60 days in South America, Africa & Asia Itinerary

60 days in South America, Africa & Asia Itinerary

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1
Margarita Island, Venezuela
— 10 nights
2
Caracas, Venezuela
— 10 nights
3
Bamako, Mali
— 3 nights
4
Tripoli, Libya
— 3 nights
5
Al Khums, Libya
— 1 night
6
Juba, South Sudan
— 1 night
7
Hargeysa, Somalia
— 1 night
8
Damascus, Syria
— 5 nights
9
Aleppo, Syria
— 1 night
10
Erbil, Iraq
— 3 nights
11
Baghdad, Iraq
— 4 nights
12
Bamyan, Afghanistan
— 1 night
13
Pyongyang, North Korea
— 5 nights

10
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Playa El Agua and Playa el Yaque. Popular historic sites such as Castillo de Santa Rosa and Fortín La Galera are in your itinerary. Step out of Margarita Island with an excursion to Centro Sambil Barquisimeto in Barquisimeto--about 40 minutes away. Spend the 6th (Tue) exploring nature at Laguna de la Restinga. Spend the 7th (Wed) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Laguna de La Restinga. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Zaragoza, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Nuestra Senora Del Valle, head outdoors with Playa Pampatar, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Nuestra Senora.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Margarita Island route planner.

Charlotte, USA to Margarita Island is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Venezuela Time (VET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Charlotte in August, Margarita Island is a bit warmer at night with lows of 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Caracas.

Things to do in Margarita Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Centro Sambil Barquisimeto, Isla Cubagua
Highlights from your plan
Museo Marino de Margarita ©
Museo Marino de Margarita
Playa Zaragoza
Playa Zaragoza
Guacuco Beach ©
Guacuco Beach

10
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.
Family-friendly places like Playa Ensenada de Tuja and Iglesia La Chiquinquirá will thrill your kids. Get outdoors at Salto Kama - Kama Meru and Sorowapo. Get out of town with these interesting Caracas side-trips: Canaima National Park (Sapo & Yurani Falls), Jardines Ecologicos Topotepuy (in Baruta) and Saint Martin's Church (La Iglesia de San Martin) (in La Colonia Tovar). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santa Teresa, steep yourself in history at Panteon Nacional, explore the galleries of Casa Natal & Museo Bolivar, and take a stroll through Centro Paseo El Hatillo.

Discover how to plan a Caracas trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Margarita Island to Caracas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Bamako.

Things to do in Caracas

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Canaima National Park, Playa Ensenada de Tuja, Jardines Ecologicos Topotepuy, Saint Martin's Church (La Iglesia de San Martin), Playa Caribe
Highlights from your plan
Yurani Falls ©
Yurani Falls
Salto Kama - Kama Meru ©
Salto Kama - Kama Meru

3
nights
Bamako, Mali

Bamako ©
Mali's capital and the fastest-growing city in Africa, Bamako acts as a major port, as well as a cultural and industrial center.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parc national du Mali, Bamako and Musee National de Bamako. Kids will enjoy Cathedral of Bamako and Monument de l"Independance. There's still lots to do: get to know the resident critters at Zoo National du Mali, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yacouba Guindo Mosque, try your luck at Casino De L'amitie, and don't miss a visit to Bamako Grand Mosque.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bamako road trip tool.

Explore your travel options from Caracas to Bamako with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Caracas to Bamako is 4 hours. In August in Bamako, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tripoli.

Things to do in Bamako

Parks · Casinos · Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Parc national du Mali, Bamako ©
Parc national du Mali, Bamako
Cathedral of Bamako ©
Cathedral of Bamako
Musee National de Bamako ©
Musee National de Bamako

3
nights
Tripoli, Libya

Tripoli ©
The "Mermaid of the Mediterranean," Libyan capital Tripoli exudes a mix of Mediterranean charm and Arabic-Islamic cultural sensibility.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Roman Sabratha and Al-Majidya Mosque. Nalut ruins and Tripoli's Red Castle (Assai al-Hamra) will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurgi Mosque, make a trip to Martyrs' Square, explore the galleries of Tripoli's Jamahiriya Museum, and hunt for treasures at Fish Market.

To see maps and other tourist information, go to the Tripoli road trip website.

You can fly from Bamako to Tripoli in 15 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bamako to Tripoli due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bamako in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Tripoli, with lows around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Al Khums.

Things to do in Tripoli

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Nalut ruins, Roman Sabratha
Highlights from your plan
Roman Sabratha ©
Roman Sabratha
Tripoli's Red Castle (Assai al-Hamra) ©
Tripoli's Red Castle (Assai al-Hamra)
Nalut ruins ©
Nalut ruins

1
night
Al Khums, Libya

Al Khums ©
Al Khums or Khoms District was a district of Libya from 1983 to 1995. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): delve into the distant past at Leptis Magna.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Al Khums trip builder site.

Getting from Tripoli to Al Khums by car takes about 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Al Khums can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. On the 31st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Juba.

Things to do in Al Khums

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Leptis Magna ©
Leptis Magna

1
night
Juba, South Sudan

Juba ©
A frantic metropolis bursting from the White Nile River, Juba stands as the capital and largest city of the Republic of South Sudan.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Main Mosque, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at All Saints Cathedral, and finally enjoy some diversion at Juba Stadium. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of St.Theresa Cathedral and then explore the activities along White Nile.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Juba online visit planner.

Fly from Al Khums to Juba in 18 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Juba can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hargeysa.

