56 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

56 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
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Valencia, Spain
— 4 nights
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Granada, Spain
— 1 night
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Seville, Spain
— 5 nights
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Fes, Morocco
— 2 nights
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Marrakech, Morocco
— 4 nights
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Essaouira, Morocco
— 2 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
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Funchal, Portugal
— 5 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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Oslo, Norway
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Munich, Germany — 2 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): examine the collection at Deutsches Museum Flugwerft Schleissheim, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Schleissheim, then contemplate the long history of White Rose Monument, then take in the architecture and design of Ludwig Maximilian University, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Ruffinihaus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Burgersaalkirche, then admire the striking features of Dianatempel, then don't miss a visit to Platzl, and finally admire the striking features of Heiliggeistkirche.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Munich trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Munich is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 9 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Brisbane in May: high temperatures in Munich hover around 20°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Barcelona.
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Find places to stay May 1 — 3:

Barcelona, Spain — 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Port Vell and Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Barcelona: Museu Del Ferrocarril (in Vilanova i la Geltru), Spas (in Sitges) and Malgrat de Mar (Parc Francesc Macia & Parc del Castell). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Parish Church of Sant Roma, examine the collection at MEAM Museu Europeu d'Art Modern, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and browse the fresh offerings at Mercat Santa Caterina.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip builder site.

You can fly from Munich to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Munich in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Barcelona: highs are around 25°C and lows about 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Valencia.
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Find places to stay May 3 — 8:

Valencia, Spain — 4 nights

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Micalet - Miguelete and Iglesia de San Juan del Hospital. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de San Nicolas de Bari y San Pedro Martir, take in the views from Puente de las Flores, admire the striking features of Santa Catalina Church (Iglesia de Santa Catalina), and examine the collection at Museo Historico Militar de Valencia.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Valencia tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Valencia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in May, expect nights in Valencia to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can fly to Granada.
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Find places to stay May 8 — 12:

Granada, Spain — 1 night

Pearl of Spain

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
On the 13th (Sat), head outdoors with Sierra & Sol and then don't miss a visit to Ermita de San Miguel Alto.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Granada trip maker website.

Fly from Valencia to Granada in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May in Granada, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Seville.
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Find places to stay May 12 — 13:

Seville, Spain — 5 nights

City of Towers

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Les Visites du Campo Bravo and Virgin of El Rocio. There's still lots to do: explore by horseback at Centro Ecuestre Entrepinares, pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de los Marineros, don't miss a visit to Paseo de Las Delicias, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de la Magdalena.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Seville trip planning tool.

Drive from Granada to Seville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Fes.
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Find places to stay May 13 — 18:

Fes, Morocco — 2 nights

Mecca of the West

Morocco's former capital, Fes enchants visitors with its walled medina, a labyrinthine web of pedestrian-only streets and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take an exotic tour of a safari tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Cherratin Medersa, then contemplate the long history of Glaoui Palace, and then admire the local landmark of Palais Dar Pacha Tazi.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Fes planner.

Fly from Seville to Fes in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Seville to Fes, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Fes can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can fly to Marrakech.
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Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 18 — 20:

Marrakech, Morocco — 4 nights

Red City

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Walking tours and Off-Road Tours. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Outdoor Activities, look for gifts at Ensemble Artisanal, admire the landmark architecture of Medersa Ben Youssef, and admire the masterpieces at Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Marrakech itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Fes to Marrakech in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Marrakech can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Essaouira.
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Find places to stay May 20 — 24:

Essaouira, Morocco — 2 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.
On the 25th (Thu), glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, ride a horse along Cheval Essaouira, and then play a few rounds at Golf d'Essaouira Mogador. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Synagogue Slat Lkahal, contemplate the long history of Chaim Pinto Synagogue, and then stroll through Plage de Sidi Kaouki.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Essaouira trip planner.

Traveling by car from Marrakech to Essaouira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Marrakech in May, you will find days in Essaouira are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Lisbon.
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Find places to stay May 24 — 26:

Lisbon, Portugal — 5 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 discover tucked-away gems like Palácio Nacional da Ajuda and Speed Boats Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Marechal Carmona Park (in Cascais), Praia do Tamariz (in Estoril) and Palacio Nacional de Mafra (in Mafra). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Santo Antonio de Lisboa, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria de Belem Church, and step into the grandiose world of Palacio dos Marqueses de Fronteira.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lisbon online travel route planner.

