34 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

34 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

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34 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  26​h
1
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 45​min
6
Essaouira, Morocco
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h
7
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
8
Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
9
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Rhodes Town, Greece
— 7 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Brisbane, Australia

2
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Walls of Dubrovnik and Rector's Palace. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pasjaca Beach and Cavtat Old Town. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Old Town, step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum, examine the collection at War Photo Limited, and get engrossed in the history at Franciscan Monastery.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Dubrovnik online tour itinerary planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Dubrovnik is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Brisbane to Dubrovnik. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Brisbane in June: high temperatures in Dubrovnik hover around 30°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can take a bus to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cavtat Old Town, Pasjaca Beach
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Cavtat Old Town ©
Cavtat Old Town

3
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Trogir Historic Site and Old Split. Get outdoors at Marjan Park and Dubovica. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Diocletian's Palace, explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Split trip itinerary tool .

Take a bus from Dubrovnik to Split in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July in Split, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Historic City of Trogir, Dubovica Beach
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Historic City of Trogir ©
Historic City of Trogir
Old Split ©
Old Split

2
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at El Barri Gòtic and Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. Museum-lovers will appreciate Casa Batllo and Museo Picasso. And it doesn't end there: stroll around Parc Guell, kick back and relax at Barceloneta Beach, contemplate the long history of Palau Guell, and admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona trip builder app .

You can fly from Split to Barcelona in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Visit Royal Palace of Madrid and Plaza Mayor for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at Prado National Museum and Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales. Change things up with a short trip to Catedral Primada in Toledo (about 1h 30 min away). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, tour the pleasant surroundings at Retiro Park, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and explore the galleries of Museo Cerralbo.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Madrid trip planning app .

Take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in July, expect nights in Madrid to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 40°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Catedral Primada
Highlights from your plan
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

3
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.
Appreciate the collections at Royal Alcázar of Seville and Torre del Oro. Popular historic sites such as Plaza de España and Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Catedral de Sevilla, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de la Macarena, wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, Sevilla.

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You can take a train from Madrid to Seville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Essaouira.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

1
day
Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira ©
The laidback town of Essaouira, known for its forceful trade winds, attracts Moroccan and foreign tourists alike with its sweeping beaches and atmospheric, labyrinthine medina, a World Heritage Site.
On the 14th (Tue), find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then take a stroll through Medina of Essaouira.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Essaouira trip planning site .

Do a combination of train and flight from Seville to Essaouira in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Seville to Essaouira is minus 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Seville in July: high temperatures in Essaouira hover around 31°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Essaouira

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Medina of Essaouira ©
Medina of Essaouira

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Castelo dos Mouros and Cabo da Roca. Get some cultural insight at Jeronimos Monastery and Quinta da Regaleira. Step out of Lisbon to go to Sintra and see Park and National Palace of Pena, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Belém Tower, wander the streets of Alfama, and steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Lisbon trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Essaouira to Lisbon by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Sintra, Cabo da Roca
Highlights from your plan
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros

3
nights
Porto, Portugal

Porto ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Bom Jesus do Monte and Santuario de Santa Luzia. Popular historic sites such as Centro Historico de Guimaraes and Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios are in your itinerary. When in Porto, make a side trip to see Praia de Miramar in Arcozelo, approximately 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Clerigos Tower, explore the activities along Rio Douro, get into the urban bustle at Palacio da Bolsa, and contemplate the long history of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Porto trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Lisbon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Lisbon, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Porto, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Praia de Miramar, Bom Jesus do Monte, Santuario de Santa Luzia, Centro Historico de Guimaraes, Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios
Highlights from your plan
Bom Jesus do Monte ©
Bom Jesus do Monte
Santuario de Santa Luzia ©
Santuario de Santa Luzia
Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios ©

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Get a sense of the local culture at National Archaeological Museum and Acropolis of Athens. Appreciate the collections at Acropolis Museum and Benaki Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Temple of Poseidon in Sounio (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Plaka and pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Athens itinerary maker site .

Getting from Porto to Athens by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto to Athens is 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Porto in July, with highs in Athens at 38°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Temple of Poseidon
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Temple of Poseidon ©
Temple of Poseidon

7
nights
Rhodes Town, Greece

Rhodes Town ©
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Visiting Agathi Beach and Lindos Beach will get you outdoors. Archaeological Museum of Rhodes (Hospital of the Knights) and Bee Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rhodes Town: Lindos (Agios Pavlos Beach, Acropolis of Lindos, & more), Stegna Beach (in Stegna) and Ancient Kamiros (in Kalavarda). On the 27th (Mon), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Faliraki Beach. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Medieval City, enjoy the sand and surf at Traganou Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady of Filerimos, and explore the historical opulence of Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rhodes Town trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Rhodes Town takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. While traveling from Athens, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rhodes Town, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 28°C. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lindos, Rhodes, Bee Museum, Church of Our Lady of Filerimos, Faliraki Beach
Highlights from your plan
Medieval City ©
Medieval City
Agios Pavlos Beach ©
Agios Pavlos Beach

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