21 days in Africa & Asia Itinerary

21 days in Africa & Asia Itinerary

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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive to King Shaka International Airport, Fly to Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
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Mumbai, India
— 2 nights
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Udaipur, India
— 1 night
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Jaipur, India
— 2 nights
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Agra, India
— 1 night
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New Delhi, India
— 1 night
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Kathmandu, Nepal
— 3 nights
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 3 nights
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
— 3 nights
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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

— 2 nights
Pietermaritzburg is the capital and second-largest city in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. On the 18th (Sat), browse the exhibits of Aladdin's de-Light, then tee off at Bosch Hoek Golf Club, and then don't miss a visit to Pietermaritzburg Railway Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through African Bird of Prey Sanctuary, then explore the world behind art at Tatham Art Gallery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monks Cowl.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Pietermaritzburg day trip planner.

Durban to Pietermaritzburg is an approximately 1-hour car ride. Traveling from Durban in December, plan for little chillier nights in Pietermaritzburg, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mumbai.

Things to do in Pietermaritzburg

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Museums

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Mumbai, India

— 2 nights

Gateway to India

Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
On the 21st (Tue), don't miss a visit to Dhobi Ghat, hunt for treasures at Crawford Market, then take an in-depth tour of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, then don't miss a visit to Gateway of India, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Banganga Tank. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Chowpatty Beach, then admire the striking features of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, then cruise along Marine Drive, and finally get engrossed in the history at Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Mumbai route planner.

Explore your travel options from Pietermaritzburg to Mumbai with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to India Standard Time (IST) is 3.5 hours. Traveling from Pietermaritzburg in December, expect nights in Mumbai to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Udaipur.

Things to do in Mumbai

Outdoors · Museums · Scenic Drive · Parks

Udaipur, India

— 1 night

Venice of the East

Tourism in Udaipur, a picturesque city known for its lake system, thrives due to the area's numerous historic and cultural relics.
On the 23rd (Thu), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pichola, then explore the galleries of City Palace of Udaipur, and finally browse the exhibits of Gothwal Art.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Udaipur trip planner.

You can fly from Mumbai to Udaipur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Mumbai in December, with highs in Udaipur at 29°C and lows at 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Jaipur.

Things to do in Udaipur

Museums · Parks · Spas · Nature

Jaipur, India

— 2 nights

Pink City

Known as the "Pink City" because of the color of the stone used for many of its notable structures, Jaipur draws visitors with its chaotic street life and a slew of colorful bazaars selling everything from handmade pottery to tie-dye scarves.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): look and learn at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, take an in-depth tour of City Palace of Jaipur, then explore the historical opulence of Amber Palace, and finally stop by Jaipur Blue Pottery Art Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): admire the striking features of Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind, learn about all things military at Nahargarh Fort, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Jaipur trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Udaipur to Jaipur in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Jaipur can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Agra.

Things to do in Jaipur

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Childrens Museums

Agra, India

— 1 night

Taj City

Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): look for gifts at Taj Gallery, admire the striking features of Taj Mahal, and then don't miss a visit to Agra Fort.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Agra journey builder website.

Getting from Jaipur to Agra by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in December, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to New Delhi.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

New Delhi, India

— 1 night
Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): contemplate the long history of India Gate, admire the striking features of Humayun's Tomb, and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the New Delhi itinerary website.

You can drive from Agra to New Delhi in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in New Delhi can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kathmandu.

Things to do in New Delhi

Tours · Historic Sites

Kathmandu, Nepal

— 3 nights
Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
Make the 28th (Tue) a memorable day with a climbing tour. There's lots more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Swayambhunath Temple, look for gifts at Nepal Music Gallery, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kathmandu trip itinerary maker website.

Fly from New Delhi to Kathmandu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.2 hours traveling from New Delhi to Kathmandu. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from New Delhi in December; daily highs in Kathmandu reach 22°C and lows reach 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Dubai.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

— 3 nights

City of Gold

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 3rd (Mon) at Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark. The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Burj Khalifa, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, cool off at Wild Wadi Waterpark, and get engrossed in the history at Al Fahidi Fort.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Dubai vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Kathmandu to Dubai in 7 hours. You'll gain 1.8 hours traveling from Kathmandu to Dubai due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kathmandu in January, expect nights in Dubai to be much hotter, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Abu Dhabi.

Things to do in Dubai

Theme Parks · Shopping · Tours · Parks

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

— 3 nights
Take a trip to Abu Dhabi to discover a modern metropolis built on a strip of land jutting out into the Persian Gulf.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): go for a walk through The Corniche, then contemplate the long history of Heritage Village, then steep yourself in history at Qasr Al Hosn, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Abu Dhabi sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Abu Dhabi, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Theme Parks · Historic Sites

India travel guide

4.6
Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings · Beaches
It may very well be fair to call India "incredible," given its mind-boggling diversity of landscapes, climates, cultures, and languages. The world's largest democracy, and second only to China in terms of population, India contains majestic peaks dusted with glistening snow, sun-drenched beaches, ancient hand-carved temples, and sprawling cities jam-packed with people, vehicles, and animals. Many tour India during the country's devotional festivals, which range from immense parades that convert cities into giant performance stages, to simple farming fairs dedicated to relatively obscure local deities. Whenever you choose to vacation in India, make sure you see some of the country's World Heritage Sites, which include the legendary Taj Mahal and Chilika Lake, the planet's second-largest lagoon.

Nepal travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Parasailing & Paragliding · Spas
With everything from snowcapped mountains and vast grasslands to dense tropical forests, Nepal represents one of the world's most ecologically diverse destinations. A trip to Nepal takes visitors to an ancient land situated between India and China, both of which influence the region's culture, cuisine, and religious traditions. Despite the country's natural appeal, commercial tourism in Nepal remains a relatively new industry and most of the area lies unspoiled and undiscovered by foreigners. Ideal for travelers interested in pushing their physical abilities to the limit, Nepal contains most of the world's tallest peaks, including the legendary Mount Everest.

United Arab Emirates travel guide

4.3
Observation Decks · Fountains · Shopping Malls
Though most people associate United Arab Emirates only with Dubai, nicknamed the "City of Gold," the federation of seven emirates boats a surprisingly rich historical and cultural heritage and provides a good starting point for visitors interested in discovering the Middle East. A trip to United Arab Emirates reveals a modern nation with a dynamic atmosphere and a landscape that quickly changes from futuristic cities to remote deserts, mysteriously silent places where only the shifting sand dunes mark the passage of time. Add the eastern coastline to your United Arab Emirates itinerary to find a string of outstanding beaches and some of the finest diving and snorkeling opportunities in the region.