18 days in Africa Itinerary

18 days in Africa Itinerary

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18 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Nassau, Bahamas
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Hurghada, Egypt
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
4
Fes, Morocco
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Marrakech, Morocco
— 3 nights
6
Casablanca, Morocco
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
7
Nouakchott, Mauritania
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Dakar, Senegal
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Nassau, Bahamas

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Great Sphinx and Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairo: Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Pyramids of Dahshour) and Step Pyramid of Djoser (in Saqqara). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Egyptian Antiquities Museum, delve into the distant past at Statue of Ramesses II, admire the striking features of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Cairo tour planning app .

Nassau, Bahamas to Cairo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. September in Cairo sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Giza, Step Pyramid of Djoser
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Egyptian Antiquities Museum ©
Egyptian Antiquities Museum
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then head outdoors with Bibo Viaggi. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Mall Darya, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and then pause for some serene contemplation at The Heavenly Cathedral.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sharm El Sheikh online journey planner .

You can fly from Cairo to Sharm El Sheikh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairo in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 32°C in Sharm El Sheikh. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hurghada.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
The Heavenly Cathedral ©
The Heavenly Cathedral

2
nights
Hurghada, Egypt

Originally a small fishing town on the Red Sea coast, Hurghada developed into Egypt's premier beach destination thanks to its year-round sunny weather and world-class dive sites.
On the 20th (Sun), take in the waterfront activity at Hurghada Marina and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: slough off your stress at Turkish baths and then get outside with Sharm El Naga.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hurghada itinerary planner .

Getting from Sharm El Sheikh to Hurghada by combination of flight and bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or drive. In September in Hurghada, expect temperatures between 43°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Fes.

Things to do in Hurghada

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Swim with Dolphins
Hurghada Marina ©
Hurghada Marina
Sharm El Naga ©
Sharm El Naga

1
night
Fes, Morocco

Morocco's former capital, Fes enchants visitors with its walled medina, a labyrinthine web of pedestrian-only streets and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): admire the striking features of Cherratin Medersa, examine the collection at Museo Nejjarine, then browse for treasures at La Petite Maison Berbere, and finally admire the striking features of Bou Inania Medersa. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Sahrij Medersa, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Glaoui Palace, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

Plan my day in Fes using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Fly from Hurghada to Fes in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Western European Time (WET) is minus 2 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Hurghada in September, with highs in Fes at 38°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Fes

Tours Historic Sites Museums
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Photography Tours
Bou Inania Medersa ©
Bou Inania Medersa
Cherratin Medersa ©
Cherratin Medersa

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Walking tours and Le Jardin Secret. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, admire the landmark architecture of Medersa Ben Youssef, contemplate the long history of Palacio da Bahia, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koutoubia Mosque.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Marrakech trip itinerary app .

You can fly from Fes to Marrakech in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Marrakech are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Casablanca.

Things to do in Marrakech

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa

1
night
Casablanca, Morocco

The port of Casablanca, Morocco's largest city and economic hub, represents the country's beating heart, established as a French protectorate in 1912.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Synagogue Beth-El, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hassan II Mosque, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Casablanca itinerary planner .

Drive from Marrakech to Casablanca in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. While traveling from Marrakech, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Casablanca, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Nouakchott.

Things to do in Casablanca

Tours Historic Sites
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Walking tours
Hassan II Mosque ©
Hassan II Mosque
Synagogue Beth-El ©
Synagogue Beth-El

1
night
Nouakchott, Mauritania

Nouakchott ©
Nouakchott, which means "place of the winds" in Berber language, serves as the capital and largest city of Mauritania, and one of the largest cities in the Sahara.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Nouakchott, browse the eclectic array of goods at Marche aux Khaimas, then take in the waterfront at Port de Peche, and finally browse the range of quality goods at Marche Turc.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nouakchott trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Casablanca to Nouakchott in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Casablanca in September; daily highs in Nouakchott reach 41°C and lows reach 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Dakar.

Things to do in Nouakchott

Shopping Outdoors Parks
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Marche aux Khaimas ©
Marche aux Khaimas
Port de Peche ©
Port de Peche
Plage de Nouakchott ©
Plage de Nouakchott

2
nights
Dakar, Senegal

Dakar ©
Situated on the western edge of mainland Africa, the crowded and dynamic city of Dakar offers visitors booming shopping, dining, and entertainment scenes.
On the 29th (Tue), view the masterpieces at Galerie Arte, then explore the galleries of Loman Art House - Art Gallery, then admire the striking features of Dakar Railway Station, and finally examine the collection at La Maison des Esclaves.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Dakar online route planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Nouakchott to Dakar takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Nouakchott in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Dakar: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dakar

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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La Maison des Esclaves ©
La Maison des Esclaves
Dakar Railway Station ©
Dakar Railway Station
Galerie Arte ©
Galerie Arte

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