15 days in Africa Itinerary

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Marrakech, Morocco
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Algiers, Algeria
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Giza, Egypt
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Luxor, Egypt
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Marrakech, Morocco — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Menara Gardens and Pavilion, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jemaa el-Fnaa, then don't miss a visit to Medersa Ben Youssef, and finally see the interesting displays at Marrakech Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soak in style at Turkish baths, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koutoubia Mosque, stroll the grounds of Saadian Tombs, then admire the striking features of Palacio da Bahia, and finally steep yourself in history at El Badi Palace.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Marrakech trip app.

Washington, USA to Marrakech is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Marrakech is 5 hours. Traveling from Washington in May, things will get a bit warmer in Marrakech: highs are around 86°F and lows about 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Algiers.
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Algiers, Algeria — 2 nights

Algiers the White

Overlooking a scenic bay, the Mediterranean port city of Algiers enthralls visitors with its imposing skyline, a blend of French colonial buildings, run-down high-rises, and whitewashed Islamic architecture nestled on the hillside.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jamaa El Kebir, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame d'Afrique, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Antiquities of Algiers, then see the interesting displays at Musee National du Bardo, and finally explore the world behind art at National Museum of Fine Arts of Algiers. On your second day here, admire the striking features of The Palais des Rais - Bastion 23, see the interesting displays at Musee Public National de l'Enluminure, de la Miniature et de la Calligraphie, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ketchaoua Mosque, and finally admire the masterpieces at Villa Abd-el-Tif.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Algiers trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Marrakech to Algiers in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Marrakech to Algiers is 1 hour. Traveling from Marrakech in May, expect Algiers to be slightly colder, temps between 77°F and 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to fly to Giza.
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Giza, Egypt — 2 nights

Situated on the Nile riverfront, the city of Giza remains best known for its pyramid complex.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, then contemplate the long history of Memphis and Sakkara, and then walk around Al-Azhar Park. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Pyramids of Giza, then steep yourself in history at Great Sphinx, and then see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Giza day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Algiers to Giza takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Algiers in May: high temperatures in Giza hover around 90°F and lows are around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Luxor.
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Luxor, Egypt — 2 nights

A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Luxor Museum, contemplate the long history of Temple of Karnak, and then delve into the distant past at Luxor Temple.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Luxor day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Giza to Luxor takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Giza in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Luxor, with highs around 102°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 73°F. On the 27th (Thu), you'll travel to Johannesburg.
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Johannesburg, South Africa — 2 nights

City of Light

Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Nelson Mandela Foundation, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, then see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, then browse the exhibits of I was shot in Joburg, and finally stop by Maboneng Precinct. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History, contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, and then get curious at Origins Centre Museum.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Johannesburg online holiday planner.

You can fly from Luxor to Johannesburg in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Luxor in May; daily highs in Johannesburg reach 72°F and lows reach 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Cape Town.
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Cape Town, South Africa — 4 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Maclear's Beacon and Wine Flies Wine Tours - Day Tours. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, cruise along Chapman's Peak Drive, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Castle of Good Hope.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Johannesburg to Cape Town by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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