🇲🇦 MOROCCO

Meknes, MoroccoMorocco is one of those countries that frequently found itself at the crossroads of history. This is evident in the many ancient and exotic towns and cities. It’s also a great place from which to dip your toes into the Sahara. It also oozes with culture, amazing food and culture. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.

Here’s your Morocco itinerary:

Luxury Marrakech, Morocco
1 ✈To Casablanca (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 🏨Le Doge (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll get to your hotel late in the evening, time to relax after your journey. Many countries have visa-free access to Morocco.
2 Begin with a visit to Hassan II Mosque, the second-largest in the world. Stroll along La Corniche then try not to get lost in the Old Medina. Close to the New Medina is the grand King’s Palace (which you can only admire from the outside!) Dress conservatively, especially if you’re a woman and especially when visiting religious buildings.
3 🚗Casablanca to Rabat drive (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 10:00 🏨Villa Mandarine (Book >) All hotels >
Meet with your personal driver who will guide you for the rest of your visit. In Rabat the must-see sights include the medieval city-within-a-city Chellah, the incomplete but intricately beautiful Hassan Tower, the verdant Andalusian gardens, the Old Medina and the amazing views from Kasbah des Oudaias. Haggling is expected. If you’re willing to dedicate time, you may be able to get up to 50% off asking price but try to go in with a price in mind.
4 🚗Rabat to Meknes drive Dep: 11:00 Arr: 13:00 🏨ChÂteau Roslane Boutique & Spa (Book >) All hotels >
Take a couple more hours in Rabat to see anything you couldn’t get to yesterday. Your driver will then take you to the old imperial city of Meknes where you’ll arrive in time for lunch. Wander around Heri es-Souani and the Borj Belkari Tower, taking in the city walls and monumental gates of the old city. Many shops in the souks and medinas will only accept cash.
5 🚗Meknes to Fes drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 10:00 🏨Riad Fes Maya Suite & Spa (Book >) All hotels >
Visit the library in Fes’s Al Quaraouiyine  which, having been built in 859 AD, was considered the oldest university in the world before its conversion to a mosque. Take a look at the oldest tannery in the world at Chouara. Founded in AD 1351-56, the Medersa Bou Inania is an architectural work of art. Pick up some spices in Al-Attarine Madrasa then head up to the Merenid Tombs for sunset. Take something to cover your nose at the tannery – it’s a very smelly place.
6 🚗Fes to Merzouga drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 15:00 🏨Riad Azawad (Book >) All hotels >
Today your driver will take you to the desert village of Merzouga. Here you can visit the gargantuan dunes of Erg Chebbi which are best explored on a camel safari. Don’t use an ATV to see the dunes – they ruin the tranquility for yourself and others.
7 🚗Merzouga to Tinerhir drive Dep: 08:30 Arr: 11:30 🏨Riad Timadrouine (Book >) All hotels >
Spend the afternoon hiking in the dramatic Todra Gorge and visit the beautiful Todra Oasis. Lost? Just follow the donkey droppings!
8 🚗Tinerhir to Ouarzazate drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 11:30 🏨Le Temple Des Arts (Book >) All hotels >
Ouarzazate is a spectacular desert town and has featured in many movies. It’s best explored on foot and the main square is a buzzing place to be at sunset. Taourirt Kasbah is best viewed from the outside – no need to pay the entry fee.
9 🚗Ouarzazate to Ait Ben Haddou drive
🚗Ait Ben Haddou to Marrakech drive
Dep: 08:30

Dep: 15:00

Arr: 09:00

Arr: 19:00

🏨Riad Kheirredine (Book >) All hotels >
Your drive to Marrakech will be broken up with a small diversion to the mud brick town of Ait Ben Haddou. Climb up to the Granary for the best views. You’ll then continue on through the High Atlas and arrive in Marrakech in time for dinner. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
10-11 The souks adjacent to Djemaa El-Fna square are an excellent place to get lost and pick up some souvenirs. Admire the magnificent minaret of Koutoubia Mosque and admire the wonderful art and architecture in Ben Youssef Madrassa. Relax in a hammam and escape the bustle in the Majorelle Gardens. Djemaa El-Fna square is the place to be at sunset. It can get cold here at night, particularly in winter – remember to pack layers.
12 🚗Marrakech to Essaouira drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 12:00 🏨L’Heure Bleue Palais (Book >) All hotels >
Essaouira is a relaxed seaside city which has impressive ramparts along which you can walk. The strong winds here mean that you can often see kitesurfers and windsurfers. The Medina is free from most traffic but watch out for mopeds.
13 ✈Essaouira to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening Connect this Morocco itinerary with the Andalucia itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport. Full-service flights depart from Marrakech and so you may want to return there today.
Mid-range Ouarzazate, Morocco
1 ✈To Casablanca (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 🏨Hotel Odyssee Center (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll get to your hotel late in the evening, time to relax after your journey. Many countries have visa-free access to Morocco.
2 Begin with a visit to Hassan II Mosque, the second-largest in the world. Stroll along La Corniche then try not to get lost in the Old Medina. Close to the New Medina is the grand King’s Palace (which you can only admire from the outside!) Dress conservatively, especially if you’re a woman and especially when visiting religious buildings.
3 🚌Casablanca to Rabat bus (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 10:15 🏨Riad Kalaa (Book >) All hotels >
In Rabat the must-see sights include the medieval city-within-a-city Chellah, the incomplete but intricately beautiful Hassan Tower, the verdant Andalusian gardens, the Old Medina and the amazing views from Kasbah des Oudaias. Haggling is expected. If you’re willing to dedicate time, you may be able to get up to 50% off asking price but try to go in with a price in mind.
4 🚄Rabat to Meknes train (Book >) Dep: 11:37 Arr: 13:50 🏨Riad Lahboul (Book >) All hotels >
Take a couple more hours in Rabat to see anything you couldn’t get to yesterday, then take the train to the old imperial city of Meknes. Wander around Heri es-Souani and the Borj Belkari Tower, taking in the city walls and monumental gates of the old city. Many shops in the souks and medinas will only accept cash.
5 🚄Meknes to Fes train (Book >) Dep: 09:54 Arr: 10:35 🏨Riad El Yacout (Book >) All hotels >
Visit the library in Fes’s Al Quaraouiyine which, having been built in 859 AD, was considered the oldest university in the world before its conversion to a mosque. Pick up some spices in Al-Attarine Madrasa then head up to the Merenid Tombs for sunset. Take something to cover your nose at the tannery – it’s a very smelly place.
6 🚌Fes to Marrakech bus (Book >) Dep: 22:45 🏨On bus All hotels >
Take a look at the oldest tannery in the world at Chouara. Founded in AD 1351-56, the Medersa Bou Inania is an architectural work of art. Take earplugs and eye shades for the overnight bus.
7 🚌Fes to Marrakech bus Arr: 06:00 🏨Riad le Clos des Arts (Book >) All hotels >
The souks adjacent to Djemaa El-Fna square are an excellent place to get lost and pick up some souvenirs. Take a couple of hours to relax in a hammam. It can get cold here at night, particularly in winter – remember to pack layers.
8 🚌Marrakech to  Zagora bus
🐫Zagora to desert (Book >)
Dep: 07:30 Arr: Late afternoon 🏨Desert camp (Book >) All hotels >
Your private tour will go via Ouarzazate – a spectacular desert town which has featured in many movies and is best explored on foot. The tour then goes to Zagora where you’ll ride a camel to your desert camp. Taourirt Kasbah is best viewed from the outside – no need to pay the entry fee.
9 🐫Desert to Zagora
🚌Zagora to Marrakech bus (Book >)
Dep: Sunrise Arr: Late afternoon 🏨Riad le Clos des Arts (Book >) All hotels >
The return to Marrakech will be broken up with another visit to Ouazarzate. You’ll then continue on through the High Atlas and arrive in Marrakech in time for dinner. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
10 Admire the magnificent minaret of Koutoubia Mosque and then take in the wonderful art and architecture in Ben Youssef Madrassa. Relax in a hammam and escape the bustle in the Majorelle Gardens. Djemaa El-Fna square is the place to be at sunset. The Maison de la Photographie has amazing views from its rooftop café.
11 🚌Marrakech to Essaouira bus (Book >) Dep: 12:00 Arr: 15:00 🏨Villa Quieta (Book >) All hotels >
Essaouira is a relaxed seaside city which has impressive ramparts along which you can walk. The strong winds here mean that you can often see kitesurfers and windsurfers. The Medina is free from most traffic but watch out for mopeds.
12 ✈Essaouira to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening Connect this Morocco itinerary with the Andalucia itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.
Budget Essaouira, Moroccos
1 ✈To Casablanca (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 🏨Hotel Central (Book >) All hostels >
You’ll get to your hostel late in the evening, time to relax after your journey. Many countries have visa-free access to Morocco.
2 Begin with a visit to Hassan II Mosque, the second-largest in the world. Stroll along La Corniche then try not to get lost in the Old Medina. Close to the New Medina is the grand King’s Palace (which you can only admire from the outside!) Dress conservatively, especially if you’re a woman and especially when visiting religious buildings.
3 🚌Casablanca to Rabat bus (Book >) Dep: 09:00 Arr: 10:15 🏨Kayezer  (Book >) All hostels >
In Rabat the must-see sights include the medieval city-within-a-city Chellah, the incomplete but intricately beautiful Hassan Tower, the verdant Andalusian gardens, the Old Medina and the amazing views from Kasbah des Oudaias. Haggling is expected. If you’re willing to dedicate time, you may be able to get up to 50% off asking price but try to go in with a price in mind.
4 🚄Rabat to Meknes train (Book >) Dep: 11:37 Arr: 13:50 🏨Dar Meknes Tresor (Book >) All hostels >
Take a couple more hours in Rabat to see anything you couldn’t get to yesterday, then take the train to the old imperial city of Meknes. Wander around Heri es-Souani and the Borj Belkari Tower, taking in the city walls and monumental gates of the old city. Many shops in the souks and medinas will only accept cash.
5 🚄Meknes to Fes train (Book >) Dep: 09:54 Arr: 10:35 🏨Hostel Dar Jannat (Book >) All hostels >
Visit the library in Fes’s Al Quaraouiyine which, having been built in 859 AD, was considered the oldest university in the world before its conversion to a mosque. Pick up some spices in Al-Attarine Madrasa then head up to the Merenid Tombs for sunset. Take something to cover your nose at the tannery – it’s a very smelly place.
6 🚌Fes to Marrakech bus (Book >) Dep: 22:45 🏨On bus
Take a look at the oldest tannery in the world at Chouara. Founded in AD 1351-56, the Medersa Bou Inania is an architectural work of art. Take earplugs and eye shades for the overnight bus.
7 🚌Fes to Marrakech bus Arr: 06:00 🏨Riad Bianca (Book >) All hostels >
The souks adjacent to Djemaa El-Fna square are an excellent place to get lost and pick up some souvenirs. Take a couple of hours to relax in a hammam. It can get cold here at night, particularly in winter – remember to pack layers.
8 🚌Marrakech to Zagora bus
🐫Zagora to desert (Book >)
Dep: 07:30 Arr: Late afternoon 🏨Desert camp (Book >) All hostels >
Your private tour will go via Ouarzazate – a spectacular desert town which has featured in many movies and is best explored on foot. The tour then goes to Zagora where you’ll ride a camel to your desert camp. Taourirt Kasbah is best viewed from the outside – no need to pay the entry fee.
9 🐫Desert to Zagora
🚌Zagora to Marrakech bus (Book >)
Dep: Sunrise Arr: Late afternoon 🏨Riad Bianca (Book >) All hotels >
The return to Marrakech will be broken up with another visit to Ouazarzate. You’ll then continue on through the High Atlas and arrive in Marrakech in time for dinner. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
10 Admire the magnificent minaret of Koutoubia Mosque and then take in the wonderful art and architecture in Ben Youssef Madrassa. Relax in a hammam and escape the bustle in the Majorelle Gardens. Djemaa El-Fna square is the place to be at sunset. The Maison de la Photographie has amazing views from its rooftop café.
11 🚌Marrakech to Essaouira bus (Book >) Dep: 12:00 Arr: 15:00 🏨Riad Sidi Magdoul  (Book >) All hostels >
Essaouira is a relaxed seaside city which has impressive ramparts along which you can walk. The strong winds here mean that you can often see kitesurfers and windsurfers. The Medina is free from most traffic but watch out for mopeds.
12 ✈Essaouira to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening Connect this Morocco itinerary with the Andalucia itinerary
Lima Bus line 2 runs to the airport every 2 hours. You may find it cheaper to return to Marrakech for the flight home.

