33 days in Africa & Asia Itinerary

33 days in Africa & Asia Itinerary

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Marrakech, Morocco
— 3 nights
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Fes, Morocco
— 3 nights
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 7 nights
Fly to Male, Ferry to Male
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Male, Maldives
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Rasdhoo, Maldives
— 2 nights
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Maafushi Island, Maldives
— 2 nights
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Galle, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Train to Habarana, Taxi to Sigiriya
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Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Drive
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Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
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Marrakech, Morocco

— 3 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.
Spend the 2nd (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, examine the collection at Marrakech Museum, hunt for treasures at Jemaa el-Fna, and admire the landmark architecture of Saadian Tombs.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Marrakech driving holiday planner.

Mexico City, Mexico to Marrakech is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In January, daytime highs in Marrakech are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Fes.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 3:

Fes, Morocco

— 3 nights

Mecca of the West

Morocco's former capital, Fes enchants visitors with its walled medina, a labyrinthine web of pedestrian-only streets and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Museo Nejjarine, admire the striking features of Bou Inania Medersa, and then have fun and explore at Medina Children's Library. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Fes travel route planner.

You can fly from Marrakech to Fes in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Marrakech in February, expect nights in Fes to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are little chillier, around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Dubai.

Things to do in Fes

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 6:

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

— 7 nights

City of Gold

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dubai: Abu Dhabi (Espa at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, &more). There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Burj Khalifa, buy something for everyone on your list at The Dubai Mall, enjoy the sand and surf at Jumeirah Public Beach, and explore the activities along Dubai Creek.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Dubai trip planner.

You can fly from Fes to Dubai in 13.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Fes to Dubai is 4 hours. Traveling from Fes in February, you will find days in Dubai are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are warmer (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Male.

Things to do in Dubai

Shopping · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 6 — 13:

Male, Maldives

— 4 nights
The tiny but densely populated city of Male represents a contrast to the laid-back beach resorts found in much of the rest of the Maldives.
When in Male, make a side trip to see Veli Spa at Kurumba Maldives in Vihamanafushi, approximately Vihamanafushi away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), hunt for treasures at Male Fish Market, explore the galleries of National Museum, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Male sightseeing planning website.

Getting from Dubai to Male by combination of flight and ferry takes about 7.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Maldives Time (MVT) is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Dubai in February: high temperatures in Male hover around 36°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Rasdhoo.

Things to do in Male

Shopping · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 17:

Rasdhoo, Maldives

— 2 nights
As the only inhabited island in the Rasdhoo Atoll, Rasdhoo serves as a basecamp of sorts for vacationing in the area.
On the next day, surround yourself with nature on Rasdhoo Dive Centre.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rasdhoo trip itinerary maker site.

You can ride a ferry from Male to Rasdhoo in 2.5 hours. February in Rasdhoo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Maafushi Island.

Things to do in Rasdhoo

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 19:

Maafushi Island, Maldives

— 2 nights
With plenty of things to do, Maafushi Island has a bustling, upbeat atmosphere and a holiday resort vibe.
On the 20th (Sun), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then look for gifts at Angolo Souvenir shop, and then stroll through Bikini Beach. On your second day here, relax and rejuvenate at Oak Spa.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Maafushi Island road trip planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rasdhoo to Maafushi Island. In February in Maafushi Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to fly to Galle.

Things to do in Maafushi Island

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 21:

Galle, Sri Lanka

— 3 nights
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
When in Galle, make a side trip to see Nandana Tea Factory in Akuressa, approximately Akuressa away. The adventure continues: stroll through Sinharaja Forest Reserve, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, and steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Galle trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Maafushi Island to Galle takes 5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Maafushi Island to Galle is 0.5 hours. Traveling from Maafushi Island in February, plan for a bit cooler nights in Galle, with lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 21 — 24:

Colombo, Sri Lanka

— 3 nights
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Change things up with these side-trips from Colombo: See Lanka Travels (in Waikkal) and St. Anne's Church (in Negombo). Spend the 27th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Urban Island, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, and stroll around Galle Face Green.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Colombo trip maker app.

Getting from Galle to Colombo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Colombo

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 24 — 27:

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

— 1 night
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, then don't miss a visit to Sigiriya Fortress, then view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya trip itinerary builder tool.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Colombo to Sigiriya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 27 — 28:

Kandy, Sri Lanka

— 2 nights
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Hanthana Mountain Range and then get your bearings at Buddhist Publication Society.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kandy itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Kandy takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 2:

Morocco travel guide

4.1
Flea Markets · Gardens · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Diverse in landscapes and cultures, Morocco has long been a popular tourist destination, offering many quintessential North African vistas, sounds, and tastes. The ancient medinas of the main cities have retained their look and feel over the centuries, with bustling markets of colorful spice stalls, leather tanning in the streets, and teahouses. The dunes of the Sahara and the peaks of the High Atlas mountains battle for the interest of tourists on holiday in Morocco, with each possessing impressive, picturesque scenery, and hidden-away traditional villages, filled with crafts, carpets, and a rural way of life.

Maldives travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Nature & Parks · Shark Diving
Maldives has come to be seen as a quintessential island holiday destination, with entire sand-circled islands owned by resorts, who manage each part of the island's environment to give it the look and feel of paradise. The clear waters surrounding the islands offer plentiful dive sites, rich in tropical fish and coral formations, with the smaller, less-populated islands surrounded by the richest marine environments, largely undisturbed by industry and tourism. Larger islands here offer an array of bars, restaurants, and clubs--their higher population means they also feature religious sites and markets selling local produce.

Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.