27 days in Europe Itinerary

27 days in Europe Itinerary

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27 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train + subway:  3​h
4
Ravello, Italy
— 3 nights
bus + train:  5​h
5
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
6
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Berlin, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
9
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
10
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1
night
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Museo Cerralbo and then admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, then steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, and then examine the collection at Prado National Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Madrid online driving holiday planner .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Madrid is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Madrid when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in September, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

3
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.
Get outdoors at Fishing Charters & Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling. Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and El Barri Gòtic will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: stroll around Parc Guell, see the interesting displays at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, and admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip planner.

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 21°C in Barcelona. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Colosseum and Pantheon. Appreciate the collections at Vatican Museums and Musei Capitolini. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Callisto, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rome tour itinerary maker .

You can fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 18°C in Rome. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ravello.

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

3
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Relax by the water at Spiaggia di castiglione and Lido di Ravello. Your inner history buff will appreciate Duomo di Ravello and Duomo di Sant'Andrea. Go for a jaunt from Ravello to Positano to see Fornillo about 52 minutes away.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ravello route planning site .

Traveling by combination of train and subway from Rome to Ravello takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Rome in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 24°C in Ravello. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Amalfi, Fornillo
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Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Lido di Ravello ©
Lido di Ravello

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Baptistery of St. John and Piazza del Duomo. Change things up with a short trip to Duomo di Siena in Siena (about 1h 05 min away). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Florence trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Ravello to Florence takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Ravello in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Florence, with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Duomo di Siena
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

3
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Doge's Palace and Peggy Guggenheim Collection are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at Gallerie dell'Accademia and Ca' d'Oro. Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore (in Verona) and Padua (Basilica di Sant’Antonio & Scrovegni Chapel). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, see the interesting displays at Museo Ebraico di Venezia, and admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Venice online route maker .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Padua, Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Peggy Guggenheim Collection ©
Peggy Guggenheim Collection

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Charlottenburg Palace, contemplate the long history of Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, and then explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Berlin road trip planning app .

Fly from Venice to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums
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Charlottenburg Palace ©
Charlottenburg Palace
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Anne Frank House and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Step out of Amsterdam to go to The Hague and see The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, engage your brain at NEMO Science Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. September in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Grand Place and Historic Centre of Brugge. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique and Atomium. Change things up with these side-trips from Brussels: Bruges (Groeningemuseum, Basilica of the Holy Blood, & more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

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Getting from Amsterdam to Brussels by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bruges
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2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, stroll through Quinta da Regaleira, then learn about all things military at Museu de Marinha, and finally explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional do Azulejo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Miradouro de Santa Luzia.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Lisbon journey builder tool .

You can fly from Brussels to Lisbon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brussels in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Lisbon: highs are around 32°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

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