22 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

22 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

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22 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

Start: Salvador, Brazil
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Salvador, Brazil
— Few hours
Bus + Fly:  12 h 30 min
2
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
5
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
6
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
7
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
8
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
9
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 30 min
10
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  16 h 30 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): see the interesting displays at Santo Antonio da Barra Fort and Nautic Museum of Bahia, appreciate the history behind Elevator Lacerda, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Salvador trip itinerary website .

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major airport is Deputado Luiz Eduardo Magalhães International Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Salvador can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Salvador

Historic Sites Museums
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Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim ©
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim
Elevator Lacerda ©
Elevator Lacerda

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Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Sintra (Palacio Nacional de Sintra, Park and National Palace of Pena, & more). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Belém Tower, take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, and take a stroll through Alfama.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon travel website .

Fly from Salvador to Lisbon in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Salvador in December; daily highs in Lisbon reach 18°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sintra
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

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Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Take a break from Madrid with a short trip to Catedral Primada in Toledo, about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, admire the landmark architecture of Estacion de Atocha, and stroll around Parque del Retiro.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Madrid takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Madrid due to the time zone difference. In January, Madrid is little chillier than Lisbon - with highs of 12°C and lows of 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Catedral Primada
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

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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 5th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, stroll around Parc Guell, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pick up some local products at La Boqueria, don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas, and then get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Barcelona travel route planner .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in January, expect Barcelona to be a bit warmer, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): make a trip to The Spire, see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol, then contemplate the long history of Guinness Storehouse, and finally make a trip to Temple Bar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then stroll around St Stephens Green.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Dublin trip builder tool .

Getting from Barcelona to Dublin by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Dublin. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in January; daily highs in Dublin reach 9°C and lows reach 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to London.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
On the 9th (Thu), learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, then snap pictures at Tower Bridge, and then explore the world behind art at National Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace, contemplate the long history of Westminster Abbey, and then take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the London tour itinerary maker .

You can fly from Dublin to London in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, stroll around Vondelpark, and then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Dam Square, then admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from London to Amsterdam takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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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 13th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, admire the landmark architecture of Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelles, then contemplate the long history of Grand Place, and finally don't miss a visit to Justice Palace (Palais de Justice). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then see the interesting displays at Atomium, and then see the interesting displays at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique.

For ratings and more tourist information, read our Brussels online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Brussels are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Atomium ©
Atomium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place

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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 15th (Wed): examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Blood, then don't miss a visit to The Markt, and finally pause for some photo ops at Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck Monument.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bruges travel route planner .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bruges

Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites Museums
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Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
The Markt ©
The Markt
Belfry of Bruges ©
Belfry of Bruges

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and finally make a trip to Hotel de Ville.

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You can drive from Bruges to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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