43 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

43 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

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43 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly + train:  28​h
1
Positano, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Nice, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
8
Ronda, Spain
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
9
Marrakech, Morocco
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h
10
Rethymnon, Greece
— 2 nights
11
Elounda, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Heraklion, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  26​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

4
nights
Positano, Italy

Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ravello (Duomo di Ravello, Villa Cimbrone Gardens, & more) and Amalfi (Duomo di Sant'Andrea & Wine Tours & Tastings). There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Il Sentiero Degli Dei, stroll through Spiaggia Grande, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cloister del Paradiso, and cool off at Fornillo.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Positano day trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Positano is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Positano is minus 9 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in May: high temperatures in Positano hover around 27°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Positano

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Ravello, Amalfi, Torre di Grado
Find places to stay May 5 — 9:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Il Sentiero Degli Dei ©
Il Sentiero Degli Dei
Villa Rufolo ©
Villa Rufolo

7
nights
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Siena (Duomo di Siena & Piazza del Campo), Basilica San Vitale (in Ravenna) and Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, and get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Florence trip planner .

You can drive from Positano to Florence in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and train; or do a combination of subway, train, and flight. Traveling from Positano in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Florence, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Siena, Basilica San Vitale, Leaning Tower of Pisa
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Food Tours
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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 17th (Sun), hike along Cinque Terre Trails, hike along Cinque Terre footpaths, then take a stroll around Vernazza, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza. Keep things going the next day: trek along Il Sentiero da Levanto a Monterosso and then explore the striking landscape of Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cinque Terre vacation planner .

You can drive from Florence to Cinque Terre in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Cinque Terre footpaths ©
Cinque Terre footpaths
Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre ©
Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre

3
nights
Nice, France

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.
Take a break from Nice with a short trip to Le Nomade in Antibes, about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, meet the residents at Marineland, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nice online travel planner .

You can drive from Cinque Terre to Nice in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Nice, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Tours

Side Trips

Antibes, Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze
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Food Tours
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

4
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, museums, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas, pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and stroll around Parc Guell.

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Traveling by flight from Nice to Barcelona takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Barcelona are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

2
nights
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at La Concha Beach, don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Constitucion, then wander the streets of Parte Vieja, then stop by Ganbara, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour. On the next day, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then take in the awesome beauty at Monte Igueldo, and then take in the waterfront at Paseo Nuevo.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Sebastian - Donostia driving holiday planner .

Fly from Barcelona to San Sebastian - Donostia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In May in San Sebastian - Donostia, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Tours Parks Outdoors
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Food Tours
La Concha Beach ©
La Concha Beach

4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Go for a jaunt from Madrid to Toledo to see Catedral Primada about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, take in nature's colorful creations at Real Jardin Botanico, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Madrid tour itinerary planner.

Fly from San Sebastian - Donostia to Madrid in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Madrid, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Ronda.

Things to do in Madrid

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Catedral Primada
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro

3
nights
Ronda, Spain

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Take a break from Ronda with a short trip to El Torcal de Antequera in Antequera, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Bodega Garcia Hidalgo, take in breathtaking views at El Tajo de Ronda, snap pictures at Puente Nuevo, and get outside with Ronda Dressage.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ronda online itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Ronda takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In June in Ronda, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Ronda

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

El Torcal de Antequera
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Bodega Garcia Hidalgo ©
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo
Reservatauro Ronda ©
Reservatauro Ronda
El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda

3
nights
Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech ©
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.
Marrakech is known for shopping, parks, historic sites, spas, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, get to know the fascinating history of Menara Gardens and Pavilion, admire the striking features of Medersa Ben Youssef, and look for gifts at Les Freres Artisanat de Cuir.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Marrakech trip site .

Getting from Ronda to Marrakech by combination of car and ferry takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ronda to Marrakech. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa
Palacio da Bahia ©
Palacio da Bahia

2
nights
Rethymnon, Greece

Rethymnon ©
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
Change things up with a short trip to Old Venetian Harbor in Chania Town (about 1h 10 min away). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Arkadi, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Rethymno, and contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Rethymnon trip itinerary builder website .

Fly from Marrakech to Rethymnon in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Marrakech to Rethymnon. When traveling from Marrakech in June, plan for little chillier days in Rethymnon, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Elounda.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Minoan grave of Filaki, Athos Workshop, Old Venetian Harbor
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The Venetian Fortezza ©
The Venetian Fortezza
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor

3
nights
Elounda, Greece

Elounda ©
Long a sleepy fishing settlement on Crete's northern coastline, Elounda today serves as a major travel destination, drawing vacationers with a blend of unspoiled natural scenery and luxury resorts.
When in Elounda, make a side trip to see Milatos Cave in Milatos, approximately 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fortress Spinalonga, kick back and relax at Kolokithia Beach, stop by Trilogy Bookshop, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Elounda online travel route planner .

You can drive from Rethymnon to Elounda in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Rethymnon in June, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Elounda: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Heraklion.

Things to do in Elounda

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Milatos Cave
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Milatos Cave ©
Milatos Cave
Spas

1
night
Heraklion, Greece

Heraklion ©
Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Heraklion day trip website .

Traveling by car from Elounda to Heraklion takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Elounda in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 22°C in Heraklion. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Church of Saint Titus ©
Church of Saint Titus

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