47 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

47 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

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47 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Athens, Greece
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Rhodes Town, Greece
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 5 nights
4
Belgrade, Serbia
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Tirana, Albania
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 7 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
8
Marrakech, Morocco
— 5 nights
9
Essaouira, Morocco
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  29​h
End: Sydney, Australia

6
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Explore hidden gems such as Food Tours and Ancient Agora of Athens. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Athens: Fortress Palamidi (in Nafplio) and Archaeological Site Mycenae (in Mycenae). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and don't miss a visit to Plateia Syntagmatos.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Athens day trip planning site .

Sydney, Australia to Athens is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Athens, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect nights in Athens to be little chillier, around 9°C, while days are much colder, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Fortress Palamidi, Archaeological Site Mycenae
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

6
nights
Rhodes Town, Greece

Rhodes Town ©
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Step off the beaten path and head to Medieval City and Archaeological Museum of Rhodes (Hospital of the Knights). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rhodes Town: Agathi Beach (in Haraki), Ancient Kamiros (in Kalavarda) and Lindos (Agios Pavlos Beach & Lindos Beach). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Monastery Tsambika, explore the historical opulence of Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, stroll through Tsambika Beach, and head outdoors with Pefkos Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rhodes Town trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Athens to Rhodes Town takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Rhodes Town can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Lindos, Tsambika Beach, Agathi Beach, Ancient Kamiros, Pefkos Beach
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Agios Pavlos Beach ©
Agios Pavlos Beach
Medieval City ©
Medieval City
Monastery Tsambika ©
Monastery Tsambika

5
nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Room Escape Games and Rila Monastery. Venture out of the city with trips to Plovdiv (Plovdiv Roman Theatre, Plovdiv Old Town, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, examine the collection at National Museum of History, tour the pleasant surroundings at Vitosha Mountain, and admire the landmark architecture of The Rotunda Church of St George.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sofia trip planner .

You can fly from Rhodes Town to Sofia in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Rhodes Town in December, plan for little chillier days in Sofia, with highs around 7°C, while nights are colder with lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Belgrade.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Plovdiv, Rila Monastery
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Room Escape Games
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery

5
nights
Belgrade, Serbia

The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kalemegdan and The Millenary Monument. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Belgrade: Manasija Monastery (in Despotovac), Petrovaradin Fortress (in Petrovaradin) and Oplenac (in Topola). Next up on the itinerary: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, wander the streets of Knez Mihailova, examine the collection at National Museum Belgrade, and admire the masterpieces at Domotor Palace - the City Museum Building.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Belgrade itinerary planner .

You can fly from Sofia to Belgrade in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sofia to Belgrade due to the time zone difference. In December in Belgrade, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Tirana.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Subotica, Petrovaradin Fortress, Oplenac, Manasija Monastery
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Room Escape Games
Kalemegdan ©
Kalemegdan
Petrovaradin Fortress ©
Petrovaradin Fortress

2
nights
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
On the 24th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar and then take in the awesome beauty at Dajti. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, then learn about all things military at BunkArt 1, then explore the stunning scenery at Canyons of Erzen River, and finally explore the historical opulence of Petrela Castle.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Tirana trip website .

Fly from Belgrade to Tirana in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Belgrade in December, you will find days in Tirana are a bit warmer (17°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Petrela Castle
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Dajti ©
Dajti
Canyons of Erzen River ©
Canyons of Erzen River
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar

6
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Centro Storico and Historic Centre of San Gimignano. Venture out of the city with trips to Basilica San Vitale (in Ravenna) and Pisa (Leaning Tower of Pisa & Duomo di Pisa). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, and snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Florence travel route builder site .

Fly from Tirana to Florence in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Tirana in December, Florence is a bit warmer at night with lows of 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Pisa, Historic Centre of San Gimignano, Basilica San Vitale
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Basilica San Vitale ©
Basilica San Vitale
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico

7
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Explore hidden gems such as Duomo di Orvieto and Cascata delle Marmore. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rome journey planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Rome are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vatican City, Cascata delle Marmore, Duomo di Orvieto
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

5
nights
Marrakech, Morocco

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Walking tours and Balloon Rides. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech, stroll the grounds of Saadian Tombs, admire the striking features of Koutoubia Mosque, and steep yourself in history at Palacio da Bahia.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Marrakech trip itinerary builder site .

Fly from Rome to Marrakech in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Rome in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Marrakech: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Essaouira.

Things to do in Marrakech

Tours Historic Sites Parks
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Walking tours
Balloon Rides
Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle

3
nights
Essaouira, Morocco

The laidback town of Essaouira, known for its forceful trade winds, attracts Moroccan and foreign tourists alike with its sweeping beaches and atmospheric, labyrinthine medina, a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): trot along with a tour on horseback and then take in the waterfront at Port de Pêche d'Essaouira. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Essaouira Ramparts and then take a stroll through Medina of Essaouira.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Essaouira trip planner .

Traveling by car from Marrakech to Essaouira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Essaouira are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Essaouira

Tours Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Horseback Riding Tours
Medina of Essaouira ©
Medina of Essaouira
Essaouira Ramparts ©
Essaouira Ramparts

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