🇮🇹 ITALY

Venice, Italy - Italy itineraryWith thousands of years of history, this Italy itinerary is like visiting a museum for 16 days. It also oozes with culture, amazing food and culture. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.

Here’s Italy itinerary:

Luxury Florence, Italy
1 ✈To Venice (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Hotel Moresco (Book >) All hotels >
Get lost – it’s a fun way to explore the city – then climb the Campanile to fully appreciate the labyrinthine streets and canals. I recommend being at the top when the bells ring! The Orient Express is an unforgettable overnight alternative to flying and a glamorous way to start this Italy itinerary.
2-3 Wander around the Doge’s Palace, making sure you cross the Bridge of Sighs, then gaze at the ornate craftsmanship inside Saint Mark’s Basilica. Admire the masterpieces in San Sebastiano church and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, take a peaceful ride in a gondola, visit colourful Burano Island, the glass museum on Murano Island and the ancient Torcello Cathedral, stroll across the Rialto Bridge. Lost? Look up – on many buildings you will see signs pointing to St Mark’s Square, the Rialto Bridge and the train station.
4 🚄Venice to Verona train (Book >) Dep: 11:32 Arr: 12:30 🏨Altana Relais Verona Boutique Guesthouse (Book >) All hotels >
Use the morning to get to any sights in Venice that you may have missed, then in the afternoon visit Juliet’s balcony in Verona, as well as the Piazza delle Erbe, Castelvecchio and Torre dei Lamberti. In the evening take your seat at the famous arena. Be aware that you may need to bring along warm clothing to the open-air Verona Arena.
5 🚄Verona to Bologna train  (Book >) Dep: 08:52 Arr: 09:42 🏨Grand Hotel Majestic (Book >) All hotels >
Soak up the atmosphere of Piazza Maggiore then, unless you have a fear of heights, scale the steps inside Asinelli tower and look down on Garisenda (or just admire them from below). Enter the immense San Petronio basilica before visiting the Archiginnasio. The Archaelogical Museum and National Gallery are both worth spending time in. Bologna is the birthplace of bolognese (aka tagliatelle al ragù) and some of the best can be found along the laneways of Quadrilatero, off of Piazza Maggiore.
6 🚄Bologna to Florence train (Book >) Dep: 14:55 Arr: 15:30 🏨Ville sull’Arno (Book >) All hotels >
Walk up Monte della Guardia, visit Santuario di Madonna di San Luca, St. Stephen Basilica, Torre Prendiparte and the Oratory of Battuti before heading for the station. In Florence walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo and have your breath taken by the view then spend the rest of the day in the Duomo cathedral. Look up. Bologna contains almost 40 kms of beautifully decorated porticoes.
7-8 A full day of sightseeing: start with the famous Uffizi Palace and Gallery then meet the original David at Galleria dell’Accademia. Enjoy an evening stroll across Ponte Vecchioio. Take a morning or afternoon trip to Pisa to see the leaning tower and Duomo. Florence is best seen on foot so bring comfortable shoes on this Italy itinerary as you’re going to be doing a lot of walking.
9 🚄Florence to Siena train (Book >) Dep: 15:34 Arr: 17:14 🏨Relais degli Angeli (Book >) All hotels >
Explore several hundred years of history at the Palazzo Vecchio, seek out the tombs of famous Florentines in Santa Croce. In the evening join in the buzz at Siena’s Piazza del Campo. You may want to visit Palazzo Vecchio on day 7 and enjoy a beautiful view of sunset from the rooftop.
10 🚌Siena to Rome bus (Book >) Dep: 14:35 Arr: 17:20 🏨The Inn At The Roman Forum (Book >) All hotels >
If you haven’t yet had enough of medieval towers then climb up the Torre del Mangia. Admire the exquisite flooring in the Cathedral and the frescoes and baptismal font in the Baptistery. See the collections at Santa Maria Della Scala then catch your bus to Rome where you can stroll around the Forum, just outside your hotel. Catch a taxi in Rome from a taxi stand – you won’t have to wait long. This site provides a handy guide to fares.
11-12 Start early on day 11 with a visit to the Colosseum and buy skip the line tickets to beat the crowds. Head across to the Trevi Fountain, Spanish steps and then the Pantheon. If time, go to the Galleria Borghese. On day 12 take a taxi to the Vatican museums and then enter the amazing St. Peter’s Basilica. End the day at Castel Sant’Angelo. Dress conservatively as you will be visiting a lot of the religious buildings.
13 🚄Rome to Naples Centrale train (Book >)
🚄Naples Garibaldi to Sorrento train
Dep: 12:15

