21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fly:  14​h
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

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 inner history buff will appreciate Belém Tower and Quinta da Regaleira. Head to Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Rossio Squarefor some retail therapy. When in Lisbon, make a side trip to see Park and National Palace of Pena in Sintra, approximately 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip itinerary planning site .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Lisbon is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Lisbon. In September, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Sintra
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Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular, snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, get into the urban bustle at Palacio da Bolsa, then contemplate the long history of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dos Clerigos. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Centro Historico de Guimaraes and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Porto trip site .

You can fly from Lisbon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Lisbon in September; daily highs in Porto reach 27°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Centro Historico de Guimaraes
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Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Head to Mercado San Miguel and Diseno Propio. Artesania.for plenty of shopping. Get a sense of the local culture at Prado National Museum and Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Toledo (Catedral Primada & Church of Santo Tomé). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid, take in the exciting artwork at Rio Creative Art Center, get a taste of the local shopping with Gran Via, and look for gifts at Sergio Aranda.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip itinerary site .

Getting from Porto to Madrid by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Porto in September: highs in Madrid hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Toledo
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at La Boqueria and Galeria La Lesia. Get a sense of the local culture at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: walk around Parc Guell, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Barcelona sightseeing planner .

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Barcelona when traveling from Madrid in September, with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

3
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Nymphenburg Palace and St. Michael's Church will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Schloss Neuschwanstein and Schloss Hohenschwangau. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Munich Residenz, make a trip to Marienplatz, stop by Bavarian Outfitters, and admire the striking features of St. Peter's Church.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Munich trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Barcelona to Munich by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in September, expect Munich to be slightly colder, temps between 22°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Schloss Hohenschwangau, Schloss Neuschwanstein
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Neuschwanstein ©
Schloss Neuschwanstein
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): explore the galleries of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), then step into the grandiose world of Fortress Hohensalzburg, then contemplate the long history of Salzburger Altstadt, and finally admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, then contemplate the long history of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), and finally take in the exciting artwork at Residenzgalerie Salzburg.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Salzburg trip planner .

Getting from Munich to Salzburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) ©

2
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
On the 3rd (Thu), explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and then don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Schonbrunner Gardens, browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt, and then see the interesting displays at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Vienna day trip planning app .

Getting from Salzburg to Vienna by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. October in Vienna sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

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