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 21st (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Menara Gardens and Pavilion, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, then make a trip to Jemaa el-Fnaa, then admire the striking features of Medersa Ben Youssef, and finally see the interesting displays at Marrakech Museum. Keep things going the next day: soak in style at Turkish baths, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koutoubia Mosque, then stroll the grounds of Saadian Tombs, then steep yourself in history at Palacio da Bahia, and finally contemplate the long history of El Badi Palace.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Marrakech trip planner.

Washington, USA to Marrakech is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Washington in May, expect Marrakech to be a bit warmer, temps between 86°F and 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the flight 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): view the masterpieces at The Palais des Rais - Bastion 23, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre Dame d'Afrique, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jamaa El Kebir, then examine the collection at National Museum of Antiquities of Algiers, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee National du Bardo. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ketchaoua Mosque, see the interesting displays at Musee Public National de l'Enluminure, de la Miniature et de la Calligraphie, then admire the masterpieces at Villa Abd-el-Tif, and finally explore the world behind art at National Museum of Fine Arts of Algiers.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Algiers tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Marrakech to Algiers takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Marrakech in May: high temperatures in Algiers hover around 77°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can 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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, then steep yourself in history at Memphis and Sakkara, and then walk around Al-Azhar Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Pyramids of Giza, steep yourself in history at Great Sphinx, and then examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Giza road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Algiers to Giza takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Algiers to Giza, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Algiers in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Giza: highs are around 90°F and lows about 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Valley of the Queens, then stroll the grounds of Valley of the Kings, then look for gifts at Shop Sandouk, and finally explore the ancient world of Temple of Karnak.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Luxor online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Giza to Luxor in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Giza in May, you will find days in Luxor are a bit warmer (102°F), and nights are about the same (73°F). On the 28th (Fri), 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.
On the 29th (Sat), examine the collection at Soweto Inspirational Home Museum, then steep yourself in history at Mandela House, then examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History, explore the galleries of I was shot in Joburg, and then visit Maboneng Precinct.

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You can fly from Luxor to Johannesburg in 13.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect much colder 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 30th (Sun) 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Maclear's Beacon and Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, get engrossed in the history at Cape Town Holocaust & Genocide Centre, cruise along Chapman's Peak Drive, and examine the collection at District Six Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Cape Town attractions tool.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.
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