17 days in Africa Itinerary

17 days in Africa Itinerary

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17 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  19 h 45 min
1
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  1 h 45 min
2
Cairo, Egypt
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
3
Tripoli, Libya
— 1 day
+2
Fly + Taxi + Train:  4 h
4
Sousse, Tunisia
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  2 h 30 min
5
Djerba Island, Tunisia
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
6
Algiers, Algeria
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h
7
Ad Dakhla, Morocco
— 1 day
Fly:  3 h 30 min
8
Marrakech, Morocco
— 4 nights
Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Vancouver, Canada

2
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.
Take a break from Sharm El Sheikh with a short trip to Scuba & Snorkeling in Dahab, about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Bibo Viaggi, admire the local landmark of Musical Fountain Sharm el-Sheikh, stop by Secret Of Egypt, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sharm El Sheikh day trip planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Sharm El Sheikh is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 10 hour difference. In October, Sharm El Sheikh is much hotter than Vancouver - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Bibo Viaggi ©
Bibo Viaggi
Off-Road Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Pyramids of Giza, then appreciate the history behind Great Sphinx, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and then explore the ancient world of Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairo online tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Sharm El Sheikh to Cairo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Cairo, with lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Tripoli.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Giza
Highlights from your plan
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

1
day
Tripoli, Libya

Tripoli ©
The "Mermaid of the Mediterranean," Libyan capital Tripoli exudes a mix of Mediterranean charm and Arabic-Islamic cultural sensibility.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): make a trip to Street Murals, make a trip to The Arch of Marcus Aurelius, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurgi Mosque, then step into the grandiose world of Tripoli's Red Castle (Assai al-Hamra), and finally delve into the distant past at Nalut ruins.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tripoli trip itinerary planning website .

Fly from Cairo to Tripoli in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sousse.

Things to do in Tripoli

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nalut ruins
Highlights from your plan
Tripoli's Red Castle (Assai al-Hamra) ©
Gurgi Mosque ©
Gurgi Mosque
Nalut ruins ©
Nalut ruins

2
nights
Sousse, Tunisia

Sousse ©
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.
On the 15th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Sousse Archaeological Museum, steep yourself in history at Bourghiba Mausoleum, then delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre of El Jem, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Great Mosque of Kairouan. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Passengers Design Store, then stop by Karrma, then play a few rounds at El Kantaoui Golf Course, and finally see the interesting displays at D'Enfidha.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sousse day trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and train from Tripoli to Sousse in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Tripoli to Sousse is minus 1 hour. In October, daytime highs in Sousse are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Djerba Island.

Things to do in Sousse

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Amphitheatre of El Jem, D'Enfidha, El Kantaoui Golf Course, Passengers Design Store, Bourghiba Mausoleum
Highlights from your plan
Sousse Archaeological Museum ©
Sousse Archaeological Museum
Amphitheatre of El Jem ©
Amphitheatre of El Jem
The Great Mosque of Kairouan ©
The Great Mosque of Kairouan

1
night
Djerba Island, Tunisia

Djerba Island ©
Explore pristine beaches and charming villages on a vacation on Djerba Island, a small island in the Gulf of Gabes known for its Berber population.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Musee de Guellala, ride a horse along Ranch Yassmina Djerba La Douce, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Crocodile Farm, then make a trip to Ksar ben Ayed, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of El Ghriba Synagogue.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Djerba Island sightseeing planning app .

You can fly from Sousse to Djerba Island in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Algiers.

Things to do in Djerba Island

Parks Trails Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ranch Yassmina Djerba La Douce ©
Ranch Yassmina Djerba La Douce
El Ghriba Synagogue ©
El Ghriba Synagogue
The Crocodile Farm ©
The Crocodile Farm

2
nights
Algiers, Algeria

Algiers ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tassili N'Ajjer National Park and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame d'Afrique. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ketchaoua Mosque, admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Fine Arts of Algiers, and then admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin d'Essai du Hamma.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Algiers road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Djerba Island to Algiers takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, car, and bus. Traveling from Djerba Island in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Algiers, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ad Dakhla.

Things to do in Algiers

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tassili N'Ajjer National Park
Highlights from your plan
Tassili N'Ajjer National Park ©
Tassili N'Ajjer National Park
Basilique Notre Dame d'Afrique ©
Basilique Notre Dame d'Afrique
Le Jardin d'Essai du Hamma
Le Jardin d'Essai du Hamma

1
day
Ad Dakhla, Morocco

Ad Dakhla ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque Assona and then step off the mainland to explore L'ile Herne.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ad Dakhla trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Algiers to Ad Dakhla by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Algiers in October since evenings lows in Ad Dakhla dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Ad Dakhla

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mosque Assona ©
Mosque Assona

4
nights
Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech ©
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.
Marrakech is known for shopping, parks, historic sites, spas, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koutoubia Mosque, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Marrakech holiday planner.

You can fly from Ad Dakhla to Marrakech in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Ad Dakhla in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Marrakech, with highs around 35°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Marrakech

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fna
Jemaa el-Fna
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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