48 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

48 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

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48 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
1
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
2
Strasbourg, France
— 3 nights
Fly + tram:  3​h
3
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
4
Annecy, France
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
5
Cannes, France
— 4 nights
car:  2​h
6
Aix-en-Provence, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Montpellier, France
— 2 nights
train:  5​h
8
Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
10
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
11
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
12
Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
13
Sintra, Portugal
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
14
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
15
Marrakech, Morocco
— 3 nights
train+Bus:  11​h 30​min
16
Chefchaouen, Morocco
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
17
Lloret de Mar, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 30​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.
To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip maker site .

If you are flying in from New Zealand, the closest major airports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. In May in Paris, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 25th (Sat), you'll travel to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Paris

Nightlife Tours Shopping

3
nights
Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg
Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg tour itinerary planning site .

You can take a train from Paris to Strasbourg in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 28th (Tue), you're off toLyon.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

2
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Lyon day trip planning site .

Getting from Strasbourg to Lyon by combination of flight and tram takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. May in Lyon sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. You will leave for Annecy on the 30th (Thu).

Things to do in Lyon

Fun & Games Outdoors Nightlife

1
night
Annecy, France

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
On the 30th (Thu), glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Annecy trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Lyon to Annecy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Annecy are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Annecy

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Parasailing & Paragliding

4
nights
Cannes, France

Cannes
Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cannes trip planner .

Traveling by car from Annecy to Cannes takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, tram, and flight. In May, Cannes is a bit warmer than Annecy - with highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Cannes

Outdoors Tours Parks

2
nights
Aix-en-Provence, France

Aix-en-Provence
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Aix-en-Provence trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Cannes to Aix-en-Provence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. You'll set off for Montpellier on the 6th (Thu).

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Outdoors Tours Parks

2
nights
Montpellier, France

Montpellier
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Montpellier trip maker tool .

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Montpellier in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. You will leave for Bordeaux on the 8th (Sat).

Things to do in Montpellier

Outdoors Tours Parks

3
nights
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bordeaux sightseeing planning site .

Fly from Montpellier to Bordeaux in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Montpellier in June since evenings lows in Bordeaux dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Tours Outdoors Wineries

3
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.
To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Barcelona trip site .

You can fly from Bordeaux to Barcelona in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Bordeaux in June, Barcelona is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. On the 14th (Fri), you're off toPalma de Mallorca.

Things to do in Barcelona

Nightlife Outdoors Tours

3
nights
Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Palma de Mallorca ©
Majorca, or Mallorca, is largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago.
When in Palma de Mallorca, make a side trip to see Caves of Drach in Porto Cristo, approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Mallorca.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Palma de Mallorca trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Palma de Mallorca takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In June, daytime highs in Palma de Mallorca are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Palma de Mallorca

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Cuevas del Drach
Highlights from your plan
Catedral de Mallorca ©
Catedral de Mallorca
Cuevas del Drach ©
Cuevas del Drach

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Madrid travel route planner .

Fly from Palma de Mallorca to Madrid in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In June in Madrid, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 19°C at night. On the 20th (Thu), you'll travel to Porto.

Things to do in Madrid

Nightlife Tours Historic Sites

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.
For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Porto road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Porto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Madrid to Porto is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Madrid in June, plan for slightly colder days in Porto, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. You will leave for Sintra on the 23rd (Sun).

Things to do in Porto

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

2
nights
Sintra, Portugal

Sintra
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sintra driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Porto to Sintra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Porto in June: highs in Sintra hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 18°C. On the 25th (Tue), you're off toLisbon.

Things to do in Sintra

Outdoors Tours Parks

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon trip tool .

Lisbon is very close to Sintra. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 18°C. On the 27th (Thu), you'll travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Lisbon

Tours Outdoors Nightlife

3
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.
To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Marrakech road trip planning tool .

Fly from Lisbon to Marrakech in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lisbon in June: highs in Marrakech hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 20°C. You will leave for Chefchaouen on the 30th (Sun).

Things to do in Marrakech

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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.
To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Chefchaouen online attractions planner .

Drive from Marrakech to Chefchaouen in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Lloret de Mar.

Things to do in Chefchaouen

Tours Outdoors Nature

4
nights
Lloret de Mar, Spain

Lloret de Mar
Lloret de Mar is a Mediterranean coastal town in Catalonia, Spain. To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Lloret de Mar trip itinerary planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Chefchaouen to Lloret de Mar. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chefchaouen to Lloret de Mar due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Lloret de Mar can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lloret de Mar

Outdoors Tours Nightlife

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