57 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly
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Madrid, Spain
— 13 nights
Fly
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Porto, Portugal
— 6 nights
Fly
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 6 nights
Drive
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Merida, Spain
— 1 night
Drive
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Seville, Spain
— 7 nights
Drive
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Granada, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive
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Gibraltar, Gibraltar
— 2 nights
Bus to Tarifa - Centro de Salud, Ferry to Tangier
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Tangier, Morocco
— 3 nights
Bus
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Chefchaouen, Morocco
— 1 night
Bus to Tangier, Train to Casablanca
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Casablanca, Morocco
— 2 nights
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Marrakech, Morocco
— 4 nights
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Barcelona, Spain — 5 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for sightseeing, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, make a trip to Casa Batllo, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip itinerary maker website.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Barcelona is an approximately 31-hour flight. You'll gain 11 hours traveling from Christchurch to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Christchurch in March: highs in Barcelona hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 13 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Segovia (Balloon Rides, San Martin Church, &more), Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial (in San Lorenzo de El Escorial) and Toledo (Casco Historico de Toledo, El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll around Parque del Retiro, stroll through Casa de Campo, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Madrid route planner.

Fly from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Madrid when traveling from Barcelona in March, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Porto.
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Porto, Portugal — 6 nights

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names.
Change things up with these side-trips from Porto: Coimbra (Capela de Sao Miguel, Jardim Botanico, &more). Dedicate the 25th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, don't miss a visit to Livraria Lello, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Porto trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Madrid to Porto in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in March, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 6 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 (Castelo dos Mouros, Quinta da Regaleira, &more). There's still lots to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, stop by Alfama, and make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco).

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip planner.

You can fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Merida.
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Merida, Spain — 1 night

Mérida is the capital of the autonomous community of Extremadura, western central Spain. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Acueducto de los Milagros, snap pictures at Roman Bridge, then contemplate the long history of Alcazaba, and finally make a trip to Templo de Diana.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Merida travel planning site.

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Merida takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. April in Merida sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Seville.
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Seville, Spain — 7 nights

City of Towers

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Seville: Cordoba (Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, &more) and Ronda (Dona Felisa Winery, Bodega Garcia Hidalgo, &more). There's much more to do: make a trip to Plaza de España, wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, and visit Centro Historico de Sevilla.

Plan a Seville trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Drive from Merida to Seville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Granada side-trips: Nerja (Fundación Cueva de Nerja, Balcony of Europe, &more). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Alhambra, steep yourself in history at Mirador de San Nicolas, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio El Partal, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Royal Chapel of Granada.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Granada travel route planning website.

You can drive from Seville to Granada in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Seville in April, Granada is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Gibraltar.
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Gibraltar, Gibraltar — 2 nights

The Rock

A vacation in Gibraltar reveals a strategically important area the ancient Greeks considered the edge of the known world.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Charles V Wall, stroll through Apes Den, explore the fascinating underground world of St. Michael's Cave, then visit a coastal fixture at Europa Point, and finally stroll through The Rock of Gibraltar. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Mediterranean Steps, enjoy breathtaking views from O'Hara's Battery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Upper Rock Nature Reserve, then brush up on your military savvy at The Great Siege Tunnels, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Grand Casemates Square.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Gibraltar attractions planning website.

Traveling by car from Granada to Gibraltar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Granada in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Gibraltar, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Tangier.
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Tangier, Morocco — 3 nights

Separated from Spain by the Strait of Gibraltar, Tangier remains a mix of North African, French, Spanish, and Portuguese cultural influences.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tangier: Asilah (Church of San Bartholomew & Jewish cemetery of Asilah). There's still lots to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, explore the fascinating underground world of Hercules Cave, pause for some serene contemplation at Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tangier, and get to know the fascinating history of Petit Socco.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tangier trip itinerary maker app.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Gibraltar to Tangier in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Gibraltar in April since evenings lows in Tangier dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Chefchaouen.
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Chefchaouen, Morocco — 1 night

Tourism in Chefchaouen, a picturesque town in the Rif mountain range, has been thriving for decades due to its scenic surroundings and buildings painted in a striking blue hue.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): stop by Dar Moulay Idriss Berbere Carpete, don't miss a visit to Spanish Mosque, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Chefchaouen Cemetery, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Cascades d'Akchour. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Chefchaouen Medina.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Chefchaouen driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Tangier to Chefchaouen in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Casablanca.
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Casablanca, Morocco — 2 nights

The port of Casablanca, Morocco's largest city and economic hub, represents the country's beating heart, established as a French protectorate in 1912.
Get out of town with these interesting Casablanca side-trips: Rabat (Hassan Tower & Mausoleum of Mohammad V) and Bab Antare (in Sale). Spend the 23rd (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hassan II Mosque, contemplate the long history of Temple Beth-El, and don't miss a visit to Old Medina of Casablanca.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Casablanca tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chefchaouen to Casablanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Casablanca can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Marrakech.
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Marrakech, Morocco — 4 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.
Spend the 25th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, admire the striking features of Medersa Ben Youssef, examine the collection at Marrakech Museum, and soak in style at Turkish baths.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Marrakech travel planning site.

Drive from Casablanca to Marrakech in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. While traveling from Casablanca, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Marrakech, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.
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