Dep: 13:43

Arr: 13:27

Arr: 14:33

🏨Hotel La Minervetta (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll have all morning to see any sights that you may have missed. In the afternoon, after arriving in Sorrento, hire a car and cruise along the spectacular Amalfi Coast. When you arrive into Naples look for signs to Circumvesuviana – this will lead you to Naples Garibaldi station from where you can buy tickets to Sorrento (you can’t purchase them online).
14 Take the ferry across to Capri where you can embark on a Blue Grotto tour. Ride the funicolare up to the Piazzetta in Capri Town. Here you can walk to Tiberius’s Villa Jovis and the stupendous views from Villa San Michele. We recommend getting to Capri as early as possible to avoid the crowds.
15 🚄Sorrento to Naples Garibaldi train Dep: 09:07 Arr: 10:13 🏨Grand Hotel Vesuvio  (Book >) All hotels >
Once in Naples visit the Museo Archeologico Nazionale and the crypt at Cappella Sansevero. In the afternoon go on a half day tour of Pompeii. Book a seat in advance for the magnificent Teatro di San Carlo. Experience the best pizza in the world at L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele.
16 ✈Naples to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening Connect this Italy itinerary with the France, Slovenia & Croatia or Southern France & Andorra itinerary
You’ll have plenty of time before your flight to visit Palazzo Reale, Napoli Sotterranea and, at a push, the Catacombs of San Gennaro.
Mid-range Rome, Italy
1 ✈To Venice (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Ca’ Bonvicini (Book >) All hotels >
Get lost – it’s a fun way to explore the city – then climb the Campanile to fully appreciate the labyrinthine streets and canals. I recommend being at the top when the bells ring! Gondola ride a bit too expensive? Take a short traghetto ride across the Grand Canal instead.
2-3 Wander around the Doge’s Palace, making sure you cross the Bridge of Sighs, then gaze at the ornate craftsmanship inside Saint Mark’s Basilica. Admire the masterpieces in San Sebastiano church and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, take a peaceful ride in a gondola, visit colourful Burano Island, the glass museum on Murano Island and the ancient Torcello Cathedral, stroll across the Rialto Bridge. Vaporetto no.1 offers amazing views of Venice from a distance as well as along the Grand Canal. Lost? Look up – on many buildings you will see signs pointing to St Mark’s Square, the Rialto Bridge and the train station.
4 🚄Venice to Verona train (Book >) Dep: 11:32 Arr: 12:30 🏨Relais Empire (Book >) All hotels >
Use the morning to get to any sights in Venice that you may have missed, then in the afternoon visit Juliet’s balcony in Verona, as well as the Piazza delle Erbe, Castelvecchio and Torre dei Lamberti. In the evening take your seat at the famous arena. Be aware that you may need to bring along warm clothing to the open-air Verona Arena.
5 🚄Verona to Bologna train (Book >) Dep: 08:52 Arr: 09:42 🏨Aemilia Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Soak up the atmosphere of Piazza Maggiore then, unless you have a fear of heights, scale the steps inside Asinelli tower and look down on Garisenda (or just admire them from below). Enter the immense San Petronio basilica before visiting the Archiginnasio. The Archaelogical Museum and National Gallery are both worth spending time in. Bologna is the birthplace of bolognese (aka tagliatelle al ragù) and some of the best can be found along the laneways of Quadrilatero, off of Piazza Maggiore.
6 🚄Bologna to Florence train (Book >) Dep: 14:55 Arr: 15:30 🏨c-hotels Joy (Book >) All hotels >
Walk up Monte della Guardia, visit Santuario di Madonna di San Luca, St. Stephen Basilica, Torre Prendiparte and the Oratory of Battuti before heading for the station. In Florence walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo and have your breath taken by the view then spend the rest of the day in the Duomo cathedral. Look up. Bologna contains almost 40 kms of beautifully decorated porticoes.
7-8 A full day of sightseeing: start with the famous Uffizi Palace and Gallery then meet the original David at Galleria dell’Accademia. Enjoy an evening stroll across Ponte Vecchioio. Take a morning or afternoon trip to Pisa to see the leaning tower and Duomo. Florence is best seen on foot so bring comfortable shoes on this Italy itinerary as you’re going to be doing a lot of walking.
9 🚄Florence to Siena train (Book >) Dep: 15:34 Arr: 17:14 🏨I Tetti di Siena (Book >) All hotels >
Explore several hundred years of history at the Palazzo Vecchio, seek out the tombs of famous Florentines in Santa Croce. In the evening join in the buzz at Siena’s Piazza del Campo. You may want to visit Palazzo Vecchio on day 7 and enjoy a beautiful view of sunset from the rooftop.
10 🚌Siena to Rome bus (Book >) Dep: 14:35 Arr: 17:20 🏨Palm Gallery Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
If you haven’t yet had enough of medieval towers then climb up the Torre del Mangia. Admire the exquisite flooring in the Cathedral and the frescoes and baptismal font in the Baptistery. See the collections at Santa Maria Della Scala then catch your bus to Rome where you can make a quick visit Galleria Borghese and surrounding gardens. Catch a taxi in Rome from a taxi stand – you won’t have to wait long. This site provides a handy guide to fares.
11-12 Start early on day 11 with a visit to the Colosseum and buy skip the line tickets to beat the crowds. Afterwards admire the grand Forum. Head across to the Trevi Fountain, Spanish steps and then the Pantheon. On day 12 take a taxi to the Vatican museums and then enter the amazing St. Peter’s Basilica. End the day at Castel Sant’Angelo. Dress conservatively as you will be visiting a lot of the religious buildings.
13 🚄Rome to Naples Centrale train (Book >)
🚄Naples Garibaldi to Sorrento train
Dep: 12:15

