17 days in Portugal, Spain & Paris Itinerary

17 days in Portugal, Spain & Paris Itinerary

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17 days in Portugal, Spain & Paris Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil


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4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Popular historic sites such as Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Castelo de S. Jorge are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Parque Natural da Arrabida. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Cabo da Roca (in Colares) and Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira, Vale dos Lagos at Parque de Pena, & more). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Belém Tower, take in the views from Ponte 25 de Abril, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, and make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco).

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon tour builder site .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Lisbon is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Lisbon. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Sao Paulo in January; daily highs in Lisbon reach 17°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Parque Natural da Arrabida
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

2
nights
Porto, Portugal

Porto ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Douro, take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio da Bolsa, then contemplate the long history of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and finally take in panoramic vistas at Torre dos Clerigos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular, then take in the waterfront activity at Cais da Ribeira, then get lost in a book at Livraria Lello, and finally take a memorable drive along Guides In Portugal.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Porto itinerary planner .

You can fly from Lisbon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors
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Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa
Guides In Portugal ©
Guides In Portugal

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): head off the coast to Île de la Cité, head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Palace of Versailles.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip website .

Fly from Porto to Paris in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto to Paris is 1 hour. In January, Paris is slightly colder than Porto - with highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral. Get in touch with nature at Barceloneta Beach and Camino de Ronda. Step out of Barcelona with an excursion to Via Ferrata Cala del Moli in Sant Feliu de Guixols--about 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de Santa Lucia, explore the landscape on two wheels at Moubikes, and walk around Parc Guell.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona road trip website .

You can fly from Paris to Barcelona in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in January; daily highs in Barcelona reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Via Ferrata Cala del Moli, Camino de Ronda
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Visit Royal Palace of Madrid and Plaza Mayor for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Retiro Park and Puerto de Navacerrada - Estacion de Esqui. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Madrid: Toledo (Church of Santo Tomé & Catedral Primada). There's more to do: examine the collection at Prado National Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Madrid vacation planner.

You can take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, Madrid is little chillier than Barcelona - with highs of 12°C and lows of 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Toledo
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Catedral Primada ©
Catedral Primada
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

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