17 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

17 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly to Nice, Shuttle to Monte-Carlo
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Nice, Fly to Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Marrakech, Morocco
— 3 nights


Venice, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Venice: Padua (Cattedrale Santa Maria Assunta nella Cattedrale, Scrovegni Chapel, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Canal Grande, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice driving holiday planner.

Seattle, USA to Venice is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Seattle to Venice, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In May in Venice, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

— 2 nights
Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Place du Palais, then step into the grandiose world of Prince's Palace, then try to win big at Casino of Monte-Carlo, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Casino Square.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Monte-Carlo trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Venice to Monte-Carlo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Monte-Carlo can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Casinos

Side Trip

Barcelona, Spain

— 3 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 parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Parc Guell, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and get a taste of the local shopping with La Boqueria.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Monte-Carlo to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, stroll through Casa de Campo, take in nature's colorful creations at Real Jardin Botanico, and make a trip to Puerta del Sol.

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Take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Madrid, with lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Lisbon, Portugal

— 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), then don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, and then take in the views from Ponte 25 de Abril.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Lisbon journey planner.

Fly from Madrid to Lisbon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Madrid to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. May in Lisbon sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Palacio da Bahia, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Jemaa el-Fna, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Marrakech online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Marrakech takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Lisbon in May, expect nights in Marrakech to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 86°F. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Marrakech

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping

Monaco travel guide

Aquariums · Casinos · Historic Walking Areas
Rich Man's Paradise City
As part of the French Riviera, Monaco offers the sparkling aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean Sea on its doorstep. The country has long been known for its panache--fast cars, big casinos, and expensive boutiques surround you here. While there are less luxurious activities for travelers, this is not the country for tourists on a budget. Many cruise ships make this a port of call in this region, so expect to see these vessels and large yachts as part of the landscape here.

Morocco travel guide

Flea Markets · Gardens · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Diverse in landscapes and cultures, Morocco has long been a popular tourist destination, offering many quintessential North African vistas, sounds, and tastes. The ancient medinas of the main cities have retained their look and feel over the centuries, with bustling markets of colorful spice stalls, leather tanning in the streets, and teahouses. The dunes of the Sahara and the peaks of the High Atlas mountains battle for the interest of tourists on holiday in Morocco, with each possessing impressive, picturesque scenery, and hidden-away traditional villages, filled with crafts, carpets, and a rural way of life.