21 days in Asia & Africa Itinerary

21 days in Asia & Africa Itinerary

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Sanaa, Yemen
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Tripoli, Libya
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Damascus, Syria
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Baghdad, Iraq
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Erbil, Iraq
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Kabul, Afghanistan
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Lahore, Pakistan
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Pyongyang, North Korea
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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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Sanaa, Yemen

— 2 nights
One of the oldest cities in the world, the capital Sanaa provides visitors with a rich taste of ancient Arabian culture.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): wander the streets of Old City, then step into the grandiose world of Dar al-Hajar, and then make a trip to Al Saleh Mosque.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Sanaa online visit planner.

Kochi (Cochin), India to Sanaa is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2.5 hours traveling from Kochi (Cochin) to Sanaa due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kochi (Cochin) in April: highs in Sanaa hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Tripoli.

Things to do in Sanaa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Nalut ruins, get a sense of history and politics at Tripoli's Red Castle (Assai al-Hamra), make a trip to The Arch of Marcus Aurelius, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurgi Mosque, then don't miss a visit to Martyrs' Square, and finally don't miss a visit to Street Murals.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tripoli online travel route planner.

Explore your travel options from Sanaa to Tripoli with the Route module. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sanaa to Tripoli due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sanaa in April, plan for slightly colder days in Tripoli, with highs around 27°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 18°C. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Damascus.

Things to do in Tripoli

Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Damascus, Syria

— 2 nights
Locals claim that the Prophet Muhammad refused to enter Damascus on his journey to Mecca--he wished to enter Paradise only once in his lifetime.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Saladin (Selahedin) Mausoleum, wander the streets of Old City, then get engrossed in the history at Al Azem Palace (Palace of As'ad, Pasha al-'Azm), and finally explore the galleries of The National Museum of Damascus. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Qassioun (Jebal Kasioun), then browse the eclectic array of goods at Souq al-Hamidiyyeh, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Damascus Umayyad Mosque, and finally expand your understanding of the military at The Citadel.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Damascus day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tripoli to Damascus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Damascus when traveling from Tripoli in April, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Baghdad.

Things to do in Damascus

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Baghdad, Iraq

— 1 night
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 17th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Al-Mutanabbi Statue, then see the interesting displays at Iraqi Museum, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Al Mansur Mall.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Baghdad travel route builder site.

Fly from Damascus to Baghdad in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Damascus to Baghdad, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Damascus in April: high temperatures in Baghdad hover around 36°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can fly to Erbil.

Things to do in Baghdad

Museums · Shopping

Erbil, Iraq

— 1 night

Hawler

The capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, Erbil occupies perhaps the longest-inhabited land in the world, with the earliest human settlement here possibly dating back to 5000 BCE. Centered on its ancient and World Heritage-listed citadel, the city blends old and new, retaining some of its long-established architectural and cultural charm in its grand bazaars and minarets, while adding a number of modern malls and nightlife haunts.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): walk around Sami Abdulrahman Park, then steep yourself in history at Erbil Citadel, and then stroll around Shanadar Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Erbil tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Baghdad to Erbil takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Baghdad in April, expect Erbil to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 13°C. On the 19th (Mon), you'll travel to Kabul.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks · Historic Sites

Kabul, Afghanistan

— 1 night
A trip to Kabul reveals an intense portrait of Afghanistan's past, present, and future.
On the 20th (Tue), stroll around Bagh-e Babur, don't miss a visit to Babur Tomb, then admire the striking features of Darul Aman Palace, and finally browse the exhibits of National Museum of Afghanistan.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Kabul trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Erbil to Kabul takes 13 hours. You'll lose 1.5 hours traveling from Erbil to Kabul due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to fly to Lahore.

Things to do in Kabul

Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Lahore, Pakistan

— 3 nights
Seen by many to be the most forward-thinking, culturally important, and artistic of the country's metropolises, Lahore has plenty of charms, plenty of history, and plenty of people.
Lahore is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Badshahi Mosque, admire the striking features of Gurudwara Dera Sahib, admire the natural beauty at Shalimar Bagh (Shalimar Gardens), and don't miss a visit to Masjid Wazir Khan.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lahore trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Kabul to Lahore takes 7 hours. The time zone changes from Afghanistan Time (AFT) to Pakistan Standard Time (PKT), which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. In April, daytime highs in Lahore are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Pyongyang.

