47 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly
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Granada, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marbella, Spain
— 3 nights
Bus to Tarifa - Centro de Salud, Ferry to Tangier
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Tangier, Morocco
— 4 nights
Ferry to Tarifa, Drive to Lagos
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Lagos, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly
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Porto, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly
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Rome, Italy
— 1 night
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Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Fly
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Alberobello, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Matera, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly
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Taormina, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive
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Agrigento, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marsala, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Palermo, Italy
— 1 night
Fly
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Valletta, Malta
— 5 nights
Fly
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Rome, Italy
— 1 night

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Madrid, Spain — 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, then contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, and then make a trip to Plaza Mayor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, and then examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Madrid trip maker app.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Granada.
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Granada, Spain — 3 nights

Pearl of Spain

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Granada: Vista Panoramica (in Frigiliana) and Nerja (Balcony of Europe & El Puente del Águila). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Alhambra, take in the spiritual surroundings of Royal Chapel of Granada, stop by Artesania del Arbol, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Ildefonso.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Granada road trip planning app.

You can fly from Madrid to Granada in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Marbella.
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Marbella, Spain — 3 nights

Spanish Riviera

Once a village of humble fishermen, Marbella is now one of the most cosmopolitan beach resorts on Spain’s world-famous Costa del Sol, boasting swanky nightclubs, classy hotels, and expensive restaurants.
Venture out of the city with trips to Malaga (Alcazaba & Malaga Cathedral) and Ronda (Mirador de Aldehuela, El Tajo de Ronda, &more). And it doesn't end there: take an exotic tour of Born to be Wild, go for a stroll along the water at Puerto Banus Marina, head outdoors with Marbella Buddies, and wander the streets of Marbella Old Town.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Marbella trip planning site.

Getting from Granada to Marbella by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Granada in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Marbella, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tangier.
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Tangier, Morocco — 4 nights

Separated from Spain by the Strait of Gibraltar, Tangier remains a mix of North African, French, Spanish, and Portuguese cultural influences.
Get out of town with these interesting Tangier side-trips: Asilah (Jewish cemetery of Asilah, Church of San Bartholomew, &more). Spend the 5th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, visit a coastal fixture at Punta Malabata, admire the masterpieces at Fondation Lorin, and see the interesting displays at Tangier American Legation Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tangier online route planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Marbella to Tangier takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In May in Tangier, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lagos.
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Lagos, Portugal — 3 nights

Jewel of the Algarve

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.
On the 7th (Sun), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Dona Ana, then explore the striking landscape at Ponta da Piedade, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Centro Historico de Albufeira, then kick back and relax at Praia da Falesia, and then kick back and relax at Praia Da Rocha.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Lagos day trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Tangier to Lagos takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and bus. May in Lagos sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra National Palace, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, take in the views from Ponte 25 de Abril, and take a stroll through Alfama.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Lisbon road trip planner.

You can drive from Lagos to Lisbon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Lagos in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Lisbon, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Porto.
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Porto, Portugal — 4 nights

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names.
Dedicate the 14th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, admire the natural beauty at Jardins do Palacio de Cristal, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and stop by Livraria Lello.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Porto road trip planner.

Getting from Lisbon to Porto by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lisbon in May, you will find days in Porto are little chillier (23°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 1 night

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 17th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, then make a trip to Roman Forum, and finally steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Rome day trip planner.

You can fly from Porto to Rome in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Porto to Rome. In May, Rome is a bit warmer than Porto - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 1 night

Eternal City

Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vatican Museums.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rome sightseeing planner.

Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to fly to Alberobello.
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Alberobello, Italy — 3 nights

Alberobello is a small town and comune of the Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy. Explore Alberobello's surroundings by going to Centro Storico di Polignano a Mare (in Polignano a Mare), Castello Aragonese (in Taranto) and Masseria Brancati (in Ostuni). The adventure continues: do a tasting at L'Acropoli di Puglia, stop by Oleificio Salamida, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoosafari, and admire the striking features of I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Alberobello journey planner.

