26 days in Europe & Morocco Itinerary

26 days in Europe & Morocco Itinerary

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26 days in Europe & Morocco Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
1
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Amsterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Marrakech, Morocco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Essaouira, Morocco
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: London, United Kingdom


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4
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
You'll explore and learn at National Gallery and Churchill War Rooms. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Natural History Museum and Buckingham Palace. Venture out of the city with trips to Stonehenge (in Amesbury), Cotswolds Distillery (in Stourton) and Bournemouth Beach (in Bournemouth). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Westminster Abbey, get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament, get engrossed in the history at The British Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our London day trip planning site .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are London Heathrow Airport, London Gatwick Airport, London Stansted Airport, London City Airport, London Luton Airport and Southend Airport. In September in London, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Stonehenge, Cotswolds Distillery, Bournemouth Beach
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Bournemouth Beach ©
Bournemouth Beach
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

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.
Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Palace of Versailles and Chateau de Chambord. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen in Rouen, about 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Le Marais, appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and wander the streets of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Paris journey planner.

You can take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Versailles, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, Chateau de Chambord
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

4
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get a sense of the local culture at Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery and The Jordaan. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, take a stroll through Leidseplein, have fun and explore at NEMO Science Museum, and steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Amsterdam trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

5
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Explore hidden gems such as Palatine Hill and Galleria Borghese. Vatican Museums and Musei Capitolini will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Duomo di Orvieto (in Orvieto) and Villa Adriana (in Tivoli). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Pantheon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, and steep yourself in history at Roman Forum.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rome vacation maker site .

Getting from Amsterdam to Rome by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in October, with highs in Rome at 26°C and lows at 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa Adriana, Duomo di Orvieto
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

5
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Step out of the city life by going to L'illa Roja and Platja Port Bo. Casa Batllo and Museu Picasso will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Barcelona: Vila Vella (Old Town) (in Tossa de Mar), Dali Theatre-Museum (in Figueres) and Platja de Blanes (in Blanes). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, walk around Parc Guell, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, and appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Barcelona trip builder app .

Getting from Rome to Barcelona by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In October in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Vila Vella (Old Town), L'illa Roja, Platja Port Bo, Dali Theatre-Museum, Platja de Blanes
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Dali Theatre-Museum ©
Dali Theatre-Museum
Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

1
night
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.
On the 14th (Mon), explore and take pictures at Jemaa el-Fnaa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koutoubia Mosque, then admire the landmark architecture of Saadian Tombs, then stop by Henna Louaya, and finally admire the striking features of Medersa Ben Youssef.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Marrakech online visit planner .

You can fly from Barcelona to Marrakech in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Marrakech due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Barcelona in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Marrakech: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Essaouira.

Things to do in Marrakech

Shopping Historic Sites
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Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa
Koutoubia Mosque ©
Koutoubia Mosque
Medersa Ben Youssef ©
Medersa Ben Youssef

1
night
Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira ©
The laidback town of Essaouira, known for its forceful trade winds, attracts Moroccan and foreign tourists alike with its sweeping beaches and atmospheric, labyrinthine medina, a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): get active on the water at Water Sports, take a stroll through Medina of Essaouira, and then don't miss a visit to Essaouira Ramparts.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Essaouira trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Marrakech to Essaouira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Marrakech, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Essaouira, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Essaouira

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Medina of Essaouira ©
Medina of Essaouira
Essaouira Ramparts ©
Essaouira Ramparts

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