26 days in Africa & Europe Itinerary

26 days in Africa & Europe Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Marrakech, Morocco
— 3 nights
2
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 5 nights
3
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
4
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
5
Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
6
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 2 nights
7
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
8
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights

3
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.
On the 15th (Mon), see Off-Road Tours, thenadmire the striking features of Palacio da Bahia, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koutoubia Mosque, and finally admire the masterpieces at Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech. On your second day here, take a stroll through Tanneries, admire the landmark architecture of Medersa Ben Youssef, thenexamine the collection at Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find out how to plan a trip to Marrakech, use our trip itinerary maker.

Washington DC, USA to Marrakech is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Washington DC to Marrakech. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Washington DC in February, with highs in Marrakech at °F and lows at °F. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Marrakech

Tours Outdoors Museums
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Balloon Rides
Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech ©
Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech
Koutoubia Mosque ©
Koutoubia Mosque

5
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.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Off-Road Tours will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Parasailing & Paragliding and Sharm Papyrus Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Hurghada (Coptic Cathedral of Saint Shenouda, Sand City, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Coptic Orthodox Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Heavenly Cathedral, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and kick back and relax at Ras Um Sid.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sharm El Sheikh trip planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Marrakech to Sharm El Sheikh in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 2 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Marrakech in February: high temperatures in Sharm El Sheikh hover around °F and lows are around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hurghada
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Nature & Wildlife Tours
The Heavenly Cathedral ©
The Heavenly Cathedral

2
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): explore the activities along Halic, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rustem Pasha Mosque, thendelve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Little Hagia Sophia, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Sultanahmet Square, admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Museum, thenget engrossed in the history at Istanbul Archaeological Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul attractions website.

You can fly from Sharm El Sheikh to Istanbul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sharm El Sheikh to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Sharm El Sheikh, expect colder days and little chillier nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Temple of Hephaestus and Ancient Agora of Athens. Get a sense of the local culture at Acropolis of Athens and Acropolis Museum. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, wander the streets of Anafiotika, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Lycabettus, and pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Athens trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Istanbul to Athens by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Athens. While traveling from Istanbul, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Athens, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus

2
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
On the 28th (Sun), examine the collection at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, explore the ancient world of Ancient Thera, thenget engrossed in the history at La Ponta, thenexplore the galleries of Ernesto Workshop & Gallery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Castelli of Pyrgos, do a tasting at Artemis Karamolegos Winery, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Agios Nikolaos Church.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Fira online trip maker.

Fly from Athens to Fira in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. In February, daily temperatures in Fira can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Fira

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Agios Nikolaos Church, Castelli of Pyrgos, Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, Ancient Thera, La Ponta
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Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist ©
Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Ancient Thera ©
Ancient Thera

2
nights
Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
On the 2nd (Tue), head off the coast to Isola Palmaria, see the interesting displays at Museo Civico Amedeo Lia, thenlearn about all things military at Museo Tecnico Navale della Spezia, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Lorenzo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Oratorio dei Disciplinati di Santa Caterina, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Borgo Storico di Manarola, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa Di San Pietro, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cinque Terre trip site.

Traveling by flight from Fira to Cinque Terre takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fira to Cinque Terre. Traveling from Fira in March, Cinque Terre is slightly colder at night with lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

La Spezia, Isola Palmaria
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Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church ©
Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church
Chiesa di San Lorenzo ©
Chiesa di San Lorenzo
Museo Civico Amedeo Lia ©
Museo Civico Amedeo Lia

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Loggia dei Lanzi, examine the collection at Museo di San Marco, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, explore the world behind art at Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Corridoio Vasariano, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica San Miniato al Monte, see the interesting displays at Stibbert Museum, thenadmire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence trip planner.

Drive from Cinque Terre to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Florence can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
Florence Academy of Fine Arts
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cupola di San Pietro and Stanze di Raffaello. Museum-lovers will appreciate Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini and Villa Farnesina. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria del Popolo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Prassede, and contemplate the long history of Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rome online route planner.

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In March, daily temperatures in Rome can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Cupola di San Pietro ©
Cupola di San Pietro
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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