53 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

53 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

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Oslo, Norway
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Venice, Italy
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Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
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Rome, Italy
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Luxor, Egypt
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Oslo, Norway

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): stroll through Bygdøy, then take an in-depth tour of Kon-Tiki Museum, and then step into the grandiose world of Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning). Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Oslofjord, then explore the world behind art at Vigeland Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Fram Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Oslo trip itinerary builder app.

Manchester, UK to Oslo is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car, train, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manchester to Oslo. In April, Oslo is a bit cooler than Manchester - with highs of 11°C and lows of -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Oslo

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Stockholm, Sweden

— 3 nights

Beauty by the Water

One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vasa Museum and Sodermalm. Visiting Riddarholmen and Sandhamn will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, see the interesting displays at Skansen, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Storkyrkan.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Stockholm tour site.

Traveling by flight from Oslo to Stockholm takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Stockholm are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Berlin, Germany

— 3 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Charlottenburg Palace and East Side Gallery will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Pergamonmuseum and Topography of Terror. There's still lots to do: get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, don't miss a visit to Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, and appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Berlin trip planner.

You can fly from Stockholm to Berlin in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 3 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.
Get outdoors at Zandvoort aan Zee and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get some cultural insight at Anne Frank House and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amsterdam: Wato Events (in 's-Gravenzande) and Old Church (in Delft). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, steep yourself in history at Begijnhof, contemplate the waterfront views at Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht), and browse the exhibits of Willet-Holthuysen Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam online trip planner.

You can fly from Berlin to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 4 nights

City of Light

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Palace of Versailles and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre will appeal to history buffs. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors & L'Orangerie). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis, visit Place de la Bastille, and wander the streets of Montmartre.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Amsterdam to Paris by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In April in Paris, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Zurich, Switzerland

— 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum Rietberg and Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. Visiting Rigi and Mt Pilatus will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Lucerne (Chapel Bridge, Lion Monument, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), wander the streets of Old Town, and get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum.

Make your Zurich itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Paris to Zurich by combination of flight, bus, and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Museums · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Venice, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Romance

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.
On the 22nd (Fri), admire the striking features of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of St. Anthony, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scrovegni Chapel, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, examine the collection at Doge's Palace, then admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and finally admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Venice trip planning site.

Getting from Zurich to Venice by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In April, Venice is somewhat warmer than Zurich - with highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Florence, Italy

— 4 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Pitti Palace. The Baptistery of St. John and Piazza del Duomo will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Siena (Battistero di San Giovanni, Duomo di Siena, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, and don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence road trip app.

Traveling by car from Venice to Florence takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Florence are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Rome, Italy

— 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Colosseum and Pantheon. Visit St. Peter's Basilica and Palatine Hill for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Tivoli (Villa d'Este & Villa Adriana). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Vatican Museums, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and steep yourself in history at Roman Forum.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Luxor, Egypt

— 5 nights
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Temple of Karnak and Valley of the Kings are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Medinet Habu and Avenue of Sphinxes. Spend the 3rd (Tue) floating through the air with a balloon tour. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Luxor Temple, appreciate the history behind Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari, stop by Habiba Gallery, and get all the information you need at ACE - Animal Care in Egypt.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Luxor trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Rome to Luxor in 9 hours. Another option is to drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rome to Luxor. When traveling from Rome in May, plan for much warmer days in Luxor, with highs around 45°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 26°C. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Athens, Greece

— 16 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Arvanitia beach and Legrena Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Glyfada Beach and Mount Lycabettus. Explore Athens' surroundings by going to Seahorse Dive Center (in Vari), Pouda Beach (in Lagonisi) and Vouliagmeni Beach (in Vouliagmeni). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, explore the historical opulence of Fortress Palamidi, and explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Athens road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Luxor to Athens takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Luxor in May, expect nights in Athens to be a bit cooler, around 20°C, while days are cooler, around 29°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Athens

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

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.

Sweden travel guide

4.2
History Museums · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
Mother Svea
Once the land of the Vikings, Sweden today combines a long and fascinating history with a propensity for the very modern. The grand Romanesque churches that dot the countryside contrast with the clean, simple lines and partiality for organization the country is known for. With its reverence for the shy, reserved, and considerate, the nation exudes a sensation of being comfortable. Peek into the quiet lives from afar, gather around traditional "fika" coffee with loved ones, or dine on meatballs, herring, and potatoes. Immerse yourself in nature among the forests and trails so respected by their citizens, and take in the latest design and cultural offerings in this modest yet aesthetically savvy country.

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

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.

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.