34 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

34 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

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34 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
Fly:  5 h
1
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Nice, France
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
5
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
6
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
7
Fes, Morocco
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 15 min
8
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
9
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
10
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h
End: Dublin, Ireland

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Palace of Versailles and Montmartre will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen in Rouen, about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take a stroll through Le Marais, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and head off the coast to Île de la Cité.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris day trip app .

Dublin, Ireland to Paris is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dublin to Paris due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Dublin in May since evenings lows in Paris dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Versailles, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

5
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.
Get outdoors at Plage de Sylvabelle and Plage de Vergeron. Lérins Islands and Chapelle Saint Hospice will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Plage des Marines (in Cogolin), Saint-Tropez (Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez, Plage des Canebiers, &more) and La Croix-Valmer (Heraclee Beach, Plage du Debarquement, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise de Biot.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nice visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Nice takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nice, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

La Croix-Valmer, Saint-Tropez, Eglise de Biot, Plage des Marines, Chapelle Saint Hospice
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Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro

2
nights
Marseille, France

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 15th (Fri), take a memorable tour with Tours, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Plage du Capelan, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then kick back and relax at Bestouan Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

To see other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille online visit planner .

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cassis, Bandol, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine ©
Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like El Barri Gòtic and Parc Guell. Get out of town with these interesting Barcelona side-trips: Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Sant Feliu de Guixols) and La playa de Tamariu (in Tamariu). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Las Ramblas, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, and step into the grandiose world of Montjuic Castle.

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Traveling by flight from Marseille to Barcelona takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trips

La playa de Tamariu, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Plaza Mayor and Casa de Campo will appeal to history buffs. Prado National Museum and Casco Historico de Toledo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, take in the spiritual surroundings of Royal Chapel of St. Anthony of La Florida, don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Beebiker.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip site .

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 13°C in Madrid. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Casco Historico de Toledo
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Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Santa Cruz, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica del Santisimo Cristo de la Expiracion, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, and then steep yourself in history at Plaza de España.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Seville trip itinerary planning site .

You can take a train from Madrid to Seville in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Seville, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Fes.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites 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

1
night
Fes, Morocco

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 26th (Tue): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Fes visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Seville to Fes takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of flight, car, and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seville to Fes due to the time zone difference. May in Fes sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Fes

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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.
Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pantheon and Church of St. Louis of the French. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rome: Tivoli (Villa d'Este & Villa Adriana). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, explore the world behind art at Musei Capitolini, visit Trastevere, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rome sightseeing planning app .

You can fly from Fes to Rome in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Fes to Rome due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Fes in May: highs in Rome hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to 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

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get some historical perspective at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza del Duomo. Get a sense of the local culture at The Baptistery of St. John and Campanile di Giotto. Venture out of the city with trips to Guardastelle Vineyard (in San Gimignano) and Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, and see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Florence trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Florence. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Castello del Trebbio, Guardastelle Vineyard
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Castello del Trebbio ©
Castello del Trebbio
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Doge's Palace and Scrovegni Chapel. Get some historical perspective at Piazza San Marco and Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore. Explore Venice's surroundings by going to Verona (Museo di Castelvecchio, Arena di Verona, &more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Basilica di San Marco, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, contemplate the long history of Squero di San Trovaso, and wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto.

To see maps, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, use the Venice trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Venice sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Verona, Scrovegni Chapel
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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