18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Belem, Brazil
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Belem, Brazil

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Explore hidden gems such as Praia da Samoqueira and Comporta Beach. Visit Praia Grande and Praia de Melides for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Ilha do Pessegueiro (in Porto Covo), Farol de Milfontes (in Vila Nova de Milfontes) and Saki (in Santo Andre). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Praia das Furnas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jeronimos Monastery, take a stroll through Belém Tower, and step into the grandiose world of Park and National Palace of Pena.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Lisbon day trip planning tool .

Belem, Brazil to Lisbon is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from Belem to Lisbon, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Belem in July, expect little chillier with lows of 20°C in Lisbon. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Lisbon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Porto Covo, Grandola, Praia das Furnas, Farol de Milfontes, Saki
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Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Park and National Palace of Pena
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Praia Grande ©
Praia Grande

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Appreciate the collections at Royal Palace of Madrid and Prado National Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Catedral Primada and Segovia Aqueduct. Get out of town with these interesting Madrid side-trips: Segovia (Alcazar de Segovia & Padres Carmelitas). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Retiro Park, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, make a trip to Plaza de Oriente, and steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Madrid trip itinerary site .

Fly from Lisbon to Madrid in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Madrid is 1 hour. While traveling from Lisbon, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Segovia, Catedral Primada
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Alcazar de Segovia ©
Alcazar de Segovia
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum

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.
Casa Batllo and Museo Picasso will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Magic Fountain (Font Magica) and Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar. Spend the 26th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at La Barceloneta, and appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona road trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in July, you will find days in Barcelona are a bit cooler (34°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar ©
Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

2
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Roman Forum and Sistine Chapel. Museum-lovers will appreciate Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, make a trip to Foro di Augusto, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rome online journey maker .

Getting from Barcelona to Rome by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Rome are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Roman Forum ©
Roman Forum
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Sistine Chapel ©
Sistine Chapel

2
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
On the 31st (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of The Catacombs of Paris, make a trip to Eiffel Tower, and then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Paris road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Rome in July; daily highs in Paris reach 30°C and lows reach 18°C. On the 2nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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