60 days in Europe, Cairo & Essaouira Itinerary

60 days in Europe, Cairo & Essaouira Itinerary

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Lisbon, Portugal
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Barcelona, Spain
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London, United Kingdom
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Berlin, Germany
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Prague, Czech Republic
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Paris, France
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Marseille, France
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Milan, Italy
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Rome, Italy
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Naples, Italy
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Athens, Greece
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Mykonos Town, Greece
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Fira, Greece
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Cairo, Egypt
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Essaouira, Morocco
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Lisbon, Portugal — 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra National Palace, &more). The adventure continues: observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, take a stroll through Alfama, don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and admire the landmark architecture of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon itinerary planning tool.

San Francisco, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Lisbon is 8 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in July, with highs in Lisbon at 85°F and lows at 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Barcelona.
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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.
Step out of Barcelona with an excursion to PortAventura in Salou--about 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, and don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Barcelona when traveling from Lisbon in July, with lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to fly to London.
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London, United Kingdom — 5 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Buckingham Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the London trip planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to London in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Barcelona in July, expect London to be little chillier, temps between 73°F and 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, walk around Vondelpark, and then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, then examine the collection at Anne Frank House, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht).

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam holiday website.

Fly from London to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. In July, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Berlin.
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Berlin, Germany — 3 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, wander the streets of Potsdamer Platz, contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, and appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Berlin online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Berlin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Prague.
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Prague, Czech Republic — 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Prague is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Charles Bridge, visit Lesser Town, take some stellar pictures from Petřín, and admire the striking features of St. Vitus Cathedral.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Prague online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Berlin to Prague in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can fly to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the dramatic scenery at Rhine Falls, and then wander the streets of Old Town. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, then take in the views from Chapel Bridge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hofkirche.

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

Traveling by flight from Prague to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Paris.
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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.
Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny), Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen (in Rouen) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, and explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

You can fly from Zurich to Paris in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Marseille.
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Marseille, France — 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): browse the exhibits of Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, then don't miss a visit to Cours Mirabeau, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): see the interesting displays at Musee Granet and then see majestic marine mammals with Atlantide.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Marseille trip planner.

You can fly from Paris to Marseille in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in July; daily highs in Marseille reach 88°F and lows reach 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 2 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): shop like a local with Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, don't miss a visit to Piazza Sant'Alessandro, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then find something for the whole family at Leolandia, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Il Cenacolo.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Milan trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Milan takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August in Milan, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to fly to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, make a trip to Spanish Steps, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Milan to Rome takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Naples.
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Naples, Italy — 3 nights

Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naples: Bosco de Medici Winery (in Pompeii) and Paestum (Parrocchia Ss. Annunziata, Archaeological Park of Paestum, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Pompeii Archaeological Park, get to know the fascinating history of Underground Naples, don't miss a visit to Spaccanapoli, and contemplate the long history of Parco Acheologico di Ercolano.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Naples travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Rome to Naples by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Change things up with these side-trips from Athens: Archaeological Site Mycenae (in Mycenae) and Corinth Canal (in Isthmia). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum, appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, and make a trip to Plateia Syntagmatos.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Athens trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Naples to Athens takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Naples in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Athens, with lows of 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can fly to Mykonos Town.
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Mykonos Town, Greece — 3 nights

Chora Mykonos

A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Mykonos Town is known for sightseeing, nightlife, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Panormos Beach, don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli), enjoy the sand and surf at Elia Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Paraportiani Church.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Mykonos Town visit planner.

You can fly from Athens to Mykonos Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. While traveling from Athens, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Mykonos Town, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Fira.
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Fira, Greece — 3 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Fira is known for nightlife, wineries, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, enjoy the sand and surf at Kamari Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stroll through Perissa Black Sand Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Fira trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by ferry from Mykonos Town to Fira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, daytime highs in Fira are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Cairo.
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Cairo, Egypt — 2 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.
On the 22nd (Tue), see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cairo trip planner.

Fly from Fira to Cairo in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Fira in August: highs in Cairo hover around 96°F, while lows dip to 78°F. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Essaouira.
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Essaouira, Morocco — 4 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.
Essaouira is known for sightseeing, adventure, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take a stroll through Medina of Essaouira, take in the exciting artwork at Galerie la Kasbah, and ride a horse along Cheval Essaouira.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Essaouira trip planning tool.

Getting from Cairo to Essaouira by flight takes about 13 hours. Traveling from Cairo to Essaouira, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cairo in August, things will get slightly colder in Essaouira: highs are around 83°F and lows about 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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.
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Mykonos travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Nightlife
Island of the Winds
Local tradition claims that Mykonos, the trendiest of the Cyclades group of islands, came into existence from the petrified bodies of giants killed by the mythological hero Hercules. Named after the grandson of the god Apollo, this cosmopolitan "Ibiza of Greece" offers modern tourists a blend of glamour and simplicity. Be prepared for hip and loud dance clubs along the coastline and quieter areas farther from the water. Avoid cruise ship crowds thronging the narrow streets by exploring the small villages located in the center of the island. The easiest way to discover the island's golden beaches is by guided boat tour, private car, or motorcycle.
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Santorini travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.
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Morocco travel guide

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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.
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