14 days in Africa & Europe Itinerary

14 days in Africa & Europe Itinerary

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Start: Kolkata (Calcutta), India
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Cairo, Egypt
— 2 nights
Fly:  10 h
2
Marrakech, Morocco
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta), India

2
nights
Cairo, Egypt

Cairo ©
More than 20 million people call Cairo their home and, as soon as you set foot in the sprawling metropolis, it's evident they make it crowded and chaotic, but also exuberant and charming.
On the 18th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Great Sphinx and then explore the ancient world of Pyramids of Giza. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids and then see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.

To find maps and tourist information, you can read our Cairo trip builder.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Cairo is an approximately 15- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Cairo, you'll gain 3.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Cairo are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Giza
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids

1
night
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 20th (Sun): contemplate the long history of El Badi Palace and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Jemaa el-Fna. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Medersa Ben Youssef, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, then steep yourself in history at Koutoubia Mosque, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Palacio da Bahia.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Marrakech trip maker app.

Fly from Cairo to Marrakech in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cairo to Marrakech. Traveling from Cairo in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 21°C in Marrakech. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fna
Jemaa el-Fna
Medersa Ben Youssef ©
Medersa Ben Youssef

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Lisbon is known for historic sites, zoos & aquariums, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Belém Tower, admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, and wander the streets of Alfama.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Lisbon travel planner.

You can fly from Marrakech to Lisbon in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Marrakech in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Lisbon: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Lisbon

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Museu Nacional do Azulejo ©
Museu Nacional do Azulejo
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid travel route site.

Fly from Lisbon to Madrid in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Madrid is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

3
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.
On the 28th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then walk around Parc Guell, and then take a stroll through Las Ramblas.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona tour itinerary planning website.

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Barcelona, with lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

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