20 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

20 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

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20 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

Start: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
bus + Fly:  2​h 30​min
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 1 day
Fly:  15​h 30​min
2
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
London, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 30​min
9
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  2​h 30​min
End: Belo Horizonte, Brazil


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1
day
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerusalem Cultural Center, then examine the collection at Instituto Moreira Salles, then stroll through Praia de Ipanema, and finally look for gifts at BarraShopping.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro trip builder app .

Belo Horizonte to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 2.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Jerusalem Cultural Center ©
Jerusalem Cultural Center
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Instituto Moreira Salles ©
Instituto Moreira Salles

3
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Appreciate the collections at Wallace Collection and Westminster Abbey. Visit Churchill War Rooms and Buckingham Palace for their historical value. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, make a trip to Tower of London, contemplate the long history of Kenwood House, and get advice or help at British Library.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our London tour builder site .

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to London by flight takes about 15.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to London due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in June, with highs in London at 23°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Wallace Collection ©
Wallace Collection
Churchill War Rooms ©
Churchill War Rooms
National Gallery ©
National Gallery

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
You'll explore and learn at Catedral de Segovia and Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Cava Baja Gallery and Barrio de Salamanca. Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Alcazar de Segovia (in Segovia), Plaza mayor de Chinchon (in Chinchon) and Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes (in Toledo). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Oriente, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Madrid travel route site .

Traveling by flight from London to Madrid takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from London to Madrid, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in June: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 36°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Segovia, Plaza mayor de Chinchon, Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Alcazar de Segovia ©
Alcazar de Segovia
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Église Notre-Dame, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau du Taillan, then take in the exciting artwork at Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, and finally examine the collection at Musee d'Aquitaine.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bordeaux trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Bordeaux takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Madrid in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Bordeaux: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Musee d'Aquitaine ©
Musee d'Aquitaine
Chateau du Taillan ©
Chateau du Taillan
Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez ©
Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez

3
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.
Appreciate the collections at Musee d'Orsay and The Army Museum. Get some historical perspective at Champs-Elysees and Arc de Triomphe. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte in Maincy, about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, make a trip to Eiffel Tower, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris road trip website .

You can take a train from Bordeaux to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Paris are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis, Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 27th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, and finally see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Florence trip planner.

Fly from Paris to Florence in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in June, expect Florence to be somewhat warmer, temps between 33°C and 21°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

3
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Giardino di Ninfa and Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini and St. Peter's Basilica. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Cupola di San Pietro, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico, take in the exciting artwork at I Colori di Dentro di Maria Grazia Luffarelli, and contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rome trip planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Vatican City, Giardino di Ninfa
Highlights from your plan
Cupola di San Pietro ©
Cupola di San Pietro
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

1
night
London, United Kingdom

London
To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our London road trip planner .

You can fly from Rome to London in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Rome to London, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rome in July: high temperatures in London hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. You will leave for Rio de Janeiro on the 2nd (Tue).

Things to do in London

Nightlife Tours Fun & Games

1
night
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
On the 2nd (Tue), get lost in a book at Real Gabinete Portugues Da Leitura and then admire the striking features of Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro holiday planning site .

Traveling by flight from London to Rio de Janeiro takes 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Rio de Janeiro is minus 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rio de Janeiro when traveling from London in July, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Morro Dois Irmaos ©
Morro Dois Irmaos
Pao de Acucar ©
Pao de Acucar
Pedra do Arpoador ©
Pedra do Arpoador

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