20 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

20 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

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20 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Nantes, France
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly + Subway:  5 h 30 min
5
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Subway + Fly:  5 h 45 min
6
Cairo, Egypt
— 1 night
Fly:  20 h 45 min
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil


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3
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.
Spend the 3rd (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, pick up some local products at La Boqueria, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, and examine the collection at Museo Picasso.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona holiday planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Barcelona is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Barcelona, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in July: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around 34°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Nantes.

Things to do in Barcelona

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

1
night
Nantes, France

Nantes ©
Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
On the 6th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, and finally examine the collection at Les Machines de L'ile.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nantes trip builder app .

You can fly from Barcelona to Nantes in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Barcelona in July, with highs in Nantes at 30°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

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Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne ©
Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne
Les Machines de L'ile ©
Les Machines de L'ile
Jardin des Plantes ©
Jardin des Plantes

4
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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Paris holiday planning website .

You can take a train from Nantes to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. July in Paris sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Rome.

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Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

3
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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, take an in-depth tour of Musei Capitolini, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planner.

You can fly from Paris to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in July; daily highs in Rome reach 37°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at National Garden, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Athens trip planner.

You can fly from Rome to Athens in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rome to Athens. In July, daytime highs in Athens are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairo.

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Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

1
night
Cairo, Egypt

Cairo ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Khan Al-Khalili and then explore the ancient world of Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cairo road trip planner .

You can fly from Athens to Cairo in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. In July, daytime highs in Cairo are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
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Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
Khan Al-Khalili ©
Khan Al-Khalili

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