57 days in Africa & Europe Itinerary

57 days in Africa & Europe Itinerary

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57 days in Africa & Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  26​h
1
Marrakech, Morocco
— 1 day
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Nice, France
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Paris, France
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
train:  2​h
9
York, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  6​h
10
Venice, Italy
— 5 nights
11
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
12
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
13
Athens, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Sydney, Australia

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Ben Youssef Madrasa and then hunt for treasures at Jemaa el-Fnaa.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Marrakech itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Marrakech is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Marrakech is minus 10 hours. Traveling from Sydney in March, Marrakech is little chillier at night with lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Marrakech

Shopping Historic Sites
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Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa
Medersa Ben Youssef ©
Medersa Ben Youssef

5
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get some historical perspective at Belém Tower and Quinta da Regaleira. Escape the urban bustle at Praia Grande and Guincho Beach. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, examine the collection at National Tile Museum, choose your vessel at Lisbon by Boat, and explore the world behind art at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lisbon custom trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Marrakech to Lisbon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. When traveling from Marrakech in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Lisbon, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Seville.

Things to do in Lisbon

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sintra, Guincho Beach
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

2
nights
Seville, Spain

Seville ©
A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de los Marineros and then take some stellar pictures from Seville Cathedral.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Seville tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Seville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Seville is 1 hour. In April in Seville, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Head to Mercado San Miguel and El Brabantinofor plenty of shopping. Museo Nacional del Prado and Royal Palace of Madrid are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, explore the world behind art at Museum Sorolla, explore the activities along Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro), and stroll through Casa de Campo.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Madrid travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Seville to Madrid takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Seville in April since evenings lows in Madrid dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©

5
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Head to Passeig de Gracia and La Boqueriafor some retail therapy. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Barceloneta and Delta del Llobregat. There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Casa Batlló, admire the striking features of La Sagrada Familia, get into the urban bustle at CaixaForum, and explore the galleries of El Cafè de la Pedrera.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona travel planner.

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Barcelona, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Delta del Llobregat
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

7
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Popular historic sites such as La Croisette and Rue d'Antibes are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to AMC Event - Day Tours and Castel Plage. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Verrerie Pierini (in Biot) and Cannes (Marché Forville & Lérins Islands). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, explore the galleries of Palais Lascaris, take a stroll through Avenue Jean Medecin, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleya.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nice custom trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Barcelona to Nice takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Nice are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Cannes, Amc Cape Grace, Verrerie Pierini, Eden Plage Mala, Eglise
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 20:
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La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©

5
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Champs-Elysees and Le Marais. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musée d'Orsay and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, make a trip to Père Lachaise Cemetery, shop like a local with Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and examine the collection at Musée Rodin.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip builder.

Getting from Nice to Paris by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nice in April since evenings lows in Paris dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

5
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Get a sense of the local culture at Natural History Museum and Churchill War Rooms. Shop till you drop at Old Spitalfields Market and A&S Jewellery Manufacturing Limited. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, make a trip to Tower of London, take in nature's colorful creations at Buckingham Palace, and get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our London custom trip planner.

You can take a train from Paris to London in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Paris to London, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can catch the train to York.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

3
nights
York, United Kingdom

York ©
Situated on the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss, York has witnessed an abundance of major political events throughout its two millennia of existence.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with York Shambles, look for gifts at Hebden Tea Company, then stop by Pylones, then delve into the distant past at York City Walls, and finally look for gifts at The Imaginarium - York. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at National Centre for Birds of Prey, look for all kinds of wild species at York Bird of Prey Centre, and then see the interesting displays at National Railway Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our York itinerary builder.

Take a train from London to York in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. In April in York, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in York

Wildlife Shopping Parks

Side Trips

York Bird of Prey Centre, National Centre for Birds of Prey
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 3:
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York Bird of Prey Centre ©
York Bird of Prey Centre
National Railway Museum ©
National Railway Museum
National Centre for Birds of Prey ©
National Centre for Birds of Prey

5
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Popular historic sites such as Basilica di San Marco and Porta della Carta are in your itinerary. Let the collections at Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Museo Correr capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Basilica di Sant’Antonio - Basilica del Santo). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, admire the masterpieces at Ca' d'Oro, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and make a trip to St. Mark's Square.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, bus, and train from York to Venice in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from York to Venice due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from York in May, with highs in Venice at 26°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Padua
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Campanile di Giotto. Head to Mercato Centrale and CASINI FIRENZE by Jennifer Tattanellifor plenty of shopping. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Siena (Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, Piazza del Campo, & more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Uffizi Gallery, admire the striking features of The Baptistery of St. John, don't miss a visit to Palazzo Vecchio, and get a sense of history and politics at Museo Nazionale del Bargello.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Florence trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May in Florence, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Siena
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

5
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
You'll explore and learn at Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Basilica di San Pietro and Palatine Hill are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, explore the world behind art at Borghese Gallery, and take a stroll through Via Condotti.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rome tour planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

5
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Let the collections at Acropolis Museum and Byzantine & Christian Museum capture your imagination. Visit Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Olympian Zeus for their historical value. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Glyfada Beach, admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, shop like a local with Ermou Street, and pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Athens trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of subway, flight, and train from Rome to Athens takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Rome in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 20°C in Athens. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Glyfada Beach
Find places to stay May 17 — 22:
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum

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