43 days in Africa & Europe Itinerary

43 days in Africa & Europe Itinerary

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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 4 nights
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Cairo, Egypt
— 2 nights
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Marrakech, Morocco
— 2 nights
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Essaouira, Morocco
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Bergen, Norway
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Oslo, Norway
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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

— 4 nights

City of Peace

An enviable location on the southern end of the Sinai Peninsula and year-round warm weather boost tourism in Sharm El Sheikh and make it one of Egypt's premier travel destinations.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and St. Catherine's Monastery. Visiting Swim with Dolphins and Shark's Bay Beach will get you outdoors. Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring nature at Ras Mohommed National Park. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jackson Reef, explore by horseback at Miso Horse Riding Trips, and look for gifts at Mall Darya.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sharm El Sheikh road trip planning website.

Sydney, Australia to Sharm El Sheikh is an approximately 28.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Sharm El Sheikh is minus 8 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in April; daily highs in Sharm El Sheikh reach 36°C and lows reach 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Cairo.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Cairo, Egypt

— 2 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Great Sphinx and then contemplate the long history of Pyramids of Giza. Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with Khan Al-Khalili and then explore the ancient world of Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cairo trip builder.

Getting from Sharm El Sheikh to Cairo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in April, Cairo is slightly colder at night with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can fly to Marrakech.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Marrakech, Morocco

— 2 nights

Red City

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech and Saadian Tombs. Visit Koutoubia Mosque and Palacio da Bahia for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Jemaa el-Fna, admire the natural beauty at Menara Gardens and Pavilion, admire the landmark architecture of Medersa Ben Youssef, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

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Traveling by flight from Cairo to Marrakech takes 10 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairo to Marrakech is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Cairo in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Marrakech, with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Essaouira.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Essaouira, Morocco

— 2 nights

Wind City of Africa

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 29th (Mon): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then take in the exciting artwork at Galerie la Kasbah, then explore the galleries of Galerie D'ART Damgaard, and finally take a stroll through Medina of Essaouira. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chaim Pinto Synagogue, take in the exciting artwork at Galerie l'Arbre bleu, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

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You can drive from Marrakech to Essaouira in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Marrakech in April, you will find days in Essaouira are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Essaouira

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Shopping

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 4 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Visit Anne Frank House and Willet-Holthuysen Museum for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zaanse Schans and The Jordaan. Step out of Amsterdam with an excursion to The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery in The Hague--about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, wander the streets of Red Light District, and steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip itinerary builder tool.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Essaouira to Amsterdam in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Essaouira to Amsterdam. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Essaouira in May: high temperatures in Amsterdam hover around 20°C and lows are around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 6 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Edinburgh Castle and Scottish National Gallery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel and Rosslyn Chapel. Venture out of the city with trips to Buchanan Street (in Glasgow) and Muirfield - Home of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers (in Gullane). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, don't miss a visit to Palace of Holyroodhouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Calton Hill, and learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Edinburgh trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Edinburgh takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Edinburgh due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in May, with highs in Edinburgh at 17°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Copenhagen, Denmark

— 4 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nyhavn and Our Saviour's Church. Frederiksborg Castle and Frederiks Kirke (Marmorkirken) will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Nordsjaellands Kattegatkyst in Hundested (about 1h 5 min away). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Rosenborg Castle, explore the world behind art at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, make a trip to National Museum of Denmark, and admire the striking features of Amalienborg.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Copenhagen trip planner.

You can fly from Edinburgh to Copenhagen in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and train; or take a train. Traveling from Edinburgh to Copenhagen, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Bergen.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Bergen, Norway

— 4 nights

City of Seven Mountains

A city famed for its underground music scene, Bergen also serves as the gateway to the fjords of Norway's western coastline.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kunsthuset Kabuso and Galleri S.E. You'll explore and learn at Tonnegarden Economusee and Blekk. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bergen: Lyse Abbey (in Lysekloster) and Rosendal (Artgallery G Guddal & Malmangernuten (889 moh)). There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Bryggen, take in the exciting artwork at Galleri GEO & Ramme Service, shop like a local with Dmg Gallery, and head outdoors with God Tur.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Bergen tour builder tool.

