16 days in Portugal, Nice & Marrakech Itinerary

16 days in Portugal, Nice & Marrakech Itinerary

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Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
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Marrakech, Morocco
— 4 nights
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Faro, Portugal
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Lisbon, Portugal — 4 nights

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Escape the urban bustle at Guincho Beach and Praia do Tamariz. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Praia do Carvalhal and Praia da Gale-Fontainhas. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Igreja de Sao Domingos (Santa Justa e Rufina), take some stellar pictures from Miradouro da Graca (Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen), and make a trip to Parque das Nacoes.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Lisbon trip itinerary planner.

Washington, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Lisbon is 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 63°F. On the 3rd (Sat), you're off to Nice.
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Nice, France — 3 nights

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 day by day itinerary now includes Nice Boat Tour as well as Blue Beach. On the 4th (Sun), race across the water with Nice Boat Tour, then wander the streets of Vieille Ville, then take a leisurely stroll along Quai des Etats Unis, and finally discover the deep blue sea with Cap Ferrat Diving. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Baou de Saint Jeannet, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Blue Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Nice trip planner.

Getting from Lisbon to Nice by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Lisbon to Nice, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in September, expect nights in Nice to be about the same, around 65°F, while days are little chillier, around 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Marrakech.
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Marrakech, Morocco — 4 nights

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.
You've now added 4X4 Camel - Private Day Tours to your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Balloon Rides and Safaris. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Arab Baths and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. When in Marrakech, make a side trip to see Climbing Tours in Imlil, approximately Imlil away. And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, contemplate the long history of Medersa Ben Youssef, and admire the masterpieces at Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech.

Plan my day in Marrakech using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Marrakech takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Nice to Marrakech due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nice in September: highs in Marrakech hover around 91°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for the flight to Faro.
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Faro, Portugal — 3 nights

The most well-known city in the Algarve, Faro boasts a cliffside location with popular beaches and a thriving cultural scene.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia da Quarteira, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Vilamoura. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Praca da Republica, then head off the coast to Tavira Island, then get outside with Ilha Do Farol, and finally deepen your understanding of the past and present with Far-Eco Tuk.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Faro holiday planner.

Getting from Marrakech to Faro by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Marrakech in September: highs in Faro hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel back home.
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Portugal travel guide

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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.
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