You can fly from Rome to Alberobello in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Rome in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Alberobello, with lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Matera.
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Matera, Italy — 2 nights

Subterranean City

Famous for its resemblance to the ancient settlements of Jerusalem and Cappadocia, Matera remains one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): make a trip to Casa Noha, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sassi di Matera, stroll around Parco della Murgia Materana, then stop by Arterego di Margherita Albanese, then make a trip to Palombaro Lungo, and finally delve into the distant past at Materasum Ipogeo. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Santa Maria de Idris, and finally don't miss a visit to Cattedrale.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Matera trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Alberobello to Matera in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Matera can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Taormina.
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Taormina, Italy — 4 nights

With its warm island weather and cliffside location overlooking the Ionion Sea, Taormina has been one of Sicily's most popular getaway destinations since the early 19th century.
Change things up with these side-trips from Taormina: Linguaglossa (Il vino della Rosa, Gambino Vini, &more) and Gole Alcantara Botanical and Geological Park (in Motta Camastra). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Ancient Theatre of Taormina, take in the pleasant sights at Piazza IX Aprile, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Taormina, and try your luck at Red Royale Casino Taormina.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Taormina visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Matera to Taormina takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Matera in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Taormina, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Agrigento.
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Agrigento, Italy — 2 nights

Valley of the Temples

Historically one of ancient Greece's leading cities, Sicily's Agrigento is home to the seven monumental temples that make up the well-preserved Valley of the Temples.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa del SS. Rosario, examine the collection at Casa Natale di Luigi Pirandello, then take in nature's colorful creations at Il Giardino della Kolymbethra, and finally explore the ancient world of Valle dei Templi. On your second day here, indulge in some personalized pampering at Seta Spa and Wellness, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa San Nicola, take an in-depth tour of Museo Archeologico Regionale di Agrigento, then make a trip to Statua di Icaro caduto, and finally explore the striking landscape at Scala dei Turchi.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Agrigento vacation maker site.

Drive from Taormina to Agrigento in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Agrigento are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Marsala.
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Marsala, Italy — 3 nights

Marsala is an Italian town located in the Province of Trapani in the westernmost part of Sicily. Venture out of the city with trips to Selinunte Archaeological Park (in Castelvetrano), Pensiero Contemporaneo (in Marinella di Selinunte) and Tempio di Segesta (in Calatafimi-Segesta). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Baglio Baiata Alagna, get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa dell'Addolorata, and look for all kinds of wild species at SEI - Saline Ettore E Infersa.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Marsala trip builder tool.

You can drive from Agrigento to Marsala in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 16°C. You will leave for Palermo on the 1st (Thu).
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Palermo, Italy — 1 night

The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Palermo.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Palermo trip builder site.

You can drive from Marsala to Palermo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Valletta.
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Valletta, Malta — 5 nights

Most Proud

Malta's capital city, Valletta preserves most of its medieval architecture, built in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Knights Hospitaller, once a powerful military order.
Change things up with a short trip to Scuba & Snorkeling in Mellieha (about 36 minutes away). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Co-Cathedral, take in the dramatic natural features at Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja), delve into the distant past at Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, and explore the world behind art at Casa Rocca Piccola.

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You can fly from Palermo to Valletta in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to fly to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 1 night

Eternal City

Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Colosseum, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rome road trip planning site.

You can fly from Valletta to Rome in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and ferry; or take a bus.
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Malta travel guide

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Land of Honey
Aside from the crystal azure waters and the soft sandy beaches in Malta, there is more ancient, medieval, and Baroque architecture here than most visitors have time for. Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation spent people-watching and sun-bathing or a history lesson filled with fortified cities and catacombs, Malta lets you hop from island to island with a plethora of options. And with so much coastline wherever you are in Malta, opportunities for water sports abound, including snorkeling and diving. Despite the thriving tourism, many areas feel uncrowded due to lack of residency, leaving you space to enjoy the sun and sea at your own pace.
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