31 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

31 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Nice, France
— 6 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
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Marrakech, Morocco
— 2 nights
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Cairo, Egypt
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Paris, France

— 5 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.
Shop till you drop at Le Marais and Champs-Elysees. Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, and explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Paris travel site.

London, UK to Paris is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Paris is 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Nice.

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Nice, France

— 6 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Your inner history buff will appreciate La Croisette and Vieille Ville. Get outdoors at Castel Plage and Plage Mace. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews (in La Napoule-Plage), Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins) and Cannes (Rue d'Antibes, Marche Forville, &more). There's still lots to do: indulge your senses at Azur Wine Tours, stop by Choisy La Galerie, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Gabel.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nice sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Nice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nice, with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

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Barcelona, Spain

— 4 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Get some historical perspective at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar. Relax by the water at Platja Fonda and La playa de Tamariu. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Las Ramblas, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de La Barceloneta.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona travel planner.

Fly from Nice to Barcelona in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Prado National Museum and Royal Palace of Madrid are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza and Church of Santo Tomé will appeal to museum buffs. When in Madrid, make a side trip to see Catedral Primada in Toledo, approximately Toledo away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Barcelona in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Madrid, with highs around 39°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can fly to Porto.

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Porto, Portugal

— 2 nights

Unvanquished City

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, then do a tasting at Pocas Vinhos, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get into the urban bustle at Palacio da Bolsa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and then do sightseeing your way with Taste Porto Food Tours.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Porto attractions website.

Getting from Madrid to Porto by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Madrid in August, things will get a bit cooler in Porto: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to fly to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Tours · Wineries · Outdoors · Adventure

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Lisbon, Portugal

— 5 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Quinta da Regaleira. You'll explore and learn at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Museu Nacional do Azulejo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Sintra (Sintra National Palace, Park and National Palace of Pena, &more). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, do a tasting at The Best Portugal, don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, and wander the streets of Avenida da Liberdade.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lisbon road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Porto to Lisbon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Porto in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lisbon: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Seville.

Things to do in Lisbon

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Seville, Spain

— 2 nights

City of Towers

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 27th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Plaza de España and then steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla, then take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Seville trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Seville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lisbon to Seville, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Seville can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Marrakech.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Marrakech, Morocco

— 2 nights

Red City

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 29th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Jemaa el-Fna and then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Marrakech trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Seville to Marrakech by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seville to Marrakech due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seville in August, expect nights in Marrakech to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 44°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Mon) before leaving for Cairo.

Things to do in Marrakech

Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites
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Cairo, Egypt

— 1 night

City of a Thousand Minarets

More than 20 million people call Cairo their home and, as soon as you set foot in the sprawling metropolis, it's evident they make it crowded and chaotic, but also exuberant and charming.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.

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Traveling by flight from Marrakech to Cairo takes 10 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Marrakech to Cairo is 2 hours. Traveling from Marrakech in August, Cairo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Cairo

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France travel guide

4.3
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.

Spain travel guide

4.5
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Portugal travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.

Morocco travel guide

4.2
Diverse in landscapes and cultures, Morocco has long been a popular tourist destination, offering many quintessential North African vistas, sounds, and tastes. The ancient medinas of the main cities have retained their look and feel over the centuries, with bustling markets of colorful spice stalls, leather tanning in the streets, and teahouses. The dunes of the Sahara and the peaks of the High Atlas mountains battle for the interest of tourists on holiday in Morocco, with each possessing impressive, picturesque scenery, and hidden-away traditional villages, filled with crafts, carpets, and a rural way of life.

Egypt travel guide

4.5
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.