Dep: 13:43

Arr: 13:27

Arr: 14:33

🏨Palazzo Marziale (Book >) All hotels >
You’ll have all morning to see any sights that you may have missed. In the afternoon, after arriving in Sorrento, hire a car and cruise along the spectacular Amalfi Coast. When you arrive into Naples look for signs to Circumvesuviana – this will lead you to Naples Garibaldi station from where you can buy tickets to Sorrento (you can’t purchase them online).
14 Take the ferry across to Capri where you can embark on a Blue Grotto tour. Ride the funicolare up to the Piazzetta in Capri Town. Here you can walk to Tiberius’s Villa Jovis and the stupendous views from Villa San Michele. We recommend getting to Capri as early as possible to avoid the crowds.
15 🚄Sorrento to Naples Garibaldi train Dep: 09:07 Arr: 10:13 🏨Week-End A Napoli (Book >) All hotels >
Once in Naples visit the Museo Archeologico Nazionale and the crypt at Cappella Sansevero. In the afternoon go on a half day tour of Pompeii. Book a seat in advance for the magnificent Teatro di San Carlo. Experience the best pizza in the world at L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele.
16 ✈Naples to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening Connect this Italy itinerary with the France, Slovenia & Croatia or Southern France & Andorra itinerary
You’ll have plenty of time before your flight to visit Palazzo Reale, Napoli Sotterranea and, at a push, the Catacombs of San Gennaro.
Budget Amalfi Coast, Italy
1 ✈To Venice (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Combo Venezia (Book >) All hostels >
Your hostel is in Mestre and buses run from just outside to Venice every 10 mins. Get lost – it’s a fun way to explore the city – then climb the Campanile to fully appreciate the labyrinthine streets and canals. I recommend being at the top when the bells ring! Gondola ride a bit too expensive? Take a short traghetto ride across the Grand Canal instead.
2-3 Wander around the Doge’s Palace, making sure you cross the Bridge of Sighs, then gaze at the ornate craftsmanship inside Saint Mark’s Basilica. Admire the masterpieces in San Sebastiano church and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection,  visit colourful Burano Island, the glass museum on Murano Island and the ancient Torcello Cathedral, stroll across the Rialto Bridge. Vaporetto no.1 offers amazing views of Venice from a distance as well as along the Grand Canal. Lost? Look up – on many buildings you will see signs pointing to St Mark’s Square, the Rialto Bridge and the train station.
4 🚄Venice to Verona train (Book >) Dep: 11:32 Arr: 12:30 🏨The Hostello (Book >) All hostels >
Use the morning to get to any sights in Venice that you may have missed, then in the afternoon visit Juliet’s balcony in Verona, as well as the Piazza delle Erbe, Castelvecchio and Torre dei Lamberti. In the evening take your seat at the famous arena – the cheapest tickets are on the stone steps but on a first-come-first-served basis. Be aware that you may need to bring along warm clothing to the open-air Verona Arena. Take something to sit on too – the stone steps aren’t comfortable!
5 🚄Verona to Bologna train (Book >) Dep: 08:52 Arr: 09:42 🏨Dopa  Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Soak up the atmosphere of Piazza Maggiore then, unless you have a fear of heights, scale the steps inside Asinelli tower and look down on Garisenda (or just admire them from below). Enter the immense San Petronio basilica before visiting the Archiginnasio. The Archaelogical Museum and National Gallery are both worth spending time in (you may want to buy a Bologna Welcome card). Bologna is the birthplace of bolognese (aka tagliatelle al ragù) and some of the best can be found along the laneways of Quadrilatero, off of Piazza Maggiore.
6 🚄Bologna to Florence train (Book >) Dep: 14:55 Arr: 15:30 🏨Mòsì Firenze (Book >) All hostels >
Walk up Monte della Guardia, visit Santuario di Madonna di San Luca, St. Stephen Basilica, Torre Prendiparte and the Oratory of Battuti before heading for the station. In Florence walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo and have your breath taken by the view then spend the rest of the day in the Duomo cathedral. Look up. Bologna contains almost 40 kms of beautifully decorated porticoes.
7-8 A full day of sightseeing: start with the famous Uffizi Palace and Gallery then meet the original David at Galleria dell’Accademia. Enjoy an evening stroll across Ponte Vecchioio. Take a morning or afternoon trip to Pisa to see the leaning tower and Duomo. Florence is best seen on foot so bring comfortable shoes on this Italy itinerary you’re going to be doing a lot of walking.
9 🚄Florence to Siena train (Book >) Dep: 15:34 Arr: 17:14 🏨Casa Di Antonella (Book >) All hostels >
Explore several hundred years of history at the Palazzo Vecchio, seek out the tombs of famous Florentines in Santa Croce. In the evening join in the buzz at Siena’s Piazza del Campo. You may want to visit Palazzo Vecchio on day 7 and enjoy a beautiful view of sunset from the rooftop.
10 🚌Siena to Rome bus (Book >) Dep: 14:35 Arr: 17:20 🏨RomeHello Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
If you haven’t yet had enough of medieval towers then climb up the Torre del Mangia. Admire the exquisite flooring in the Cathedral and the frescoes and baptismal font in the Baptistery. See the collections at Santa Maria Della Scala then catch your bus to Rome where you can stroll around the Forum, just outside your hotel. The Rome Metro is cheap and easy to use. You may want to get a Roma Pass which could save you money on entry tickets and travel.
11-12 Start early on day 11 with a visit to the Colosseum and buy skip the line tickets to beat the crowds. Head across to the Trevi Fountain, Spanish steps and then the Pantheon. If time, go to the Galleria Borghese. On day 12 take the Metro to Cipro station and visit the Vatican museums and then enter the amazing St. Peter’s Basilica. End the day at Castel Sant’Angelo. Dress conservatively as you will be visiting a lot of the religious buildings.
13 🚄Rome to Naples Centrale train (Book >)
🚄Naples Garibaldi to Sorrento train
Dep: 12:15

Dep: 13:43

Arr: 13:27

Arr: 14:33

🏨Emily Suites (Book >) All hostels >
You’ll have all morning to see any sights that you may have missed. In the afternoon, after arriving in Sorrento, take a bus along the spectacular Amalfi Coast. When you arrive into Naples look for signs to Circumvesuviana – this will lead you to Naples Garibaldi station from where you can buy tickets to Sorrento (you can’t purchase them online).
14 Take the ferry across to Capri where you can embark on a Blue Grotto tour. Walk up to the Piazzetta in Capri Town. Here you can continue on to Tiberius’s Villa Jovis and the stupendous views from Villa San Michele. We recommend getting to Capri as early as possible to avoid the crowds.
15 🚄Sorrento to Naples Garibaldi train Dep: 09:07 Arr: 10:13 🏨Hostel of the Sun (Book >) All hostels >
Take the train to Pompei Scavi to visit the ruined city. In Naples visit the Museo Archeologico Nazionale and the crypt at Cappella Sansevero. In the late afternoon go on a guided tour of Teatro di San Carlo. Experience the best pizza in the world at L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele.
16 ✈Naples to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening Connect this Italy itinerary with the France, Slovenia & Croatia or Southern France & Andorra itinerary
You’ll have plenty of time before your flight to visit Palazzo Reale, Napoli Sotterranea and, at a push, the Catacombs of San Gennaro.

🇹🇭 THAILAND

Thailand itineraryThailand will never disappoint. This Thailand itinerary takes in ancient sites, lush forests, hill tribes and sublime beaches. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.

Here’s your Thailand itinerary:

