28 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

28 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

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Fly
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
Fly
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Marrakech, Morocco
— 6 nights
Fly
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive
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Inverness, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Fly to Basel, Train to Zermatt
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Drive to Verbania,Intra, Ferry to Laveno, Drive to Lugano
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Lugano, Switzerland
— 1 night
Bus to Milan Malpensa, Fly to Tirana
8
Vlore, Albania
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Himare, Albania
— 1 night
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 5 nights

Queen of Cities

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.
Get some historical perspective at Ulu Cami and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Get a sense of the local culture at Historic Areas of Istanbul and Chora Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Istanbul side-trips: Bursa (Bursa Archaeological Museum & Ordekli Culture and Art Center). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Istanbul Archaeological Museum, explore the galleries of Rumeli Fortress, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, and admire the landmark architecture of Eyüp Sultan Mosque.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul road trip site.

Bucharest, Romania to Istanbul is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bucharest to Istanbul. When traveling from Bucharest in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Istanbul, with highs around 11°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Marrakech, Morocco

— 6 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.
Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech and El Badi Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Balloon Rides and Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech. Spend the 10th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Make the 12th (Fri) a memorable day with a climbing tour. And it doesn't end there: hunt for treasures at Jemaa el-Fna, see the interesting displays at Musee de Marrakech - Fondation Omar Benjelloun, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Secret, and admire the striking features of Palacio da Bahia.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Marrakech trip maker.

Fly from Istanbul to Marrakech in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Western European Standard Time (WET) is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Istanbul in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Marrakech, with highs around 23°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Glasgow.

Things to do in Marrakech

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Glasgow, United Kingdom

— 2 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
On the 13th (Sat), look for gifts at Sunshine No.1, then examine the collection at The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, then explore the different monuments and memorials at The Necropolis, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Buchanan Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): view the masterpieces at The Glasgow School of Art, explore the world behind art at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and then explore the historical opulence of Stirling Castle.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Glasgow road trip planning app.

You can fly from Marrakech to Glasgow in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Marrakech in February, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Glasgow: temperatures range from 8°C by day to 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Inverness, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nairn Beach and Cairngorm Mountain. Visiting Cairngorm Reindeer Centre and Highland Wildlife & Birdwatch Safaris will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Inverness side-trips: Grantown Antiques and Collectables (in Grantown-on-Spey), St Ninians Church (in Drumnadrochit) and Cairngorm Brewery (in Aviemore). There's more to do: step into the grandiose world of Urquhart Castle and take in the history at Culloden Battlefield.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Inverness online holiday planner.

Drive from Glasgow to Inverness in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Inverness are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Inverness

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 5 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Scottish National Gallery and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Step out of the city life by going to BobCat Alpacas and Calton Hill. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Edinburgh Gin Distillery, take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town, and learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland.

Plan a Edinburgh trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Edinburgh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. February in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. On the 22nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 3 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis and Intercontinental Church Society. Explore hidden gems such as The Matterhorn and Zermatt Bergbahnen. And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, look for gifts at Laderach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Castor Mountain, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Zermatt trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Edinburgh to Zermatt in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Edinburgh to Zermatt is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lugano.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Transportation

Lugano, Switzerland

— 1 night

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Monte San Giorgio.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lugano trip planning website.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Zermatt to Lugano in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and tram. In February, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Vlore.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Vlore, Albania

— 1 night
Vlorë is the third largest city and a municipality in Albania. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Independence and then contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Eye.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Vlore holiday planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Lugano to Vlore in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lugano in February: high temperatures in Vlore hover around 17°C and lows are around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to catch the shuttle to Himare.

Things to do in Vlore

Parks · Nature · Museums

Himare, Albania

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Jale Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Himare trip itinerary planner.

Take a shuttle from Vlore to Himare in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Himare when traveling from Vlore in February, with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Himare

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Scotland travel guide

4.4
Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.

Swiss Alps travel guide

4.3
Mountains · Bodies of Water · Lookouts
The stunning Swiss Alps cover 65 percent of the Switzerland's surface area with dramatic mountain scenery. Its spectacular peaks and valleys are the result of tectonic thrusts, among them the Jungfrau-Aletsch region, the first World Heritage Site in the Alps. Connected by a network of trains and cable cars, this majestic vacation spot is accessible for all. The Swiss Alps are home to some of the highest mountains in the Alps, including the Monte Rosa, which stands at 4,634 m (15,203 ft). Pristine white snow and perfect blue skies await you, and ski sports and hiking trails aplenty top the list of things to do.