23 days in Europe Itinerary

23 days in Europe Itinerary

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23 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
2
Bordeaux, France
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Paris, France
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
4
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Lille, France
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 2nd (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, pause for some photo ops at Belém Tower, and then stroll through Cabo da Roca. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): wander the streets of Avenida da Liberdade, stop by A Outra Face da Lua, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Feira da Ladra, and finally explore the world behind art at National Tile Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Lisbon tour planner .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Lisbon is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, 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 May, things will get a bit cooler in Lisbon: highs are around 28°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Lisbon

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Cabo da Roca
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Cabo da Roca ©
Cabo da Roca
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian ©
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian

4
nights
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Escape the urban bustle at Dune du Pilat and Réserve Ornithologique du Teich. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mornac sur seudre and Marche Central de Royan. Explore Bordeaux's surroundings by going to Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont (in Talmont sur Gironde), Ecomuseum Marquèze (in Sabres) and Le Pont du Diable (in Saint-Palais-sur-Mer). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Place de la Bourse (Place Royale), kick back and relax at Plage de La Palmyre, learn about winemaking at Chateau Cantenac, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Bordeaux day trip website .

You can fly from Lisbon to Bordeaux in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Western European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Lisbon in May, expect nights in Bordeaux to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Royan, Réserve Ornithologique du Teich, Chateau Cantenac, Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont, Ecomuseum Marquèze
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Dune du Pilat
Dune du Pilat
Ecomuseum Marquèze ©
Ecomuseum Marquèze
Chateau Cantenac ©
Chateau Cantenac

5
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.
Get outdoors at Île de la Cité and L'Eure de l'Ulm. Discover out-of-the-way places like Le Marais and Arboretum des Grandes Bruyeres. Change things up with a short trip to Champagne Tarlant in Oeuilly (about 2 hours away). And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, examine the collection at Musee d'Orsay, browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Seine River.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Paris tour builder tool .

Take a train from Bordeaux to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Traveling from Bordeaux in May, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm, Arboretum des Grandes Bruyères, Champagne Tarlant
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Le Marais ©
Le Marais

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. Do your shopping at Albert Cuyp Market and De Negen Straatjes. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Anne Frank House, take an in-depth tour of The Resistance Museum (Amsterdams Verzetsmuseum), meet the residents at ARTIS, and wander the streets of The Jordaan.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Amsterdam day trip planning website .

You can take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Lille.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Shopping Zoos & Aquariums
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
nights
Lille, France

Lille ©
On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
On the 17th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Musee Matisse, make a trip to Vieux-Lille, then don't miss a visit to Grand place, and finally admire the masterpieces at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Musee portuaire, then learn about all things military at Musee Dunkerque 1940, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Malo-les-Bains, and finally look for gifts at Brasserie Thiriez.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lille visit planner .

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Lille takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Lille

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Dunkirk, Brasserie Thiriez, Musee departemental Matisse
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Musee departemental Matisse ©
Musee departemental Matisse
Vieux-Lille ©
Vieux-Lille
Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille ©
Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille

4
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Gustamps and Alpaca Annie. Visiting Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens and White Cliffs of Dover will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from London: Walmer Castle and Gardens (in Walmer), Camber Sands (in Camber) and Arundel Castle and Gardens (in Arundel). There's more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Covent Garden.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the London trip itinerary builder site .

You can take a train from Lille to London in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lille to London due to the time zone difference. May in London sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in London

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

White Cliffs of Dover, Walmer Castle and Gardens, Arundel Castle and Gardens, Alpaca Annie, Gustamps
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Camber Sands ©
Camber Sands
Gustamps ©
Gustamps
White Cliffs of Dover ©
White Cliffs of Dover

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