17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
4
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol and then examine the collection at Prado National Museum. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Parque del Retiro, then admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Mayor, and then explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid online trip builder .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Madrid is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Madrid. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in November; daily highs in Madrid reach 17°C and lows reach 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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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 striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, examine the collection at Casa Mila - La Pedrera, admire the local landmark of The Magic Fountain, and walk around Parc Guell.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip itinerary builder website .

Take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Barcelona when traveling from Madrid in December, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

4
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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Paris route planning tool .

You can fly from Barcelona to Paris in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in December; daily highs in Paris reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
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: take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, hunt for treasures at Albert Cuyp Market, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS, and sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip itinerary planning site .

Take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Amsterdam

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

2
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Brandenburg Gate, then appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, then ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, and finally explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Berlin trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Berlin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate

1
night
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Madrid trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Madrid takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Shopping
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Mercado San Miguel ©
Mercado San Miguel

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