Things to do in Juba

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your plan
St. Joseph's Catholic Church ©
St. Joseph's Catholic Church
All Saints Cathedral ©
All Saints Cathedral
White Nile
White Nile

1
night
Hargeysa, Somalia

Hargeysa ©
A capital of the self-declared state of Somaliland, Hargeisa is the second-largest city in Somalia.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): explore the galleries of Saryan Museum and then head outdoors with Laas Geel. Here are some ideas for day two: buy something for everyone on your list at Dahabshiil Business Centre and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at MiG Jet.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hargeysa tour planner.

Fly from Juba to Hargeysa in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Juba to Hargeysa, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Juba in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Hargeysa, with lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Damascus.

Things to do in Hargeysa

Shopping · Museums · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dahabshiil Business Centre ©
Dahabshiil Business Centre
Laas Geel ©
Laas Geel
MiG Jet ©
MiG Jet

5
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.
Get some historical perspective at Damascus Umayyad Mosque and Tekiyeh Al-Suleimaniyeh. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Damascus Center and Old City. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Damascus: Maaloula (Deir Mar Takla, Ma'alula Village (Maaloula), &more) and Cherubim Patriarchal Monastery (in Saydnaya). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Al Azem Palace (Palace of As'ad, Pasha al-'Azm), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yalbugha Mosque, make a trip to St Ananias Chapel, and steep yourself in history at Sayyida Ruqayya Mausoleum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Damascus trip website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hargeysa to Damascus. The time zone difference when traveling from Hargeysa to Damascus is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Hargeysa in September, expect nights in Damascus to be about the same, around 62°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 94°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Aleppo.

Things to do in Damascus

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Maaloula, Moses Cave, Cherubim Patriarchal Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Damascus Umayyad Mosque ©
Damascus Umayyad Mosque
Old City ©
Old City

1
night
Aleppo, Syria

Aleppo ©
Inhabited since ancient times and boasting a rich and turbulent history, Aleppo's rustic old town, historic mosques, and lively bazaars used to attract tourists from all over the world.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at Turkish Bath (Hammam Yalbougha al-Nasri ), admire the landmark architecture of Great Mosque, and then admire the landmark architecture of Aleppo Citadel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): browse the exhibits of Aleppo Museum, hunt for treasures at Souq al, then delve into the distant past at Dead City of Serjilla, then contemplate the long history of Saint Simon Citadel (Sam’an Citadel, Qalat Samaan), and finally don't miss a visit to Aleppo Town Centre.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Aleppo trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Damascus to Aleppo takes 4.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Damascus in September: highs in Aleppo hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Erbil.

Things to do in Aleppo

Historic Sites · Spas · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Aleppo Citadel ©
Aleppo Citadel
Dead City of Serjilla ©
Dead City of Serjilla

3
nights
Erbil, Iraq

Erbil ©
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Jalil Khayat and his Children's Mosque and Erbil Citadel. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kurdish Textile Museum and Bazaar. There's lots more to do: walk around Shanadar Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Family Mall, take in the dramatic scenery at Gali Ali Bag, and take in the awesome beauty at The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa.

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Traveling by combination of car and flight from Aleppo to Erbil takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Arabian Standard Time (AST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Aleppo in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Erbil, with highs around 99°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Baghdad.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks · Shopping · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Sami Abdulrahman Park ©
Sami Abdulrahman Park
Kurdish Textile Museum ©
Kurdish Textile Museum
Shanadar Park ©
Shanadar Park

4
nights
Baghdad, Iraq

Baghdad ©
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Imam Hussain's Shrine and Tal Al Zainabeiah site. Step off the beaten path and head to Al Abbas Holy Shrine and Iraqi Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Baghdad side-trips: Babylon (in Al Hillah) and Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel (in Karbala). Pack the 20th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Zawraa Park. The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Al-Shaheed Monument and don't miss a visit to Baghdadi Museum.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Baghdad trip builder app.

You can fly from Erbil to Baghdad in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Erbil, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Baghdad, ranging from highs of 105°F to lows of 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Bamyan.

Things to do in Baghdad

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Karbala, Babylon
Highlights from your plan
Al Abbas Holy Shrine ©
Al Abbas Holy Shrine
Imam Hussain's Shrine ©
Imam Hussain's Shrine
Iraqi Museum ©
Iraqi Museum

1
night
Bamyan, Afghanistan

Bamyan ©
For centuries a major Buddhist pilgrimage site, Bamyan now represents one of the most stable places in war-torn Afghanistan.
On the 21st (Sat), explore the ancient world of Shahr-e-Zahak (Red City) and then steep yourself in history at Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Band-e-Amir National Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bamyan tour builder website.

Getting from Baghdad to Bamyan by combination of flight and car takes about 13 hours. You'll lose 1.5 hours traveling from Baghdad to Bamyan due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Pyongyang.

Things to do in Bamyan

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Band-e-Amir National Park ©
Band-e-Amir National Park
Shahr-e-Zahak (Red City) ©
Shahr-e-Zahak (Red City)

5
nights
Pyongyang, North Korea

Pyongyang ©
Built from the ground up after the Korean War, Pyongyang impresses with its Soviet-era buildings and monuments to modern leadership.
Attractions like Geumsusan Memorial Palace and Koguryo Tombs make great kid-friendly stops. Step off the beaten path and head to Tower of the Juche Idea and Arch of Reunification. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Tanjun Mausoleum, try out the rides at Munsu Water Park, appreciate the history behind Mansudae Grand Monument, and admire the striking features of Workers' Party Foundation Monument.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Pyongyang driving holiday planner.

Getting from Bamyan to Pyongyang by combination of car and flight takes about 27 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Bamyan to Pyongyang, you'll lose 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pyongyang

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum ©
Mansudae Art Studio Gallery ©
Mansudae Art Studio Gallery
Munsu Water Park ©
Munsu Water Park

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