38 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

38 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

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1
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
2
Toledo, Spain
— 3 nights
3
Caceres, Spain
— 2 nights
4
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
5
Faro, Portugal
— 4 nights
6
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
7
Dakar, Senegal
— 5 nights
8
Kotu, Gambia
— 5 nights
9
Dakar, Senegal
— 1 night
10
Paris, France
— 5 nights

4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
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, walk around Casa de Campo, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, and steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Madrid travel planner.

New York City, USA to Madrid is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in May: highs in Madrid hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Toledo.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

3
nights
Toledo, Spain

Toledo ©
Toledo is a World Heritage Site that embodies the complex cultural history of Spain while remaining a forward-moving, modern city.
Step out of Toledo with an excursion to Royal Palace of Aranjuez in Aranjuez--about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Catedral Primada, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Santa Cruz, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, and browse the exhibits of Church of Santo Tomé.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Toledo trip planner.

You can drive from Madrid to Toledo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Toledo are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Caceres.

Things to do in Toledo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Royal Palace of Aranjuez
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Catedral Primada ©
Catedral Primada
Royal Palace of Aranjuez ©
Royal Palace of Aranjuez
Museo de Santa Cruz ©
Museo de Santa Cruz

2
nights
Caceres, Spain

Caceres
Cáceres is the capital of Cáceres province, in the autonomous community of Extremadura, Spain. On the 17th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Monfrague National Park. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Plaza de San Jorge, explore the world behind art at Palace de los Golfines de Abajo, examine the collection at Casa Museo Arabe de Caceres Yussuf al Burch, thentake an in-depth tour of Museo De Cáceres, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Caceres, and finally contemplate the long history of Arco de la Estrella (Star Arch).

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Caceres attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Toledo to Caceres takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In May in Caceres, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Seville.

Things to do in Caceres

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Old Town of Caceres
Old Town of Caceres
Plaza de San Jorge ©
Plaza de San Jorge
Arco de la Estrella (Star Arch) ©
Arco de la Estrella (Star Arch)

2
nights
Seville, Spain

Seville ©
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 19th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Capilla de Santa Maria de Jesus, thentake a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla, and finally walk around Parque de Maria Luisa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol), thensteep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Torre del Oro, and finally steep yourself in history at Plaza de España.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Seville travel tool.

Getting from Caceres to Seville by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Faro.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

4
nights
Faro, Portugal

The most well-known city in the Algarve, Faro boasts a cliffside location with popular beaches and a thriving cultural scene.
Get out of town with these interesting Faro side-trips: Tavira (Praia do Barril & Tavira Island) and Cabanas de Tavira Beach (in Cabanas). Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront activity at Marina de Vilamoura, pause for some serene contemplation at Faro Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town Faro, and see Off-Road Tours.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Faro travel route planner.

You can drive from Seville to Faro in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. May in Faro sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Faro

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Tavira, Marina de Vilamoura
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Marina de Vilamoura ©
Marina de Vilamoura
Tavira Island ©
Tavira Island

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Sintra (Sintra National Palace & Quinta da Regaleira). There's much more to do: make a trip to Belém Tower, explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip maker app.

Drive from Faro to Lisbon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Faro in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of °F in Lisbon. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Dakar.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Sintra
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Food Tours
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

5
nights
Dakar, Senegal

Dakar ©
Situated on the western edge of mainland Africa, the crowded and dynamic city of Dakar offers visitors booming shopping, dining, and entertainment scenes.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lagune de la Somone (in Somone), Reserve De Bandia (in Saly) and Plage Popenguine (in Popenguine). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee, appreciate the history behind Le Monument de la Renaissance Africaine, browse for treasures at La Galerie Antenna, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of the Divinity.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Dakar travel itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lisbon to Dakar. Traveling from Lisbon in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of °F in Dakar. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kotu.

Things to do in Dakar

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Lagune de la Somone, Reserve De Bandia, Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee, Plage Popenguine
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Lagune de la Somone ©
Lagune de la Somone
Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee ©
Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
Kotu, Gambia

Kotu ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kotu: Kartong (The Reptile Farm & Lemonfish Art Gallery) and Sanyang Main Mosque (in Sanyang).

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kotu trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Dakar to Kotu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Dakar in June, you will find days in Kotu are somewhat warmer (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Dakar.

Things to do in Kotu

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Bakau, Banjul, Kartong, Tanje Village Museum, Sanyang Main Mosque
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Katchikally Crocodile Pool ©
Katchikally Crocodile Pool
Fishing Charters & Tours
Tanje Village Museum ©
Tanje Village Museum

1
night
Dakar, Senegal

Dakar
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): admire nature's extreme beauty at Lompoul Desert and then step off the mainland to explore Ngor Island.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Dakar route planner.

You can fly from Kotu to Dakar in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. When traveling from Kotu in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Dakar, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Dakar

Nature Parks
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Paris journey planner.

Fly from Dakar to Paris in 9.5 hours. Traveling from Dakar to Paris, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dakar in June, expect Paris to be a bit cooler, temps between °F and °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Versailles, Fondation Claude Monet
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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