26 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

26 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

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26 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

Start: Salvador, Brazil
1
Salvador, Brazil
— 1 day
bus + Fly:  12​h 30​min
2
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Amsterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
7
Seville, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
9
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  16​h 30​min
End: Salvador, Brazil

1
day
Salvador, Brazil

Salvador ©
Nowhere are the traditions of Brazil's African-background community as strong as in Salvador, the colorful, historical capital of Bahia state.
On the 28th (Sat), take a stroll through Pelourinho, then appreciate the history behind Elevator Lacerda, then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim, and finally contemplate the long history of Santo Antonio da Barra Fort and Nautic Museum of Bahia.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Salvador attractions planner .

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major airport is Deputado Luiz Eduardo Magalhães International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Salvador

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Pelourinho ©
Pelourinho
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim ©
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim
Elevator Lacerda ©
Elevator Lacerda

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena, Quinta da Regaleira, & more). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Belém Tower, admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Lisbon route planner .

Fly from Salvador to Lisbon in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Salvador to Lisbon is 3 hours. Traveling from Salvador in December, things will get cooler in Lisbon: highs are around 18°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Brussels.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sintra
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

3
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Brussels is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Grand Place, pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, get a taste of the local shopping with Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and steep yourself in history at Parc du Cinquantenaire.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Brussels visit planning site .

You can fly from Lisbon to Brussels in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Lisbon to Brussels, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in January, expect Brussels to be little chillier, temps between 5°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Atomium ©
Atomium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

2
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, then admire the striking features of Belfry of Bruges, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally make a trip to The Markt. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Groeningemuseum, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, and finally appreciate the history behind Oude Griffie.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bruges online route builder .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Bruges are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
The Markt ©
The Markt
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

4
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, parks, breweries & distilleries, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Anne Frank House, get curious at NEMO Science Museum, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and admire the striking features of Royal Palace Amsterdam.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam tour builder app .

You can drive from Bruges to Amsterdam in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. January in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Museumphoto ©
Museumphoto
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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 12th (Sun): walk around Parque del Retiro, then admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor, and then admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and then examine the collection at Prado National Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Madrid trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Madrid takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from Amsterdam, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid, ranging from highs of 12°C to lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, admire the striking features of Plaza de España, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre Giralda, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, stroll around Parque de Maria Luisa, and then admire the striking features of Metropol Parasol.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Seville visit planner.

Take a train from Madrid to Seville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Madrid in January, with highs in Seville at 17°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville

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 16th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas, walk around Parc Guell, and then browse the exhibits of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Seville to Barcelona takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Barcelona are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Le Marais, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Paris day trip app .

You can fly from Barcelona to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in January; daily highs in Paris reach 8°C and lows reach 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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