18 days in Sao Paulo & Western Europe Itinerary

18 days in Sao Paulo & Western Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Sao Paulo & Western Europe Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
1
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 1 day
Fly:  13​h 45​min
2
Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
4
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
5
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  15​h
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ibirapuera Park.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo tour itinerary builder tool .

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major airports are Congonhas Airport, Guarulhos - Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport and Viracopos International Airport. January in Sao Paulo sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Parks
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Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera

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Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Jeronimos Monastery, wander the streets of Belém Tower, and then take a stroll through Alfama. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, then don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), then don't miss a visit to Santa Justa Lift, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon holiday builder site .

Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to Lisbon takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time to Western European Time is 3 hours. Traveling from Sao Paulo in January, expect Lisbon to be colder, temps between 17°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Zoos & Aquariums
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, stroll through Parc Guell, then admire the striking features of Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau, and finally make a trip to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pick up some local products at La Boqueria, examine the collection at Museo Picasso, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and finally wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip planning tool .

You can fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) 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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Paris trip tool .

Fly from Barcelona to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Barcelona in January: high temperatures in Paris hover around 8°C and lows are around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 11th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience. On your second day here, admire nature's wide array of creatures at ARTIS, then have fun at Museumphoto, then steep yourself in history at Begijnhof, and finally get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House.

Before you visit Amsterdam, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by train from Paris to Amsterdam takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Amsterdam

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

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Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Rundetaarn, take a stroll through Stroeget, and then take a leisurely stroll along Nyhavn. On the next day, explore the galleries of Rosenborg Castle, then make a trip to The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue), then examine the collection at National Museum of Denmark, and finally examine the collection at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Copenhagen travel tool .

You can fly from Amsterdam to Copenhagen in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Amsterdam in January: highs in Copenhagen hover around 3°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Stroeget ©
Stroeget
Rundetarn ©
Rundetarn
Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle

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Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Vienna is known for museums, parks, historic sites, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Schonbrunn Palace, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Schönbrunn Zoo, examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum).

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Vienna day trip tool .

You can fly from Copenhagen to Vienna in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

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Venice, Italy

Venice
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore the activities along Canal Grande, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Venice sightseeing planning website .

You can fly from Vienna to Venice in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Vienna in January; daily highs in Venice reach 9°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

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Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 19th (Sun), admire the striking features of Pantheon, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, then explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rome vacation maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Rome takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Venice in January; daily highs in Rome reach 15°C and lows reach 4°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

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