Getting from Copenhagen to Bergen by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Copenhagen in May, expect nights in Bergen to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are slightly colder, around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Oslo.

Things to do in Bergen

Outdoors · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oslo, Norway

— 5 nights

Tiger City

Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vigeland Museum and National Gallery of Norway Nasjonalgalleriet. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning) and 22 July Centre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oslo: Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium (in Vestfossen), Saltholmen (in Rade Municipality) and Galleri Henrik Gerner (in Moss). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Fram Museum, get engrossed in the history at Viking Ship Museum, shop like a local with Utopia Retro Modern - Utopia Workshop AS, and fly down the slopes at Ski & Guide.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Oslo route maker app.

Fly from Bergen to Oslo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Oslo when traveling from Bergen in May, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Helsinki, Finland

— 3 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Helsinki Cathedral and Kamppi Chapel of Silence will appeal to history buffs. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa), Bellevue Beach (in Hanko) and EKTA museum (in Raseborg). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to The Esplanadi Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, and take in the exciting artwork at Okra.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki driving holiday website.

You can fly from Oslo to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Oslo to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. May in Helsinki sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Egypt travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Monuments
Gift of the Nile
The land of pharaohs, pyramids, sphinxes, and papyrus, Egypt needs little by way of introduction. Visitors find more than a textbook readout of ancient history when visiting the country--the power, scale, art, and mysticism of its centuries-old culture bleed out from each landmark attraction and seep into the everyday life. Bustling markets, the slow-flowing Nile, the vast desert, and inspiring archeological sites often sit right alongside palaces of great excess and historical importance. All ensure you have plenty to see and do during your vacation in Egypt. In the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011, travel to certain areas where conflict and terrorism are deemed likely remains inadvisable for foreign visitors.

Morocco travel guide

4.2
Flea Markets · Gardens · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Diverse in landscapes and cultures, Morocco has long been a popular tourist destination, offering many quintessential North African vistas, sounds, and tastes. The ancient medinas of the main cities have retained their look and feel over the centuries, with bustling markets of colorful spice stalls, leather tanning in the streets, and teahouses. The dunes of the Sahara and the peaks of the High Atlas mountains battle for the interest of tourists on holiday in Morocco, with each possessing impressive, picturesque scenery, and hidden-away traditional villages, filled with crafts, carpets, and a rural way of life.

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

Scotland travel guide

4.4
Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.

Denmark travel guide

4.2
Theme Parks · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
Known for its old-fashioned charm, Denmark often is referenced as a fairy-tale setting by visitors and locals alike. With quaint cobblestone streets leading the way to art galleries, museums, and historical sights, plus a modern and easily accessible public transportation system, Denmark seamlessly blends its rich history with modern advancements. Be inspired by the works of local legends, including the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, the symphonies of Carli Nielsen, and the astronomy work of Tycho Brahe, then play a bit at amusement parks like Legoland. Visitors often find themselves developing "hygge," the untranslatable Danish trait that encapsulates a sense of coziness and contentment, which is thought to have a great deal of influence on Denmark's standing as one of the happiest nations on the planet.

Norway travel guide

4.2
History Museums · Nightlife · Specialty Museums
Land of the Midnight Sun
Take a trip up north and visit Norway, the land of fjords, northern lights, unspoiled nature, and friendly communities. Norway is a haven for holidaymakers who enjoy the outdoors, with numerous resorts for downhill skiing and snowboarding, as well as countless trails for hiking in the summer or dog sledding and cross-country skiing in the winter. Norway's cities combine historical and modern architecture and feature a selection of museums, art galleries, and performance venues. Meanwhile, traditional ways of life, local customs, and crafts are celebrated in many open-air and ethnological museums across the land. Even though the country has a modern and elaborate system of roads, Norway continues to foster its ancient connection with the sea. Take to the waters yourself with tours of the scenic coast, fjords, or whale watching.

Finland travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."