60 days in Africa & Europe Itinerary

60 days in Africa & Europe Itinerary

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60 days in Africa & Europe Itinerary

Start: Denver, United States
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Marrakech, Morocco
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h
5
Cairo, Egypt
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Selcuk, Turkey
— 3 nights
8
Athens, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
9
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
10
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
11
Venice, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
12
Nice, France
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
13
Paris, France
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
14
London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Denver, United States

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Saadian Tombs, admire the striking features of Koutoubia Mosque, and then admire the landmark architecture of Medersa Ben Youssef.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Marrakech online trip itinerary maker .

Denver, USA to Marrakech is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Denver in September; daily highs in Marrakech reach 91°F and lows reach 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Seville.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites
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Koutoubia Mosque ©
Koutoubia Mosque
Saadian Tombs ©
Saadian Tombs
Medersa Ben Youssef ©
Medersa Ben Youssef

3
nights
Seville, Spain

Seville ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Popular historic sites such as Royal Alcázar of Seville and Plaza de España are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla, appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Santa Cruz, brush up on your military savvy at Torre del Oro, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, Sevilla.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Seville trip itinerary website .

Fly from Marrakech to Seville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Marrakech in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Seville: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

5
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Royal Palace of Madrid and Plaza Mayor. Your inner history buff will appreciate Catedral Primada and Catedral de Segovia. Take a break from Madrid with a short trip to Segovia Aqueduct in Segovia, about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, admire the masterpieces at Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, stroll through Casa de Campo, and take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum of Spain.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Madrid holiday planner .

You can take a train from Seville to Madrid in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. September in Madrid sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Segovia, Catedral Primada
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©

5
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Casa Batllo and Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and El Barri Gòtic. When in Barcelona, make a side trip to see Vila Vella (Old Town) in Tossa de Mar, approximately 1h 30 min away. Spend the 13th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: walk around Parc Guell, see the interesting displays at Museo Picasso, admire the masterpieces at Fundacio Joan Miro, and explore the historical opulence of Montjuic Castle.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona online day trip planner .

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 65°F in Barcelona. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Vila Vella (Old Town)
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Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

1
night
Cairo, Egypt

Cairo ©
More than 20 million people call Cairo their home and, as soon as you set foot in the sprawling metropolis, it's evident they make it crowded and chaotic, but also exuberant and charming.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cairo road trip planning app .

You can fly from Barcelona to Cairo in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. In September, Cairo is a bit warmer than Barcelona - with highs of 93°F and lows of 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites
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Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids

5
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate Topkapi Palace and Istanbul Modern. Spend the 21st (Sat) exploring nature at Bentler Tabiat Parki. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, take a stroll through Ortakoy, and examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Cairo to Istanbul by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cairo in September, you will find days in Istanbul are cooler (72°F), and nights are about the same (72°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

3
nights
Selcuk, Turkey

Selcuk ©
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Popular historic sites such as Bibliotheque de Celsus and Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu are in your itinerary. Ancient City of Ephesus and The Temple of Artemis are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Ephesus Terrace Houses, take in the spiritual surroundings of Isa Bey Mosque, don't miss a visit to Arcadian Way, and contemplate the long history of Public Latrine.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Selcuk attractions app .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Selcuk takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in September, you will find days in Selcuk are a bit warmer (87°F), and nights are little chillier (62°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums
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Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

5
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Visit Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Olympian Zeus for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Acropolis Museum and National Archaeological Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Temple of Poseidon in Sounio (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Plaka, explore the ancient world of Temple of Hephaestus, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kerameikos Cemetery, and admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Athens online journey maker .

Getting from Selcuk to Athens by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Selcuk in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 69°F in Athens. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Temple of Poseidon
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 29:
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum

5
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vatican Museums and Colosseum. Get in touch with nature at Catacombe di San Callisto and Colle del Gianicolo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rome: Tivoli (Villa Adriana & Villa d'Este). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rome trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Athens to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Rome. Traveling from Athens in September, Rome is a bit cooler at night with lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Tivoli
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

5
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Uffizi Galleries and Pitti Palace. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Campanile di Giotto. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Siena (Siena Cathedral, Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, & more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and take in the views from Ponte Vecchio.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Florence online itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In October in Florence, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Siena
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 9:
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

5
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Square are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica di San Marco and Scrovegni Chapel. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Venice: Padua (Chiesa degli Eremitani & Basilica di Sant’Antonio). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and examine the collection at Museo Ebraico di Venezia.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Venice trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Florence, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Venice, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Padua
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 14:
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Peggy Guggenheim Collection ©
Peggy Guggenheim Collection

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nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at La plage and Lérins Islands. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Palais Lascaris. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez (in Saint-Tropez), Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews (in La Napoule-Plage) and La Croix-Valmer (Plage de Sylvabelle & Heraclee Beach). There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle Saint Hospice, and examine the collection at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nice day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Nice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Venice in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nice, with lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Le Lavandou, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, La Croix-Valmer, Lérins Islands, Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews
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La plage ©
La plage
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands

5
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Palace of Versailles and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysees. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, and shop like a local with Le Marais.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planner.

You can fly from Nice to Paris in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Nice in October; daily highs in Paris reach 62°F and lows reach 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

5
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.
Westminster Abbey and National Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Buckingham Palace and Churchill War Rooms. You'll find plenty of places to visit near London: St Mary's Church (in Swinbrook) and Combe Mill (in Long Hanborough). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, contemplate the long history of Tower of London, explore the world behind art at Banqueting House, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the London day trip site .

Getting from Paris to London by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris to London, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October in London, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Combe Mill, St Mary's Church
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

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