19 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

19 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

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19 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

Start: Recife, Brazil
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Recife, Brazil
— 1 day
Fly:  13​h 30​min
2
Funchal, Portugal
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
3
Maspalomas, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Seville, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
6
Carcassonne Center, France
— 2 nights
+3
train + foot + bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Recife, Brazil

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day
Recife, Brazil

Recife
Once the capital of Dutch Brazil, Recife has a history spanning back to 1537, when it was little more than a handful of fishing houses on the beach.
To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Recife trip builder app .

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major airport is Guararapes - Gilberto Freyre International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 29°C. On the 9th (Mon), you're off toFunchal.

Things to do in Recife

Outdoors Parks Beaches

1
night
Funchal, Portugal

Funchal ©
The capital of the island of Madeira for more than 500 years, Funchal represents a laid-back city made popular by its historical sites and climate.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Cabo Girao, learn about winemaking at Barbeito Madeira, and then identify plant and animal life at Ponta de Sao Lourenco. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Monte Palace Madeira, then take in the awesome beauty at Pico do Arieiro, then get a taste of the local shopping with MA Gallery, and finally learn about winemaking at Blandy's Wine Lodge.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Funchal trip planner .

Fly from Recife to Funchal in 13.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Recife to Funchal is 3 hours. In December, Funchal is a bit cooler than Recife - with highs of 23°C and lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Maspalomas.

Things to do in Funchal

Parks Wineries Nature

Side Trips

Camara De Lobos, Ponta de Sao Lourenco
Highlights from your plan
Cabo Girao ©
Cabo Girao
Ponta de Sao Lourenco ©
Ponta de Sao Lourenco
Pico do Arieiro ©
Pico do Arieiro

3
nights
Maspalomas, Spain

Maspalomas ©
Fondly referred to as “El Sur” by the locals, Maspalomas serves as a hub of entertainment and beach activity on Gran Canary Island.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa de Amadores and Las Canteras Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like El Faro de Maspalomas and La Fortaleza Centro de Interpretation. And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating landscape at Dunas de Maspalomas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Maspalomas, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Mogan, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Palmitos Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Maspalomas visit planner .

Getting from Funchal to Maspalomas by flight takes about 5 hours. December in Maspalomas sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Seville.

Things to do in Maspalomas

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa de Amadores, Las Canteras Beach, La Fortaleza Centro de Interpretation, Playa de Mogan
Highlights from your plan
Playa de Maspalomas ©
Playa de Maspalomas
Playa de Amadores ©
Playa de Amadores
Playa de Mogan ©
Playa de Mogan

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Royal Alcázar of Seville, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, Sevilla, and then contemplate the long history of Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Catedral de Sevilla, wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, and then admire the striking features of Plaza de España.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Seville vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Maspalomas to Seville takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Maspalomas to Seville due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Maspalomas in December: high temperatures in Seville hover around 19°C and lows are around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Seville

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

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.
El Barri Gòtic and Parc Guell are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Casa Batllo and Barcelona Cathedral. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas, pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona travel itinerary planner .

Fly from Seville to Barcelona in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Barcelona are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

2
nights
Carcassonne Center, France

Carcassonne Center ©
On the 20th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, see the interesting displays at Musee du Piano, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame de Marceille, then explore the historical opulence of Cité de Carcassonne, and finally wander the streets of Carcassonne Medieval City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Galerie de la Cabrerisse, then get engrossed in the history at Musee La Seduction Francaise, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Dom Robert et de la tapisserie du XXe siecle, and finally do a tasting at Domaine Rose et Paul.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne Center trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Barcelona to Carcassonne Center takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Barcelona in December, with highs in Carcassonne Center at 11°C and lows at 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Limoux, Musee Dom Robert et de la tapisserie du XXe siecle, Musee La Seduction Francaise, Galerie de la Cabrerisse, Domaine Rose et Paul
Highlights from your plan
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire

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nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Get some cultural insight at Champs-Elysees and Eiffel Tower. Head to Le Marais and Saint Germain des Pres Quarterfor plenty of shopping. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Carcassonne Center to Paris in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Paris are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Jeronimos Monastery and Castelo de S. Jorge. Do your shopping at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Chiado. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Cabo da Roca (in Colares) and Quinta da Regaleira (in Sintra). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Belém Tower, get a taste of the local shopping with Avenida da Liberdade, and admire the local landmark of Rossio Square.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Lisbon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in December, with highs in Lisbon at 18°C and lows at 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Quinta da Regaleira, Cabo da Roca
Highlights from your plan
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Cabo da Roca ©
Cabo da Roca
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

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