55 days in South Africa, Morocco & Israel Itinerary

55 days in South Africa, Morocco & Israel Itinerary

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55 days in South Africa, Morocco & Israel Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  8​h 30​min
3
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  30​h
4
Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Marrakech, Morocco
— 5 nights
6
Essaouira, Morocco
— 5 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
7
Chefchaouen, Morocco
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  14​h 45​min
8
Nazareth, Israel
— 6 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Eilat, Israel
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
10
Jerusalem, Israel
— 9 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney, Australia

7
nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Popular historic sites such as Robben Island Museum and Maclear's Beacon are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Castle of Good Hope and Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate. Take a break from Cape Town with a short trip to Grotto Beach in Hermanus, about 1h 45 min away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Camp's Bay Beach, stroll through Bloubergstrand Beach, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and look for gifts at Baraka Gifts and Decor.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cape Town trip planning website .

Sydney, Australia to Cape Town is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to South Africa Standard Time is minus 8 hours. In July in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Grotto Beach
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Camp's Bay Beach ©
Camp's Bay Beach
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach

4
nights
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

Plettenberg Bay ©
As one of South Africa's most popular beach destinations, the resort town of Plettenberg Bay comes to life in December and January, when the holiday homes fill up with domestic tourists and foreigner visitors.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wilderness Beach and Robberg Nature Reserve. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Jandreart Studio and St. Christopher Catholic Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Plettenberg Bay: Tiny Shop (in Wilderness) and Knysna (Knysna Heads & Garden Route National Park). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre.

To find out how to plan a trip to Plettenberg Bay, use our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Knysna, Wilderness
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Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
St. Christopher Catholic Church ©
St. Christopher Catholic Church

6
nights
Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park ©
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Get some cultural insight at Kingfisher Gallery and Amarula Lapa. Shop till you drop at iNyoka Art Gallery and Kumbaya Home Decor. Spend the 6th (Tue) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 7th (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Masorini Archaeological Site, hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, stroll through Lonely Bull Trail, and get outside with Wild Frontier Adventures.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Plettenberg Bay to Kruger National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in August, you will find days in Kruger National Park are a bit warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ait Ben Haddou.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Hoedspruit, Amarula Lapa, Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Masorini Archaeological Site ©
Masorini Archaeological Site
Kingfisher Gallery ©
Kingfisher Gallery

1
night
Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco

Ait Ben Haddou ©
Seen in numerous Hollywood films and TV shows, the ancient city of Ait Ben Haddou takes visitors on a journey back to the 17th century with its impressive South Moroccan architecture, boasting earthen clay dwellings in walled kasbahs.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): make a trip to Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Ait Ben Haddou trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kruger National Park to Ait Ben Haddou. Traveling from Kruger National Park to Ait Ben Haddou, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kruger National Park in August, expect Ait Ben Haddou to be much hotter, temps between 44°C and 26°C. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Marrakech.

Things to do in Ait Ben Haddou

Historic Sites
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Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou ©
Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Medina of Marrakesh and Medersa Ben Youssef. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Walking tours and Boucharouite Museum. There's much more to do: hunt for treasures at Jemaa el-Fnaa, contemplate the long history of Palacio da Bahia, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, and see the interesting displays at Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Marrakech trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ait Ben Haddou to Marrakech takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Marrakech, expect temperatures between 44°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Essaouira.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa
Medersa Ben Youssef ©
Medersa Ben Youssef

5
nights
Essaouira, Morocco

The laidback town of Essaouira, known for its forceful trade winds, attracts Moroccan and foreign tourists alike with its sweeping beaches and atmospheric, labyrinthine medina, a World Heritage Site.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Medina of Essaouira and Chaim Pinto Synagogue. Discover out-of-the-way places like Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Essaouira Ramparts. Step out of Essaouira to go to Imsouane and see Plage d'Imsouane, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: trot along with a tour on horseback, browse for treasures at Le Souk, explore the galleries of Galerie la Kasbah, and enjoy the sand and surf at Essaouira Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Essaouira trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Marrakech to Essaouira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Marrakech in August: high temperatures in Essaouira hover around 33°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Chefchaouen.