Luxury Golden Palace, Bangkok
1 ✈To Bangkok (Book >) Dep: Morning 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Mandarin Oriental (Book >) All hotels >
Spend a couple of hours at the Grand Palace & Wat Prakeaw the join the bustle on Khao San Road.
3 Take a ferry down the Chao Phraya river past Wat Arun to Wat Pho (Pier N8 – Tha Tien) which contains the gigantic reclining Buddha. You can find Chao Phraya ferry information on this site.
4 🚄Bangkok to Chiang Mai train (Book >) Dep: 18:10 🏨Train (Book >)
Relax on a river and canal cruise to the Damnoen Saduak floating market. Admire the silk art and teak houses at Jim Thompson’s House. Book your train ticket in advance if you want to guarantee the class in which you travel.
5 🚄Bangkok to Chiang Mai train Arr: 07:15 🏨Akyra Manor (Book >) All hotels >
Travel out to Doi Suthep and visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep as well as the surrounding national park if you’ve time. Back in the city check out the temples Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Singh and Wat Phan Tao. If you’ve still got time then see the 8th century city of Wiang Kum Kam. Dress conservatively when visiting temples.
6-7 Embark on a trek through Huay Nam DAng National Park and meet the Karen hill tribes inhabiting this area. Remember to bring insect repellent and a filter water bottle.
8 ✈Chiang Mai to Phuket flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Surin Phuket (Book >) All hotels >
At the end of your trek enjoy a bamboo rafting trip along the Mae Tang River then return to Chiang Mai. Stay in Phuket or journey out to one of the beautiful islands (I recommend the Six Senses hotel on Phang Nga).
You can find ferry times here.
If you’re travelling between April and August then the weather will be better on the East Coast – fly to Ko Samui instead.
9-12 So many beautiful beaches! After all that hiking, sightseeing and temple viewing you’ve earned some time to relax. If you’re short of time then it’s best to base yourself in one location and do day trips.
13 ✈Phuket (or Ko Samui) to Bangkok flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Mandarin Oriental (Book >) All hotels >
Last day to enjoy the beaches and bays of Southern Thailand. Do some research before visiting an animal sanctuary – some treat animals appallingly.
14 ✈Bangkok to home Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening Connect this Thailand itinerary with the Malaysia & Borneo or Cambodia itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.
Mid-range Chiang Mai, Thailand
1 ✈To Bangkok (Book >) Dep: Morning 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Akara Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Spend a couple of hours at the Grand Palace & Wat Prakeaw the join the bustle on Khao San Road.
3 Take a ferry down the Chao Phraya river past Wat Arun to Wat Pho (Pier N8 – Tha Tien) which contains the gigantic reclining Buddha. You can find Chao Phraya ferry information on this site.
4 🚄Bangkok to Chiang Mai train (Book >) Dep: 18:10 🏨Train (Book >)
Relax on a river and canal cruise to the Damnoen Saduak floating market. Admire the silk art and teak houses at Jim Thompson’s House. Book your train ticket in advance if you want to guarantee the class in which you travel.
5 🚄Bangkok to Chiang Mai train Arr: 07:15 🏨Oriental Siam Resort (Book >) All hotels >
Travel out to Doi Suthep and visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep as well as the surrounding national park if you’ve time. Back in the city check out the temples Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Singh and Wat Phan Tao. If you’ve still got time then see the 8th century city of Wiang Kum Kam. Dress conservatively when visiting temples.
6-7 Embark on a trek through Huay Nam Dang National Park and meet the Karen hill tribes inhabiting this area. Remember to bring insect repellent and a filter water bottle.
8 ✈Chiang Mai to Phuket flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Amira Phuket (Book >) All hotels >
At the end of your trek enjoy a bamboo rafting trip along the Mae Tang River then return to Chiang Mai. Stay in Phuket or journey out to one of the beautiful islands (I recommend the Ban Sainai hotel on Krabi). You can find ferry times here. If you’re travelling between April and August then the weather will be better on the East Coast – fly to Ko Samui instead.
9-12 So many beautiful beaches! After all that hiking, sightseeing and temple viewing you’ve earned some time to relax. If you’re short of time then it’s best to base yourself in one location and do day trips.
13 ✈Phuket (or Ko Samui) to Bangkok flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Akara Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Last day to enjoy the beaches and bays of Southern Thailand. Do some research before visiting an animal sanctuary – some treat animals appallingly.
14 ✈Bangkok to home Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening Connect this Thailand itinerary with the Malaysia & Borneo or Cambodia itinerary
Book your transfer to the airport.
Budget Bangkok, Thailand
1 ✈To Bangkok (Book >) Dep: Morning 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Buddy Lodge (Book >) All hostels >
Spend a couple of hours at the Grand Palace & Wat Prakeaw the join the bustle on Khao San Road.
3 Take a ferry down the Chao Phraya river past Wat Arun to Wat Pho (Pier N8 – Tha Tien) which contains the gigantic reclining Buddha. You can find Chao Phraya ferry information on this site.
4 🚄Bangkok to Chiang Mai train (Book >) Dep: 18:10 🏨Train (Book >)
Relax on a river and canal cruise to the Damnoen Saduak floating market. Admire the silk art and teak houses at Jim Thompson’s House. Book your train ticket in advance if you want to guarantee the class in which you travel.
5 🚄Bangkok to Chiang Mai train Arr: 07:15 🏨Villa Thai Orchid (Book >) All hotels >
Travel out to Doi Suthep and visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep as well as the surrounding national park if you’ve time. Back in the city check out the temples Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Singh and Wat Phan Tao. If you’ve still got time then see the 8th century city of Wiang Kum Kam. Dress conservatively when visiting temples.
6-7 Embark on a trek through Huay Nam Dang National Park and meet the Karen hill tribes inhabiting this area. Remember to bring insect repellent and a filter water bottle.
8 ✈Chiang Mai to Phuket flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Lub d Phuket Patong (Book >) All hotels >
At the end of your trek enjoy a bamboo rafting trip along the Mae Tang River then return to Chiang Mai. Stay in Phuket or journey out to one of the beautiful islands (I recommend the Bananas Bungalows on Phang Nga). You can find ferry times here. If you’re travelling between April and August then the weather will be better on the East Coast – fly to Ko Samui instead.
9-12 So many beautiful beaches! After all that hiking, sightseeing and temple viewing you’ve earned some time to relax. If you’re short of time then it’s best to base yourself in one location and do day trips.
13 ✈Phuket (or Ko Samui) to Bangkok flight (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Buddy Lodge (Book >) All hostels >
Last day to enjoy the beaches and bays of Southern Thailand. Do some research before visiting an animal sanctuary – some treat animals appallingly.
14 ✈Bangkok to home Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening Connect this Thailand itinerary with the Laos, Malaysia & Borneo or Cambodia itinerary
Take the rail link to the airport.

🇹🇿 TANZANIA

Serengeti Lion, TanzaniaQuintessential Africa. Spot the Big Five, scale the largest mountain on the continent then chill out on a perfect Indian Ocean beach. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.

Here’s your Tanzania itinerary:

Luxury Zebra, Tanzania
1 ✈To Kilimanjaro (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 🏨Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge
(Book >)
All hotels >
Book your transfer to Arusha
3 🚙Arusha to Lake Manyara safari (Book >) Dep: 08:00 Arr: Evening 🏨Lake Manyara Tortilis Camp
You start your journey with a visit to Lake Manyara where you will get your first taste of an African game drive. We recommend contacting the tour operator to build your own tailor-made safari.
4 🚙Lake Manyara to Serengeti safari Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 🏨Serengeti Tortilis Camp
Early start to get into the Serengeti with a game drive en-route to camp. Routes can be bumpy so take travel sickness pills if necessary.
5 🚙Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater safari Dep: 08:00 Arr: Evening 🏨andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
Enjoy another long Serengeti game drive before heading to the crater. Enjoy a sundowner overlooking the spectacular scene below. Late June to October is the best time to see wildlife in the Serengeti.
5 🚙Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha safari Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge
(Book >)
All hotels >
Today you’ll drop in to the immense crater and tick off more wildlife sightings. Tip your guide up to $50/day.
6-11 🚙Arusha to Kilimanjaro National Park transfer (Book >) Dep: Morning 🏨Various camps (Book >)
The Machame Route up Kilimanjaro is considered to be the most beautiful. You’ll need to be fit to reach the top, but the trek itself is immensely enjoyable. This Tanzania itinerary is 18 days long, but you may need extra days for climbing Kilimanjaro. You’ll need to bring your own sleeping bag. The final summit hike takes up to 14 hours.
12 🚙Kilimanjaro National Park to Arusha transfer
✈Arusha to Zanzibar flight (Book >)
Dep: Morning
Dep: Morning
Arr: Morning
Arr: Morning
🏨Park Hyatt (Book >) All hotels >
Stone Town drips in crumbling heritage and has the perfect beachside setting. The Arab Fort and the Old Dispensary are worth seeing. Enjoy a drink on the roof of Emerson Spice. Forodhani Gardens is the place to be in the evening – try out traditional Swahili and Zanzibari cuisines.
13 🚕Stone Town to Dongwe taxi Dep: Any time Arr: 1hr 30 mins later 🏨Zawadi Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Time to head to those famous beaches. Taxis don’t have meters so agree a price before getting in.
14-16 Relax – you’ve earned it! But don’t forget that Zanzibar has some of the best snorkelling and diving options in the world. If you’re really lucky you may just see a whale shark. Away from the beach and resort be sure to dress conservatively.
17-18 ✈Zanzibar to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Tanzania itinerary with the Kenya itinerary
Book your taxi to the airport.
Mid-range Stone Town, Zanzibar
1 ✈To Kilimanjaro(Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 🏨Venus Premier Hotel
(Book >)
All hotels >
Book your transfer to Arusha
3 🚙Arusha to Lake Manyara safari (Book >) Dep: 08:00 Arr: Evening 🏨Lake Manyara Tortilis Camp
You start your journey with a visit to Lake Manyara where you will get your first taste of an African game drive. We recommend contacting the tour operator to build your own tailor-made safari.
4 🚙Lake Manyara to Serengeti safari Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 🏨Serengeti Tortilis Camp
Early start to get into the Serengeti with a game drive en-route to camp. Routes can be bumpy so take travel sickness pills if necessary.
5 🚙Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater safari Dep: 08:00 Arr: Evening 🏨Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
Enjoy another long Serengeti game drive before heading to the crater. Enjoy a sundowner overlooking the spectacular scene below. Late June to October is the best time to see wildlife in the Serengeti.
5 🚙Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha safari Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Venus Premier Hotel
(Book >)
All hotels >
Today you’ll drop in to the immense crater and tick off more wildlife sightings. Tip your guide up to $50/day.
6-11 🚙Arusha to Kilimanjaro National Park transfer (Book >) Dep: Morning 🏨Various camps (Book >)
The Machame Route up Kilimanjaro is considered to be the most beautiful. You’ll need to be fit to reach the top, but the trek itself is immensely enjoyable. This Tanzania itinerary is 18 days long, but you may need extra days for climbing Kilimanjaro. You’ll need to bring your own sleeping bag. The final summit hike takes up to 14 hours.
12 🚙Kilimanjaro National Park to Arusha transfer
✈Arusha to Zanzibar flight (Book >)
Dep: Morning
Dep: Morning
Arr: Morning
Arr: Morning
🏨Zanzibar Coffee House (Book >) All hotels >
Stone Town drips in crumbling heritage and has the perfect beachside setting. The Arab Fort and the Old Dispensary are worth seeing. Enjoy a drink on the roof of your hotel. Forodhani Gardens is the place to be in the evening – try out traditional Swahili and Zanzibari cuisines.
13 🚕Stone Town to Pongwe taxi Dep: Any time Arr: 1hr 15mins later 🏨Pongwe Beach Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Time to head to those famous beaches. Taxis don’t have meters so agree a price before getting in.
14-16 Relax – you’ve earned it! But don’t forget that Zanzibar has some of the best snorkelling and diving options in the world. If you’re really lucky you may just see a whale shark. Away from the beach and resort be sure to dress conservatively.
17-18 ✈Zanzibar to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Tanzania itinerary with the Kenya itinerary
Book your taxi to the airport.
Budget Zanzibar
1 ✈To Kilimanjaro (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Afternoon 🏨Runako Lodge
(Book >)
All hostels >
Book your transfer to Arusha
3 🚙Arusha to Tarangire safari (Book >) Dep: 08:00 Arr: Evening 🏨Lake Burunge Tented Camp
You start your journey with a visit to Tarangire National Park where you will get your first taste of an African game drive. Take your own drinks!
4-5 🚙Rift Valley to Serengeti safari Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 🏨Kati Kati Camp
Early start to get into the Serengeti with a game drive en-route to camp. The next day you’ll have many hours to see the animals. Routes can be bumpy so take travel sickness pills if necessary.
6 🚙Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater safari Dep: 08:00 Arr: Evening 🏨 Ngorongoro Farm House
Drive bach through the Serengeti towards the crater. Enjoy a sundowner overlooking the spectacular scene below. Late June to October is the best time to see wildlife in the Serengeti.
7 🚙Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha safari Dep: Morning Arr: Midday 🏨Runako Lodge
(Book >)
All hostels >
Get up early to experience sunrise over the crater. Tip your guide up to $50/day.
8-12 🚙Arusha to Kilimanjaro National Park transfer (Book >) Dep: Morning 🏨Various camps (Book >)
The Machame Route up Kilimanjaro is considered to be the most beautiful. You’ll need to be fit to reach the top, but the trek itself is immensely enjoyable. This Tanzania itinerary is 19 days long, but you may need extra days for climbing Kilimanjaro. You’ll need to bring your own sleeping bag. The final summit hike takes up to 14 hours.
13 🚙Kilimanjaro National Park to Arusha transfer
✈Arusha to Zanzibar flight (Book >)
Dep: Morning
Dep: Morning
Arr: Morning
Arr: Morning
🏨Lost & Found Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Stone Town drips in crumbling heritage and has the perfect beachside setting. The Arab Fort and the Old Dispensary are worth seeing. Enjoy a drink on the roof of your hotel. Forodhani Gardens is the place to be in the evening – try out traditional Swahili and Zanzibari cuisines.
14 🚕Stone Town to Paje taxi Dep: Any time Arr: 1hr 30mins later 🏨Your Zanzibar Place (Book >) All hostels >
Time to head to those famous beaches. Taxis don’t have meters so agree a price before getting in.
15-17 Relax – you’ve earned it! But don’t forget that Zanzibar has some of the best snorkelling and diving options in the world. If you’re really lucky you may just see a whale shark. Away from the beach and resort be sure to dress conservatively.
18-19 ✈Zanzibar to home (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Morning (next day) Connect this Tanzania itinerary with the Kenya itinerary
Take a Dala-Dala back to the airport.

