22 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

22 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

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Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
Marrakech, Morocco
— 3 nights
Lagos, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly to Geneva, Train to Zermatt
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 13 nights


Fira, Greece — 2 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Akrotiri LightHouse, then enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, then explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, and finally examine the collection at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, then delve into the distant past at Ancient Thera, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Panagia Theoskepasti Chapel, and finally don't miss a visit to Sunset in Oia.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Fira visit planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Santorini Airport, Mikonos Airport and Heraklion International Nikos Kazantzakis Airport. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can fly to Marrakech.
Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches
Side Trips

Marrakech, Morocco — 3 nights

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.
Marrakech is known for shopping, parks, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, get to know the fascinating history of Menara Gardens and Pavilion, contemplate the long history of Medersa Ben Youssef, and make a trip to Koubba Almoravid.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Marrakech visit planner.

Getting from Fira to Marrakech by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Western European Standard Time (WET) is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Fira in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Marrakech: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Lagos.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Lagos, Portugal — 2 nights

The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lagos: Praia da Marinha (in Caramujeira), Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha) and Faro (Old Town Faro & Far-Eco Tuk). There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Alvor Boardwalk, explore the striking landscape at Ponta da Piedade, stroll through Praia Dona Ana, and go for a stroll along the water at Praia do Porto de Mos.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Lagos vacation planner.

You can fly from Marrakech to Lagos in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Marrakech in January, you will find days in Lagos are a bit cooler (19°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Zermatt.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Zermatt, Switzerland — 13 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zermatt: Champery Resort (in Champery), Les Mines De Sel De Bex (in Bex) and Verbier (Ski Service, Karting Extreme Verbier, &more). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, hit the slopes at Swiss Ski School Saas Fee, and ski along the peaceful trails at Anzere.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Zermatt trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Lagos to Zermatt in 10.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Lagos to Zermatt, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference.
Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature
Side Trips

Santorini travel guide

Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.