43 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

43 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

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1
Recife, Brazil
— 4 nights
2
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
4
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
5
Salzburg, Austria
— 5 nights
6
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 4 nights
7
Oslo, Norway
— 4 nights
8
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 1 night
9
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
10
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights

4
nights
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.
Explore Recife's surroundings by going to Praia dos Carneiros (in Tamandare), Porto de Galinhas (Muro Alto Beach, Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach, &more) and So Arte (in Nossa Senhora do O). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Ricardo Brennand Institute, don't miss a visit to Basilica de Nossa Senhora da Penha, appreciate the extensive heritage of Recife Antigo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Capela Dourada.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Recife road trip site.

Joao Pessoa to Recife is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Recife

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Porto de Galinhas, Praia dos Carneiros, So Arte
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 16:
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Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach
Piscinas Naturais de Porto de Galinhas ©
Piscinas Naturais de Porto de Galinhas

4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Madrid: Toledo (Museo de Santa Cruz, Museo del Greco, &more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, admire the striking features of Estacion de Atocha, make a trip to Plaza Mayor, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Madrid trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Recife to Madrid by flight takes about 12 hours. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 4 hours. In December, Madrid is much colder than Recife - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Toledo
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 21:
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Real Jardin Botanico ©
Real Jardin Botanico

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Barcelona: Celler Mas Vicenc (in Cabra del Camp), Adernats - Winery of Nulles (in Nulles) and PortAventura (in Salou). The adventure continues: see where the action happens at Camp Nou, examine the collection at Joan Miro Foundation, stroll through Playa de La Barceloneta, and stroll around Parc de Montjuic.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Barcelona travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of °C in Barcelona. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Celler Mas Vicenc, Adernats - Winery of Nulles, PortAventura
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 26:
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Las Ramblas ©
Las Ramblas
Camp Nou ©
Camp Nou
The Magic Fountain ©
The Magic Fountain

4
nights
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 historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, examine the collection at The Hofburg, and browse the exhibits of Haus der Musik Wien.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Vienna trip maker site.

You can fly from Barcelona to Vienna in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in December; daily highs in Vienna reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 31:
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
The Hofburg ©
The Hofburg

5
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Change things up with these side-trips from Salzburg: Grossglockner High Alpine Road (in Heiligenblut), Kitzsteinhorn (in Kaprun) and Wallfahrtskirche Bad Durrnberg (in Hallein). There's lots more to do: get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7, and don't miss a visit to Salzburger Altstadt.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Salzburg trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Vienna to Salzburg in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Salzburg are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Grossglockner High Alpine Road, Kitzsteinhorn, Wallfahrtskirche Bad Durrnberg
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 5:
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Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

4
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 historic sites, theme parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Tivoli Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Rundetarn, get to know the fascinating history of Nyhavn, and admire the masterpieces at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek.

For ratings and more tourist information, read our Copenhagen attractions planning site.

You can fly from Salzburg to Copenhagen in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Copenhagen are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rodovre Centrum
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:
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Tivoli Gardens ©
Tivoli Gardens
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
Rundetarn ©
Rundetarn

4
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, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at The Ibsen Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Oslofjord, explore the world behind art at Munch Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Viking Ship Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Oslo road trip tool.

You can fly from Copenhagen to Oslo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Copenhagen in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of °C in Oslo. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:
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Vigeland Museum ©
Vigeland Museum
The Ibsen Museum ©
The Ibsen Museum
Viking Ship Museum ©
Viking Ship Museum

1
night
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, thenpause for some photo ops at Sun Voyager, and finally contemplate the long history of Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik trip planner.

You can fly from Oslo to Reykjavik in 6 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Oslo in January, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Reykjavik: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 14:
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Helicopter Tours
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Venture out of the city with trips to Venancio da Costa Lima (in Palmela), Cascais (Centro Historico de Cascais & Boca do Inferno) and Evora (Carriage Museum (Evora), Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), &more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Belém Tower, examine the collection at Museu Colecao Berardo, wander the streets of Chiado, and pause for some photo ops at Santuario Nacional de Cristo Rei.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lisbon road trip planning website.

Fly from Reykjavik to Lisbon in 10 hours. Traveling from Reykjavik in January, expect nights in Lisbon to be a bit warmer, around °C, while days are much hotter, around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Brussels.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Evora, Cascais, Farol do Bugio, Santuario Nacional de Cristo Rei, Venancio da Costa Lima
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 19:
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco) ©
Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco)

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Citadelle (Citadel), explore the galleries of Memorial Waterloo 1815, and then don't miss a visit to Bois de la Cambre. Keep things going the next day: get your game on at European Flight Simulator, thenmeet the residents at Pairi Daiza, and then have some family-friendly fun at Petit Train a Vapeur de Forest.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Brussels itinerary planner.

Getting from Lisbon to Brussels by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Lisbon to Brussels, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Lisbon in January, with highs in Brussels at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Citadelle (Citadel), European Flight Simulator, Pairi Daiza, Memorial Waterloo 1815
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:
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Pairi Daiza ©
Pairi Daiza
European Flight Simulator ©
European Flight Simulator
Memorial Waterloo 1815 ©
Memorial Waterloo 1815

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