Things to do in Essaouira

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Plage d'Imsouane
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Horseback Riding Tours
Medina of Essaouira ©
Medina of Essaouira
Plage d'Imsouane ©
Plage d'Imsouane

1
night
Chefchaouen, Morocco

Chefchaouen ©
Tourism in Chefchaouen, a picturesque town in the Rif mountain range, has been thriving for decades due to its scenic surroundings and buildings painted in a striking blue hue.
On the 25th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Mosque and then look for gifts at Local Berbere Artisanal. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Chefchaouen Medina.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Chefchaouen trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Essaouira to Chefchaouen by car takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Nazareth.

Things to do in Chefchaouen

Historic Sites Shopping
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Chefchaouen Medina ©
Chefchaouen Medina
Spanish Mosque ©
Spanish Mosque

6
nights
Nazareth, Israel

Nazareth ©
Known worldwide as the hometown of Jesus Christ, Nazareth draws flocks of pilgrims who come to see the place where Christ grew up, and follow his footsteps along the Jesus Trail.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Citadel of Acre and The Beatitude Monastery. Capharnaum the Town of Jesus and The Church of the Annunciation will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Acre (Akko Old Town & Bahai Gardens and Shrine), Sea of Galilee (in Tiberias) and Church of the Primacy of Peter (in Tabgha). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at International Center Mary of Nazareth, examine the collection at Nazareth Village, delve into the distant past at Magdala, and take in the exciting artwork at Olive Tree Fine Art Gallery.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nazareth online tour planner .

Explore your travel options from Chefchaouen to Nazareth with the Route module. The time zone changes from Western European Time (WET) to Israel Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. August in Nazareth sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Eilat.

Things to do in Nazareth

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Capernaum, Safed, Acre, Sea of Galilee, Nurit Gallery
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Sea of Galilee ©
Sea of Galilee
The Church of the Annunciation ©
The Church of the Annunciation
Akko Old Town ©
Akko Old Town

5
nights
Eilat, Israel

Eilat ©
At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin Reef and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Eilat side-trips: Mitspe Ramon (Faran Natural Cosmetic & Ramon Crater). There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, ponder the design of Musical Fountain, observe the fascinating underwater world at Underwater Observatory Marine Park, and explore the gorgeous colors at Coral Beach Nature Reserve.

Planning Eilat trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Nazareth to Eilat takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nazareth in September, you will find days in Eilat are somewhat warmer (44°C), and nights are about the same (30°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Eilat

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Mitspe Ramon
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Dolphin Reef ©
Dolphin Reef
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ramon Crater ©
Ramon Crater

9
nights
Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem ©
Few places in the world boast such a long history and such a rich multiethnic culture as Jerusalem, a city sacred to Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
Do your shopping at Carmel Market (Shuk Ha'Carmel) and Jerusalem Pottery Hagop Karakashian. Step off the beaten path and head to Masada National Park and Hezekiah's Tunnel - Siloam Tunnel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jerusalem: Masada Fortress (in Arad), Tel Aviv (Old Tel Aviv Port Area, Walking tours, & more) and Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park (in Kiryat Gat). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Mt of Olives, make a trip to Jaffa Gate, delve into the distant past at Western Wall, and get engrossed in the history at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Jerusalem trip app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Eilat to Jerusalem in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Eilat in September; daily highs in Jerusalem reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Tel Aviv, Masada Fortress, Masada National Park, Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park
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Masada National Park ©
Masada National Park
Western Wall ©
Western Wall
Hezekiah's Tunnel - Siloam Tunnel ©
Hezekiah's Tunnel - Siloam Tunnel

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