28 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

28 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

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28 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

Start: Salvador, Brazil
1
Salvador, Brazil
— 1 day
bus + Fly:  12​h 30​min
2
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
8
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
9
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
11
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Salvador, Brazil

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): examine the collection at Casa do Rio Vermelho, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim, and then wander the streets of Pelourinho.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Salvador itinerary tool .

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major airport is Deputado Luiz Eduardo Magalhães International Airport. In December in Salvador, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Salvador

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Pelourinho ©
Pelourinho
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim ©
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim
Casa do Rio Vermelho ©
Casa do Rio Vermelho

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Lisbon to Sintra to see Quinta da Regaleira about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Belém Tower, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, take in the views from Ponte 25 de Abril, and admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

Plan trip to Lisbon with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Salvador to Lisbon takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Salvador to Lisbon, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Salvador in December, expect Lisbon to be much colder, temps between 18°C and 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Seville.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Royal Alcázar of Seville, then take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre Giralda, and finally take some stellar pictures from Catedral de Sevilla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Metropol Parasol, admire the natural beauty at Parque de Maria Luisa, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza de España.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Seville trip planner .

Fly from Lisbon to Seville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Western European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. December in Seville sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

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

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nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
When in Madrid, make a side trip to see Catedral Primada in Toledo, approximately 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, admire the striking features of Estacion de Atocha, and contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Madrid road trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Seville to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, Madrid is slightly colder than Seville - with highs of 12°C and lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Catedral Primada
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

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 fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, walk around Parc Guell, and appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona road trip tool .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Madrid in January: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

2
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
On the 9th (Thu), get great views at Mt Boron, then don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur, then wander the streets of Vieille Ville, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Nicholas Cathedral.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nice trip planner .

You can fly from Barcelona to Nice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Nice are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

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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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and admire the landmark architecture of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Paris itinerary builder .

Fly from Nice to Paris in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Nice in January, with highs in Paris at 8°C and lows at 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

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

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: don't miss a visit to Grand Place, admire the striking features of Parc du Cinquantenaire, examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Brussels trip maker site .

You can take a train from Paris to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Paris in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Brussels, with highs around 5°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): don't miss a visit to The Markt, stop by Carpentier-Goegebeuer, then make a trip to Belfry of Bruges, then admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, then steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, then steep yourself in history at Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Stadhuis.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bruges attractions planner .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Bruges, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
The Markt ©
The Markt
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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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: get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, take a stroll through The Jordaan, walk around Vondelpark, and admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum.

Plan my day in Amsterdam using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

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. In January in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Museumphoto ©
Museumphoto
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 22nd (Wed), delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, then appreciate the history behind Erechtheion, and then take a stroll through Plaka. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, then explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus, then make a trip to Plateia Syntagmatos, and finally take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Amsterdam to Athens in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in January; daily highs in Athens reach 15°C and lows reach 7°C. You'll set off for home on the 24th (Fri).

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

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