60 days in Asia, Central America & Africa Itinerary

60 days in Asia, Central America & Africa Itinerary

Make it your trip
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Gobustan, Azerbaijan
— 1 night
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Baku, Azerbaijan
— 5 nights
Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
Drive to Tobías Bolaños International Airport, Fly to Mombasa
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Mombasa, Kenya
— 3 nights
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Nairobi, Kenya
— 3 nights
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Lalibela, Ethiopia
— 3 nights
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Manama, Bahrain
— 2 nights
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Doha, Qatar
— 3 nights
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 8 nights
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
— 7 nights
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Kathmandu, Nepal
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Gobustan, Azerbaijan — 1 night

Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape (UNESCO Heritage) covers three areas of a plateau of rocky boulders rising out of the semi-desert of central Azerbaijan, with an outstanding collection of more than 6,000 rock engravings bearing testimony to 40,000 years of rock art.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Gobustan State Reserve and then don't miss a visit to Mud Volcanoes.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Gobustan trip maker site.

Lahore, Pakistan to Gobustan is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pakistan Standard Time (PKT) to Azerbaijan Standard Time (AZT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Lahore in August, plan for little chillier nights in Gobustan, with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Baku.
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Museums

Baku, Azerbaijan — 5 nights

A truly contemporary city criss-crossed by history, Baku offers everything from the modern elegance of the Flame Towers to the medieval UNESCO-listed Old City at its core.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Heydar Aliyev Center and Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Baku Old City and Flame Towers. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Baku Boulevard, explore the ancient world of Ateshgah Fire Temple, stroll the grounds of Alley of Martyrs, and examine the collection at National Museum of Azerbaijan Literature.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Baku travel planner.

Traveling by car from Gobustan to Baku takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Baku, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica — 7 nights

Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
Step out of the city life by going to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. Explore hidden gems such as Paradise Hot Springs and Off-Road Tours. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, walk around Bogarin Trail, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Baku to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 26 hours. The time zone changes from Azerbaijan Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -10 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.
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Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trip

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica — 7 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Playa Biesanz. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Royal Butterflies. Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este), Jaco (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours & Adrenaline & Extreme Tours) and Uvita (Off-Road Tours & Parque Nacional Marino Ballena). There's more to do: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio and indulge in some personalized pampering at Raindrop Spa.

Find out how to plan Manuel Antonio trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Mombasa.
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Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches
Side Trips

Mombasa, Kenya — 3 nights

Mombasa rests on the exotic shores of the Indian Ocean and serves as a globally popular vacation destination thanks to its classy hotels and friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Explore hidden gems such as Diani Beach and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Nature & Wildlife Tours. It doesn't end there: stop by Imani Collective.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Mombasa trip maker site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Manuel Antonio to Mombasa. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Manuel Antonio to Mombasa due to the time zone difference. In September in Mombasa, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Nairobi.
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Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trip

Nairobi, Kenya — 3 nights

You're likely to visit Nairobi at least once on a trip to Kenya, as the sprawling city houses the country's international airport and remains the jump-off point for many tours and safaris.
Get outdoors at Off-Road Tours and Helicopter Tours. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Giraffe Centre and Nairobi National Park. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Karen Blixen Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nairobi trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Mombasa to Nairobi in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Mombasa in September, things will get a bit cooler in Nairobi: highs are around 29°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Lalibela.
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Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Lalibela, Ethiopia — 3 nights

Tourism in Lalibela, a small town nestled in Ethiopia's Lasta Mountains, prospers due to its fascinating cluster of rock-carved churches, dating back to the 12th century and boasting the status of a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Church of St. George.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lalibela road trip website.

You can fly from Nairobi to Lalibela in 8 hours. Another option is to drive. On the 16th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Manama.
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Historic Sites

Manama, Bahrain — 2 nights

Bahrain's capital and largest city, Manama serves as a commercial and financial hub, keeping pace with other Gulf capitals dominating this part of the world.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al-Fatih Mosque (Great Mosque), get engrossed in the history at Bahrain National Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Qal'at al-Bahrain. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Camel Farm and then cool off at The Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Manama travel route planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Lalibela to Manama with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 44°C in September, and nighttime lows around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Doha.
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Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Doha, Qatar — 3 nights

Doha, Qatar's capital city, draws visitors with its constant development and expansion, making it a destination on the rise.
Let the collections at Museum of Islamic Art and National Museum of Qatar capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum and Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art. There's still lots to do: stroll around Aspire Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at State Grand Mosque, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and take in the pleasant sights at Souq Waqif.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Doha trip planner.

Drive from Manama to Doha in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect slightly colder evenings in Doha when traveling from Manama in September, with lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to fly to Dubai.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Shopping
Side Trip

Dubai, United Arab Emirates — 8 nights

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Appreciate the collections at Al Fahidi Fort and Sharjah Heritage Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Jabal Bil Ays and Al Mamzar Beach Park. Step out of Dubai with an excursion to Sharjah Calligraphy Museum in Sharjah--about 32 minutes away. Make the 29th (Thu) a rough and rugged day at local off-road trails. There's still lots to do: stroll through Marina Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Kite Beach, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and browse the different shops at The Dubai Mall.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Dubai travel route planner.

