43 days in Africa & Europe Itinerary

43 days in Africa & Europe Itinerary

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43 days in Africa & Europe Itinerary

Auckland Central, New Zealand
Fly:  37​h
Marrakech, Morocco
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  4​h 30​min
Cannes, France
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  5​h
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
Oia, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly:  32​h
Auckland Central, New Zealand

4
days
Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech ©
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.
Get some historical perspective at Ben Youssef Madrasa and Bahia Palace. Step off the beaten path and head to Marrakech Souk and High Atlas Mountains. There's still lots to do: hunt for treasures at Jemaa el-Fnaa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret, take in nature's colorful creations at Cyber Park Arsat Moulay Abdeslam, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

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Auckland, New Zealand to Marrakech is an approximately 37-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Marrakech is minus 12 hours. Traveling from Auckland in July, expect nights in Marrakech to be a bit warmer, around 24°C, while days are warmer, around 45°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Marrakech

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

High Atlas Mountains
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Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa
Marrakech Souk ©
Marrakech Souk
Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret ©
Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret

4
days
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Visit Belém Tower and Castelo de S. Jorge for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Jeronimos Monastery and Quinta da Regaleira. Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Castle of the Moors (in Sintra) and Evora (Se Catedral de Evora, Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), & more). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Alfama, look for gifts at Sapataria Do Carmo, shop like a local with Chiado, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Feira da Ladra.

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Do a combination of taxi and flight from Marrakech to Lisbon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Marrakech in July, expect Lisbon to be little chillier, temps between 34°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Evora, Sintra
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Jeronimos Monastery ©
Jeronimos Monastery
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
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Castelo de S. Jorge

4
days
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Get some cultural insight at La Sagrada Familia and Casa Batlló. Your inner history buff will appreciate El Barri Gòtic and Vila Vella (Old Town). Step out of Barcelona to go to Tossa de Mar and see Castillo de Tossa de Mar, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Park Güell, kick back and relax at La Barceloneta, wander the streets of Ciutat Vella, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

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Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Barcelona, with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Tossa de Mar
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Casa Batlló ©
Casa Batlló
La Sagrada Familia ©
La Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

5
days
Florence, Italy

Florence
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get outdoors at Bagno Carlo and Dog Beach. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Abbazia di San Miniato al Monte will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: San Quirico d'Orcia (in San Quirico d'Orcia) and Bagno Maurizio (in Viareggio). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Galleria dell'Accademia, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, and steep yourself in history at The Baptistery of St. John.

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You can fly from Barcelona to Florence in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 21°C in Florence. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

San Quirico d'Orcia, Dog Beach, Bagno Carlo, Bagno Maurizio
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Bagno Carlo
Bagno Carlo
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Galleria dell'Accademia ©
Galleria dell'Accademia

4
days
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
We've included these beaches for you: Stabilimento Balneare Amerigo and Acqua e Sale - Stabilimento Balneare. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palatine Hill and Vatican Museums. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, wander the streets of Citta del Vaticano, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Clement Basilica, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

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Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. August in Rome sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cannes.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Vatican City, Stabilimento Balneare Amerigo, Acqua e Sale - Stabilimento Balneare
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Basilica di San Pietro ©
Basilica di San Pietro
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Vatican Museums ©
Vatican Museums

5
days
Cannes, France

Cannes ©
Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Visit Castel Plage and Paloma Beach for some beach relaxation. Visit Lérins Islands and La Croisette for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Cannes side-trips: Nice (Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate & Vieille Ville), Plage de Cabasson (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas) and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild (in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Rue d'Antibes, enjoy the sea views from Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), and get to know the fascinating history of Le Suquet.

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

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Rome to Cannes takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Rome, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Cannes, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nice, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), Plage de Cabasson
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La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©

4
days
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Old Town and Dubrovnik Cable Car. Get some historical perspective at Gradske Zidine and Fort Lovrijenac. Go for a jaunt from Dubrovnik to Cavtat to see Cavtat Old Town about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum, see the interesting displays at War Photo Limited, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Sveti Jakov Beach.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train from Cannes to Dubrovnik in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Cavtat Old Town
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Gradske Zidine ©
Gradske Zidine
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

2
days
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): wander the streets of Plaka District and then hunt for treasures at Monastiraki. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus, see the interesting displays at Acropolis Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Dubrovnik to Athens takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Dubrovnik in August, expect Athens to be a bit warmer, temps between 39°C and 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Oia.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka District ©
Plaka District
Temple of Olympian Zeus ©
Temple of Olympian Zeus

5
days
Oia, Greece

Oia ©
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Akrotiri and Byzantine Castle Ruins will appeal to history buffs. Head to Aquamarine Jewelry and Oneiro Jewelryfor plenty of shopping. Explore Oia's surroundings by going to Kamari (Ancient Thera & KAMARA BEACH), Perissa Black Sand Beach (in Perissa) and Perivolos (in Perivolos). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Sunset in Oia, learn about winemaking at Santo Winery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, and explore the activities along Amoudi Bay.

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Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Athens to Oia takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. While traveling from Athens, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Oia, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Oia

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fira, Kamari, Akrotiri, Perivolos, Perissa Black Sand Beach
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Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay
Perissa Black Sand Beach ©
Perissa Black Sand Beach
KAMARA BEACH ©
KAMARA BEACH

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