landscapes, Somalia has plenty to make it appealing to international visitors. Events in the recent past, however, made holidays in Somalia nearly impossible. The civil war that began in 1991 led to the country being declared a failed state. The introduction of a new constitution and government in 2012 has led to a glimmer of optimism.

Uganda travel guide

4.2
Nature & Parks · River Rafting & Tubing · National Parks
Pearl of Africa
Though small in area, Uganda represents one of the most populated landlocked countries in the world. You can feel this in the lakeside capital, but so much of the country remains untamed and untamable, with great lakes and towering mountains chief among the wilder sights. A recent troubled past delayed the growth of tourism in Uganda, but visitors now arrive in larger numbers, primarily drawn by the diverse wildlife that inhabits the country's mountains and forests. Notably, Uganda houses half of the world's population of mountain gorillas.

Democratic Republic of the Congo travel guide

3.8
National Parks · Mountains · Wildlife Areas
Democratic Republic of Congo possesses a wealth of scenic highlights, ethnic diversity, and a complex history. Inaccessible for many years due to conflict, the country once again draws adventurous and confident travelers looking for a different type of vacation. For those who can forego the usual home comforts and quickly adapt to challenging conditions, the rewards of a holiday in Democratic Republic of Congo are numerous--trekking through unspoiled forests, spotting endemic wildlife, and meeting welcoming, inspiring people.

Zimbabwe travel guide

4.3
National Parks · Zipline · Bridges
Tourism in Zimbabwe experienced a boost after the country's turbulent recent history seemed to settle down. Waterfalls, "Big Five" national parks, and the Eastern Highlands provide contrasting but complementary images of southern Africa, with the growing tourism infrastructure helping visitors see the best of what the country offers. Though corruption and unemployment remain everyday problems, the vast majority of Zimbabweans are a welcoming bunch, proud of the natural riches and culture of their hopeful country.

Ghana travel guide

3.5
Beaches · Castles · Monuments
Gold Coast
Ghana features a diverse economy, a strong and sturdy democratic tradition, and many of the natural and cultural highlights for which the continent has become known. National parks represent some of the main attractions in Ghana, with a diverse array of wildlife to be seen, including lions, monkeys, elephants, and birds. Forts dating back to the slave era act as focal points for explorations of the coast and help to connect the country to important points in global history.

Nigeria travel guide

3.6
Wildlife Areas · Shopping Malls · Historic Sites
Naija
With the largest population and economy on the continent, Nigeria plays a big part in the rise of African tourism. The country's cities and villages provide a glimpse into a culture rich in musical and culinary heritage. Visitors on vacation in Nigeria tend to explore the southern and central regions, where the lively urban areas give way to a wealth of protected rainforests and river deltas, home to traditional communities with proud and distinct cultural traditions.

Ivory Coast travel guide

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Churches · Sacred & Religious Sites · Gift & Specialty Shops
The coastline and the rainforests remain the primary charms of Cote d'Ivoire, with visitors treated to some superlative natural locales during their holiday. Most tourists on vacation in Cote d'Ivoire stay close to the sea, where the larger cities, modern resorts, and long sandy beaches dominate. Head inland and you'll find cool highland areas and thick forests rich in wildlife. The presidential election in 2010 led to unrest and armed conflict--travel to certain areas of the country remains inadvisable.

Senegal travel guide

3.7
Specialty Museums · Nature & Parks · Landmarks
Generous Country
Senegal boasts plenty of natural and cultural attractions to make it attractive to an international audience. The buzz surrounding the Senegalese music scene is justified, with mbalax dance music particularly popular and influential internationally. Street markets in the main towns, overlooked by the minarets of attractive old mosques, remain among top attractions in Senegal--they're ideal spots to get to know the local culture and eat and shop like a native. The wide river deltas rich in wildlife provide an alternative for visitors looking to escape city life and discover the country's natural charms.

Morocco travel guide

4.2
Flea Markets · Gardens · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Diverse in landscapes and cultures, Morocco has long been a popular tourist destination, offering many quintessential North African vistas, sounds, and tastes. The ancient medinas of the main cities have retained their look and feel over the centuries, with bustling markets of colorful spice stalls, leather tanning in the streets, and teahouses. The dunes of the Sahara and the peaks of the High Atlas mountains battle for the interest of tourists on holiday in Morocco, with each possessing impressive, picturesque scenery, and hidden-away traditional villages, filled with crafts, carpets, and a rural way of life.

Algeria travel guide

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Churches · Gardens · Historic Sites
Algeria the White
The largest country on the continent, Algeria combines diverse landscapes with cultural intrigue and history. The north of the country has always been the most developed area, with the majority of the population living in cities along the Mediterranean coast. Roman ruins, modern and colonial architecture, renowned museums, and impressive coastal areas in the north represent some of the highlights of a vacation in Algeria. Heading south, the Sahara Desert takes hold. The dunes and nomadic tribes crossing the landscape offer a dreamier, less scripted counterpoint to the urbane north.