28 days in Europe, Africa & South Pacific Itinerary

28 days in Europe, Africa & South Pacific Itinerary

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28 days in Europe, Africa & South Pacific Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  25 h
1
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  6 h 45 min
2
Lagos, Portugal
— 4 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  9 h 30 min
3
Marrakech, Morocco
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  8 h 30 min
4
Ciutadella, Spain
— 1 day
Bus + Fly:  8 h
5
Nice, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
6
Riccione, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h
7
Martina Franca, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Santa Maria di Leuca, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Lecce, Italy
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  29 h
10
Brisbane, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: Melbourne, Australia

5
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary builder website.

Melbourne, Australia to Paris is an approximately 25- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Paris is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in September, things will get a bit warmer in Paris: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lagos.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

4
nights
Lagos, Portugal

The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lagos: Algar de Benagil (in Benagil), Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha) and Albufeira (Speed Boats Tours, Hot Wheels Raceway, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta Da Piedale, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Saint Vincent, head outdoors with Praia do Beliche, and enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Dona Ana.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lagos trip itinerary app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Paris to Lagos in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to Lagos due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in September: high temperatures in Lagos hover around 30°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Albufeira, Portimao, Sagres, Church of St. Anthony, Algar de Benagil
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Ponta da Piedade ©
Ponta da Piedade
Praia da Cordoama ©
Praia da Cordoama

2
nights
Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech ©
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.
Marrakech is known for shopping, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, admire the landmark architecture of Medersa Ben Youssef, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and contemplate the long history of El Badi Palace.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Marrakech journey builder tool.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Lagos to Marrakech in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Lagos in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Marrakech, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ciutadella.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fna
Jemaa el-Fna
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
day
Ciutadella, Spain

Ciutadella ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): get outside with Cala en Brut, glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, and then hike along Pas d'en Revull.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ciutadella online vacation planner.

Getting from Marrakech to Ciutadella by combination of flight and bus takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Marrakech to Ciutadella due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Marrakech in September, you will find days in Ciutadella are a bit cooler (30°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Ciutadella

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Pas d'en Revull
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Cala en Brut ©
Cala en Brut
Pas d'en Revull ©
Pas d'en Revull

3
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
When in Nice, make a side trip to see Plage Naturiste De La Batterie in Vallauris, approximately Vallauris away. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, contemplate the long history of Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nice holiday planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Ciutadella to Nice in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. In September, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Riccione.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Plage Naturiste De La Batterie, Old Town, Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire, Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze
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SENSAS Nice ©
SENSAS Nice
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

2
nights
Riccione, Italy

Riccione ©
One of northern Italy's most popular seaside resorts, Riccione is known as the Green Pearl of the Adriatic for its tree-lined streets and numerous gardens.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): head outdoors with Fondazione Marco Simoncelli, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa del Sol, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bagni Mauro 78 Riccione. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Ettore 68, then kick back and relax at Spiaggia 53 Luciano e Renzo, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bagni 120 Riccione.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Riccione day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Nice to Riccione takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Martina Franca.

Things to do in Riccione

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Bagni Mauro 78 Riccione ©
Bagni Mauro 78 Riccione

1
night
Martina Franca, Italy

Martina Franca ©
Martina Franca, or only Martina, is a town and municipality in the province of Taranto, Apulia (Puglia), southern Italy. Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Jonian Dolphin Conservation, then do a tasting at I Pastini, and then do a tasting at L'Acropoli di Puglia.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Martina Franca travel route planner.

You can drive from Riccione to Martina Franca in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Riccione in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Martina Franca, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Santa Maria di Leuca.

Things to do in Martina Franca

Wildlife Parks Wineries

Side Trip

Jonian Dolphin Conservation
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I Pastini ©
I Pastini
Jonian Dolphin Conservation ©
Jonian Dolphin Conservation
L'Acropoli di Puglia ©
L'Acropoli di Puglia

1
night
Santa Maria di Leuca, Italy

Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Grotta del Soffio, then see the interesting displays at Sidereus, and finally don't miss a visit to Antichi Frantoi Ipogei.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Santa Maria di Leuca day trip app.

You can drive from Martina Franca to Santa Maria di Leuca in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Santa Maria di Leuca are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Lecce.

Things to do in Santa Maria di Leuca

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Antichi Frantoi Ipogei, Sidereus
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Antichi Frantoi Ipogei ©
Antichi Frantoi Ipogei
Grotta del Soffio ©
Grotta del Soffio

1
night
Lecce, Italy

Lecce ©
Known as the Florence of the South, Lecce is distinguished for its elaborate Baroque monuments.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Mostra La Tana della Taranta, then stop by il Mercante d'Arte, and finally make a trip to Centro Storico, Lecce.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Lecce trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Santa Maria di Leuca to Lecce in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Maria di Leuca in September, Lecce is little chillier at night with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Lecce

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria
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Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria ©
Centro Storico, Lecce ©
Centro Storico, Lecce
Museo Mostra La Tana della Taranta ©
Museo Mostra La Tana della Taranta

2
nights
Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Mooloolaba (Boat Tours & Water Sports, SunJet Simulations, &more) and Caloundra Coastal Walk (in Kings Beach). Next up on the itinerary: walk around South Bank Parklands and admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Brisbane road trip planning tool.

Getting from Lecce to Brisbane by flight takes about 29 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, ferry, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Lecce to Brisbane. Traveling from Lecce in September, things will get a bit cooler in Brisbane: highs are around 28°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Caloundra Coastal Walk
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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