18 days in Portugal, Spain & Bordeaux Itinerary

18 days in Portugal, Spain & Bordeaux Itinerary

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18 days in Portugal, Spain & Bordeaux Itinerary

Start: Columbus, United States
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Pamplona, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
6
Lamego, Portugal
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Columbus, United States


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3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
You've now added Mercado San Miguel to your itinerary. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, admire the natural beauty at Real Jardin Botanico, and make a trip to Puerta del Sol.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Madrid day trip planning app .

Columbus, USA to Madrid is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. When traveling from Columbus in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid: temperatures range from 94°F by day to 68°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Tue) before leaving for Pamplona.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Puerta del Sol ©
Puerta del Sol

2
nights
Pamplona, Spain

Pamplona
Pamplona or Iruña is the historical capital city of Navarre, in Spain, and of the former Kingdom of Navarre.The city is famous worldwide for the running of the bulls during the San Fermín festival, which is held annually from July 6 to 14. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Fortress and Walls of Pamplona and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Pamplona. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Ayuntamiento de Pamplona and then admire the striking features of Iglesia de Santo Domingo.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Pamplona using our trip planner.

Getting from Madrid to Pamplona by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Madrid in July; daily highs in Pamplona reach 84°F and lows reach 60°F. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Thu) before leaving for Bordeaux.

Things to do in Pamplona

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Catedral de Pamplona
Catedral de Pamplona
Ayuntamiento de Pamplona ©
Ayuntamiento de Pamplona

2
nights
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of La Cite du Vin, then don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse (Place Royale), and then don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux attractions tool .

Drive from Pamplona to Bordeaux in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 61°F. On the 11th (Sat), you'll travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Museums
Highlights from your plan
La Cite du Vin
La Cite du Vin
Place de la Bourse (Place Royale) ©
Place de la Bourse (Place Royale)
The Water Mirror ©
The Water Mirror

3
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.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, museums, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, make a trip to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, get your game on at Virtua, and admire the local landmark of The Magic Fountain.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Bordeaux to Barcelona takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Barcelona when traveling from Bordeaux in July, with lows around 71°F. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Step out of Lisbon to go to Sintra and see Quinta da Regaleira, which is approximately 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, take in the views from Ponte 25 de Abril, and see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lisbon trip planning site .

Fly from Barcelona to Lisbon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Barcelona in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Lisbon, with lows of 63°F. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Fri) before leaving for Lamego.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

1
night
Lamego, Portugal

Lamego ©
Lamego is a city and municipality in the Viseu District, in the Norte Region of the Douro in northern Portugal. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Quinta da Pacheca.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Lamego route maker site .

Getting from Lisbon to Lamego by car takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Porto.

Things to do in Lamego

Wineries Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Quinta da Pacheca ©
Quinta da Pacheca
Aneto Wines ©
Aneto Wines
Capela de S.Pedro de Balsemão ©
Capela de S.Pedro de Balsemão

2
nights
Porto, Portugal

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): stroll through Cais da Ribeira and then take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), then take in panoramic vistas at Torre dos Clerigos, and finally indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Porto trip app .

Traveling by car from Lamego to Porto takes 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Porto can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. You will leave for home on the 20th (Mon).

Things to do in Porto

Tours Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

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