25 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

25 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

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25 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 30​min
2
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
4
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
9
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bondinho Pao de Acucar, and finally don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pedra do Arpoador, kick back and relax at Barra da Tijuca Beach, and then stroll through Praia de Grumari.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro tour planner.

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major airport is Rio Galeão – Tom Jobim International Airport. In October, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar

4
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Lisbon, Portugal

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Museu Nacional do Azulejo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Evora (Igreja e Convento de Nossa Senhora dos Remedios & Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora)) and Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Castelo dos Mouros). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church and Convent of Madre de Deus, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, and admire the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Lisbon vacation builder app .

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Lisbon takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Lisbon. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in October, expect Lisbon to be slightly colder, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Brussels.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Evora, Sintra
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). You'll explore and learn at Groeningemuseum and Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique. Change things up with these side-trips from Brussels: Bruges (Historic Centre of Brugge, Basilica of the Holy Blood, & more). There's more to do: examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and make a trip to Atomium.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels route planning website .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Brussels takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Brussels due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in October, things will get little chillier in Brussels: highs are around 16°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bruges
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum

2
nights
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 12th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, explore the galleries of Anne Frank House, and then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum. On the next day, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam driving holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Wildlife Outdoors
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

2
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Charlottenburg Palace, steep yourself in history at Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, and then admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery, see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, then ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, and finally contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Berlin trip planner .

Fly from Amsterdam to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums
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Charlottenburg Palace ©
Charlottenburg Palace
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Topography of Terror ©
Topography of Terror

2
nights
Munich, Germany

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek, then steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Munich Residenz and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Munich holiday site .

You can fly from Berlin to Munich in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Munich

Wildlife Outdoors Museums
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz

3
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Visit Colosseum and Pantheon for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at St. Peter's Basilica and Palatine Hill. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, get to know the fascinating history of Colle Capitolino, make a trip to Piazza Navona, and take an in-depth tour of Musei Capitolini.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rome holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Munich to Rome takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Munich in October, expect Rome to be somewhat warmer, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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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.
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Fishing Charters & Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, see the interesting displays at Frederic Mares Museum (Museu Frederic Mares), admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, and walk around Parc Guell.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Barcelona route planner .

Getting from Rome to Barcelona by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

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nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Get a sense of the local culture at Prado National Museum and Plaza Mayor. Popular historic sites such as Royal Palace of Madrid and Catedral Primada are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, get engrossed in the history at Lope de Vega Museum, and explore the world behind art at Museo Sorolla.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Madrid day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in October, Madrid is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Catedral Primada
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

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