22 days in Africa & Europe Itinerary

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Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
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Tunis, Tunisia
— 2 nights
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Algiers, Algeria
— 2 nights
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Marrakech, Morocco
— 3 nights
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Casablanca, Morocco
— 2 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
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Madrid, Spain
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Cairo, Egypt — 3 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

More than 20 million people call Cairo their home and, as soon as you set foot in the sprawling metropolis, it's evident they make it crowded and chaotic, but also exuberant and charming.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairo: Giza (Great Sphinx & Pyramids of Giza). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Islamic Cairo, walk around Al-Azhar Park, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairo trip planning app.

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam to Cairo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Bandar Seri Begawan to Cairo due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Bandar Seri Begawan in April, with highs in Cairo at 34°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Tunis.
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Tunis, Tunisia — 2 nights

The Mediterranean port city of Tunis, Tunisia's bustling capital, boasts a vibrant mix of cultures and architectural styles, enchanting visitors with its historical attractions, picturesque beaches, and laidback vibe.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Roumouz, see the interesting displays at The National Bardo Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zitouna Mosque, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from The doors of the medina. On the next day, stroll the grounds of North Africa American Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Palace Dar Nejma Ezzahra, then see the interesting displays at Museum Dar el-Annabi, and finally don't miss a visit to Centre des Musiques Arabes et Mediterraneennes.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tunis online travel planner.

You can fly from Cairo to Tunis in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairo to Tunis is minus 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cairo in April: high temperatures in Tunis hover around 27°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Algiers.
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Algiers, Algeria — 2 nights

Algiers the White

Overlooking a scenic bay, the Mediterranean port city of Algiers enthralls visitors with its imposing skyline, a blend of French colonial buildings, run-down high-rises, and whitewashed Islamic architecture nestled on the hillside.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): explore the world behind art at National Museum of Fine Arts of Algiers, then take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin d'Essai du Hamma, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame d'Afrique, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Public National de l'Enluminure, de la Miniature et de la Calligraphie. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of La Rue Didouche Mourad, then see the interesting displays at Musee National du Bardo, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mausolee Sidi Abderrahmane.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Algiers travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Tunis to Algiers takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Traveling from Tunis in April, expect little chillier with lows of 11°C in Algiers. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can fly to Marrakech.
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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.
Spend the 5th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jemaa el-Fnaa, explore the different monuments and memorials at Saadian Tombs, and deepen your understanding at Medersa Ben Youssef.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Marrakech trip planner.

You can fly from Algiers to Marrakech in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Algiers to Marrakech. In May, Marrakech is a bit warmer than Algiers - with highs of 35°C and lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Mausoleum of Mohammad V in Rabat (about 1h 20 min away). Spend the 6th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hassan II Mosque, steep yourself in history at Temple Beth-El, and make a trip to Old Medina of Casablanca.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Casablanca online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Marrakech to Casablanca takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. Traveling from Marrakech in May, expect nights in Casablanca to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can fly to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Park and National Palace of Pena). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, view the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon journey tool.

Traveling by flight from Casablanca to Lisbon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Casablanca in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Lisbon, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Seville.
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Seville, Spain — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, admire the striking features of Plaza de Santa Marta, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Parque de Maria Luisa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, then gain insight at Royal Tobacco Factory, then steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, and finally make a trip to Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol).

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Seville trip planner.

Fly from Lisbon to Seville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. In May, daytime highs in Seville are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): stroll around Parque del Retiro, explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, and then examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. Keep things going the next day: hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, then make a trip to Puerta del Sol, and finally admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Seville to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Seville in May since evenings lows in Madrid dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can fly back home.
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Egypt travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · Historic Sites · Ruins
Gift of the Nile
The land of pharaohs, pyramids, sphinxes, and papyrus, Egypt needs little by way of introduction. Visitors find more than a textbook readout of ancient history when visiting the country--the power, scale, art, and mysticism of its centuries-old culture bleed out from each landmark attraction and seep into the everyday life. Bustling markets, the slow-flowing Nile, the vast desert, and inspiring archeological sites often sit right alongside palaces of great excess and historical importance. All ensure you have plenty to see and do during your vacation in Egypt. In the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011, travel to certain areas where conflict and terrorism are deemed likely remains inadvisable for foreign visitors.
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Tunisia travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Historic Sites · Ruins
Tunisia benefits from its thin, slivery form, with a range of landscapes and climates causing diverse cultures, traditions, and lifestyles to develop over time. The lesser-visited south of the country possesses some major archaeological sites, impressive dunes, and caravans of nomadic peoples crossing the sands. The north contains many of the main cities in the country, located along the historic Mediterranean coast. Carthaginian and Roman ruins are found in and just outside the contemporary urban areas, which themselves blend African, Ottoman, and European influences. Many come for a beach holiday in Tunisia, but those who don't stop there are richly rewarded.
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Algeria travel guide

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Churches · Gardens · Historic Sites
Algeria the White
The largest country on the continent, Algeria combines diverse landscapes with cultural intrigue and history. The north of the country has always been the most developed area, with the majority of the population living in cities along the Mediterranean coast. Roman ruins, modern and colonial architecture, renowned museums, and impressive coastal areas in the north represent some of the highlights of a vacation in Algeria. Heading south, the Sahara Desert takes hold. The dunes and nomadic tribes crossing the landscape offer a dreamier, less scripted counterpoint to the urbane north.
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Morocco travel guide

4.2
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.
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Portugal travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.
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Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nightlife · Architectural Buildings
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.
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