42 days in United Kingdom, Portugal & Spain Itinerary

42 days in United Kingdom, Portugal & Spain Itinerary

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42 days in United Kingdom, Portugal & Spain Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
London, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Liverpool, United Kingdom
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Madrid, Spain
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Lisbon, Portugal
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Porto, Portugal
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
7
Lagos, Portugal
— 6 nights
+3
train + foot + shuttle + Fly:  8​h
8
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
9
Windsor, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney, Australia

6
nights
London, United Kingdom

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Food Tours and Regent's Park. Get out of town with these interesting London side-trips: The Big Cat Sanctuary (in Smarden), Beachy Head (in Eastbourne) and Room Escape Games (in Margate). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, make a trip to Big Ben, take in panoramic vistas at Tower Bridge, and wander the streets of Westminster.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our London visit planner .

Sydney, Australia to London is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sydney to London, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, London is a bit cooler than Sydney - with highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Liverpool.

Things to do in London

Museums Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

The Big Cat Sanctuary, Beachy Head, Room Escape Games
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Room Escape Games
Beachy Head ©
Beachy Head

1
day
Liverpool, United Kingdom

Liverpool ©
Famous for being the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool is a vibrant city with an outstanding cultural heritage.
On the 20th (Mon), take in panoramic vistas at St Johns Beacon, then have some family-friendly fun at CoverStar Experiences, then take in the pleasant sights at Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, and finally steep yourself in history at Speke Hall.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Liverpool online trip builder .

Take a train from London to Liverpool in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In April, daytime highs in Liverpool are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Liverpool

Historic Sites Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Speke Hall ©
Speke Hall
St Johns Beacon ©
St Johns Beacon
Royal Albert Dock Liverpool ©
Royal Albert Dock Liverpool

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional. Discover out-of-the-way places like Photography Tours and Ciutadella Park. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and pause for some photo ops at Casa Vicens.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip planning website .

You can fly from Liverpool to Barcelona in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Liverpool to Barcelona is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Liverpool in April, with highs in Barcelona at 22°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

6
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and Mirador del Valle. Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Hoces del Rio Duraton Natural Park (in Sepulveda), Catedral de Santa Maria de Siguenza (in Siguenza) and Toledo (Alcantara Bridge, MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo, & more). There's still lots to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, walk around Parque del Retiro, and have some family-friendly fun at EXIT Madrid.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Madrid driving holiday website .

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in April, Madrid is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Toledo, Hoces del Rio Duraton Natural Park, Catedral de Santa Maria de Siguenza
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Food Tours
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum

6
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Convent of Christ and Cabo da Roca. Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Obidos Village (in Obidos), Evora (Capela dos Ossos & Sao Joao Evangelista Church (Evora)) and Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima (in Fatima). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Belém Tower, take some stellar pictures from Miradouro da Senhora do Monte, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Lisbon tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Madrid to Lisbon in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Lisbon. In May, daytime highs in Lisbon are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Evora, Obidos Village, Cabo da Roca, Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, Convent of Christ
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

5
nights
Porto, Portugal

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Parque da Cidade do Porto. Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate the long history of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and take in the waterfront at Ribeira Square.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Porto tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Lisbon to Porto by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Lisbon in May, you will find days in Porto are slightly colder (23°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lagos.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Wine Tours & Tastings
Parque da Cidade do Porto ©
Parque da Cidade do Porto

6
nights
Lagos, Portugal

Lagos ©
The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
Explore hidden gems such as Ponta Da Piedale and Praia do Pinhao. Step out of Lagos to go to Lagoa and see Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Dona Ana, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, make a trip to Centro Cultural de Lagos, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lagos route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Porto to Lagos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Porto in May: high temperatures in Lagos hover around 28°C and lows are around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Portimao, Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos
Highlights from your plan
Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos ©
Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos
Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale
Praia Dona Ana ©
Praia Dona Ana

2
nights
London, United Kingdom

Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then take in the views from Tower Bridge, and then explore the world behind art at National Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Wallace Collection, stroll around Regent's Park, and then learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our London trip builder website .

Do a combination of train and flight from Lagos to London in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Lagos in May, expect London to be little chillier, temps between 19°C and 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Thu) before leaving for Windsor.

Things to do in London

Museums Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Wallace Collection ©
Wallace Collection

2
nights
Windsor, United Kingdom

Windsor ©
You've now added Windsor Castle to your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like St. George's Chapel and Windsor Parish Church St. John the Baptist.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Windsor trip planner .

Traveling by car from London to Windsor takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Windsor, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Windsor

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks
Highlights from your plan
Windsor Castle ©
Windsor Castle
St. George's Chapel ©
St. George's Chapel
Windsor Great Park ©
Windsor Great Park

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