36 days in Europe Itinerary

36 days in Europe Itinerary

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36 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Fortaleza, Brazil
Fly:  15​h
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
London, United Kingdom
— 13 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
8
Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h
End: Fortaleza, 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the views from Vasco da Gama Bridge.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip itinerary builder site .

Fortaleza, Brazil to Lisbon is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Fortaleza to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. In December, Lisbon is much colder than Fortaleza - with highs of 18°C and lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Lisbon

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Sintra
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Museu Calouste Gulbenkian ©
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Bairro Alto ©
Bairro Alto

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the activities along Lake Zurich and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus and then take a stroll through Old Town.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Zurich takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Lisbon to Zurich, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in December, things will get slightly colder in Zurich: highs are around 5°C and lows about -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Mt Pilatus
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town

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.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, museums, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, make a trip to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in December: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. You will leave for Amsterdam on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

3
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, parks, breweries & distilleries, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Anne Frank House, stroll around Vondelpark, admire nature's wide array of creatures at ARTIS, and see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam route planner .

Getting from Barcelona to Amsterdam by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in December; daily highs in Amsterdam reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Museumphoto ©
Museumphoto
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Scrovegni Chapel (in Padua) and Arena di Verona (in Verona). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Canal Grande, enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and steep yourself in history at Squero di San Trovaso.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Venice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Venice are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to London.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Arena di Verona, Scrovegni Chapel
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

13
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from London: Onform London (in Burford), Cotswold Archery (in Moreton-in-Marsh) and Stonehenge (in Amesbury). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, take an in-depth tour of Natural History Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read London trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Venice to London takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Venice to London. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Onform London, Stonehenge, The Cotswold Brewing Company, Cotswold Archery, Cotswolds Distillery
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Cotswolds Distillery ©
Cotswolds Distillery
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

5
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Go for a jaunt from Edinburgh to Glasgow to see Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, make a trip to The Real Mary King's Close, explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, and explore the world behind art at Scottish National Gallery.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Edinburgh trip planner .

Fly from London to Edinburgh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time for travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat

1
night
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Belém Tower and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lisbon trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to Lisbon takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January, Lisbon is somewhat warmer than Edinburgh - with highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

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