40 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

40 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

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40 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
1
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h
2
Grenoble, France
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Marseille, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
5
Valencia, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Malaga, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  6 h 45 min
7
Fes, Morocco
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  2 h 45 min
8
Casablanca, Morocco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Marrakech, Morocco
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
10
Essaouira, Morocco
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  12 h
11
Lagos, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
12
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
13
Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Paris, France

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palace of Versailles and Musee d'Orsay. Take a break from the city and head to Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Chateau de Fontainebleau (in Fontainebleau) and Le Bois des Aigles (in Balines). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Montmartre, and get a taste of the local shopping with Saint Germain des Pres Quarter.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris road trip site .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. June in Paris sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can take a train to Grenoble.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Palace of Versailles, Chateau de Fontainebleau, Le Bois des Aigles
Highlights from your plan
Montmartre ©
Montmartre
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

3
nights
Grenoble, France

At the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isère (the lion and the serpent), Grenoble offers you tons of winter and summer activities to keep the entire family busy, like hiking, climbing, skiing, and snowboarding, as well as swimming in clean mountain lakes.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chambéry Cathedral, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Site Naturel du Cirque de Saint-Meme. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Chateau de Sassenage, then sample the fine beverages at Distillerie des 4 Vallees, and then get outside with Chute de la Druise.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Grenoble trip planner .

Take a train from Paris to Grenoble in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to Marseille.

Things to do in Grenoble

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Chambéry Cathedral, Musee de la Revolution Francaise, Prairie de la rencontre, Site Naturel du Cirque de Saint-Meme, Distillerie des 4 Vallees
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Site Naturel du Cirque de Saint-Meme ©
Musee de la Revolution Francaise ©
Musee de la Revolution Francaise

3
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Rade de Toulon, kick back and relax at Plage La Capte, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip planner .

Getting from Grenoble to Marseille by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Grenoble in June, with highs in Marseille at 33°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Hyeres, Arles, Rade de Toulon, Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole, Carrieres des Lumieres
Highlights from your plan
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Plage La Capte ©
Plage La Capte

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): walk around Parc Guell, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera. On your second day here, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then take a stroll through El Born, then see the interesting displays at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, and finally explore the galleries of Casa Batllo.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona day trip planning app .

You can fly from Marseille to Barcelona in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

2
nights
Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Castell de Xativa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de la Virgen de los Desamparados, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at City of the Arts and Sciences. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Valencia Cathedral, then take a stroll through Barrio del Carmen, then examine the collection at Fallas Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Playa de la Patacona.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Valencia road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Valencia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Malaga.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Playa de la Patacona, Castell de Xativa
Highlights from your plan
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias ©
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
Valencia Cathedral ©
Valencia Cathedral
Castell de Xativa ©
Castell de Xativa

2
nights
Malaga, Spain

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Malaga Cathedral, browse the exhibits of Alcazaba, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa La Carihuela. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa El Bajondillo, relax in the rural setting at Reservatauro Ronda, and then examine the collection at Museo Lara.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Malaga online trip maker .

You can fly from Valencia to Malaga in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Fes.

Things to do in Malaga

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Torremolinos, Ronda, Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Highlights from your plan
Malaga Cathedral ©
Malaga Cathedral
Playa La Carihuela ©
Playa La Carihuela
Museo Picasso Malaga ©
Museo Picasso Malaga

4
nights
Fes, Morocco

Fes ©
Morocco's former capital, Fes enchants visitors with its walled medina, a labyrinthine web of pedestrian-only streets and a World Heritage Site.
Step off the beaten path and head to Medina of Fez and Morocco Easy Tours. Visit Archaeological Site of Volubilis and Synagogue Ibn Danan for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Meknes Medina in Meknes (about 1h 20 min away). And it doesn't end there: soak away your stress at local Arab baths, take in the exciting artwork at Art Argile, admire the masterpieces at Nejjarine Museum of Wood Arts and Crafts, and admire the striking features of Bou Inania Medersa.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Fes trip planner .

Fly from Malaga to Fes in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Malaga in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Fes, with highs around 38°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Casablanca.

Things to do in Fes

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trips

Meknes Medina, Archaeological Site of Volubilis
Highlights from your plan
Medina of Fez ©
Medina of Fez
Archaeological Site of Volubilis ©
Archaeological Site of Volubilis
Morocco Easy Tours ©
Morocco Easy Tours

2
nights
Casablanca, Morocco

Casablanca ©
The port of Casablanca, Morocco's largest city and economic hub, represents the country's beating heart, established as a French protectorate in 1912.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): stroll through Ain Diab, then take a memorable drive along The Corniche, and then admire the striking features of Hassan II Mosque. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Parc de L'Hermitage, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then admire the masterpieces at Villa des Arts de Casablanca, and finally wander the streets of Quartier Habous.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Casablanca holiday builder app .

You can fly from Fes to Casablanca in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Fes in June, you will find days in Casablanca are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are a bit warmer (22°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Marrakech.

Things to do in Casablanca

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Hassan II Mosque ©
Hassan II Mosque
Ain Diab ©
Ain Diab
Villa des Arts de Casablanca ©
Villa des Arts de Casablanca

7
nights
Marrakech, Morocco

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Climbing Tours and Morocco Hiking. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ben Youssef Madrasa and Nature & Wildlife Tours. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, admire the verdant scenery at Berber Ecomuseum, stroll the grounds of Saadian Tombs, and admire the striking features of Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Marrakech trip builder .

You can drive from Casablanca to Marrakech in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Casablanca in July, you will find days in Marrakech are warmer (44°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Essaouira.

Things to do in Marrakech

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Climbing Tours
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech ©
Koutoubia Mosque ©
Koutoubia Mosque

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): stop by Flouka de Mogador and then browse the exhibits of Galerie la Kasbah. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Medina of Essaouira, view the masterpieces at GALERIE D'ART DAMGAARD, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and finally see the interesting displays at Synagogue Slat Lkahal.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Essaouira day trip website .

You can drive from Marrakech to Essaouira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Marrakech in July, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in Essaouira: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lagos.

Things to do in Essaouira

Outdoors Tours Golf
Highlights from your plan
Medina of Essaouira ©
Medina of Essaouira
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Walking tours

2
nights
Lagos, Portugal

Lagos ©
The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
On the 12th (Fri), kick back and relax at Praia do Camilo, then make a trip to Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade, and then kick back and relax at Praia Dona Ana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, kick back and relax at Falesia Beach, and then explore the ancient world of Cerro da Vila.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Lagos online trip itinerary builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Essaouira to Lagos. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Essaouira in July since evenings lows in Lagos dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Lisbon.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Albufeira, Cerro da Vila
Highlights from your plan
Praia do Camilo ©
Praia do Camilo
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Praia Dona Ana ©
Praia Dona Ana

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 14th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Roque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, see the interesting displays at Fundacao Jose Saramago, then get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum, then wander the streets of Belém Tower, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lisbon itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Lagos to Lisbon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Lagos in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Lisbon, with lows of 20°C. On the 16th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Museu Nacional do Azulejo ©
Museu Nacional do Azulejo
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian ©
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Porto Augusto's and then take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja do Carmo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), then appreciate the extensive heritage of Largo da Oliveira, and finally see the interesting displays at O Navio Gil Eannes.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Porto trip itinerary website .

Getting from Lisbon to Porto by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Lisbon in July: highs in Porto hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 17°C. You will leave for home on the 19th (Fri).

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Porto Augusto's, Largo da Oliveira, O Navio Gil Eannes
Highlights from your plan
Largo da Oliveira ©
Largo da Oliveira
Porto Augusto's ©
Porto Augusto's
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

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