52 days in Africa & Portugal Itinerary

52 days in Africa & Portugal Itinerary

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52 days in Africa & Portugal Itinerary

Start: Palma de Mallorca, Spain
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  13​h 30​min
1
Dahab, Egypt
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Hurghada, Egypt
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Marsa Alam, Egypt
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  19​h
5
Praslin Island, Seychelles
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
6
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
7
Cape Town, South Africa
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  20​h 30​min
8
Marrakech, Morocco
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
9
Funchal, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Ponta Delgada, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
11
Albufeira, Portugal
— 10 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Palma de Mallorca, Spain


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2
nights
Dahab, Egypt

Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
On the 25th (Fri), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at WICKEDiCANDY, explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Hole, and then get outside with Dolphin Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Dahab travel route builder tool .

Palma de Mallorca, Spain to Dahab is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Palma de Mallorca in June, expect Dahab to be somewhat warmer, temps between 43°C and 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Dahab

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Blue Hole ©
Blue Hole
Horseback Riding Tours

4
nights
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Shark's Bay Beach and Na'ama Bay. Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Submarine Tours. The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours, find something for the whole family at Mirage Divers, enjoy some friendly competition at Bowling at Soho Square, and get outside with San Marino Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sharm El Sheikh day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Dahab to Sharm El Sheikh in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 43°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Hurghada.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Tours Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Shark's Bay Beach ©
Shark's Bay Beach
Mirage Divers ©
Mirage Divers

5
nights
Hurghada, Egypt

Originally a small fishing town on the Red Sea coast, Hurghada developed into Egypt's premier beach destination thanks to its year-round sunny weather and world-class dive sites.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Parasailing & Paragliding. Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Swim with Dolphins. There's still lots to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, see Off-Road Tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Coptic Cathedral of Saint Shenouda, and head off the coast to Mahmya Island.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hurghada online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sharm El Sheikh to Hurghada in 1.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 44°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Hurghada

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Off-Road Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
nights
Marsa Alam, Egypt

Marsa Alam ©
The opening of an international airport and subsequent development of hotels and resorts boosted tourism in Marsa Alam, a town on Egypt's Red Sea coast known for its world-class diving spots.
You'll get in some beach time at Sharm El Luli and Marsa Mubarak. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Abu Dabbab Beach. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dolphin House - Sha'ab Samadai Reef and enjoy the sand and surf at Gebel El Rosas.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Marsa Alam trip builder tool .

You can drive from Hurghada to Marsa Alam in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Hurghada in July, expect nights in Marsa Alam to be about the same, around 32°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 41°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Praslin Island.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Abu Dabbab Beach ©
Abu Dabbab Beach
Marsa Shoona Bay ©
Marsa Shoona Bay
Dolphin House - Sha'ab Samadai Reef ©

4
nights
Praslin Island, Seychelles

Praslin Island ©
Home to some of the Seychelles' finest beaches, Praslin Island offers visitors more than just sand and sea.
Get outdoors at Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette. Relax by the water at Anse Bois de Rose Beach and Cote d’Or Beach. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Curieuse Island, stroll through Anse La Blague, hike along Salazie & Pasquiere Track, and take in the exciting artwork at Rita's Art Sudio & Gallery.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Praslin Island road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Marsa Alam to Praslin Island takes 19 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Seychelles Time (SCT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Marsa Alam in July; daily highs in Praslin Island reach 34°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Praslin Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Cote d’Or Beach ©
Cote d’Or Beach
Anse Kerlan Beach ©
Anse Kerlan Beach
Anse Consolation ©
Anse Consolation

1
night
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, a Zimbabwean town near the eponymous waterfall, serves as one of two prime gateway points to the majestic cascade and its surrounding national park.
On the 15th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then explore the striking landscape of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, and then snap pictures at Victoria Falls Bridge.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Victoria Falls trip itinerary tool .