You can fly from Doha to Dubai in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Doha to Dubai due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Doha in September since evenings lows in Dubai dip to 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Abu Dhabi.
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — 7 nights

Take a trip to Abu Dhabi to discover a modern metropolis built on a strip of land jutting out into the Persian Gulf.
Escape the urban bustle at Boat Tours & Water Sports and Corniche Beach. Get some cultural insight at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Heritage Village. Spend the 2nd (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, admire the landmark architecture of Qasr Al Watan, head outdoors with Nation Riviera Beach Club, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Abu Dhabi trip planner.

Getting from Dubai to Abu Dhabi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and bus; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 47°C, and evening lows to 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Kathmandu.
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Kathmandu, Nepal — 6 nights

Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Boudhanath Stupa and Bhaktapur Durbar Square - www.nepaltourpackage.com. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Swayambhunath Temple and Shree Pashupatinath Temple - Gwola Mahadyo. Change things up with these side-trips from Kathmandu: Bhaktapur (Nyatapola Temple & Dattatreya Temple). Make the 9th (Sun) a memorable day with a climbing tour. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Crematoria, steep yourself in history at Kathmandu Durbar Square, and do some two-wheel cruising with Himalayan Leaders.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kathmandu trip app.

You can fly from Abu Dhabi to Kathmandu in 7.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1.8 hours traveling from Abu Dhabi to Kathmandu. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in October, expect nights in Kathmandu to be colder, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 31°C. On the 13th (Thu), you're off to home.
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Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Spas
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Azerbaijan travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Observation Decks
Land of Fire
A holiday in Azerbaijan allows intrepid travelers to discover a history-steeped country sitting at the crossroads of Southeastern Europe and Southwest Asia, an area once controlled by a succession of ancient empires. With its dual Eurasian character, Azerbaijan remains a highly intriguing destination, with tourism one of the top contributors to the country's booming economy. Many begin their tour of Azerbaijan in World Heritage-listed Baku, a cosmopolitan city boasting innovative architecture and a well-preserved historic core. A short drive out of this thriving capital, you can explore timeless villages surrounded by thick orchards and flanked by the majestic Caucasus Mountains.
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Costa Rica travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.
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Kenya travel guide

4.3
Nature & Parks · National Parks · Safaris
The savannahs of Kenya contain some of the most iconic sights in Africa, stirred in the minds of many when they think of the continent. Big cats, elephants, and rhinos remain major inhabitants of this vast country, with a number of safari centers running trips across the region's World Heritage-listed national parks. Trips to rural villages, where many travelers choose to join up various volunteer projects, represent some of the most inspiring and enriching things to do in Kenya.
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Ethiopia travel guide

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Specialty Museums · National Parks · Ruins
Abyssinia
One of the oldest countries in the world, Ethiopia was the only African nation not to fall under colonial control. The continued independence left the country with a wealth of undisturbed historical sites and cultural practices--reasons enough to plan a vacation in Ethiopia. Ancient ruins, hill tribes, wild forest areas, gushing rivers, and depressions filled with active volcanoes represent just some of the many Ethiopia attractions worthy of your attention.
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Bahrain travel guide

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Water Parks · Gift & Specialty Shops · Sacred & Religious Sites
Popular with tourists for its blend of ancient heritage and modern Arabian culture, the compact island country of Bahrain sits near the Persian Gulf's western shores and boasts a lively economy largely based on petroleum refining and international banking. Claiming to be the actual location of the biblical Garden of Eden, the country enjoys a tropical climate and offers a string of luxury beachfront resorts, appealing to some of the world's wealthiest vacationers. Budget travelers on holiday in Bahrain concentrate on the thriving food and arts scenes of capital Manama, known for having one of the world's largest mosques. From there, you'll have easy access to plenty of other popular activities, such as scuba diving, horse racing, pearl diving, and bird-watching.
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Qatar travel guide

4.2
Scenic Walking Areas · Nightlife · Art Museums
Sitting on a peninsula that juts out into the Persian Gulf, little Qatar covers a small amount of territory but contains big reserves of natural gas and oil, boosting the per capita income to levels greater than in many highly industrialized Western countries. Ideal for travelers interested in taking a trip back in time, a vacation in Qatar also allows explorers to discover modern cities boasting outstanding museums, a lively arts scene, and an eclectic culinary heritage. In a country that embraces the future without forgetting its past, it's still possible to spend time learning about the centuries-old art of falconry or ride off into the sunset on the back of a docile camel.
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United Arab Emirates travel guide

4.4
Observation Decks · Fountains · Shopping Malls
Though most people associate United Arab Emirates only with Dubai, nicknamed the "City of Gold," the federation of seven emirates boats a surprisingly rich historical and cultural heritage and provides a good starting point for visitors interested in discovering the Middle East. A trip to United Arab Emirates reveals a modern nation with a dynamic atmosphere and a landscape that quickly changes from futuristic cities to remote deserts, mysteriously silent places where only the shifting sand dunes mark the passage of time. Add the eastern coastline to your United Arab Emirates itinerary to find a string of outstanding beaches and some of the finest diving and snorkeling opportunities in the region.
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Nepal travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Spas · Parasailing & Paragliding
With everything from snowcapped mountains and vast grasslands to dense tropical forests, Nepal represents one of the world's most ecologically diverse destinations. A trip to Nepal takes visitors to an ancient land situated between India and China, both of which influence the region's culture, cuisine, and religious traditions. Despite the country's natural appeal, commercial tourism in Nepal remains a relatively new industry and most of the area lies unspoiled and undiscovered by foreigners. Ideal for travelers interested in pushing their physical abilities to the limit, Nepal contains most of the world's tallest peaks, including the legendary Mount Everest.
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