36 days in Africa, Europe & South Pacific Itinerary

36 days in Africa, Europe & South Pacific Itinerary

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Marrakech, Morocco
— 2 nights
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Essaouira, Morocco
— 3 nights
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Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
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Antalya, Turkey
— 1 night
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Kas, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Rhodes Town, Greece
— 2 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 5 nights
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Thessaloniki, Greece
— 1 night
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Bora Bora, French Polynesia
— 6 nights
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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.
Spend the 29th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, steep yourself in history at Palacio da Bahia, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jemaa el-Fna, and admire the landmark architecture of Medersa Ben Youssef.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Marrakech tour itinerary tool.

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago to Marrakech is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is 4 hours. When traveling from Port of Spain in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Marrakech: temperatures range from 44°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Essaouira.

Things to do in Marrakech

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Essaouira, Morocco

— 3 nights

Wind City of Africa

The laidback town of Essaouira, known for its forceful trade winds, attracts Moroccan and foreign tourists alike with its sweeping beaches and atmospheric, labyrinthine medina, a World Heritage Site.
On the 30th (Tue), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: trot along with a tour on horseback and then stroll through Cheval Essaouira.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Essaouira trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Marrakech to Essaouira by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In August, Essaouira is little chillier than Marrakech - with highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Cairo.

Things to do in Essaouira

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks
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Cairo, Egypt

— 3 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairo: Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, walk around Al-Azhar Park, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cairo trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Essaouira to Cairo takes 13 hours. Traveling from Essaouira to Cairo, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Essaouira in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairo: highs are around 39°C and lows about 28°C. On the 4th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Antalya.

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Antalya, Turkey

— 1 night
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls, then see some colorful creatures with Deep Walker Diving Resort, and then wander the streets of Kaleici.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Antalya road trip planning site.

You can fly from Cairo to Antalya in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Antalya. Traveling from Cairo in September, expect Antalya to be slightly colder, temps between 36°C and 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kas.

Things to do in Antalya

Neighborhoods · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Kas, Turkey

— 2 nights
An unspoiled fishing village for most of its existence, Kas now serves as a mostly quiet tourist town, located on the southern section of the country's Mediterranean coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Kaputas Beach and then stroll through Tersane Koyu.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kas holiday maker website.

Getting from Antalya to Kas by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Antalya in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kas, with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Spas

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Rhodes Town, Greece

— 2 nights
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, then kick back and relax at Lindos Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Agathi Beach. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Faliraki Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rhodes Town itinerary maker.

You can ride a ferry from Kas to Rhodes Town in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Kas to Rhodes Town is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rhodes Town when traveling from Kas in September, with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Athens.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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Athens, Greece

— 5 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Athens: Tiryns (in Nafplio) and Archaeological Site Mycenae (in Mycenae). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, visit Monastiraki, and take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Athens trip website.

Getting from Rhodes Town to Athens by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and car. September in Athens sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

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Thessaloniki, Greece

— 1 night

Mother of Israel

A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Museum of Byzantine Culture, take in panoramic vistas at White Tower of Thessaloniki, contemplate the long history of Arch of Galerius, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hagios Demetrios, and finally make a trip to Aristotelous Square.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Thessaloniki trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Thessaloniki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Athens in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Thessaloniki, with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Zurich.

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Zurich, Switzerland

— 5 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Lucerne (Rigi, Lake Lucerne, &more) and Bern (Clock Tower - Zytglogge, Aare River, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum, and wander the streets of Niederdorf.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich visit planner.

Fly from Thessaloniki to Zurich in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Thessaloniki in September: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Geneva.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Nature · Museums · Neighborhoods

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Geneva, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
On the 21st (Wed), explore the activities along Lake Geneva and then examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, walk around Le Jardin Anglais, then don't miss a visit to Palais des Nations, Genève, then ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, and finally pause for some photo ops at Reformation Wall.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Geneva trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Geneva takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Bora Bora.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
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Bora Bora, French Polynesia

— 6 nights
There's a reason why many consider Bora Bora the most romantic island in the world.
Bora Bora is known for wildlife, shopping, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Matira Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Otemanu, have unforgettable encounters with Diveasy, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse Saint Pierre-Celestin Church.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bora Bora trip itinerary tool.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Geneva to Bora Bora in 32.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Tahiti Time (TAHT), which is usually a -11 hour difference. You will leave for home on the 29th (Thu).

Things to do in Bora Bora

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
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Morocco travel guide

4.1
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.

Turkish Mediterranean Coast travel guide

4.2
Turquoise Coast
Affectionately known as the "Turquoise Coast," the Turkish Mediterranean Coast area boasts fine-sand beaches and sparkling blue waters. The lush, forest-blanketed Taurus Mountains serve as a breathtaking backdrop for this vacation spot. The sand and sea are just around the corner from ancient cities perched precariously on hilltops, carved tombs, and hiking trails. The history isn't just onshore: you can spot the sunken remains of ancient civilizations in the crystal clear waters, too. Wedged between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, this pristine coast offers spectacular yachting and fun in the sun for all.

Greece travel guide

4.2
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.

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.