16 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

16 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

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16 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

Start: Brasilia, Brazil
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  16​h
2
Basel, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
3
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Brasilia, Brazil

3
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Copacabana Beach and Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, get great views at Leblon Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pao de Acucar, and pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro day trip planner .

Brasilia to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 2-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Brasilia in September, plan for slightly colder days in Rio de Janeiro, with highs around 32°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Basel.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

1
night
Basel, Switzerland

Basel ©
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Pfalz, pause for some serene contemplation at Basel Minster, then get to know the resident critters at Tierpark Lange Erlen, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo Basel.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Basel trip itinerary planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rio de Janeiro to Basel. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Basel due to the time zone difference. In September, Basel is little chillier than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Basel

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites
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Tierpark Lange Erlen ©
Tierpark Lange Erlen
Zoo Basel ©
Zoo Basel
Basel Minster ©
Basel Minster

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kids will enjoy ARTIS and NEMO Science Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amsterdam: Gemeenlandshuis van Delfland (in Delft) and Zandmotor (in The Hague). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Van Gogh Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, contemplate the long history of Anne Frank House, and walk around Vondelpark.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Basel to Amsterdam takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Zandmotor, Gemeenlandshuis van Delfland
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
ARTIS ©
ARTIS
NEMO Science Museum ©
NEMO Science Museum

2
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, make a trip to The Markt, then see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, and finally stop by Carpentier-Goegebeuer. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Oude Griffie, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, then get engrossed in the history at Groeningemuseum, and finally admire the striking features of Stadhuis.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bruges planner .

Drive from Amsterdam to Bruges in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In September in Bruges, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
The Markt ©
The Markt
Minnewater Lake ©
Minnewater Lake

2
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 19th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe, examine the collection at Atomium, and then examine the collection at Belgian Comic Strip Center. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then admire the masterpieces at Magritte Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), and finally don't miss a visit to Grand Place.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip planning site .

Getting from Bruges to Brussels by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Atomium ©
Atomium
Mini-Europe ©
Mini-Europe
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

4
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.
Attractions like Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou and The Paris Catacombs make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Île de la Cité, get in on the family fun at Jardin d'Acclimatation, and make a trip to Eiffel Tower.

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You can take a train from Brussels to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 24th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Jardin d'Acclimatation ©
Jardin d'Acclimatation
Musee des Arts et Metiers ©
Musee des Arts et Metiers

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