18 days in Africa & Europe Itinerary

18 days in Africa & Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Africa & Europe Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
1
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 1 day
Fly:  14​h
2
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
4
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
6
Cirencester, United Kingdom
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
8
Verona, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

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Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg
Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Johannesburg tour planner.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major airports are OR Tambo International Airport and Pilanesberg International Airport. In July, daily temperatures in Johannesburg can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. You will leave for Rome on the 1st (Mon).

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Attractions like Colosseum and Palatine Hill make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto, and enjoy breathtaking views from Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Rome journey maker app .

You can fly from Johannesburg to Rome in 14 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Rome due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in July, with highs in Rome at 37°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

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Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and finally examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Loggia dei Lanzi, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, then see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, then take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens.

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Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in July, expect little chillier with lows of 21°C in Florence. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto

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Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square, then explore the galleries of Doge's Palace, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. On the next day, enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, steep yourself in history at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, and finally snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Venice road trip site .

Take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Venice sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
On the 9th (Tue), stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Venice in July; daily highs in Paris reach 30°C and lows reach 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cirencester.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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Cirencester, United Kingdom

Cirencester ©
Cirencester is a market town in east Gloucestershire, England, west northwest of London. On the 11th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Birdland, stop by Octavia's Bookshop, then get outside with The Cotswold Range, and finally head outdoors with Head 4 Heights Ltd.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cirencester trip planner .

Drive from Paris to Cirencester in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Cirencester

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Birdland
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The Cotswold Range ©
The Cotswold Range
Head 4 Heights Waterpark ©
Head 4 Heights Waterpark
Birdland ©
Birdland

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nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Family-friendly places like Coca-Cola London Eye and St. Paul's Cathedral will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Tower Bridge, explore the world behind art at National Gallery, make a trip to Big Ben, and get engrossed in the history at Natural History Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our London trip builder app .

Drive from Cirencester to London in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

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Verona, Italy

Verona ©
The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
On the 15th (Mon), find something for the whole family at Gardaland Park. On the next day, take in panoramic vistas at Torre dei Lamberti, admire the landmark architecture of Casa di Giulietta, pause for some serene contemplation at chiesa di San Lorenzo - Verona, then delve into the distant past at Operaforte, and finally get outside with King Rock arrampicata.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Verona road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from London to Verona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in July; daily highs in Verona reach 36°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Verona

Theme Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Gardaland Park
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Gardaland Park ©
Gardaland Park
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Museo di Castelvecchio ©
Museo di Castelvecchio

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