30 days in Asia, Africa & South America Itinerary

30 days in Asia, Africa & South America Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tehran, Iran
— 3 nights
2
Shiraz, Iran
— 3 nights
3
Isfahan, Iran
— 3 nights
4
Damascus, Syria
— 4 nights
5
Massawa, Eritrea
— 1 night
6
Asmara, Eritrea
— 2 nights
7
Benghazi, Libya
— 1 night
8
Tripoli, Libya
— 1 night
9
Margarita Island, Venezuela
— 5 nights
10
Caracas, Venezuela
— 4 nights

3
nights
Tehran, Iran

Tehran ©
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.
Head to Tehran Bazaar and Majd Telephone Storefor some retail therapy. Let the collections at Golestan Palace and Golkar Art Gallery capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at The National Jewelry Treasury, stop by Darband, go all around town with City Tours, and get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Iran.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tehran trip tool.

Hanoi, Vietnam to Tehran is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Hanoi to Tehran is minus 3.5 hours. October in Tehran sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Shiraz.

Things to do in Tehran

Museums Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Golestan Palace ©
Golestan Palace
The National Jewelry Treasury ©
The National Jewelry Treasury
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Shiraz, Iran

Shiraz ©
An esteemed center of Persian culture, Shiraz boats plentiful artistic, architectural, and religious points of interest.
For shopping fun, head to Vakil Bazaar or Haan Art Shop. Family-friendly places like Nasir al-Mulk Mosque and Tomb of Hafez will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: stroll around Eram Garden (Baq e Eram), make a trip to Ali Ibn Hamzeh Holly Shrine, pause for some photo ops at Tomb of Saadi, and see the interesting displays at Afif-Abad Garden.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Shiraz driving holiday planning site.

Traveling by flight from Tehran to Shiraz takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Tehran in October: highs in Shiraz hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Isfahan.

Things to do in Shiraz

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nasir al-Mulk Mosque ©
Nasir al-Mulk Mosque
Vakil Bazaar ©
Vakil Bazaar
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Isfahan, Iran

Isfahan ©
A cultural hub in the center of the country, Esfahan boasts a proud heritage of art, architecture, and craftsmanship.
You'll explore and learn at Isfahan Music Museum and Fotowat Miniaturist. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Vank Cathedral and Isfahan Seashell Museum. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Naqsh-e Jahan Square, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, look for gifts at Bazaar of Isfahan, and step into the grandiose world of Chehel Sotoun.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Isfahan route maker website.

Getting from Shiraz to Isfahan by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Shiraz in October, things will get slightly colder in Isfahan: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Damascus.

Things to do in Isfahan

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Isfahan Music Museum ©
Isfahan Music Museum
Vank Cathedral
Vank Cathedral
Isfahan Seashell Museum ©
Isfahan Seashell Museum

4
nights
Damascus, Syria

Damascus ©
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Al Azem Palace (Palace of As'ad, Pasha al-'Azm) and The National Museum of Damascus. There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Souq al-Hamidiyyeh, admire the striking features of The Arc Gate, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tekiyeh Al-Suleimaniyeh, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Qassioun (Jebal Kasioun).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Damascus online journey planner.

You can fly from Isfahan to Damascus in 7.5 hours. Traveling from Isfahan to Damascus, you'll gain 1.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Isfahan in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Damascus, with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Massawa.

Things to do in Damascus

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Damascus Umayyad Mosque ©
Damascus Umayyad Mosque
Souq al-Hamidiyyeh ©
Souq al-Hamidiyyeh

1
night
Massawa, Eritrea

Massawa ©
Massawa, also known as Mitsiwa, Miṣṣiwa, Batsiʿ, is a city on the Red Sea coast of Eritrea located at the northern end of the Gulf of Zula beside the Dahlak Archipelago. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): make a trip to Memorial Plaza for Victims of Massawa Battle, steep yourself in history at Former Imperial Palace, admire the striking features of Former Banco d'Italia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Massawa Mosque, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shaafi Mosque, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mariam Cathedral.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Massawa vacation planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Damascus to Massawa. Traveling from Damascus to Massawa, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Asmara.

