56 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

56 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

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Catania, Italy
— 4 nights
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Marrakech, Morocco
— 5 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 5 nights
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Ronda, Spain
— 4 nights
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Granada, Spain
— 3 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
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Bilbao, Spain
— 3 nights
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 2 nights
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Ibiza Town, Spain
— 4 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
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Saint-Raphael, France
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 5 nights
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Paris, France
— 7 nights
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Catania, Italy — 4 nights

The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
Venture out of the city with trips to Syracuse (Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi, Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, &more), Ancient Theatre of Taormina (in Taormina) and Linguaglossa (Etna Donkey Trekking & Gambino Vini). There's much more to do: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, explore the ancient world of Scavi Archeologici di Campanarazzu, explore the world behind art at Polo Tattile Multimediale, and get impressive views of Siciliamareterra.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Catania trip itinerary maker tool.

Auckland, New Zealand to Catania is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Catania is minus 11 hours. When traveling from Auckland in May, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Catania: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Marrakech.
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Find places to stay May 23 — 27:

Marrakech, Morocco — 5 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.
Spend the 29th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 31st (Wed), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Menara Gardens and Pavilion, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jemaa el-Fna, and admire the landmark architecture of Saadian Tombs.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Marrakech journey site.

Traveling by flight from Catania to Marrakech takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Catania to Marrakech, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Catania in May, things will get a bit warmer in Marrakech: highs are around 35°C and lows about 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can fly to Seville.
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Find places to stay May 27 — Jun 1:

Seville, Spain — 5 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seville: Feria del Caballo (in Jerez De La Frontera) and Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba (in Cordoba). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, experience rural life at Les Visites du Campo Bravo, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla, and take in nature's colorful creations at Parque de Maria Luisa.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Seville trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Marrakech to Seville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Marrakech to Seville. Traveling from Marrakech in June, you will find days in Seville are slightly colder (35°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Ronda.
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Find places to stay Jun 1 — 6:

Ronda, Spain — 4 nights

Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Ronda is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: learn about winemaking at Bodega Garcia Hidalgo, explore the stunning scenery at El Tajo de Ronda, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and wander the streets of Old City.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ronda trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Seville to Ronda by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Granada.
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Find places to stay Jun 6 — 10:

Granada, Spain — 3 nights

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Granada: Nerja (Papagayo Beach, Balcony of Europe, &more). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Alhambra, contemplate the long history of Mirador de San Nicolas, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and stop by Albayzin.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Granada road trip site.

Traveling by car from Ronda to Granada takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daytime highs in Granada are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Madrid.
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Find places to stay Jun 10 — 13:

Madrid, Spain — 5 nights

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, stroll through Casa de Campo, and stroll around Parque del Retiro.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Madrid day trip planner.

You can fly from Granada to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to fly to Bilbao.
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Find places to stay Jun 13 — 18:

Bilbao, Spain — 3 nights

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Dedicate the 20th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, get outside with San Mames Stadium, and wander the streets of Casco Viejo.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bilbao driving holiday planner.

Getting from Madrid to Bilbao by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Madrid in June: highs in Bilbao hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Sebastian - Donostia.
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Find places to stay Jun 18 — 21:

San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain — 2 nights

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.
On the 22nd (Thu), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at San Telmo Museoa and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Sebastian - Donostia online journey builder.

Traveling by car from Bilbao to San Sebastian - Donostia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in San Sebastian - Donostia are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Ibiza Town.
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Find places to stay Jun 21 — 23:

Ibiza Town, Spain — 4 nights

As the island’s largest city and most-visited site, Ibiza is famous for its electric nightlife and lively Mediterranean culture.
Explore Ibiza Town's surroundings by going to Sant Joan de Labritja (Scuba & Snorkeling & Horseback Riding Tours). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Castell de Eivissa, indulge in some personalized pampering at Massage Beach Ibiza, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ibiza Cathedral, and take in the waterfront at Puerto de Ibiza.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ibiza Town visit planner.

Getting from San Sebastian - Donostia to Ibiza Town by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in June, expect nights in Ibiza Town to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Barcelona.
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Find places to stay Jun 23 — 27:

Barcelona, Spain — 5 nights

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 sightseeing, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: walk around Parc Guell, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, shop like a local with La Boqueria, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Barcelona online tour planner.

You can fly from Ibiza Town to Barcelona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. June in Barcelona sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Saint-Raphael.
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Find places to stay Jun 27 — Jul 2:

Saint-Raphael, France — 2 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel and then do a tasting at Domaine Terres Destel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Kuentz le Monde des Cactus, don't miss a visit to Cap du Dramont, and then discover the deep blue sea with Agathonis Plongee.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Saint-Raphael vacation planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Saint-Raphael in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Saint-Raphael, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.
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Find places to stay Jul 2 — 4:

Nice, France — 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Antibes (Villa Eilenroc & Musee Picasso), Be Free 2 Dive (in Villeneuve-Loubet) and Azur Wine Tours (in Vence). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nice online vacation planner.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Nice are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.
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Find places to stay Jul 4 — 9:

Paris, France — 7 nights

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 Versailles (Palace of Versailles & L'Orangerie) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and wander the streets of Le Marais.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Nice to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in July, plan for little chillier nights in Paris, with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Jul 9 — 16:

Sicily travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Churches
The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is a ruggedly attractive land. The island has a long history of foreign domination and has been controlled by the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, and Normans. The result is a distinct culture blending elements from all of those areas and featuring an intriguing dialect. This is a huge island with plenty of small villages to tour, each with its own treasures. Beyond the popular coastal areas, Sicily's inland attractions include an unspoiled landscape of mountains, hills, and villages that sometimes seem frozen in time. While the natural environment is its biggest draw, Sicily's greatest asset may be its people. They are proud of their traditions and incredibly hospitable to visitors.
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Morocco travel guide

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Flea Markets · Gardens · Historic Sites
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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Spain travel guide

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Beaches · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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