53 days in Europe, Africa, South Pacific & Asia Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
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Marrakech, Morocco
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Melbourne, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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Cairns, Australia
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Baghdad, Iraq
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Erbil, Iraq
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Cairo, Egypt
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Paris, France
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London, United Kingdom — 6 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Family-friendly places like Coca-Cola London Eye and Tower Bridge will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near London: Tulleys Farm (in Turners Hill) and Chutima Therapy (in Brighton). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, admire the striking features of Westminster Abbey, steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace, and don't miss a visit to Big Ben.

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Newcastle upon Tyne to London is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. December in London sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Marrakech.
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Marrakech, Morocco — 5 nights

Red City

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Jardin Majorelle and Medersa Ben Youssef. Spend the 16th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: hunt for treasures at Jemaa el-Fnaa, appreciate the extensive heritage of Menara Gardens and Pavilion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koutoubia Mosque, and see the interesting displays at Marrakech Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Marrakech day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from London to Marrakech takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from London in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Marrakech, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to fly to Cape Town.
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Cape Town, South Africa — 7 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cape Point and Two Oceans Aquarium. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, take in the waterfront at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and get up close to creatures of the deep with Ocean Wonder.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cape Town day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Marrakech to Cape Town takes 21.5 hours. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Marrakech in December: high temperatures in Cape Town hover around 30°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to fly to Melbourne.
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Melbourne, Australia — 6 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Attractions like Werribee Open Range Zoo and Royal Botanic Gardens make great kid-friendly stops. On the 27th (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens.

Plan trip to Melbourne with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Melbourne takes 20 hours. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Cape Town in December, expect little chillier with lows of 14°C in Melbourne. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to fly to Sydney.
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Sydney, Australia — 6 nights

The Harbour City

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Bondi Beach and Sydney Opera House. Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Shelly Beach in Manly--about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Walk, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and get great views at Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to fly to Cairns.
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Cairns, Australia — 5 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach) and Port Douglas (Opal Reef, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, &more). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, meet the residents at Cairns Aquarium, and see Off-Road Tours.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in January: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Baghdad.
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Baghdad, Iraq — 3 nights

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Iraqi Museum and Zawraa Park. The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Al-Shaheed Monument, take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Yassin Mosque, and don't miss a visit to Baghdadi Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Baghdad trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cairns to Baghdad. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Cairns to Baghdad due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cairns in January, expect Baghdad to be cooler, temps between 19°C and 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can fly to Erbil.
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Erbil, Iraq — 2 nights

Hawler

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. Centered on its ancient and World Heritage-listed citadel, the city blends old and new, retaining some of its long-established architectural and cultural charm in its grand bazaars and minarets, while adding a number of modern malls and nightlife haunts.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Erbil Citadel, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jalil Khayat and his Children's Mosque, and then stroll around Sami Abdulrahman Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Sakura Park, stop by Yummy ice cream, walk around Minaret Park, then walk around Shanadar Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mudhafaria Minarett.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Erbil trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Baghdad to Erbil takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Erbil are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairo.
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Cairo, Egypt — 3 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

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.
Bring the kids along to Pyramids of Giza and Great Sphinx. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Islamic Cairo, examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, and get a taste of the local shopping with Khan Al-Khalili.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cairo online trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Erbil to Cairo. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Erbil to Cairo. In January, Cairo is somewhat warmer than Erbil - with highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Paris.
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Paris, France — 7 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Family-friendly places like Louvre Museum and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, and explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Paris trip maker app.

Getting from Cairo to Paris by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cairo in January, you will find days in Paris are cooler (8°C), and nights are little chillier (1°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Australia travel guide

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Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.
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Iraq travel guide

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Encompassing the fertile area between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers once called Mesopotamia, modern Iraq is marked by turmoil, torn between its rich historical heritage and recent instability and bloodshed. Few tourists choose to vacation in Iraq, put off by reports of violence and destruction that have shaken the country to its core. Still, the semi-autonomous province of Kurdistan remains seemingly insulated from the chaos of the rest of the country. This small region draws a growing number of foreign travelers, enticed by the area's rugged appeal and numerous lakes, archaeological sites, and impressive mountains.
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