Things to do in Massawa

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Former Imperial Palace ©
Former Imperial Palace
Covered Bazaar ©
Covered Bazaar
St. Mariam Cathedral ©
St. Mariam Cathedral

2
nights
Asmara, Eritrea

Asmara ©
Having earned UNESCO World Heritage status for its abundance of Italian modernist architecture, Asmara boasts a rich history and architectural gems.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): admire the striking features of Nda Mariam Othodox Church, explore the galleries of National Museum Asmara, don't miss a visit to Enda Marian- Cattedrale Copta Di Asmara, explore the fascinating landscape at Denkalya Desert, thenmake a trip to Tank Graveyard, and finally admire the striking features of Cattedrale di Asmara.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Asmara online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Massawa to Asmara takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Benghazi.

Things to do in Asmara

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cattedrale di Asmara ©
Cattedrale di Asmara
National Museum Asmara ©
National Museum Asmara
Enda Marian- Cattedrale Copta Di Asmara ©
Enda Marian- Cattedrale Copta Di Asmara

1
night
Benghazi, Libya

Benghazi ©
Benghazi is the second most populous city in Libya and the largest in Cyrenaica.A port on the Mediterranean Sea in the Kingdom of Libya, Benghazi had joint-capital status alongside Tripoli, possibly because the King and the Senussi royal family were associated with Cyrenaica rather than Tripolitania. On the 18th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Benghazi Cathedral, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Omar Al-Mukhtar Mosque, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Atiq Mosque, and finally contemplate the long history of Ptolemais.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Benghazi online route maker.

Getting from Asmara to Benghazi by flight takes about 17 hours. Other options: drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Asmara to Benghazi due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Tripoli.

Things to do in Benghazi

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ptolemais ©
Ptolemais
Omar Al-Mukhtar Mosque ©
Omar Al-Mukhtar Mosque
Atiq Mosque ©
Atiq Mosque

1
night
Tripoli, Libya

Tripoli ©
The "Mermaid of the Mediterranean," Libyan capital Tripoli exudes a mix of Mediterranean charm and Arabic-Islamic cultural sensibility.
On the 19th (Mon), explore the galleries of Tripoli's Jamahiriya Museum, thenponder the world of politics at Tripoli's Red Castle (Assai al-Hamra), thenmake a trip to The Arch of Marcus Aurelius, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Fish Market.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tripoli route planner.

Getting from Benghazi to Tripoli by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In October in Tripoli, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Margarita Island.

Things to do in Tripoli

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Tripoli's Jamahiriya Museum ©
Tripoli's Jamahiriya Museum
Fish Market ©
Fish Market
Tripoli's Red Castle (Assai al-Hamra) ©
Tripoli's Red Castle (Assai al-Hamra)

5
nights
Margarita Island, Venezuela

Margarita Island
A popular holiday spot for Venezuelans, sunny Margarita Island boasts an exotic Caribbean location, but at the same time is easily accessible from the mainland.
Do your shopping at Sambil Margarita and Centro Sambil Barquisimeto. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Playa El Agua and Basilica Nuestra Senora Del Valle. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Laguna de la Restinga, examine the collection at Museo Marino de Margarita, meet the residents at Waterland, and take in the dramatic natural features at El Farallon Isla Blanca.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Margarita Island trip maker website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tripoli to Margarita Island. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Tripoli to Margarita Island due to the time zone difference. In October, Margarita Island is a bit warmer than Tripoli - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Caracas.

Things to do in Margarita Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Centro Sambil Barquisimeto
Highlights from your plan
Playa el Yaque
Playa el Yaque
Playa El Agua ©
Playa El Agua
Laguna de la Restinga ©
Laguna de la Restinga

4
nights
Caracas, Venezuela

Caracas ©
Tropical weather, great food, and memorable jungle surroundings seem like all the ingredients Caracas needs to become a must-see destination.
Head to Hacienda La Trinidad Parque Cultural and La Praline Chocolatierfor plenty of shopping. Visiting Playa Caribe and Parque Nacional el Avila will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Plaza de Altamira, get to know the resident critters at Expanzoo, steep yourself in history at Casa Natal & Museo Bolivar, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Menor Santa Capilla.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Caracas trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Margarita Island to Caracas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Caracas

Outdoors Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Playa Caribe
Highlights from your plan
Hacienda La Trinidad Parque Cultural ©
Hacienda La Trinidad Parque Cultural
Parque Nacional el Avila ©
Parque Nacional el Avila
Casa Natal & Museo Bolivar ©
Casa Natal & Museo Bolivar

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