43 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

43 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

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43 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

Start: Joao Pessoa, Brazil
Fly:  2​h
1
Recife, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
2
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
train:  3​h
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Salzburg, Austria
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Oslo, Norway
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
8
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 30​min
9
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
10
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Joao Pessoa, Brazil


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4
nights
Recife, Brazil

Recife ©
Once the capital of Dutch Brazil, Recife has a history spanning back to 1537, when it was little more than a handful of fishing houses on the beach.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Recife: So Arte (in Nossa Senhora do O), Carneiros Beach (in Tamandare) and Porto de Galinhas (Muro Alto Beach, Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach, & more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Instituto Ricardo Brennand, pause for some serene contemplation at Capela Dourada, make a trip to Basilica de Nossa Senhora da Penha, and get to know the fascinating history of Recife Antigo.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Recife trip itinerary planning site .

Joao Pessoa to Recife is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Recife are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Recife

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Porto de Galinhas, So Arte, Praia dos Carneiros
Highlights from your plan
Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach
Piscinas Naturais de Porto de Galinhas ©

4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Venture out of the city with trips to Toledo (Museo de Santa Cruz, Museo del Greco, & more). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden, admire the striking features of Estacion de Atocha, and have some family-friendly fun at Windobona Indoor Skydiving.

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Traveling by flight from Recife to Madrid takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Recife to Madrid. Traveling from Recife in December, expect Madrid to be much colder, temps between 14°C and 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

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

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Barcelona: Adernats - Winery of Nulles (in Nulles), PortAventura (in Salou) and Celler Mas Vicenc (in Cabra del Camp). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Las Ramblas, kick back and relax at Barceloneta Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Palau Guell, and see the interesting displays at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona holiday planning website .

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 December, with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Barcelona

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Adernats - Winery of Nulles, PortAventura, Celler Mas Vicenc
Highlights from your plan
PortAventura
PortAventura
Las Ramblas ©
Las Ramblas
Camp Nou ©
Camp Nou

4
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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum), explore the world behind art at Albertina, and admire the striking features of Haus der Musik Wien.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Vienna trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Vienna takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in December, things will get a bit cooler in Vienna: highs are around 5°C and lows about 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

5
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Venture out of the city with trips to Grossglockner High Alpine Road (in Heiligenblut), Kitzsteinhorn (in Kaprun) and Wallfahrtskirche Bad Durrnberg (in Hallein). Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Fortress Hohensalzburg, get a taste of the local shopping with Getreidegasse, explore the world behind art at Museum der Moderne Monchsberg, and see the interesting displays at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus).

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Salzburg online travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Salzburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Salzburg are 6°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Wallfahrtskirche Bad Durrnberg, Grossglockner High Alpine Road, Kitzsteinhorn
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

4
nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Copenhagen is known for theme parks, historic sites, museums, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Tivoli Gardens, wander the streets of Stroeget, step into the grandiose world of Rosenborg Castle, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Visit Carlsberg Brand Store.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Copenhagen day trip planner.

You can fly from Salzburg to Copenhagen in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rodovre Centrum
Highlights from your plan
Tivoli Gardens ©
Tivoli Gardens
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
Rundetarn ©
Rundetarn

4
nights
Oslo, Norway

Oslo ©
Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Oslo is known for museums, nightlife, historic sites, parks, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning), explore the world behind art at Vigeland Museum, take an in-depth tour of Viking Ship Museum, and examine the collection at Kon-Tiki Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Oslo trip builder .

Fly from Copenhagen to Oslo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Copenhagen in January since evenings lows in Oslo dip to -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Vigeland Museum ©
Vigeland Museum
Viking Ship Museum ©
Viking Ship Museum

1
night
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
On the 14th (Tue), see the world from above with a helicopter tour, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, then pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, then appreciate the history behind Sun Voyager, and finally get engrossed in the history at Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Reykjavik travel route site .

You can fly from Oslo to Reykjavik in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Oslo to Reykjavik due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Oslo in January, plan for little chillier days in Reykjavik, with highs around 3°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Helicopter Tours
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Cascais (Centro Historico de Cascais & Boca do Inferno), Evora (Carriage Museum (Evora), Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), & more) and Venancio da Costa Lima (in Palmela). There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Belém Tower, don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), take a stroll through Chiado, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon trip itinerary builder app .

Fly from Reykjavik to Lisbon in 9.5 hours. When traveling from Reykjavik in January, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Lisbon: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Brussels.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Evora, Cascais, Farol do Bugio, Venancio da Costa Lima, Santuario Nacional de Cristo Rei
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Padrao dos Descobrimentos ©
Padrao dos Descobrimentos

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Citadelle (Citadel), get engrossed in the history at Memorial Waterloo 1815, and then stroll around Bois de la Cambre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have some family-friendly fun at European Flight Simulator, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pairi Daiza, and then have some family-friendly fun at Petit Train a Vapeur de Forest.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip maker tool .

Fly from Lisbon to Brussels in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Brussels due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lisbon in January: high temperatures in Brussels hover around 5°C and lows are around 0°C. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Citadelle (Citadel), European Flight Simulator, Memorial Waterloo 1815, Pairi Daiza
Highlights from your plan
European Flight Simulator ©
European Flight Simulator
Sonian Forest ©
Sonian Forest
Pairi Daiza ©
Pairi Daiza

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