17 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

17 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

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17 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

Start: Teresina, Brazil
Fly:  2​h 45​min
1
Fortaleza, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
2
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Teresina, Brazil


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2
nights
Fortaleza, Brazil

Fortaleza ©
They don't call Fortaleza "Brazilian Miami" for nothing.
On the 31st (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Futuro. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Cristo Rei and then make a splash at Beach Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Fortaleza trip planner .

Teresina to Fortaleza is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Teresina in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Fortaleza, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Fortaleza

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Beach Park
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Praia de Futuro ©
Praia de Futuro
Beach Park ©
Beach Park
Iracema Beach ©
Iracema Beach

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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Montmartre, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and shop like a local with Le Marais.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip builder tool .

You can fly from Fortaleza to Paris in 13.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Fortaleza to Paris is 4 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Fortaleza in January, with highs in Paris at 8°C and lows at 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

4
nights
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. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Prado National Museum, get your game on at EXIT Madrid, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, and stroll around Parque del Retiro.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Madrid trip planner .

Getting from Paris to Madrid by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. While traveling from Paris, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid, ranging from highs of 12°C to lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Parks Historic Sites

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

5
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena & Quinta da Regaleira). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, and admire the striking features of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lisbon journey planner .

You can fly from Madrid to Lisbon in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET) is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Madrid in January; daily highs in Lisbon reach 17°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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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