🇪🇸 ANDALUCIA

Andalucia itinerary9 days, 4 unique and fascinating cities. This trip gives you the best of Andalucia and includes palaces, hiking, mosques, cathedrals and lots of tapas! Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.

Here’s your Andalucia itinerary:

Luxury Cordoba, Andalucia
1 ✈To Seville (Book >) Dep: 07:10 Arr: 11:00 🏨Boutique Hotel Casa del Poeta (Book >) All hotels >
Familiarise yourself with the old town. See Seville Cathedral and head up the Giralda tower to orientate. Taxis cost €21.90 during the day, €24.41 after 22:00 and on weekends and holidays.
2 Free walking tour (remember to tip at the end!). Alcazar. Book Alcazar tickets online to save long queue times.
3 Plaza de España. Metropol Parasol. Casa De Pilatos. Order one or two tapas per person at a time.
4 🚄Seville to Cordoba train (Book >) Dep: 08:50 Arr: 09:33 🏨Balcon de Cordoba (Book >) All hotels >
Take a stroll over Cordoba’s Roman bridge. Alcazar. Explore the Old Town. Great view of the Mezquita from pretty Calleja de las Flores street.
5 🚄Cordoba to Granada train (Book >) Dep: 11:27 Arr: 13:30 🏨Eurostars Washington Irving (Book >) All hotels >
Visit the Mezquita in Cordoba Entry to the Mezquita is free between 08:30 and 09:20.
6 Trekking in Sierra Nevada foothills from Beas Granada (bus schedule here). See Granada Cathedral. Bring food and drink with you on the hike – no shops along the route!
7 Hire a guide and be shown around the Alhambra. Walk to the Mirador de San Nicolas for superb views of the Alhambra. Buy Alhambra tickets a long time in advance. If none are available then buy a Granada Card to gain entry.
8 🚌Granada to Malaga bus (Book >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 12:45 🏨Gran Hotel Miramar (Book >) All hotels >
Pay a visit to the Picasso Museum. Explore the old town, Malaga Cathedral and waterfront. Enjoy delicious churros at Casa Aranda.
9 ✈Malaga to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon Connect this Andalucia itinerary with the France, Portugal, Italy or Southern France and Andorra itinerary
Visit the Alcazaba and, if you have time/energy, the Gibralfaro castle.
Mid-range Granada, Andalucia
1 ✈To Seville (Book >) Dep: 07:10 Arr: 11:00 🏨Becquer Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Familiarise yourself with the old town. See Seville Cathedral and head up the Giralda tower to orientate. The airport bus costs €4 to the city centre (tickets at the bus stop).
2 Free walking tour (remember to tip at the end!). Alcazar. Book Alcazar tickets online to save long queue times.
3 Plaza de España. Metropol Parasol. Casa De Pilatos. Order one or two tapas per person at a time.
4 🚄Seville to Cordoba train (Book >) Dep: 08:50 Arr: 09:33 🏨Eurostars Conquistador (Book >) All hotels >
Take a stroll over Cordoba’s Roman bridge. Alcazar. Explore the Old Town. Great view of the Mezquita from pretty Calleja de las Flores street
5 🚄Cordoba to Granada train (Book >) Dep: 11:27 Arr: 13:30 🏨NH Collection Granada Victoria (Book >) All hotels >
Visit the Mezquita in Cordoba Entry to the Mezquita is free between 08:30 and 09:20
6 Trekking in Sierra Nevada foothills from Beas Granada (bus schedule here). See Granada Cathedral. Bring food and drink with you on the hike – no shops along the route!
7 The Alhambra. Walk to the Mirador de San Nicolas for superb views of the Alhambra. Buy Alhambra tickets a long time in advance. If none are available then buy a Granada Card to gain entry.
8 🚌Granada to Malaga bus (Book >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 12:45 🏨Picasso Suites Málaga (Book >) All hotels >
Pay a visit to the Picasso Museum. Explore the old town, Malaga Cathedral and waterfront. Enjoy delicious churros at Casa Aranda
9 ✈Malaga to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon Connect this Andalucia itinerary with the France, Portugal, Italy or Southern France and Andorra itinerary
Visit the Alcazaba and, if you have time/energy, the Gibralfaro castle.
Budget Malaga, Spain
1 ✈To Seville (Book >) Dep: 07:10 Arr: 11:00 🏨Hostel One Catedral (Book >) All hostels >
Familiarise yourself with the old town. See Seville Cathedral and head up the Giralda tower to orientate. The airport bus costs €4 to the city centre (tickets at the bus stop).
2 Free walking tour (remember to tip at the end!). Alcazar. Book Alcazar tickets online to save long queue times.
3 Plaza de España. Metropol Parasol. Casa De Pilatos. Order one or two tapas per person at a time.
4 🚄Seville to Cordoba train (Book >) Dep: 08:50 Arr: 09:33 🏨Hostal La Fuente (Book >) All hostels >
Take a stroll over Cordoba’s Roman bridge. Alcazar. Explore the Old Town. Great view of the Mezquita from pretty Calleja de las Flores street.
5 🚄Cordoba to Granada train (Book >) Dep: 11:27 Arr: 13:30 🏨rooms VITA & BAR (Book >) All hostels >
Visit the Mezquita in Cordoba Entry to the Mezquita is free between 08:30 and 09:20.
6 Trekking in Sierra Nevada foothills from Beas Granada (bus schedule here). See Granada Cathedral. Bring food and drink with you on the hike – no shops along the route!
7 The Alhambra. Walk to the Mirador de San Nicolas for superb views of the Alhambra. Buy Alhambra tickets a long time in advance. If none are available then buy a Granada Card to gain entry.
8 🚌Granada to Malaga bus (Book >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 12:45 🏨The Urban Jungle Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Pay a visit to the Picasso Museum. Explore the old town, Malaga Cathedral and waterfront. Enjoy delicious churros at Casa Aranda.
9 ✈Malaga to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon Connect this Andalucia itinerary with the France, Portugal, Italy or Southern France and Andorra itinerary
Visit the Alcazaba and, if you have time/energy, the Gibralfaro castle.

