12 days in Africa Itinerary

12 days in Africa Itinerary

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Cairo, Egypt
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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
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Tripoli, Libya
— 1 night
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Sousse, Tunisia
— 1 night
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Algiers, Algeria
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Fes, Morocco
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Marrakech, Morocco
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Cairo, Egypt

— 3 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Mosque of Ibn Tulun and Statue of Ramses II. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pyramids of Giza and Great Sphinx. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, admire the striking features of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary), explore the world behind art at The Coptic Museum, and view the masterpieces at Oum El Dounia Gallery.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cairo trip planning app.

Boston, USA to Cairo is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Boston to Cairo, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, Cairo is warmer than Boston - with highs of 65°F and lows of 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

— 1 night

City of Peace

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at The Heavenly Cathedral and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sharm El Sheikh trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Cairo to Sharm El Sheikh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In January, Sharm El Sheikh is a bit warmer than Cairo - with highs of 72°F and lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tripoli.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:

Tripoli, Libya

— 1 night

Mermaid of the Mediterranean

The "Mermaid of the Mediterranean," Libyan capital Tripoli exudes a mix of Mediterranean charm and Arabic-Islamic cultural sensibility.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): make a trip to Street Murals, make a trip to The Arch of Marcus Aurelius, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurgi Mosque, delve into the distant past at Nalut ruins, then get a sense of history and politics at Tripoli's Red Castle (Assai al-Hamra), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Al-Majidya Mosque.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tripoli day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sharm El Sheikh to Tripoli takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in January, with highs in Tripoli at 63°F and lows at 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sousse.

Things to do in Tripoli

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:

Sousse, Tunisia

— 1 night

Pearl of the Sahel

Known for its historic medina quarter, a World Heritage Site, the city of Sousse boasts a rich history that dates back to the 11th century BCE. The maze-like streets of the walled medina reveal a number of Sousse attractions, from historic mosques and landmark buildings, to the well-preserved "ribat" fortress and a vibrant, bustling marketplace.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Sousse Archaeological Museum, then view the masterpieces at Dar Am Taieb, and then examine the collection at Kalaout el-Koubba.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Sousse trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Tripoli to Sousse takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Tripoli to Sousse is minus 1 hour. In January in Sousse, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Algiers.

Things to do in Sousse

Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:

Algiers, Algeria

— 1 night

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 8th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Fine Arts of Algiers, then learn about all things military at Musem de l'Armee, and then examine the collection at Musee Public National de l'Enluminure, de la Miniature et de la Calligraphie.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Algiers vacation builder tool.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Sousse to Algiers takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Traveling from Sousse in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 42°F in Algiers. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Fes.

Things to do in Algiers

Museums
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:

Fes, Morocco

— 1 night

Mecca of the West

Morocco's former capital, Fes enchants visitors with its walled medina, a labyrinthine web of pedestrian-only streets and a World Heritage Site.
On the 9th (Sun), wander the streets of Medina of Fez, examine the collection at Museo Nejjarine, and then look for gifts at Medin'Art.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Fes route planner.

You can fly from Algiers to Fes in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Algiers to Fes, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, daily temperatures in Fes can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Fes

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:

Marrakech, Morocco

— 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech and Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech. Discover out-of-the-way places like Le Jardin Secret and Cyber Parc Arsat Moulay Abdeslam. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, admire the landmark architecture of Medersa Ben Youssef, steep yourself in history at El Badi Palace, and see the interesting displays at Marrakech Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Marrakech travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Fes to Marrakech takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in January, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marrakech

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:

Egypt travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Monuments
Gift of the Nile
The land of pharaohs, pyramids, sphinxes, and papyrus, Egypt needs little by way of introduction. Visitors find more than a textbook readout of ancient history when visiting the country--the power, scale, art, and mysticism of its centuries-old culture bleed out from each landmark attraction and seep into the everyday life. Bustling markets, the slow-flowing Nile, the vast desert, and inspiring archeological sites often sit right alongside palaces of great excess and historical importance. All ensure you have plenty to see and do during your vacation in Egypt. In the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011, travel to certain areas where conflict and terrorism are deemed likely remains inadvisable for foreign visitors.

Libya travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Ruins · Historic Sites
With a coastline looking out across the Mediterranean Sea, Libya has historically been a place of trade, development, and wealth, with empires ruling all or part of it and leaving their mark on the landscape and culture. Roman and Greek ruins and Islamic mosques remain among the main Libya attractions, but excursions into the Sahara provide an alternative for those wishing to get out of the urban sprawl and see rolling dunes, sand seas, and lively caravan towns.

Tunisia travel guide

3.8
Landmarks · Historic Sites · Specialty Museums
Tunisia benefits from its thin, slivery form, with a range of landscapes and climates causing diverse cultures, traditions, and lifestyles to develop over time. The lesser-visited south of the country possesses some major archaeological sites, impressive dunes, and caravans of nomadic peoples crossing the sands. The north contains many of the main cities in the country, located along the historic Mediterranean coast. Carthaginian and Roman ruins are found in and just outside the contemporary urban areas, which themselves blend African, Ottoman, and European influences. Many come for a beach holiday in Tunisia, but those who don't stop there are richly rewarded.

Algeria travel guide

4.1
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.

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.