20 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

20 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

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Start: Nottingham, United Kingdom
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  7 h
1
Porto, Portugal
— 1 day
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
3
Marrakech, Morocco
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
4
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
5
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
6
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
7
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Train:  5 h
End: Nottingham, United Kingdom

1
day
Porto, Portugal

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): appreciate the history behind Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular, take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, then admire the landmark architecture of Palacio da Bolsa, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Porto itinerary maker.

Nottingham, UK to Porto is an approximately 7- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Nottingham in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Porto: highs are around 16°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Historic Sites Shopping
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Walking tours
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Park and National Palace of Pena). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and explore the world behind art at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lisbon trip planner.

You can fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. January in Lisbon sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sintra
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): hunt for treasures at Jemaa el-Fna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koutoubia Mosque, then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, and finally stop by Henna Louaya. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Palacio da Bahia, steep yourself in history at El Badi Palace, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Menara Gardens and Pavilion, then admire the landmark architecture of Medersa Ben Youssef, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Amazonite.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Marrakech day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Marrakech takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Lisbon, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Marrakech, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Seville.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Koutoubia Mosque ©
Koutoubia Mosque
Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fna
Jemaa el-Fna

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.
On the 9th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre Giralda, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla. On the next day, make a trip to Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol), then admire the natural beauty at Parque de Maria Luisa, and then take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Seville route builder site.

You can fly from Marrakech to Seville in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Marrakech to Seville is 1 hour. When traveling from Marrakech in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Seville, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
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.
Madrid is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, hit the slopes at Puerto de Navacerrada – Estacion de Esqui, and walk around Parque del Retiro.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip maker website.

Traveling by train from Seville to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Seville in January; daily highs in Madrid reach 12°C and lows reach 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Parks Winter Sports
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.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Casa Batllo, admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, and walk around Parc Guell.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip itinerary planning website.

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Madrid in January, with highs in Barcelona at 17°C and lows at 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Eiffel Tower, browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Paris sightseeing planning site.

You can fly from Barcelona to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In January, Paris is little chillier than Barcelona - with highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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