You can fly from Essaouira to Lisbon in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle, train, and bus. Traveling from Essaouira in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Lisbon, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can fly to Funchal.
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Find places to stay May 26 — 31:

Funchal, Portugal — 5 nights

The capital of the island of Madeira for more than 500 years, Funchal represents a laid-back city made popular by its historical sites and climate.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Climbing Tours and Palheiro Gardens . Step out of Funchal with an excursion to Levada Caldeirao Verde in Santana--about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, take in nature's colorful creations at Municipal Gardens, identify plant and animal life at Madeira Sidecar Tours, and make a trip to Miradouro Pico Dos Barcelos.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Funchal trip app.

Getting from Lisbon to Funchal by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Lisbon in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Funchal. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to fly to Bruges.
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Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 5:

Bruges, Belgium — 4 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museumschip Amandine and Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck Monument. Explore Bruges' surroundings by going to Leopoldpark (in Ostend), Antwerp (Rockoxhuis, Begijnhof, &more) and De Haan (Beach De Haan & Albert Einstein Statue). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of De Vos Almshouse (Godshuis de Vos), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, admire the striking features of Brugge Sint Jacobskerk, and admire the masterpieces at Sculpta.

Plan my trip to Bruges with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Funchal to Bruges takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Funchal to Bruges. In June, Bruges is slightly colder than Funchal - with highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Amsterdam.
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Find places to stay Jun 5 — 9:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 8 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ecomare and Grote Markt. Venture out of the city with trips to Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel (in Texel), Fries Scheepvaart Museum (in Sneek) and De Hervormde Kerk van Den Burg Texel uit 1452 (in Den Burg). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Begijnhof, explore the world behind art at Rembrandts Amsterdam Experience, snap pictures at Amsterdam Canal Ring, and examine the collection at Amsterdam Pipe Museum.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Amsterdam takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Gothenburg.
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Find places to stay Jun 9 — 17:

Gothenburg, Sweden — 2 nights

Little London

Situated on Sweden's western coastline, Gothenburg attracts visitors with cultural festivals, a lively music scene, and a blend of classical and modern architecture.
On the 18th (Sun), head off the coast to Vinga, step off the mainland to explore Stora Amundon, and then see the interesting displays at Maritiman. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Masthuggskyrkan, contemplate the long history of Skansen Kronan, then identify plant and animal life at Anggardsbergens Naturreservat, and finally make a trip to Kvarnbyn.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Gothenburg trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Gothenburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Oslo.
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Find places to stay Jun 17 — 19:

Oslo, Norway — 4 nights

Tiger City

Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tjuvholmen Neighbourhood and Vulkan Neighbourhood. Step out of Oslo to go to Asker and see Semsvannet, which is approximately 34 minutes away. Spend the 22nd (Thu) delving into the displays at Blaafarvevaerket The Cobalt Works. There's much more to do: examine the collection at 22. juli-senteret, enjoy the sand and surf at Huk, walk around Veritasparken, and head off the coast to Lindoeya Island.

Make your Oslo itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Gothenburg to Oslo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Oslo can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Jun 19 — 23:

Spain travel guide

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Beaches · Nightlife · Architectural Buildings
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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Morocco travel guide

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Flea Markets · Gardens · Nature & Wildlife Tours
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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Portugal travel guide

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Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
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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Belgium travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.
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Sweden travel guide

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History Museums · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
Mother Svea
Once the land of the Vikings, Sweden today combines a long and fascinating history with a propensity for the very modern. The grand Romanesque churches that dot the countryside contrast with the clean, simple lines and partiality for organization the country is known for. With its reverence for the shy, reserved, and considerate, the nation exudes a sensation of being comfortable. Peek into the quiet lives from afar, gather around traditional "fika" coffee with loved ones, or dine on meatballs, herring, and potatoes. Immerse yourself in nature among the forests and trails so respected by their citizens, and take in the latest design and cultural offerings in this modest yet aesthetically savvy country.
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Norway travel guide

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Nightlife · Specialty Museums · Art Museums
Land of the Midnight Sun
Take a trip up north and visit Norway, the land of fjords, northern lights, unspoiled nature, and friendly communities. Norway is a haven for holidaymakers who enjoy the outdoors, with numerous resorts for downhill skiing and snowboarding, as well as countless trails for hiking in the summer or dog sledding and cross-country skiing in the winter. Norway's cities combine historical and modern architecture and feature a selection of museums, art galleries, and performance venues. Meanwhile, traditional ways of life, local customs, and crafts are celebrated in many open-air and ethnological museums across the land. Even though the country has a modern and elaborate system of roads, Norway continues to foster its ancient connection with the sea. Take to the waters yourself with tours of the scenic coast, fjords, or whale watching.
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