7 days in Chicago, Lisbon & Madrid Itinerary

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Chicago, United States
— 1 day
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights


Chicago, United States — 1 day

Windy City

On the 19th (Sun), observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, tour the pleasant surroundings at Millennium Park, then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Chicago trip site.

Peoria to Chicago is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In March in Chicago, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 30°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Lisbon.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
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Lisbon, Portugal — 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

Go for a jaunt from Lisbon to Sintra to see Quinta da Regaleira about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, and examine the collection at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip website.

Getting from Chicago to Lisbon by flight takes about 12.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in March; daily highs in Lisbon reach 64°F and lows reach 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Madrid.
Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trip
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Madrid, Spain — 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: walk around Parque del Retiro, hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, contemplate the long history of Casa de Campo, and make a trip to Puerta del Sol.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Madrid takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lisbon to Madrid, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Lisbon in March: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 59°F and lows are around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
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