18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Guarulhos, Brazil
Drive + Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Porto, Portugal
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  15​h 30​min
End: Guarulhos, Brazil

1
night
Porto, Portugal

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.
On the 17th (Tue), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Porto trip planner .

Guarulhos, Brazil to Porto is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Guarulhos to Porto. Traveling from Guarulhos in December, things will get cooler in Porto: highs are around 18°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Go for a jaunt from Lisbon to Sintra to see Quinta da Regaleira about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Belém Tower, don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Lisbon trip builder .

You can fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. December in Lisbon sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Go for a jaunt from Madrid to Toledo to see Catedral Primada about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, stroll around Parque del Retiro, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Madrid trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Madrid takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Madrid. Traveling from Lisbon in December, things will get slightly colder in Madrid: highs are around 14°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Barcelona.

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, then make a trip to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas, then walk around Parc Guell, and then appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Barcelona online vacation builder .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Barcelona, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

2
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.
On the 27th (Fri), head off the coast to Île de la Cité, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the galleries of Louvre Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Paris road trip site .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to London.

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

3
nights
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.
London is known for museums, nightlife, historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Coca-Cola London Eye, explore the world behind art at National Gallery, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our London sightseeing planner.

Take a train from Paris to London in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, daytime highs in London are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

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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