43 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

43 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 5 nights
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Moscow, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly to Catania-Fontanarossa Airport, Drive to San Piero Patti
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San Piero Patti, Italy
— 1 night
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Linguaglossa, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Taormina, Italy
— 1 night
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Catania, Italy
— 2 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
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Granada, Spain
— 4 nights
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Malaga, Spain
— 5 nights
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Gibraltar, Gibraltar
— 2 nights
Bus to Tarifa - Centro de Salud, Ferry to Tangier
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Tangier, Morocco
— 1 night
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Casablanca, Morocco
— 1 night
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London, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, and get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the London day trip app.

Washington DC, USA to London is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Washington DC to London. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in May; daily highs in London reach 62°F and lows reach 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

St. Petersburg, Russia

— 5 nights

Venice of the North

Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, steep yourself in history at Palace Square, examine the collection at Russian Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our St. Petersburg route planner.

Traveling by flight from London to St. Petersburg takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from London to St. Petersburg. In May, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks

Moscow, Russia

— 3 nights

Third Rome

Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Moscow is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Red Square, stroll the grounds of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, contemplate the long history of Moscow Kremlin, and admire the striking features of Lenin's Mausoleum.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Moscow road trip site.

You can take a train from St. Petersburg to Moscow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Moscow are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Rome, Italy

— 5 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, and visit Trastevere.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rome day trip app.

Fly from Moscow to Rome in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In May, Rome is somewhat warmer than Moscow - with highs of 75°F and lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Piero Patti.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

San Piero Patti, Italy

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Fontana di San Vito and then sample the tasty concoctions at Birrificio Epica.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Piero Patti trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rome to San Piero Patti. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Linguaglossa.

Things to do in San Piero Patti

Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Linguaglossa, Italy

— 2 nights
Linguaglossa is a town and comune in the Metropolitan City of Catania in Sicily, southern Italy, located on the northern side of Mount Etna where there is also a ski resort with view on the Ionian sea. On the 29th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocca di Novara, then make a trip to Mulino ad Acqua Giorginaro del 1690 a Ruota Orizzontale, and finally get outside with Megaliti dell'Argimusco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Gambino Vini, look for gifts at Il vino della Rosa, then hike along Etna Donkey Trekking, and finally stroll through Monti Sartorius.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Linguaglossa trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Piero Patti to Linguaglossa takes 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Taormina.

Things to do in Linguaglossa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trips

Taormina, Italy

— 1 night
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.
On the 31st (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa del Varo, take in the pleasant sights at Piazza IX Aprile, don't miss a visit to Corso Umberto, then browse the collection at Biblioteca Comunale Sant' Agostino, then look for gifts at Made in Sicily Taormina, and finally make a trip to Ancient Theatre of Taormina.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Taormina trip builder tool.

You can drive from Linguaglossa to Taormina in an hour. In May, daytime highs in Taormina are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Catania.

Things to do in Taormina

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Catania, Italy

— 2 nights

Black Pearl of Ionian Sea

The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Catedrale Sant'Agata V.M. Catania, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa della Badia di Sant'Agata, don't miss a visit to Piazza Alonzo di Benedetto, hunt for treasures at A' Piscaria Mercato del Pesce, then contemplate the long history of Piazza Duomo, and finally pause for some photo ops at Fontana dell'Elefante. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): get lost in a book at Biblioteche Riunite Civica e A. Ursino Recupero, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Catania trip planner.

Getting from Taormina to Catania by car takes about an hour. Traveling from Taormina in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 53°F in Catania. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Catania

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Madrid, Spain

— 5 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: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, head outdoors with Picnic Madrid, and don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Madrid road trip tool.

Getting from Catania to Madrid by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Madrid can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Granada.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Granada, Spain

— 4 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.
Granada is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Alhambra, take in nature's colorful creations at Generalife, have some family-friendly fun at El Reino Escape Room, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de San Juan de Dios.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Granada trip planner.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Granada takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Granada can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Malaga.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Wineries

Malaga, Spain

— 5 nights

Capital of the Costa del Sol

Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Change things up with these side-trips from Malaga: Nerja (Papagayo Beach, Balcony of Europe, &more) and Ronda (Baños Arabes, Roman Bridge, &more). It doesn't end there: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area and have some family-friendly fun at La Casa de las Habitaciones Malaga.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Malaga online trip planner.

You can drive from Granada to Malaga in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June in Malaga, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Gibraltar.

Things to do in Malaga

Parks · Wineries · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Princess Caroline's Battery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St Mary the Crowned, get a sense of history and politics at The Convent, take in the dramatic natural features at The Rock of Gibraltar, then kick back and relax at Catalan Bay, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Europa Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): Head underground at St. Michael's Cave, get outside with Mediterranean Steps, then enjoy breathtaking views from O'Hara's Battery, then stroll through Upper Rock Nature Reserve, and finally explore the historical opulence of The Moorish Castle Complex (The Tower of Homage and The Gate House).

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Gibraltar trip app.

Traveling by car from Malaga to Gibraltar takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Malaga in June: highs in Gibraltar hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tangier.

Things to do in Gibraltar

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Tangier, Morocco

— 1 night
Separated from Spain by the Strait of Gibraltar, Tangier remains a mix of North African, French, Spanish, and Portuguese cultural influences.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): make a trip to Musee de la Kasbah and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tangier online journey planner.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Gibraltar to Tangier in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Gibraltar to Tangier, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in June, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Casablanca.

Things to do in Tangier

Tours

Casablanca, Morocco

— 1 night
The port of Casablanca, Morocco's largest city and economic hub, represents the country's beating heart, established as a French protectorate in 1912.
On the 20th (Sun), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Casablanca online trip builder.

You can take a train from Tangier to Casablanca in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Casablanca are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Casablanca

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Province of Messina travel guide

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Ruins · Landmarks · Islands
Messina is the capital of the Italian Metropolitan City of Messina. It is the third-largest city on the island of Sicily, and the 13th-largest city in Italy, with a population of more than 238,000 inhabitants in the city proper and about 650,000 in the Metropolitan City. It is located near the northeast corner of Sicily, at the Strait of Messina, opposite Villa San Giovanni on the mainland, and has close ties with Reggio Calabria. According to Eurostat the FUA of the metropolitan area of Messina has, in 2014, 277,584 inhabitants.The city's main resources are its seaports (commercial and military shipyards), cruise tourism, commerce, and agriculture (wine production and cultivating lemons, oranges, mandarin oranges, and olives). The city has been a Roman Catholic Archdiocese and Archimandrite seat since 1548 and is home to a locally important international fair. The city has the University of Messina, founded in 1548 by Ignatius of Loyola.Messina has a light rail system, Tranvia di Messina, that was opened on 3 April 2003. This line is and links the city's central railway station with the city centre and harbour.

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