Things to do in Lahore

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Pyongyang, North Korea

— 2 nights

Capital of Willows

Built from the ground up after the Korean War, Pyongyang impresses with its Soviet-era buildings and monuments to modern leadership.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Workers' Party Foundation Monument, appreciate the history behind Tower of the Juche Idea, then make a trip to Kim Il-sung Square, then make a trip to Grand People's Study House, and finally appreciate the history behind Arch of Reunification. On the next day, brush up on your military savvy at Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, make a trip to Geumsusan Memorial Palace, then appreciate the history behind Mansudae Grand Monument, then appreciate the history behind Triumphal Arch, and finally contemplate the long history of Tanjun Mausoleum.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Pyongyang trip itinerary app.

Fly from Lahore to Pyongyang in 16.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Pakistan Standard Time (PKT) to Pyongyang Time (KST) is 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Dhaka City.

Things to do in Pyongyang

Museums · Historic Sites

Dhaka City, Bangladesh

— 2 nights

Rickshaw Capital of the World

One of the most congested and busiest cities in the world, Dhaka has a great deal to offer for everyone's taste.
Spend the 29th (Thu) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's much more to do: ponder the world of politics at National Parliament House, take a memorable excursion with Day Trips, pause for some photo ops at Shahid Minar, and don't miss a visit to Dhakeshwari Temple.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Dhaka City trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Pyongyang to Dhaka City takes 20 hours. You'll gain 3.5 hours traveling from Pyongyang to Dhaka City due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Dhaka City

Tours · Outdoors

Yemen travel guide

4.3
Ruins · Nature & Parks · Landmarks
Years of political instability and armed conflicts have kept Yemen off most travel itineraries, yet this country boasts an incredibly rich history and equally impressive landscapes. Home of the biblical kingdom of Sheba, which thrived for over a thousand years, Yemen entered the 20th century divided between the British and Ottoman empires. Independent since 1990, the country remains highly troubled, with tourism in Yemen virtually nonexistent. The few travelers who make it there discover an ancient land of sleepy mountain villages, marine life-rich coral reefs, and forests boasting some of the rarest tree species in the world.

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.

Syria travel guide

4.6
Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Flea Markets
Before the eruption of a devastating civil war in 2011, Syria enjoyed a reputation as one of the safest Middle Eastern countries. Most visitors took a trip to Syria for a chance to visit Damascus, an ancient city filled with Christian church spires and Muslim minarets. The country offered tourists a lively cafe culture and many art galleries, which often sat next door to traditional hammams. Today, Syria represents one of the world's most dangerous places, nearly impossible to visit by foreigners. Until peace returns, dozens of Roman ruins--legendary Palmyra among them--remain off limits and off the radar to all but the most intrepid and daring explorers.

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.

Afghanistan travel guide

4.4
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · National Parks
Often the central story in the evening news for the worst of reasons, Afghanistan remains a troubled country ravaged by internal conflict and shaken to its core by political instability. Although few travelers take a trip to Afghanistan for pleasure, this landlocked nation boasts breathtaking extremes of landscape and a rich history spanning over 2,000 years. Powerful empires came and went over the ages, leaving an indelible mark on Afghanistan's culture, arts, and religion. The last few decades have brought mostly chaos, from the invasion of the Soviets in 1979, to the 2001 offensive led jointly by NATO and American forces. Today, Afghanistan remains a battered though undeniably picturesque country slowly figuring out how to reinvent itself as a young democracy.

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.

North Korea travel guide

3.4
Monuments · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Probably the world's most reclusive country, North Korea remains off the radar for most tourists. The few travelers who realize it's actually possible to take a trip to North Korea end up exploring only a small part of the country, accompanied at all times by official government guides. Isolated from the rest of the world, this communist state exists outside the realm of the 21st century, playing by its own rules and living in the shadow of its hereditary rulers' powerful personalities. If you do choose to spend your vacation in North Korea, prepare to discover a place quite unlike any other in the world--where the surprises may in turn delight and unsettle.

Bangladesh travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Historic Sites · Architectural Buildings
Some of Asia's longest rivers run through Bangladesh, forming the world's largest and most fertile delta. In addition to the Ganges, sacred to Hindus, hundreds of other waterways rank among the top tourist attractions in Bangladesh, offering access to lengthy beaches, islands, coral reefs, and the biggest mangrove forest in the world. In this densely populated country, giant urban centers house many different ethnic groups, creating a patchwork of cultures that makes this part of the world so intriguing to tourists. Consider beginning your tour of Bangladesh in Dhaka, a hectic city packed with old temples and swanky eateries serving a growing population of international expats.