43 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

43 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

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Porto, Portugal
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Funchal, Portugal
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Marrakech, Morocco
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Seville, Spain
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Gibraltar, Gibraltar
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Madrid, Spain
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Barcelona, Spain
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
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Athens, Greece
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Porto, Portugal

— 2 nights

Unvanquished City

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.
On the 5th (Tue), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Graham's Port Lodge, snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, then steep yourself in history at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), then admire the landmark architecture of Palacio da Bolsa, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Torre dos Clerigos.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Porto itinerary planning tool.

Edmonton, Canada to Porto is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Edmonton in April, expect Porto to be a bit warmer, temps between 21°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to fly to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Lisbon, Portugal

— 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Castelo dos Mouros. Get a sense of the local culture at Castelo de S. Jorge 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 much more to do: make a trip to Belém Tower, wander the streets of Alfama, and admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Lisbon trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Porto to Lisbon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Funchal.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Funchal, Portugal

— 4 nights
The capital of the island of Madeira for more than 500 years, Funchal represents a laid-back city made popular by its historical sites and climate.
Visiting Pico do Arieiro and Safari Madeira Island will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption and Blandy's Wine Lodge. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Funchal: Ponta de Sao Lourenco (in Machico) and Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools (in Porto Moniz). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Cabo Girao, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, stroll around Parque de Santa Catarina, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Funchal tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Funchal takes 3.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Funchal when traveling from Lisbon in April, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Marrakech.

Things to do in Funchal

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Marrakech, Morocco

— 3 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.
Popular historic sites such as Koutoubia Mosque and Menara Gardens and Pavilion are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech and Medersa Ben Youssef. Spend the 14th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, admire the striking features of Saadian Tombs, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Jemaa el-Fna.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Marrakech travel route planning website.

You can fly from Funchal to Marrakech in 8 hours. Traveling from Funchal in April, expect nights in Marrakech to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Seville.

Things to do in Marrakech

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Seville, Spain

— 4 nights

City of Towers

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos and Barrio Santa Cruz. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Plaza de España and Jewish Quarter (Juderia). Get out of town with these interesting Seville side-trips: Cordoba (Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, Historic Centre of Cordoba, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de la Macarena, admire the natural beauty at Casa de Pilatos, admire the striking features of Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol), and steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Seville online trip planner.

Fly from Marrakech to Seville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Marrakech to Seville is 1 hour. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Marrakech in April: highs in Seville hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Gibraltar.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Gibraltar, Gibraltar

— 2 nights

The Rock

A vacation in Gibraltar reveals a strategically important area the ancient Greeks considered the edge of the known world.
On the 21st (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Sikorski Memorial, enjoy the sea views from Europa Point, then stroll through The Rock of Gibraltar, then enjoy the sand and surf at Catalan Bay, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with Dolphin Adventure. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Charles V Wall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Apes Den, explore the fascinating underground world of St. Michael's Cave, then don't miss a visit to The Great Siege Tunnels, and finally stroll through Upper Rock Nature Reserve.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Gibraltar vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Seville to Gibraltar takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Gibraltar

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Popular historic sites such as Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes and Royal Palace of Madrid are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Prado National Museum and Church of Santo Tomé. Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Toledo (Catedral Primada & Puerta de Bisagra). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and walk around Parque del Retiro.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Madrid online trip planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Gibraltar to Madrid takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Gibraltar in April since evenings lows in Madrid dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Barcelona, Spain

— 5 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parc de Montjuic and Dali Theatre-Museum. Get some historical perspective at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, see the interesting displays at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, and get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic.

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You can fly from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trip

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cavtat Old Town and Fort Lovrijenac. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Dubrovnik City Walls and Old Town. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at War Photo Limited, don't miss a visit to Pile Gate, and head off the coast to Lokrum Island.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Dubrovnik trip maker site.

Getting from Barcelona to Dubrovnik by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Athens.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Athens, Greece

— 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Popular historic sites such as Acropolis of Athens and Ancient Agora of Athens are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at Acropolis Museum and National Archaeological Museum. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Temple of Hephaestus, admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and make a trip to Erechtheion.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Athens trip planner.

You can fly from Dubrovnik to Athens in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik to Athens, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubrovnik in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Athens, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to fly to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Rhodes Town, Greece

— 3 nights
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.
Visit Anthony Quinn Bay and Tsambika Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Agios Pavlos Beach and Lindos Beach. When in Rhodes Town, make a side trip to see Monastery Tsambika in Kolimbia, approximately Kolimbia away. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Medieval City, step into the grandiose world of Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Rhodes (Hospital of the Knights), and contemplate the long history of Street of the Knights.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rhodes Town trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Rhodes Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. May in Rhodes Town sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Florence.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Florence, Italy

— 7 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get some cultural insight at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Campanile di Giotto. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Basilica of Santa Croce and Palazzo Vecchio. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Siena (Palazzo Piccolomini, Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, &more), Pisa (Knights’ Square, Battistero di San Giovanni, &more) and Le mura di Lucca (in Lucca). Next up on the itinerary: get a sense of history and politics at Museo Nazionale del Bargello, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore, explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, and see the interesting displays at Museo di San Marco.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Florence trip planner.

Getting from Rhodes Town to Florence by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Rhodes Town in May since evenings lows in Florence dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Portugal travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.

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.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Croatia travel guide

4.4
Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.