56 days in Caribbean, Africa & Europe Itinerary

56 days in Caribbean, Africa & Europe Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  27 h
1
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  12 h 15 min
2
Marrakech, Morocco
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
6
Nice, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h
7
London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
8
Berlin, Germany
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  5 h 30 min
9
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
10
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5 h 15 min
11
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  4 h 30 min
12
Belgrade, Serbia
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
13
Athens, Greece
— 6 nights
Fly:  22 h 30 min
End: Melbourne, Australia

4
nights
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana ©
In an area boasting beaches that face both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, vacations in Punta Cana have been popular with tourists since the early 1970s.
You'll get in some beach time at Bavaro Beach and Playa La Vacama. Get in touch with nature at Macao Beach and Punta Espada Golf Course. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Hoyo Azul and tee off at Barcelo Lakes Golf Course.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Punta Cana vacation planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Punta Cana is an approximately 27- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Punta Cana is minus 14 hours. In December, Punta Cana is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bavaro Beach ©
Bavaro Beach
Macao Beach ©
Macao Beach
Hoyo Azul ©
Hoyo Azul

3
nights
Marrakech, Morocco

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech and Koutoubia Mosque. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Medersa Ben Youssef. There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Jemaa el-Fna, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, examine the collection at Marrakech Museum, and contemplate the long history of El Badi Palace.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Marrakech vacation planner.

Fly from Punta Cana to Marrakech in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Punta Cana to Marrakech is 4 hours. Traveling from Punta Cana in December, expect nights in Marrakech to be much colder, around 7°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Jemaa el-Fna
Jemaa el-Fna
Koutoubia Mosque ©
Koutoubia Mosque

5
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chiado and Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco). Head to Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Avenida da Liberdadefor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: visit Bairro Alto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum, and contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Marrakech to Lisbon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Marrakech in December, you will find days in Lisbon are a bit cooler (18°C), and nights are about the same (8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Lisbon

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
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Museu Calouste Gulbenkian ©
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
Bairro Alto ©
Bairro Alto
Chiado ©
Chiado

4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Prado National Museum and Catedral Primada. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza and Caixa Forum. Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Toledo (Casco Historico de Toledo, Museo de Santa Cruz, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, get engrossed in the history at Lope de Vega Museum, don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, and hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Madrid vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Madrid takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Lisbon in December, things will get little chillier in Madrid: highs are around 14°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Toledo
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Catedral Primada ©
Catedral Primada
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Passeig de Gracia and Joan Miro Foundation. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at La Boqueria and MACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de La Barceloneta, admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, and stroll around Parc Guell.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona trip planner.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Madrid in December since evenings lows in Barcelona dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Passeig de Gracia ©
Passeig de Gracia

5
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.
Let the collections at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Musee Picasso capture your imagination. Do your shopping at Marche Forville and Rue d'Antibes. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Cannes (La Croisette & Galerie de Cannes) and Biot (Centre d'Art du Verre PIERINI & Galerie Gabel). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, take in the exciting artwork at Galerie du Faune, shop like a local with Avenue Jean Medecin, and contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nice trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Nice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to London.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cannes, Antibes, Biot, Le Petit Vigneau Winery, Musee des Coquillages
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Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain ©
Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain
La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Rue d'Antibes ©
Rue d'Antibes

5
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 the less-touristy side of things at Westminster and National Portrait Gallery. Get some cultural insight at Wallace Collection and St. Paul's Cathedral. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, don't miss a visit to Big Ben, get engrossed in the history at The British Museum, and shop like a local with Regent Street.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the London trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Nice to London takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Nice in January, things will get slightly colder in London: highs are around 9°C and lows about 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Westminster ©
Westminster
Wallace Collection ©
Wallace Collection
The British Museum ©
The British Museum

5
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
You'll explore and learn at Pergamonmuseum and Palace of Tears. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Topography of Terror and German Museum of Technology. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Neues Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Die Hackeschen Hoefe, take in nature's colorful creations at Großer Tiergarten, and contemplate the long history of Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Berlin trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from London to Berlin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from London to Berlin, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Parks Shopping
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Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Topography of Terror ©
Topography of Terror
Neues Museum ©
Neues Museum

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get a sense of the local culture at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Piazza del Duomo. Museum-lovers will appreciate Pitti Palace and Basilica di San Lorenzo. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore, and get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Berlin to Florence takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January in Florence, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
Florence Academy of Fine Arts
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Palatine Hill and Cupola di San Pietro. Colosseum and Galleria Borghese are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, browse the exhibits of Palazzo Doria Pamphilj, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome road trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in January, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Vatican City
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

2
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
On the 25th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Minceta Fortress, then contemplate the long history of Dubrovnik City Walls, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Dubrovnik Beer Company, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at The Cultural Historical Museum, stop by House of Nature, take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery TALIR, take in the exciting artwork at Art by Stjepko, then take in panoramic vistas at Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Samostan Sv.klare.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik journey planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Rome to Dubrovnik in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In January in Dubrovnik, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Belgrade.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum ©
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Spas

1
night
Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade ©
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
On the 27th (Fri), engage your brain at Nikola Tesla Museum, admire the striking features of Crkva Svetog Marka, take a stroll through Knez Mihailova, then learn about all things military at Military Museum, and finally wander the streets of Skadarlija.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Belgrade travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Dubrovnik to Belgrade by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, Belgrade is little chillier than Dubrovnik - with highs of 5°C and lows of -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Belgrade

Neighborhoods Museums Childrens Museums
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Knez Mihailova ©
Knez Mihailova
Skadarlija ©
Skadarlija
Nikola Tesla Museum ©
Nikola Tesla Museum

6
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Get a sense of the local culture at Acropolis Museum and Benaki Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Mount Lycabettus and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore Athens' surroundings by going to Nafplio (Fortress Palamidi, Archaeological Museum of Nauplion, &more). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and don't miss a visit to Erechtheion.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Athens tour planner.

Fly from Belgrade to Athens in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Belgrade in January, expect Athens to be somewhat warmer, temps between 15°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Nafplio, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

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