18 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

18 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

Make it your trip
Drive
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 1 day
Fly
2
Porto, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly
3
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Train
4
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly
5
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Fly
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 1 night
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 1 day

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Morro Dois Irmaos.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro online trip itinerary planner.

Itaperuna to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. August in Rio de Janeiro sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can fly to Porto.
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Find places to stay Aug 22 — 23:
Highlights from your trip

Porto, Portugal — 4 nights

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Graham's Port Lodge and Porto Augusto's. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Guimaraes Castle and Palacio da Bolsa. Get out of town with these interesting Porto side-trips: Guimaraes (Paco dos Duques de Braganca & Largo da Oliveira). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela das Almas, learn about winemaking at Casa Ramos Pinto, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Santa Clara, and get to know the fascinating history of Rua das Flores.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Porto trip planner.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Porto by flight takes about 13 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Porto. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in August since evenings lows in Porto dip to 17°C. On the 27th (Sat), you'll travel to Paris.
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Historic Sites · Wineries · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trips
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Paris, France — 4 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Visiting Île de la Cité and Off-Road Tours will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, explore the world behind art at Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Porto to Paris by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto to Paris is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to London.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Side Trip
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London, United Kingdom — 4 nights

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Buckingham Palace and Hever Castle & Gardens will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Houses of Parliament and Wallace Collection. Explore London's surroundings by going to Ightham Mote (in Ightham) and Chartwell (in Westerham). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at HMS Belfast, wander the streets of Greenwich, stroll around Primrose Hill, and catch a live event at Emirates Stadium Tour and Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our London trip planner.

Getting from Paris to London by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Paris in August, you will find days in London are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Amsterdam.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 3 nights

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zaanse Schans and Louwman Museum The Hague. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Anne Frank House and Canals area. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery (in The Hague) and Grote Markt (in Haarlem). There's much more to do: wander the streets of The Jordaan, examine the collection at Body Worlds, admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis, and don't miss a visit to Museum Quarter.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam trip planner.

Getting from London to Amsterdam by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. September in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Rio de Janeiro.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping
Side Trips
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 1 night

On the 7th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Pedra do Sal.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Rio de Janeiro takes 14.5 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam to Rio de Janeiro, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in September; daily highs in Rio de Janeiro reach 32°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
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