43 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

43 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

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43 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

Start: Newark, United States
Fly:  10​h 30​min
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
Fes, Morocco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Chefchaouen, Morocco
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  8​h
Agadir, Morocco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Essaouira, Morocco
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
Casablanca, Morocco
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
Accra, Ghana
— 18 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Newark, United States

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Obidos Village and Praia da Nazare. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Cabo da Roca (in Colares), Monastery of Alcobaca (in Alcobaca) and Evora (Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana) & Capela dos Ossos). The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge, make a trip to Jeronimos Monastery, and take a stroll through Belém Tower.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lisbon road trip planning tool .

Newark, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Western European Time (WET) is 5 hours. Traveling from Newark in July, expect little chillier with lows of 63°F in Lisbon. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Evora, Monastery of Alcobaca, Cabo da Roca, Praia da Nazare, Obidos Village
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Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Obidos Village ©
Obidos Village

3
nights
Porto, Portugal

Porto ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Palacio da Bolsa and Parque da Cidade do Porto. Change things up with these side-trips from Porto: Mata Nacional do Bucaco (in Luso), Praia da Costa Nova (in Ilhavo) and Ponte Romana (in Ponte de Lima). And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, get great views at Porto Bridge Climb, do a tasting at Porto Augusto's, and take in the waterfront at Ribeira Square.

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Traveling by train from Lisbon to Porto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Lisbon in July, you will find days in Porto are a bit cooler (75°F), and nights are about the same (59°F). On the 25th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Madrid.

Things to do in Porto

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature

Side Trips

Ponte Romana, Praia da Costa Nova, Porto Augusto's, National Forest of Bussaco
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Praia da Costa Nova ©
Praia da Costa Nova
Rio Douro ©
Rio Douro
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Step off the beaten path and head to San Martin Bridge and The Four Posts. Step out of Madrid to go to Toledo and see Casco Historico de Toledo, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Prado National Museum, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid, and contemplate the waterfront views at Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro).

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Madrid road trip planning app .

Getting from Porto to Madrid by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Porto to Madrid. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Porto in July: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 93°F and lows are around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Nature

Side Trips

Toledo, The Four Posts
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro) ©
Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro)
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

3
nights
Seville, Spain

Seville ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Parque de Maria Luisa and Centro Historico de Sevilla. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Alcázar of Seville, admire the striking features of Las Duenas, don't miss a visit to Plaza de America, and get great views at Seville Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Seville trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Madrid to Seville by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Fes.

Things to do in Seville

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trip

Archaeological Ensemble of Italica
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Plaza de Espana ©
Plaza de Espana
Parque de Maria Luisa ©
Parque de Maria Luisa
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville

2
nights
Fes, Morocco

Morocco's former capital, Fes enchants visitors with its walled medina, a labyrinthine web of pedestrian-only streets and a World Heritage Site.
On the 1st (Wed), make a trip to Glaoui Palace, Fez, explore the world behind art at Nejjarine Museum of Wood Arts and Crafts, and then admire the landmark architecture of Bou Inania Medersa. On your second day here, stop by Medin'Art, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Jnan Sbil.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Fes trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Seville to Fes by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Western European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Seville in July, expect nights in Fes to be about the same, around 65°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 97°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Chefchaouen.

Things to do in Fes

#Tours, #Parks, #Museums
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Walking tours
Jardin Jnan Sbil ©
Jardin Jnan Sbil
Bou Inania Medersa ©
Bou Inania Medersa

1
night
Chefchaouen, Morocco

Chefchaouen ©
Tourism in Chefchaouen, a picturesque town in the Rif mountain range, has been thriving for decades due to its scenic surroundings and buildings painted in a striking blue hue.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Kasbah Museum, stop by La Botica de la Abuela Aladdin, then don't miss a visit to Place Outa el Hammam & Kasbah, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Chefchaouen Old City, and finally stop by Local Berbere Artisanal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Grand Mosque and then admire the sheer force of Cascades d'Akchour.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Chefchaouen day trip planner .

Drive from Fes to Chefchaouen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Agadir.

Things to do in Chefchaouen

#Nature, #Parks, #Shopping
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Cascades d'Akchour ©
Cascades d'Akchour
Place Outa el Hammam & Kasbah ©
Place Outa el Hammam & Kasbah
La Botica de la Abuela Aladdin ©
La Botica de la Abuela Aladdin

1
night
Agadir, Morocco

Agadir ©
Completely rebuilt after a catastrophic earthquake in 1961, the coastal city of Agadir rose from the ruins and grew into Morocco's premier beach destination.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): don't miss a visit to KASBAT SOUSS and then stroll through Plage d'Agadir.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Agadir road trip site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Chefchaouen to Agadir takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Essaouira.

Things to do in Agadir

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Plage d'Agadir ©
Plage d'Agadir

2
nights
Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, play a few rounds at Golf d'Essaouira Mogador, and then stop by Cooperative de bijoux Mogador Dag Souiri.

Plan trip to Essaouira with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Agadir to Essaouira takes 3 hours. In August in Essaouira, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Casablanca.

Things to do in Essaouira

#Outdoors, #Golf, #Tours
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Golf d'Essaouira Mogador ©
Golf d'Essaouira Mogador
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
Casablanca, Morocco

Casablanca ©
The port of Casablanca, Morocco's largest city and economic hub, represents the country's beating heart, established as a French protectorate in 1912.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hassan II Mosque and Old Medina of Casablanca. Step out of Casablanca to go to Mohammedia and see Mohammedia, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Ain Diab, stop by Mooi, delve into the lush surroundings at Foret De Bouskoura, and see the interesting displays at Museum of Moroccan Judaism.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Casablanca online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Essaouira to Casablanca takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Essaouira in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Casablanca, with lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Accra.

Things to do in Casablanca

#Parks, #Nature, #Shopping

Side Trip

Mohammedia
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Foret De Bouskoura ©
Foret De Bouskoura
Hassan II Mosque ©
Hassan II Mosque
Ain Diab ©
Ain Diab

18
nights
Accra, Ghana

Accra ©
On a tour of Accra, you can experience the vivacious and dynamic atmosphere of Ghana's sprawling capital city, a commercial and tourist hub of the region.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bojo Beach and Kokrobite Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Accra: Akosombo Hydro Plant (in Akosombo), Atewa Range (in Koforidua) and West Hills Mall (in Weija). Spend the 25th (Sat) exploring nature at Ankasa Conservation Area. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Church of the Most Holy Trinity, stop by Center for National Culture- call Ila on the below number, take in nature's colorful creations at Aburi Botanical Gardens, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Makola Market.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Accra trip planning app .

You can fly from Casablanca to Accra in 7 hours. In August, daytime highs in Accra are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Accra

#Parks, #Shopping, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Greater Accra, Tema, Fort Lijdzaamheid, Legon Botanical Gardens, West Hills Mall
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Labadi Pleasure Beach ©
Labadi Pleasure Beach
Sakumono ©
Sakumono
Kokrobite Beach ©
Kokrobite Beach

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