18 days in Europe & South America Itinerary

18 days in Europe & South America Itinerary

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18 days in Europe & South America Itinerary

Start: Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
Fly + Drive:  17 h 45 min
1
Viana do Castelo, Portugal
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Fatima, Portugal
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
3
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  6 h 30 min
4
Gibraltar, Gibraltar
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
6
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Valencia, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 45 min
8
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
9
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 1 day
Fly:  3 h 30 min
10
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
End: Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

1
day
Viana do Castelo, Portugal

Viana do Castelo ©
Viana do Castelo is a municipality and seat of the district of Viana do Castelo in the Norte Region of Portugal. On the 1st (Mon), contemplate the long history of Ponte da Barca, then kick back and relax at Praia do Cabedelo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Casa Da Misericórdia De Viana Do Castelo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario de Santa Luzia.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Viana do Castelo trip planner .

Foz do Iguacu, Brazil to Viana do Castelo is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Foz do Iguacu to Viana do Castelo due to the time zone difference. In October, Viana do Castelo is little chillier than Foz do Iguacu - with highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Fatima.

Things to do in Viana do Castelo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Ponte da Barca
Highlights from your plan
Santuario de Santa Luzia ©
Santuario de Santa Luzia
Ponte da Barca ©
Ponte da Barca

2
nights
Fatima, Portugal

Fatima ©
Fátima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Santarém District. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Ginginha do Castelo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Christ, then steep yourself in history at Batalha Monastery, and finally make a trip to Shrine of our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Paredes da Victoria Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Nazare.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Fatima trip planning site .

Getting from Viana do Castelo to Fatima by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Viana do Castelo to Fatima. In October, daytime highs in Fatima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Lisbon.

Things to do in Fatima

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Batalha Monastery, Paredes da Victoria Beach, Convent of Christ, Ginginha do Castelo, Praia da Nazare
Highlights from your plan
Convent of Christ ©
Convent of Christ
Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Castelo de S. Jorge and Belém Tower will appeal to history buffs. Jeronimos Monastery and Castle of the Moors are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Praia da Aberta Nova (in Grandola) and Cabo da Roca (in Colares). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and shop like a local with Chiado.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lisbon trip planner .

Drive from Fatima to Lisbon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Gibraltar.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Praia da Aberta Nova, Cabo da Roca, Castelo dos Mouros
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

1
day
Gibraltar, Gibraltar

Gibraltar ©
A vacation in Gibraltar reveals a strategically important area the ancient Greeks considered the edge of the known world.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): brush up on your military savvy at The Great Siege Tunnels, explore the fascinating underground world of St. Michael's Cave, then enjoy the sea views from Europa Point, and finally don't miss a visit to The Rock of Gibraltar.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Gibraltar day trip tool .

You can drive from Lisbon to Gibraltar in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Gibraltar due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 21°C in Gibraltar. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Seville.

Things to do in Gibraltar

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Rock of Gibraltar ©
The Rock of Gibraltar
The Great Siege Tunnels ©
The Great Siege Tunnels
Europa Point ©
Europa Point

2
nights
Seville, Spain

Seville ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Casa de Pilatos, appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Santa Cruz, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Alcázar of Seville, and finally steep yourself in history at Plaza de Espana. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Parque de Maria Luisa, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, and then steep yourself in history at Seville Cathedral.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Seville tour planning site .

Drive from Gibraltar to Seville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Seville, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Barrio Santa Cruz ©
Barrio Santa Cruz
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville

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 10th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid, admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla, and then examine the collection at Prado National Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and then see the interesting displays at Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza).

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Madrid day trip website .

Take a train from Seville to Madrid in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Seville in October, expect Madrid to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Valencia.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

1
night
Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Plaza del Mercado (Placa del Mercat), get to know the fascinating history of Plaza de la Virgen, admire the landmark architecture of La Lonja de la Seda, then steep yourself in history at Valencia Cathedral, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Valencia trip itinerary maker app .

You can take a train from Madrid to Valencia in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Valencia, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Valencia

Historic Sites Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Plaza de la Virgen ©
Plaza de la Virgen
Valencia Cathedral ©
Valencia Cathedral
La Lonja de la Seda ©
La Lonja de la Seda

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Park Guell, and finally wander the streets of Barri de Gracia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Ciutat Vella, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then examine the collection at Museo Picasso, and finally see the interesting displays at Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

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You can fly from Valencia to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Valencia in October, you will find days in Barcelona are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Ciutat Vella ©
Ciutat Vella

1
day
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
On the 15th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ibirapuera Park, then wander the streets of Liberdade, and then admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sao Paulo holiday planning website .

Getting from Barcelona to Sao Paulo by flight takes about 14.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Barcelona to Sao Paulo. When traveling from Barcelona in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Sao Paulo, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Parks Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Liberdade ©
Liberdade
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera

2
nights
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©
A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): examine the collection at Museu de Cera Dreamland, then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls, and then snap pictures at Ponte Tancredo Neves. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Triple Frontier and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu trip planner.

Getting from Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguacu by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Sao Paulo in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Foz do Iguacu, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Marco Das Tres Fronteiras ©
Marco Das Tres Fronteiras
Buddhist Temple ©
Buddhist Temple

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