31 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

31 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

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31 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
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Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
10
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
11
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
12
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
13
Marrakech, Morocco
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Dublin, Ireland


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Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Kids will enjoy Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Temple Bar, see the interesting displays at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, make a trip to Wall of Fame, and get a taste of the local shopping with Grafton Street.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin holiday maker .

If you are flying in from Ireland, the closest major airport is Dublin Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
St Stephens Green ©
St Stephens Green

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): examine the collection at Dynamic Earth, then get curious at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and then step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Scotland, and then contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Edinburgh trip builder .

You can fly from Dublin to Edinburgh in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. December in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions ©
Dynamic Earth ©
Dynamic Earth
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle

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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.
Attractions like Coca-Cola London Eye and Natural History Museum make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Tower Bridge, explore the world behind art at The British Museum, don't miss a visit to Big Ben, and get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the London day trip planning app .

You can fly from Edinburgh to London in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. December in London sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge
Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye

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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): head off the coast to Île de la Cité, then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and finally contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Paris road trip planner .

You can take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris. In January in Paris, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Mini-Europe and The Markt. Go for a jaunt from Brussels to Bruges to see Belfry of Bruges about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, examine the collection at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, explore the galleries of Atomium, and admire the landmark architecture of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Brussels travel route site .

Take a train from Paris to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Paris in January: highs in Brussels hover around 5°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bruges
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Atomium ©
Atomium
Mini-Europe ©
Mini-Europe
The Markt ©
The Markt

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Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Attractions like ARTIS and NEMO Science Museum make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, get your game on at Museumphoto, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and appreciate the history behind Sculpture De Violist.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam day trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
ARTIS ©
ARTIS
NEMO Science Museum ©
NEMO Science Museum

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Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Family-friendly places like Schonbrunn Palace and Rathaus will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo, find something for the whole family at Prater, explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, and explore the engaging exhibits at ZOOM Kindermuseum.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Vienna driving holiday planning site .

You can fly from Amsterdam to Vienna in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in January, with highs in Vienna at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Schönbrunn Zoo ©
Schönbrunn Zoo
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace

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Munich, Germany

Munich ©
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.
On the 15th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek, then get curious at Deutsches Museum, and then make a trip to Marienplatz. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Nymphenburg Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Frauenkirche, and then see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Munich online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Vienna to Munich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 17th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church, and then take a stroll through Old Town. On your second day here, find something for the whole family at Parapark Zurich, then get advice or help at Bibliothek Rechtswissenschaftliches Institut, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich day trip planning site .

Drive from Munich to Zurich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in January, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Milan.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 18:
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Parapark Zurich ©
Parapark Zurich
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich

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Milan, Italy

Milan ©
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.
On the 19th (Sun), make a trip to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, then get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Milan vacation planning tool .

You can fly from Zurich to Milan in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in January: highs in Milan hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

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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.
On the 20th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, then explore the activities along Canal Grande, and then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Venice trip site .

Traveling by train from Milan to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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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 lots more to do: admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, delve into the distant past at Catacombe di San Callisto, and contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rome sightseeing planning app .

Fly from Venice to Rome in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Venice in January: high temperatures in Rome hover around 15°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

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Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech ©
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.
On the 25th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, then admire the landmark architecture of Koutoubia Mosque, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Jemaa el-Fnaa. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Menara Gardens and Pavilion, admire the landmark architecture of Saadian Tombs, then admire the striking features of Palacio da Bahia, and finally don't miss a visit to Medersa Ben Youssef.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Marrakech trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Rome to Marrakech in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Marrakech is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Rome in January: highs in Marrakech hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Koutoubia Mosque ©
Koutoubia Mosque
Menara Gardens and Pavilion ©
Menara Gardens and Pavilion
Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle

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