You can fly from Praslin Island to Victoria Falls in 10.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Praslin Island to Victoria Falls due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Praslin Island, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Victoria Falls, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Zipline

5
nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lion's Head and Grotto Beach. Get in touch with nature at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Twelve Apostles. Explore Cape Town's surroundings by going to Shark Diving (in Gansbaai) and Franschhoek Motor Museum (in Franschhoek). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Camp's Bay Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bloubergstrand Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Hout Bay.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cape Town travel route planner .

Fly from Victoria Falls to Cape Town in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Victoria Falls in July, expect nights in Cape Town to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are slightly colder, around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Shark Diving, Grotto Beach, Franschhoek Motor Museum
Highlights from your plan
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Off-Road Tours. There's lots more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, admire the masterpieces at Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech, admire the landmark architecture of Medersa Ben Youssef, and see the interesting displays at Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Marrakech online holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Cape Town to Marrakech in 20.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cape Town to Marrakech due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in July; daily highs in Marrakech reach 44°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Funchal.

Things to do in Marrakech

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Off-Road Tours
Balloon Rides

4
nights
Funchal, Portugal

Funchal
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Pico do Arieiro and Cabo Girao. Escape the urban bustle at Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools and Off-Road Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Funchal: Ilheus da Ribeira da Janela (in Ribeira da Janela), Machico (Ponta de Sao Lourenco & Igreja Da Nossa Senhora Da Conceicao) and Vereda da Garganta Funda (in Ponta do Pargo). There's still lots to do: hike along 25 Fontes Falls, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, walk around Parque de Santa Catarina, and indulge your taste buds at Blandy's Wine Lodge.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Funchal trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Marrakech to Funchal takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. While traveling from Marrakech, expect much colder days and about the same nights in Funchal, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ponta Delgada.

Things to do in Funchal

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Machico, Camara De Lobos, Vereda da Garganta Funda, Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools, Ilheus da Ribeira da Janela
Highlights from your plan
25 Fontes Falls
25 Fontes Falls
Swim with Dolphins
Valley of the Nuns ©
Valley of the Nuns

4
nights
Ponta Delgada, Portugal

Ponta Delgada ©
As the busy capital of São Miguel, Ponta Delgada represents the most visited place on the island. Known for its historical buildings, the city offers 17th- and 18th-century convents and churches, as well as cobbled pedestrian streets and hidden squares.
Step out of the city life by going to Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Poca Da Dona Beija. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lagoa do Fogo and Parque Terra Nostra. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ponta Delgada: Sao Nicolau Church (in Sete Cidades), Furnas (Caldeiras Vulcânicas & Centro de Monitorizacao e Investigacao das Furnas) and Praia Da Amora (in Vila Franca do Campo). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Furnas, appreciate the history behind Estatua Goncalo Velho Cabral, look for all kinds of wild species at Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, and explore the fascinating underground world of Gruta do Carvao.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ponta Delgada trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Funchal to Ponta Delgada by flight takes about 4.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Funchal to Ponta Delgada is minus 1 hour. July in Ponta Delgada sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Albufeira.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Furnas, Sao Miguel, Praia Da Amora, Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, Colecao Visitavel Matriz de Lagoa
Highlights from your plan
Caldeiras Vulcânicas ©
Caldeiras Vulcânicas
Furnas ©
Furnas
Dolphin & Whale Watching

10
nights
Albufeira, Portugal

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Take a break from the city and head to Ponta Da Piedale and Praia Dona Ana. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Zoomarine Algarve and Praia Da Rocha. Change things up with these side-trips from Albufeira: Praia da Marinha (in Caramujeira), Lagos (Praia do Camilo, Kayaking & Canoeing, & more) and Carvoeiro Boardwalk (in Carvoeiro). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 4th (Wed) at Slide & Splash - Water Slide Park. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia dos Olhos de Água, kick back and relax at Praia de Benagil, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Albufeira trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Ponta Delgada to Albufeira in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ponta Delgada to Albufeira due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Ponta Delgada, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Albufeira, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 23°C. You'll set off for home on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lagos, Tavira, Lagoa, Castro Verde, Cape Saint Vincent
Highlights from your plan
Praia Gale ©
Praia Gale
Odeceixe Beach ©
Odeceixe Beach
Praia da Luz ©
Praia da Luz

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