🇲🇹 MALTA

Valletta, Malta - Malta itineraryEnjoy a short break to the islands of Malta and Gozo. Experience Malta’s fascinating history, perfect beaches and pretty towns and cities. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.

Here’s your Malta itinerary:

Luxury Mdina, Malta
1 ✈To Valletta (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Casa Ellul (Book >) All hotels >
Visit this site for Malta and Gozo bus routes.
2 Admire the views from the Barrakka Gardens then visit the fascinating Church of St Paul’s Shipwreck. The Manoel Theatre is most beautiful on the inside – book tickets ahead here.
3 30 mins by bus, Rabat must-sees include St Paul’s Church and Catacombs. Bus 81 to the spectacular Dingli cliffs. Walk 3 hrs to Blue Grotto if feeling fit. Bus 38 or 138 to Valletta. There aren’t any restrooms on the walk to Blue Grotto so go prepared!
4 🚌Valletta to Gozo bus (San Lawrenz) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 12:30 🏨Kempinski(Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy the excellent hotel spa facilities. Take bus 41 or 42 to the Cirkewwa ferry. Take Gozo bus 25 to Victoria, then bus 91 to San Lawrenz.
5 Hike from the hotel up Ta’ Dbieġi and then down to the Ta’ Pinu church. Continue on through Gharb, past the salt pans and return by bus from Marsalforn. Piece together your hike with help from the excellent Visit Gozo website.
6 Walk down to Dwerja and take a boat trip out to the Blue Hole. Keep an eye on the weather, you may wish to take the boat trip on a day when the waves aren’t high.
7 🚌Gozo to Valletta bus Dep: 07:10 Arr: 09:55 🏨Casa Ellul (Book >) All hotels >
We thought we’d save the best ’til last; the National War Museum and St John’s Cathedral – a true masterpiece. Pastizzi are delicious – and cheap – snacks to enjoy on the go.
8 Take bus 27, 127, 427 or 627 to the beautiful fishing village of Marsaxlokk. The Marsaxlokk fish market happens on Sunday.
9 ✈Valletta to Home Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon Connect this Malta itinerary with the Italy itinerary
Book your transfer back to the airport
Mid-range Gozo
1 ✈To Valletta (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Paulos Boutique Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Visit this site for Malta and Gozo bus routes.
2 Admire the views from the Barrakka Gardens then visit the fascinating Church of St Paul’s Shipwreck. The Manoel Theatre is most beautiful on the inside – book tickets ahead here.
3 30 mins by bus, Rabat must-sees include St Paul’s Church and Catacombs. Bus 81 to the spectacular Dingli cliffs. Walk 3 hrs to Blue Grotto if feeling fit. Bus 38 or 138 to Valletta. There aren’t any restrooms on the walk to Blue Grotto so go prepared!
4 🚌Valletta to Gozo bus (San Lawrenz) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 12:30 🏨Kempinski(Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy the excellent hotel spa facilities. Take bus 41 or 42 to the Cirkewwa ferry. Take Gozo bus 25 to Victoria, then bus 91 to San Lawrenz.
5 Hike from the hotel up Ta’ Dbieġi and then down to the Ta’ Pinu church. Continue on through Gharb, past the salt pans and return by bus from Marsalforn. Piece together your hike with help from the excellent Visit Gozo website.
6 Walk down to Dwerja and take a boat trip out to the Blue Hole. Keep an eye on the weather, you may wish to take the boat trip on a day when the waves aren’t high.
7 🚌Gozo to Valletta bus Dep: 07:10 Arr: 09:55 🏨Paulos Boutique Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
We thought we’d save the best ’til last; the National War Museum and St John’s Cathedral – a true masterpiece. Pastizzi are delicious – and cheap – snacks to enjoy on the go.
8 Take bus 27, 127, 427 or 627 to the beautiful fishing village of Marsaxlokk. The Marsaxlokk fish market happens on Sunday.
9 ✈Valletta to Home Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon Connect this Malta itinerary with the Italy itinerary
Book your transfer back to the airport
Budget Valletta, Malta
1 ✈To Valletta (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening 🏨Palazzo Sant Ursula (Book >) All hostels >
Visit this site for Malta and Gozo bus routes.
2 Admire the views from the Barrakka Gardens then visit the fascinating Church of St Paul’s Shipwreck. The Manoel Theatre is most beautiful on the inside – book tickets ahead here.
3 30 mins by bus, Rabat must-sees include St Paul’s Church and Catacombs. Bus 81 to the spectacular Dingli cliffs. Walk 3 hrs to Blue Grotto if feeling fit. Bus 38 or 138 to Valletta. There aren’t any restrooms on the walk to Blue Grotto so go prepared!
4 🚌Valletta to Gozo bus (Xlendi) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 12:30 🏨Sea Star Apartments (Book >) All hostels >
Xlendi is pronounced SHLEN-dee. Take bus 41 or 42 to the Cirkewwa ferry. Take Gozo bus 25 to Victoria, then bus 91 to San Lawrenz.
5 Take a bus to Victoria then another to Marsalforn for a walk past salt pans to Gharb and the Ta’ Pinu church. Bus back from San Lawrenz. Piece together your hike with help from the excellent Visit Gozo website.
6 Walk down to Dwerja and take a boat trip out to the Blue Hole. Keep an eye on the weather, you may wish to take the boat trip on a day when the waves aren’t high.
7 🚌Gozo to Valletta bus Dep: 07:10 Arr: 09:55 🏨Two Pillows Boutique Hostel  (Book >) All hostels >
We thought we’d save the best ’til last; the National War Museum and St John’s Cathedral – a true masterpiece. Pastizzi are delicious – and cheap – snacks to enjoy on the go.
8 Take bus 27, 127, 427 or 627 to the beautiful fishing village of Marsaxlokk. The Marsaxlokk fish market happens on Sunday.
9 ✈Valletta to Home Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon Connect this Malta itinerary with the Italy itinerary
Express buses X1, X2, X3 and X4 run to the airport.

🇪🇪 ESTONIA

Estonia itineraryA one-week exploration of some of Estonia’s best bits, including historic cities, sandy beaches and serene islands. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.

