13 days in Europe & South America Itinerary

13 days in Europe & South America Itinerary

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Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fly:  18 h
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Hamburg, Germany
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Tram + Fly + Train:  4 h
4
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  15 h
5
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

1
night
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion, admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church, take in the views from Szechenyi Lanchid, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Heroes' Square, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, and finally admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Budapest is an approximately 18- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in August: highs in Budapest hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
On the 14th (Wed), take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti, and finally explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle. Keep things going the next day: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, admire the striking features of St. Vitus Cathedral, then take some stellar pictures from Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Petrin Tower.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Prague route planner.

Drive from Budapest to Prague in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or fly. When traveling from Budapest in August, plan for slightly colder days in Prague, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hamburg.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

2
nights
Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg ©
As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
On the 16th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Kunsthalle Hamburg and then explore the galleries of Miniatur Wunderland. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Planten un Blomen and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tierpark Hagenbeck.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hamburg online trip maker.

Getting from Prague to Hamburg by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Hamburg

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Tierpark Hagenbeck ©
Tierpark Hagenbeck
Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Kunsthalle Hamburg ©
Kunsthalle Hamburg

3
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, take a stroll through The Jordaan, get to know the resident critters at ARTIS, and take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam online day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train, tram, and flight from Hamburg to Amsterdam takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a ride on Sugarloaf Mountain, see where the action happens at Maracanã, pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, and admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Amsterdam to Rio de Janeiro by combination of train and flight takes about 15 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Rio de Janeiro. In August, Rio de Janeiro is somewhat warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Nature Beaches
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Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

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