20 days in Spain, Brussels & Lyon Itinerary

20 days in Spain, Brussels & Lyon Itinerary

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20 days in Spain, Brussels & Lyon Itinerary

Start: Brasilia, Brazil
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Lyon, France
— 3 nights
tram + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Leon, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Gijon, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Caceres, Spain
— 1 night
7
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Brasilia, Brazil

4
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Get out of town with these interesting Brussels side-trips: Bruges (Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, The Markt, & more). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Grand Place, find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe, see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), and explore the galleries of Atomium.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels travel planner .

Brasilia, Brazil to Brussels is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Brasilia to Brussels, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brasilia in July, you will find days in Brussels are little chillier (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Lyon.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Bruges
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
The Markt ©
The Markt
Atomium ©
Atomium

3
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
On the 29th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, then explore by horseback at Parc de la Tete d'Or, and then see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lyon trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Brussels to Lyon by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and tram; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Brussels in July: high temperatures in Lyon hover around 34°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Golf
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Traboules du Vieux Lyon ©
Traboules du Vieux Lyon

5
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.
Change things up with a short trip to PortAventura in Salou (about 1h 30 min away). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, admire the local landmark of The Magic Fountain, stroll around Parc Guell, and appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona tour itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of tram and flight from Lyon to Barcelona in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Lyon in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Barcelona, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Leon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

PortAventura
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

1
night
Leon, Spain

Leon ©
León is the capital of the province of León, located in the northwest of Spain. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral, make a trip to Historic Center of Leon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Basilica De San Isidoro De Leon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Antiguo Convento de San Marcos, then explore the historical opulence of Diputación Provincial De León, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo Gaudi Casa Botines.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Leon travel route planner .

You can fly from Barcelona to Leon in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in August, Leon is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Gijon.

Things to do in Leon

Historic Sites Museums
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Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral ©
Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral
La Basilica De San Isidoro De Leon ©
Antiguo Convento de San Marcos ©
Antiguo Convento de San Marcos

1
night
Gijon, Spain

Gijon
Gijón, or '' is the largest city and municipality in the autonomous community of Asturias in Spain. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, kick back and relax at Playa de San Lorenzo, and then stroll around Santa Catalina Headland (Cerro de Santa Catalina).

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Gijon trip builder app .

You can drive from Leon to Gijon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Leon in August: highs in Gijon hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Caceres.

Things to do in Gijon

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa de San Lorenzo
Playa de San Lorenzo
Room Escape Games

1
night
Caceres, Spain

Caceres
Cáceres is the capital of Cáceres province, in the autonomous community of Extremadura, Spain. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convento de San Pablo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pro-Cathedral Church Of Santa Maria, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Caceres, and finally steep yourself in history at Star Archway (Arco de la Estrella).

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You can drive from Gijon to Caceres in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Gijon in August, you will find days in Caceres are much warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Madrid.

Things to do in Caceres

Historic Sites
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Old Town of Caceres
Old Town of Caceres
Star Archway (Arco de la Estrella) ©
Pro-Cathedral Church Of Santa Maria ©

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
When in Madrid, make a side trip to see Catedral Primada in Toledo, approximately 1 hour away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Prado National Museum, admire the natural beauty at Real Jardin Botanico, don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Caceres to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

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

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