48 days in Asia, Europe & Africa Itinerary

48 days in Asia, Europe & Africa Itinerary

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48 days in Asia, Europe & Africa Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  13​h
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
train + taxi:  2​h 30​min
2
Yamanouchi-machi, Japan
— 3 nights
taxi + train:  5​h 30​min
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  16​h 30​min
4
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
5
Kew, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
8
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
9
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
10
Marrakech, Morocco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Casablanca, Morocco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
12
Chefchaouen, Morocco
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  14​h 30​min
13
Algeciras, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
14
Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
15
Valencia, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Cairns, Australia

4
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Family-friendly places like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Edo-Tokyo Museum will thrill your kids. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, find something for the whole family at Tokyo Disneyland, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and get to know the fascinating history of Imperial Palace.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip website .

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brisbane to Tokyo. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Brisbane in March, with highs in Tokyo at 17°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

3
nights
Yamanouchi-machi, Japan

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
On the 31st (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then hit the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, then fly down the slopes at Okushiga Kogen Ski Area, and finally fly down the slopes at Ichinose Diamond Ski Resort. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Shigakogen Plateau, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yokote, then make a trip to Yokoteyama Skylator, and finally fly down the slopes at Ryuoo Ski Park.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Yamanouchi-machi day trip website .

Getting from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi by combination of train and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Tokyo in March, things will get slightly colder in Yamanouchi-machi: highs are around 11°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Kusatsu International Ski Place
Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Shigakogen Plateau ©
Shigakogen Plateau
Okushiga Kogen Ski Area ©
Okushiga Kogen Ski Area

4
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Monkey Park Iwatayama. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Gion, take in nature's colorful creations at Rakusai Chikurin Park, and contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Kyoto takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou and Disneyland Paris. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle, and admire the striking features of Louvre Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Paris in 16.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Kyoto to Paris. In April, Paris is little chillier than Kyoto - with highs of 18°C and lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kew.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Palace of Versailles, Disneyland Paris
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Room Escape Games

5
nights
Kew, United Kingdom

Kew ©
Kids will appreciate attractions like Tilgate Park and Hever Castle & Gardens. Venture out of the city with trips to Chessington World of Adventures Resort (in Chessington), Maverix Snow Ltd (in Luton) and The Snow Centre (in Hemel Hempstead).

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kew tour itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Paris to Kew in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to Kew due to the time zone difference. In April in Kew, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Milan.

Things to do in Kew

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Tilgate Park, Chessington World of Adventures Resort, Hever Castle & Gardens, Maverix Snow Ltd, Paradise Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew ©
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
GO Paintball London ©
GO Paintball London
Maverix Snow Ltd ©
Maverix Snow Ltd

1
night
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
On the 18th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Milan travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kew to Milan. Traveling from Kew to Milan, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kew in April, expect nights in Milan to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

3
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Attractions like Canal Grande and Ponte di Rialto make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Scrovegni Chapel (in Padua) and Arena di Verona (in Verona). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, don't miss a visit to Peggy Guggenheim Collection, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, and admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice trip builder app .

Getting from Milan to Venice by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Scrovegni Chapel, Arena di Verona
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): steep yourself in history at L’importuno di Michelangelo, see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Loggia dei Lanzi, make a trip to Piazza della Signoria, contemplate the long history of The Baptistery of St. John, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, then admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, and finally admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens.

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

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto
The Boboli Gardens ©
The Boboli Gardens

3
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Colosseum and Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and admire the striking features of Pantheon.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rome online vacation builder .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): hunt for treasures at Jemaa el-Fnaa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koutoubia Mosque, then get to know the fascinating history of Menara Gardens and Pavilion, and finally admire the striking features of Palacio da Bahia.

Discover how to plan a Marrakech trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Rome to Marrakech in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rome to Marrakech. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Rome in April; daily highs in Marrakech reach 31°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Casablanca.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Menara Gardens and Pavilion ©
Menara Gardens and Pavilion
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa
Koutoubia Mosque ©
Koutoubia Mosque

2
nights
Casablanca, Morocco

The port of Casablanca, Morocco's largest city and economic hub, represents the country's beating heart, established as a French protectorate in 1912.
On the 28th (Tue), wander the streets of Quartier Habous. On the next day, examine the collection at Museum of Moroccan Judaism and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Casablanca sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Marrakech to Casablanca in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Marrakech in April, you will find days in Casablanca are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Chefchaouen.

Things to do in Casablanca

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Room Escape Games
Hassan II Mosque ©
Hassan II Mosque

2
nights
Chefchaouen, Morocco

Chefchaouen ©
Tourism in Chefchaouen, a picturesque town in the Rif mountain range, has been thriving for decades due to its scenic surroundings and buildings painted in a striking blue hue.
On the 1st (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Mosque and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Chefchaouen Medina. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Dar Moulay Idriss and then admire the sheer force of Cascades d'Akchour.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Chefchaouen tour planner.

Traveling by car from Casablanca to Chefchaouen takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Algeciras.

Things to do in Chefchaouen

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Chefchaouen Medina ©
Chefchaouen Medina
Cascades d'Akchour ©
Cascades d'Akchour
Dar Moulay Idriss ©
Dar Moulay Idriss

1
night
Algeciras, Spain

Algeciras ©
Algeciras is a port city in the south of Spain, and is the largest city on the Bay of Gibraltar (in Spanish, the Bahía de Algeciras). Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de la Rada, then enjoy the sand and surf at Del Cristo Beach, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo de Castellar. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Centro Historico de Estepona, then steep yourself in history at Parroquia Nuestra Senora de la Palma, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Alta, and finally trek along RENFE.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Algeciras trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Chefchaouen to Algeciras. Traveling from Chefchaouen to Algeciras, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Seville.

Things to do in Algeciras

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Estepona, Zoo de Castellar
Highlights from your plan
Zoo de Castellar ©
Zoo de Castellar
Playa de la Rada ©
Playa de la Rada
Del Cristo Beach ©
Del Cristo Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Puente de San Bernardo, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, and finally take an in-depth tour of Royal Alcázar of Seville. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Cazalla de la Seville Trail, admire the landmark architecture of Metropol Parasol, appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Santa Cruz, then admire the striking features of Torre Giralda, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Seville trip planner .

Getting from Algeciras to Seville by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Algeciras in May, you will find days in Seville are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Room Escape Games
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville

3
nights
Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias and Bioparc Valencia. There's lots more to do: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardi del Turia, meet the residents at Oceanografic Valencia, and steep yourself in history at La Lonja de la Seda.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Valencia day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Seville to Valencia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Valencia can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias ©
Bioparc Valencia ©
Bioparc Valencia
Oceanografic Valencia ©
Oceanografic Valencia

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