23 days in Morocco, Egypt & Israel Itinerary

Make it your trip
Fly to Casablanca, Shuttle to Essaouira
Essaouira, Morocco
— 2 nights
Marrakech, Morocco
— 3 nights
Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
Luxor, Egypt
— 3 nights
Jerusalem, Israel
— 3 nights
Safed, Israel
— 5 nights
Drive to Ben Gurion International Airport, Fly to Manila


Essaouira, Morocco — 2 nights

Wind City of Africa

Essaouira is known for sightseeing, adventure, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore by horseback at Cheval Essaouira, see the interesting displays at Cooperative feminie TILILA d'huile d'argane, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chaim Pinto Synagogue, and wander the streets of Medina of Essaouira.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Essaouira day trip planning app.

Manila, Philippines to Essaouira is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Manila to Essaouira. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Manila in May: high temperatures in Essaouira hover around 26°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Marrakech.
Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 15 — 17:

Marrakech, Morocco — 3 nights

Red City

Marrakech is known for shopping, parks, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, stroll the grounds of Saadian Tombs, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koutoubia Mosque, and admire the landmark architecture of Ben Youssef Madrasa.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Marrakech travel planner.

You can drive from Essaouira to Marrakech in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Essaouira in May, expect nights in Marrakech to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 35°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Cairo.
Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 17 — 20:

Cairo, Egypt — 3 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

Change things up with these side-trips from Cairo: Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx) and Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids (in Saqqara). There's lots more to do: stroll around Al-Azhar Park, wander the streets of Islamic Cairo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay, and stop by Nomad Gallery - Zamalek Main Branch.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cairo itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Marrakech to Cairo takes 10 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Marrakech to Cairo is 2 hours. Traveling from Marrakech in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Cairo, with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Luxor.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Fun & Games
Side Trips
Find places to stay May 20 — 24:

Luxor, Egypt — 3 nights

Luxor is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Temple of Karnak, don't miss a visit to Deir el-Shelwit Temple, delve into the distant past at Luxor Temple, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Medinet Habu.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Luxor attractions planner.

Fly from Cairo to Luxor in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Cairo, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Luxor, ranging from highs of 45°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Jerusalem.
Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 24 — 27:

Jerusalem, Israel — 3 nights

Holy City

Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jerusalem: Tel Aviv (ANU - Museum of the Jewish People, Escape Game KGB, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, see the interesting displays at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and look for gifts at Jerusalem Pottery Hagop Karakashian.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Jerusalem travel route builder site.

You can fly from Luxor to Jerusalem in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, Jerusalem is slightly colder than Luxor - with highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Safed.
Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 27 — 30:

Safed, Israel — 5 nights

You'll find plenty of places to visit near Safed: Sea of Galilee (in Tiberias), Magdala (in Migdal) and Nazareth (Nazareth Village & Church Of Annunciation). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Bet She'an National Park, make a trip to The Ari Sephardic Synagogue, view the masterpieces at Leon Gallery, and contemplate the long history of Mount Of Beatitudes.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Safed tour itinerary planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Jerusalem to Safed. In May in Safed, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods
Side Trips
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 4:

Morocco travel guide

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.

Egypt travel guide

Scuba & Snorkeling · Historic Sites · Ruins
Gift of the Nile
The land of pharaohs, pyramids, sphinxes, and papyrus, Egypt needs little by way of introduction. Visitors find more than a textbook readout of ancient history when visiting the country--the power, scale, art, and mysticism of its centuries-old culture bleed out from each landmark attraction and seep into the everyday life. Bustling markets, the slow-flowing Nile, the vast desert, and inspiring archeological sites often sit right alongside palaces of great excess and historical importance. All ensure you have plenty to see and do during your vacation in Egypt. In the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011, travel to certain areas where conflict and terrorism are deemed likely remains inadvisable for foreign visitors.

Israel travel guide

Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Ruins
Land of Creation
Surprisingly diverse for such a narrow strip of land pressed against the Mediterranean, modern Israel only dates back to 1948, though the history of this "Holy Land" spans many millennia. The big three monotheistic religions--Christianity, Judaism, and Islam--maintain extremely strong ties to this part of the world, so you can expect to see plenty of historic churches, mosques, and synagogues during your holiday in Israel. Beyond the undeniable cultural appeal, Israel also offers impressive natural features, including the Dead Sea and Makhtesh Ramon, one of the world's biggest craters. As you tour Israel, you'll find yourself following in the footsteps of figures that helped shape the world thousands of years ago.