32 days in Spain, Morocco & Turkey Itinerary

32 days in Spain, Morocco & Turkey Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 4 nights
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Marrakech, Morocco
— 3 nights
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Casablanca, Morocco
— 3 nights
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Selcuk, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Goreme, Turkey
— 5 nights
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Barcelona, Spain

— 5 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Barcelona: Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Sant Feliu de Guixols), Camino de Ronda (in S'Agaro) and Cala Sa Conca (in Platja d'Aro). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, stop by El Barri Gòtic, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and walk around Parc Guell.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona travel planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Barcelona is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 11 hours. When traveling from Auckland in August, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Barcelona: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Madrid, Spain

— 4 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Toledo (Church of Santo Tomé, Catedral Primada, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and admire the striking features of Estacion de Atocha.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Madrid takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Barcelona in August, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Madrid: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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Seville, Spain

— 4 nights

City of Towers

A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Explore Seville's surroundings by going to Ronda (Dona Felisa Winery, Bodega Garcia Hidalgo, &more). Fill the 28th (Sat) with excitement at Isla Magica. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Plaza de España, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla, contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, and take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Seville trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Madrid to Seville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Theme Parks · Wineries

Side Trip

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Marrakech, Morocco

— 3 nights

Red City

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.
Spend the 30th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, steep yourself in history at El Badi Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Medersa Ben Youssef, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Menara Gardens and Pavilion.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Marrakech trip builder tool.

You can fly from Seville to Marrakech in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seville to Marrakech due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Seville in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Marrakech, with highs around 44°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Casablanca.

Things to do in Marrakech

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors
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Casablanca, Morocco

— 3 nights
The port of Casablanca, Morocco's largest city and economic hub, represents the country's beating heart, established as a French protectorate in 1912.
On the 1st (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hassan II Mosque, and then find something for the whole family at Yasmine Fun Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Casablanca trip planning website.

Getting from Marrakech to Casablanca by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. While traveling from Marrakech, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Casablanca, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 24°C. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Selcuk.

Things to do in Casablanca

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Selcuk, Turkey

— 2 nights
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery, then examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, then contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally delve into the distant past at Public Latrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Camlik Locomotive Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then explore the ancient world of Temple of Hadrian, and finally make a splash at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Selcuk travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Casablanca to Selcuk takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Casablanca to Selcuk, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Casablanca in September: highs in Selcuk hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Shopping
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 4 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and explore the world behind art at Chora Museum.

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You can fly from Selcuk to Istanbul in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Selcuk in September, expect nights in Istanbul to be a bit warmer, around 26°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
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Goreme, Turkey

— 5 nights
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Get out of town with these interesting Goreme side-trips: Ihlara Valley (in Guzelyurt) and Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri & Kaymakli Underground City). There's lots more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), explore the striking landscape at Pasabag, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Goreme trip planner.

Fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Istanbul in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Goreme, with highs around 33°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

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Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Morocco travel guide

4.2
Flea Markets · Gardens · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Diverse in landscapes and cultures, Morocco has long been a popular tourist destination, offering many quintessential North African vistas, sounds, and tastes. The ancient medinas of the main cities have retained their look and feel over the centuries, with bustling markets of colorful spice stalls, leather tanning in the streets, and teahouses. The dunes of the Sahara and the peaks of the High Atlas mountains battle for the interest of tourists on holiday in Morocco, with each possessing impressive, picturesque scenery, and hidden-away traditional villages, filled with crafts, carpets, and a rural way of life.

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.