23 days in Europe Itinerary

23 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive
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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal — 4 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Take a break from Lisbon with a short trip to Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra, about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, and admire the striking features of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon holiday planner.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Lisbon is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Lisbon, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in November; daily highs in Lisbon reach 21°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Porto.
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Porto, Portugal — 3 nights

Unvanquished City

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.
Dedicate the 6th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa, and stop by Livraria Lello.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Porto day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Porto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in Porto, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 8th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, then contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, and then steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Real Fabrica, then admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, and then admire the striking features of Estacion de Atocha.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Porto to Madrid takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto to Madrid is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Porto in December: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 14°C and lows are around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 3 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

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 sightseeing, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, and take a stroll through Las Ramblas.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona route tool.

Getting from Madrid to Barcelona by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Barcelona, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow time for the flight to Marseille.
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Marseille, France — 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): take a stroll through The Panier, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence and then take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip planner.

Getting from Barcelona to Marseille by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December in Marseille, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.
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Nice, France — 2 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Nice trip planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Nice sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 3 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Milan is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, contemplate the long history of Il Cenacolo, and stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Milan trip planner.

Getting from Nice to Milan by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in December, things will get little chillier in Milan: highs are around 9°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Zurich.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums
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Zurich, Switzerland — 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 20th (Tue), explore the activities along Lake Zurich, wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, and then admire the local landmark of Europuddle. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and then wander the streets of Old Town.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Zurich trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Milan to Zurich takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Milan in December, plan for slightly colder days in Zurich, with highs around 5°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can fly back home.
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Portugal travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.
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Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nightlife · Architectural Buildings
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.
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