15 days in Germany, Madrid & Portugal Itinerary

15 days in Germany, Madrid & Portugal Itinerary

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15 days in Germany, Madrid & Portugal Itinerary

Start: Orlando, United States
Fly:  13​h
1
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
3
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Dusseldorf, Germany
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
5
Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  13​h
End: Orlando, United States


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2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, and then see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at The Walls of Avila, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Four Posts, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Avila, and finally indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Madrid journey builder site .

Orlando, USA to Madrid is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Orlando to Madrid. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Orlando in September: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 82°F and lows are around 59°F. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Porto.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Avila, Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
The Walls of Avila ©
The Walls of Avila
Basilica de San Vicente ©
Basilica de San Vicente

2
nights
Porto, Portugal

Porto ©
Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja dos Carmelitas, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Carmo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Santo Antonio dos Congregados, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Santa Clara (Igreja de Santa Clara), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral). Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela das Almas, see the interesting displays at FC Porto Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Se de Braga, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sameiro Sanctuary, then delve into the distant past at Citania de Briteiros, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Largo da Oliveira.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Porto trip builder .

You can fly from Madrid to Porto in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Porto. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Madrid in September: highs in Porto hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 56°F. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Guimaraes, Braga
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Largo da Oliveira ©
Largo da Oliveira
Se de Braga ©
Se de Braga
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Largo do Carmo, Mercado da Ribeira, Museu Nacional do Azulejo, and other attractions you added. Get some cultural insight at Belém Tower and Mosteiro dos Jeronimos. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Lisbon trip maker app .

You can fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Porto in September, you will find days in Lisbon are a bit warmer (81°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Dusseldorf.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors
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Miradouro da Graca ©
Miradouro da Graca
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

4
nights
Dusseldorf, Germany

Dusseldorf ©
Renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, Dusseldorf offers visitors vibrant nightlife and a wide range of shopping options.
Visit Rheinuferpromenade and Kolner Dom for their historical value. Burg Eltz and Schloss Stolzenfels are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Dusseldorf: Nordbahntrasse (in Wuppertal), Cologne (Heinzelmaennchenbrunnen, Shrine of the Three Kings, & more) and Schloss Burg (in Solingen). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Konigsallee, admire the masterpieces at Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, see the interesting displays at Stadtmuseum, and delve into the distant past at Kaiserpfalz Kaiserswerth.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Dusseldorf trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Dusseldorf takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Lisbon in September, things will get slightly colder in Dusseldorf: highs are around 68°F and lows about 52°F. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Dusseldorf

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cologne, Eltz Castle, Schloss Burg, Schloss Stolzenfels, Nordbahntrasse
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Eltz Castle ©
Eltz Castle
Rheinuferpromenade ©
Rheinuferpromenade
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral

2
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Craftbeer Corner Coeln.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cologne route builder website .

Cologne is very close to Dusseldorf. In September, daytime highs in Cologne are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. You will leave for home on the 15th (Sun).

Things to do in Cologne

Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Craftbeer Corner Coeln ©
Craftbeer Corner Coeln

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