17 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

17 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
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Barcelona, Spain
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Madrid, Spain
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Paris, France
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Venice, Italy
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Rome, Italy
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Tripoli, Libya
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Athens, Greece

— 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens, admire the natural beauty at National Garden, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Lycabettus, and admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Athens planner.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Athens is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Jeddah in October, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Athens: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:

Barcelona, Spain

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): make a trip to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, then don't miss a visit to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally walk around Parc Guell. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): shop like a local with La Boqueria, then admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, then pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic.

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You can fly from Athens to Barcelona in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Athens to Barcelona, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to fly to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, admire the landmark architecture of Estacion de Atocha, then admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum of Spain, and finally admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, then don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, then steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

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You can fly from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Madrid. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Lisbon.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:

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 22nd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, and finally see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional do Azulejo. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, then make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, then don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and finally take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

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Getting from Madrid to Lisbon by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Lisbon. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can fly to Paris.

Things to do in Lisbon

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums
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Paris, France

— 3 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Paris is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens.

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You can fly from Lisbon to Paris in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Lisbon in October: high temperatures in Paris hover around 19°C and lows are around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to fly to Venice.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo Correr. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to St Mark's Campanile, admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, and finally take a stroll through Cannaregio.

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You can fly from Paris to Venice in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Venice are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can fly to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 28:

Rome, Italy

— 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Forum of Augustus, then contemplate the long history of Colosseum, and finally delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Spanish Steps, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, then don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Rome trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Venice to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Venice in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Rome, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tripoli.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 28 — 30:

Tripoli, Libya

— 1 night

Mermaid of the Mediterranean

The "Mermaid of the Mediterranean," Libyan capital Tripoli exudes a mix of Mediterranean charm and Arabic-Islamic cultural sensibility.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): get a sense of history and politics at Tripoli's Red Castle (Assai al-Hamra) and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurgi Mosque.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tripoli trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rome to Tripoli. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Tripoli is 1 hour. Traveling from Rome in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Tripoli: highs are around 33°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tripoli

Historic Sites
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Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
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.

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.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.