22 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

22 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

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

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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.

Things to do in Fira

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:

Marrakech, Morocco

— 3 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.
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, appreciate the extensive heritage of Menara Gardens and Pavilion, make a trip to Medersa Ben Youssef, and see the interesting displays at Marrakech Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Marrakech day trip website.

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 changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Fira in January: highs in Marrakech hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Lagos.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:

Lagos, Portugal

— 2 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lagos: Praia da Marinha (in Caramujeira), Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha) and Church of St. Anthony (in Lisbon). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town Faro, stroll through Praia Dona Ana, take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta da Piedade, and take in the waterfront at Alvor Boardwalk.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lagos tour itinerary 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 slightly colder (19°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 13 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Venture out of the city with trips to Verbier (Ski Service, Karting Extreme Verbier, &more), Les Mines De Sel De Bex (in Bex) and Champery Resort (in Champery). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, hit the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School, explore the engaging exhibits at Chaplin's World, and admire the masterpieces at Fondation Opale.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Zermatt journey builder website.

Do a combination of flight and train from Lagos to Zermatt in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 25:

Santorini travel guide

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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.