21 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

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Lagos, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Gibraltar, Gibraltar
— 2 nights
Bus to Tarifa - Centro de Salud, Ferry to Tangier
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Tangier, Morocco
— 1 day
Fly
4
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sintra, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nazare, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive
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Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Lagos, Portugal — 3 nights

Jewel of the Algarve

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, explore the striking landscape at Ponta da Piedade, then visit a coastal fixture at Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Canavial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): take in the waterfront activity at Marina de Lagos, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Misericordia of Alvor, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Da Rocha, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Batata.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lagos travel planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Lagos is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Vancouver to Lagos, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vancouver in September, things will get a bit warmer in Lagos: highs are around 30°C and lows about 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Gibraltar.
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Gibraltar, Gibraltar — 2 nights

The Rock

A vacation in Gibraltar reveals a strategically important area the ancient Greeks considered the edge of the known world.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Apes Den, take in the dramatic natural features at St. Michael's Cave, brush up on your military savvy at The Great Siege Tunnels, then stroll through Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Gibraltar Crystal. On the next day, get up close to creatures of the deep with Dolphin Adventure, explore the striking landscape at The Rock of Gibraltar, then enjoy the sea views from Europa Point, then appreciate the history behind Sikorski Memorial, and finally walk around Commonwealth Park.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Gibraltar driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Lagos to Gibraltar in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tangier.
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Tangier, Morocco — 1 day

Separated from Spain by the Strait of Gibraltar, Tangier remains a mix of North African, French, Spanish, and Portuguese cultural influences.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Moshe Nahon Synagogue, walk around Parc Perdicaris, and then Head underground at Hercules Cave.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tangier tour itinerary planning app.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Gibraltar to Tangier takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Gibraltar to Tangier is minus 1 hour. In September in Tangier, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to fly to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Speed Boats Tours and Photography Tours. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Miradouro da Senhora do Monte, contemplate the long history of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Domingos (Santa Justa e Rufina), and don't miss a visit to Belém Tower.

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Fly from Tangier to Lisbon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Tangier in September since evenings lows in Lisbon dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sintra.
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Sintra, Portugal — 2 nights

Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
Step off the beaten path and head to Off-Road Tours and Museu Condes de Castro. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Quinta da Regaleira, brush up on your military savvy at Museu do Ar - Sintra, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Paroquial de Nossa Senhora da Assuncao, and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sintra online holiday builder.

Sintra is just a stone's throw from Lisbon. In October, daily temperatures in Sintra can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nazare.
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Nazare, Portugal — 2 nights

Nazaré is a town and a municipality in subregion Oeste and Leiria District, in Portugal.It is one of the most popular seaside resorts in the Silver Coast/Costa de Prata, Portugal. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia da Nazare, then make a trip to Parque Dom Carlos I, then pause for some serene contemplation at Ermida da Memoria, and finally kick back and relax at Praia do Norte.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nazare travel route planner.

Getting from Sintra to Nazare by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Nazare can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Porto.
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Porto, Portugal — 3 nights

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names.
Step off the beaten path and head to Beer Tastings & Tours and Igreja dos Carmelitas. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Ribeira Square, take in the views from Ponte Infante Dom Henrique, contemplate the long history of Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular, and take in the waterfront activity at Ribeira do Porto.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Porto day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Nazare to Porto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Porto sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.
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Paris, France — 2 nights

City of Light

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): examine the collection at Musee des Arts Forains, explore the world behind art at Musee National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet, don't miss a visit to Le Trocadero et son esplanade, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, then admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Tuileries, and finally take in the views from Pont-Neuf. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Place des Vosges, visit 1st Arrondissement, then admire the masterpieces at Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee Marmottan Monet.

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Traveling by flight from Porto to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Porto to Paris. Traveling from Porto in October, expect Paris to be little chillier, temps between 19°C and 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Portugal travel guide

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Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.
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