Here’s your Estonia itinerary:

Luxury Tartu, Estonia
1 ✈To Tallin (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Hotel Telegraaf (Book >) All hotels >
Admire St Olav’s Church and the view from its spire. The passages in Kiek in de Kök are a fascinating must-see. Free tours are a great way to get to know the city (remember to tip at the end).
2 Take a day trip to Lahemaa National park. Tallinn’s museums tend to close on Mondays or Tuesdays.
3 🚄Tallinn to Tartu train (Book >) Dep: 10:06 Arr: 12:28 🏨Lydia Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
The Toy Museum is an amusing place to while away an hour or two. Pay a quick visit to St John’s Church and linger longer in the KGB Cells Museum. Sunset cruises on the river depatr from Lodjakoda.
4 Go on a full-day tour of the South Estonian countryside. On and around Rüütli street is where you’ll find the best nightlife.
5 🚄Tartu to Tallinn train (Book >) Dep: 15:10 Arr: 17:15 🏨Hotel Telegraaf (Book >) All hotels >
Viewing sunset from Tallinn’s city walls is an unmissable experience. If you wanted to extend your trip then Helsinki is a short ferry trip away.
6-7 🚌 Tallinn to Muhu bus (Book >) Dep: 10:15 Arr: 12:05 🏨Pädaste Manor (Book >) All hotels >
Enjoy a couple of days relaxing in the beautiful grounds of this hotel Your hotel can arrange a limousine transfer to and from Tallinn.
8 🚌Muhu to Tallinn bus (Book >)
✈Tallinn to Home (Book >)
Dep: 13:25

Dep: Afternoon

Arr: 14:30

Arr: Evening

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Relax in one of Tallinn’s superb cafes (we recommend Maiasmokk Café)
Mid-range Parnu, Estonia
1 ✈To Tallin (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Hotel Telegraaf (Book >) All hotels >
Admire St Olav’s Church and the view from its spire. The passages in Kiek in de Kök are a fascinating must-see. Free tours are a great way to get to know the city (remember to tip at the end).
2 Take a day trip to Lahemaa National park. Tallinn’s museums tend to close on Mondays or Tuesdays.
3 🚄Tallinn to Tartu train (Book >) Dep: 10:06 Arr: 12:28 🏨Lydia Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
The Toy Museum is an amusing place to while away an hour or two. Pay a quick visit to St John’s Church and linger longer in the KGB Cells Museum. Sunset cruises on the river depatr from Lodjakoda.
4 Go on a full-day tour of the South Estonian countryside. On and around Rüütli street is where you’ll find the best nightlife.
5 🚌Tartu to Pärnu bus (Book >) Dep: 07:10 Arr: 09:55 🏨Hedon Spa & Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
In summer the beach is the best place to be, in colder months enjoy its wonderful promenade and jetty. June to August are the warmest months to visit, but your hotel has one of the best spas in town!
6 More beach, but be sure not to miss the small old town. Rent a bike – Pärnu has excellent bike lanes and cheap rates.
7 🚌Pärnu to Tallinn bus (Book >) Dep: 10:15 Arr: 12:05 🏨Hotel Telegraaf (Book >) All hotels >
Admire the view from Patkuli Viewing Platform and ensure St Mary’s Cathedral and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral are ticked off your list. Take a ferry to Helsinki should you wish to extend your holiday, cheapest prices are usually on week days and in the PM.
8 ✈Tallinn to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon Connect this Estonia itinerary with the Germany, Sweden or Poland and Slovakia itinerary
Relax in one of Tallinn’s superb cafes (we recommend Maiasmokk Café)
Budget Tallinn, Estonia
1 ✈To Tallin (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Old Town Backpackers (Book >) All hostels >
Admire St Olav’s Church and the view from its spire. The passages in Kiek in de Kök are a fascinating must-see. Free tours are a great way to get to know the city (remember to tip at the end).
2 Take a day trip to Lahemaa National park. Tallinn’s museums tend to close on Mondays or Tuesdays.
3 🚄Tallinn to Tartu train (Book >) Dep: 10:06 Arr: 12:28 🏨Looming Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
The Toy Museum is an amusing place to while away an hour or two. Pay a quick visit to St John’s Church and linger longer in the KGB Cells Museum. Sunset cruises on the river depatr from Lodjakoda.
4 Go on a full-day tour of the South Estonian countryside. On and around Rüütli street is where you’ll find the best nightlife.
5 🚌Tartu to Pärnu bus (Book >) Dep: 07:10 Arr: 09:55 🏨Hostel Louna (Book >) All hostels >
In summer the beach is the best place to be, in colder months enjoy its wonderful promenade and jetty. June to August are the warmest months to visit, but your hotel has one of the best spas in town!
6 More beach, but be sure not to miss the small old town. Rent a bike – Pärnu has excellent bike lanes and cheap rates.
7 🚌Pärnu to Tallinn bus (Book >) Dep: 10:15 Arr: 12:05 🏨Old Town Backpackers (Book >) All hostels >
Admire the view from Patkuli Viewing Platform and ensure St Mary’s Cathedral and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral are ticked off your list. Take a ferry to Helsinki should you wish to extend your holiday, cheapest prices are usually on week days and in the PM.
8 ✈Tallinn to Home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon Connect this Estonia itinerary with the GermanySweden or Poland and Slovakia itinerary
Relax in one of Tallinn’s superb cafes (we recommend Maiasmokk Café)

🇧🇪BRUGES & GHENT

Bruges Markt SquareA long weekend break visiting two of Belgium’s best cities? We have all you need to know below. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Bruges and Ghent travel plan:

Luxury Bruges
1 🚄London to Brussels train
🚄Brussels to Bruges train (Book >)
Dep (Eurostar): 18:04
Dep (SNCB): 21:26
Arr: 21:05

Arr: 22:24

🏨Hotel de Orangerier (Book >) All hotels >
Take a night-time stroll to the Markt square. Book a transfer to your hotel.
2 Free walking tour (remember to tip at the end!). Book a cruise along the canal. Visit Saint Saviour’s Cathedral. The Old Chocolate House makes superb hot chocolate!
3 🚄Bruges to Ghent train (Book >) Dep: 17:00 Arr: 17:23 🏨Pillows Hotel Grand Reylof (Book >) All hotels >
In Bruges climb the belfry (Belfort) then walk to the windmills via Jeruzalemkirk Taxi to the hotel should cost around €27.
4 A Ghent boat tour will take you past key sites and is a good way of spotting places to revisit (including quirky Baudelostraat warehouse). Try a raspberry-flavoured cuberdon sweet from a street stall
5 🚄Ghent to Brussels train
🚄Brussels to London train (Book >)
Dep (SNCB): 16:25
Dep (Eurostar): 17:56
Arr: 16:55

Arr: 19:03

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Ghent trains usually arrive onto platforms 14-16, Eurostar platforms are 1 or 2.
Mid-range Bruges at night
1 🚄London to Brussels train
🚄Brussels to Bruges train (Book >)
Dep (Eurostar): 18:04
Dep (SNCB): 21:26
Arr: 21:05

Arr: 22:24

🏨Hotel Navarra (Book >) All hotels >
Take a night-time stroll to the Markt square. Bus 4 or 8 to the centre.
2 Free walking tour (remember to tip at the end!). Book a cruise along the canal. Visit Saint Saviour’s Cathedral. The Old Chocolate House makes superb hot chocolate!
3 🚄Bruges to Ghent train (Book >) Dep: 17:00 Arr: 17:23 🏨Pillows Hotel Grand Reylof (Book >) All hotels >
In Bruges climb the belfry (Belfort) then walk to the windmills via Jeruzalemkirk In Ghent take tram 1 from Perron 2, alight at Burgstraat.
4 A Ghent boat tour will take you past key sites and is a good way of spotting places to revisit (including quirky Baudelostraat warehouse). Try a raspberry-flavoured cuberdon sweet from a street stall
5 🚄Ghent to Brussels train
🚄Brussels to London train (Book >)
Dep (SNCB): 16:25
Dep (Eurostar): 17:56
Arr: 16:55

Arr: 19:03

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Ghent trains usually arrive onto platforms 14-16, Eurostar platforms are 1 or 2.
Budget Ghent
1 🚄London to Brussels train
🚄Brussels to Bruges train (Book >)
Dep (Eurostar): 18:04
Dep (SNCB): 21:26
Arr: 21:05

Arr: 22:24

🏨Snuffel Hostel (Book >) All rentals >
Take a night-time stroll to the Markt square. Book a transfer to your hotel.
2 Free walking tour (remember to tip at the end!). Book a cruise along the canal. Visit Saint Saviour’s Cathedral. The Old Chocolate House makes superb hot chocolate!
3 🚄Bruges to Ghent train (Book >) Dep: 17:00 Arr: 17:23 🏨Hostel Uppelink (Book >) All hotels >
In Bruges climb the belfry (Belfort) then walk to the windmills via Jeruzalemkirk In Ghent take tram 1 from Perron 2, alight at Burgstraat
4 A Ghent boat tour will take you past key sites and is a good way of spotting places to revisit (including quirky Baudelostraat warehouse). Try a raspberry-flavoured cuberdon sweet from a street stall
5 🚄Ghent to Brussels train
🚄Brussels to London train (Book >)
Dep (SNCB): 16:25
Dep (Eurostar): 17:56
Arr: 16:55

Arr: 19:03

Connect this Bruges and Ghent itinerary with the France or Germany itinerary >
Ghent trains usually arrive onto platforms 14-16, Eurostar platforms are 1 or 2.