37 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

37 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

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37 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

Start: Joao Pessoa, Brazil
Fly:  1​h 45​min
1
Recife, Brazil
— 1 day
Fly:  11​h 30​min
2
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Oslo, Norway
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
8
Forsand Municipality, Norway
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 30​min
9
Tromso, Norway
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
10
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
11
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
12
Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
13
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Joao Pessoa, Brazil


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Recife, Brazil

Recife ©
Once the capital of Dutch Brazil, Recife has a history spanning back to 1537, when it was little more than a handful of fishing houses on the beach.
On the 31st (Mon), examine the collection at Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand, then don't miss a visit to Praca do Marco Zero, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Se Cathedral.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Recife vacation planner.

Joao Pessoa to Recife is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Recife

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Se Cathedral
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Oficina Ceramica Francisco Brennand ©
Praca do Marco Zero ©
Praca do Marco Zero
Se Cathedral ©
Se Cathedral

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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 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Prado National Museum, steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, make a trip to Plaza Mayor, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Madrid trip planning website .

Getting from Recife to Madrid by flight takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Recife to Madrid is 4 hours. Traveling from Recife in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Madrid, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Barcelona.

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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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Spend the 7th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas, see the interesting displays at Casa Batllo, and take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Barcelona online visit 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 a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Barcelona. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Barcelona

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

3
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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.
Pack the 10th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Prater. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), make a trip to Stephansplatz, and admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Vienna trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Vienna takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Barcelona in September: high temperatures in Vienna hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

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Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Go for a jaunt from Salzburg to Hallstatt to see Salzwelten about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Fortress Hohensalzburg, examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral, and take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Salzburg trip builder site .

You can fly from Vienna to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Salzwelten
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Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace

3
nights
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.
Copenhagen is known for theme parks, historic sites, museums, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: laugh and play at Tivoli Gardens, go for a walk through Cirkelbroen, appreciate the history behind The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue), and take a leisurely stroll along Nyhavn.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Copenhagen online tour planner .

You can fly from Salzburg to Copenhagen in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September in Copenhagen, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Parks Theme Parks Neighborhoods
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Tivoli Gardens ©
Tivoli Gardens
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle

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nights
Oslo, Norway

Oslo ©
Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Oslo is known for museums, nightlife, historic sites, parks, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning), examine the collection at Fram Museum, admire the masterpieces at Vigeland Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Kon-Tiki Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Oslo online trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Copenhagen to Oslo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Copenhagen in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Oslo, with lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Forsand Municipality.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Vigeland Museum ©
Vigeland Museum
Kon-Tiki Museum ©
Kon-Tiki Museum

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Forsand Municipality, Norway

Forsand Municipality ©
With a cluster of villages surrounded by untouched nature, Forsand Municipality is a great destination for those looking to immerse themselves in scenic surroundings, far from the city bustle.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): get a new perspective on nature at Landa Park and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kjerag. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pulpit Rock.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Forsand Municipality trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Oslo to Forsand Municipality by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Forsand Municipality when traveling from Oslo in September, with lows around 12°C. On the 21st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tromso.

Things to do in Forsand Municipality

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Pulpit Rock ©
Pulpit Rock
Kjerag ©
Kjerag
Landa Park ©
Landa Park

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Tromso, Norway

The cultural and economic hub of northern Norway, Tromso boasts a historical city center containing one of the highest concentrations of wooden houses in Europe.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): appreciate the history behind Memorial to Deportation of Jews of Tromso, see the interesting displays at The Polar Museum (Polarmuseet), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Arctic Cathedral, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Polaria, and finally look for gifts at Tromso Arctic Gifts & Souvenirs. On your second day here, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tromso travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Forsand Municipality to Tromso in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, Tromso is little chillier than Forsand Municipality - with highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Tromso

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

The Arctic Cathedral
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Arctic Cathedral ©
The Arctic Cathedral

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nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Explore Reykjavik's surroundings by going to Thermal Spas (in Grindavik) and Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir). Spend the 25th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and appreciate the history behind Sun Voyager.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Reykjavik day trip tool .

Fly from Tromso to Reykjavik in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tromso to Reykjavik. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Brussels.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Thingvellir National Park, Thermal Spas
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thermal Spas

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bruges (The Markt, Belfry of Bruges, & more) and Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle) (in Ghent). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Grand Place, find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe, examine the collection at Atomium, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Brussels vacation app .

You can fly from Reykjavik to Brussels in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Reykjavik to Brussels is 1 hour. Traveling from Reykjavik in September, things will get a bit warmer in Brussels: highs are around 21°C and lows about 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Bruges, Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle)
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
The Markt ©
The Markt
Atomium ©
Atomium

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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.
Dedicate the 2nd (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, get lost in a book at Livraria Lello, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Museu Serralves.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Porto trip planner .

You can fly from Brussels to Porto in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Western European Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Brussels in September, things will get a bit warmer in Porto: highs are around 27°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Parks 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)

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Park and National Palace of Pena). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Belém Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Lisbon visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Porto to Lisbon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sintra
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

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