56 days in Europe Itinerary

56 days in Europe Itinerary

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Porto, Portugal
— 6 nights
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Fatima, Portugal
— 7 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 8 nights
Fly to Malaga, Shuttle to Gibraltar
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Gibraltar, Gibraltar
— 5 nights
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Malaga, Spain
— 8 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 8 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 7 nights
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Marseille, France
— 3 nights
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Porto, Portugal — 6 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.
Get some historical perspective at Santuario de Santa Luzia and Palacio da Bolsa. Discover out-of-the-way places like Guimaraes Castle and Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral). Explore Porto's surroundings by going to Ponte Romana e Medieval (in Ponte de Lima), Guimaraes (Paco dos Duques de Braganca & Largo da Oliveira) and O Navio Gil Eannes (in Viana do Castelo). And it doesn't end there: walk around Parque da Cidade, snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, get to know the fascinating history of Rua das Flores, and pause for some serene contemplation at Museu de Arte Sacra da Igreja de Santo Ildefonso.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Porto trip itinerary maker.

Chicago, USA to Porto is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Chicago to Porto due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Chicago in June: high temperatures in Porto hover around 73°F and lows are around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Fatima.
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Fatima, Portugal — 7 nights

Fátima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Santarém District. Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima and Castelo de Ourém. Museum-lovers will get to explore Grutas da Moeda and O Milagre de Fatima - Museu Interativo. Get out of town with these interesting Fatima side-trips: Castelo de Almourol (in Praia do Ribatejo) and Tomar (Igreja de Sao Joao Baptista, Convento de Cristo, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica da Santissima Trindade, see the interesting displays at Wax Museum of Fátima, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Torres Novas, and don't miss a visit to Casa-Museu de Aljustrel.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Fatima holiday website.

Drive from Porto to Fatima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. June in Fatima sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 8 nights

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get some historical perspective at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Castelo dos Mouros. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Castelo de S. Jorge and Quinta da Regaleira. Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena & Sintra National Palace). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Santo Antonio de Lisboa, admire the masterpieces at Museu Colecao Berardo, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Fatima to Lisbon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Fatima in July, you will find days in Lisbon are a bit warmer (85°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Gibraltar.
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Gibraltar, Gibraltar — 5 nights

A vacation in Gibraltar reveals a strategically important area the ancient Greeks considered the edge of the known world.
You'll explore and learn at The Great Siege Tunnels and Gibraltar Crystal. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Rock of Gibraltar and Main Street. There's still lots to do: Head underground at St. Michael's Cave, visit a coastal fixture at Europa Point, explore the activities along Catalan Bay, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Grand Casemates Square.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Gibraltar trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Lisbon to Gibraltar in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Gibraltar is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Gibraltar when traveling from Lisbon in July, with lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Malaga.
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Malaga, Spain — 8 nights

Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
You'll explore and learn at Automobile and Fashion Museum and Museo Carmen Thyssen Malaga. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Malaga Cathedral and Alcazaba. Get out of town with these interesting Malaga side-trips: Benalmadena (CarrascoBeach Playas Benalmadena & Butterfly Park of Benalmadena), Fuengirola (Sould Park & Parasailing & Paragliding) and Mijas (Museo de Miniaturas Carromato de Mijas & Off-Road Tours). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museo del Vidrio y Cristal de Malaga, kick back and relax at Playa de la Cala Mijas, admire the masterpieces at CAC Malaga Contemporary Art Center, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cabopino Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Malaga road trip planning tool.

Getting from Gibraltar to Malaga by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from Gibraltar in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Malaga: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 8 nights

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Step off the beaten path and head to Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza and Catedral de Segovia. Appreciate the collections at Prado National Museum and Museo Sorolla. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Madrid: Toledo (Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes & Casco Historico de Toledo), Avila (Las Murallas de Avila & Catedral de Avila) and Alcazar of Segovia (in Segovia). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, get engrossed in the history at Naval Museum, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, and walk around Parque del Retiro.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Malaga to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Malaga in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid: temperatures range from 94°F by day to 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 7 nights

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
You'll explore and learn at Casa Vicens and Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Templo del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus and La Playa de Sitges. Step out of Barcelona to go to Mataro and see Room Escape Games, which is approximately 42 minutes away. Pack the 7th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Parc d’Atraccions Tibidabo. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, take a stroll through Las Ramblas, get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, and admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Madrid to Barcelona by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. While traveling from Madrid, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Barcelona, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.
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Paris, France — 3 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee d'Orsay and Arc de Triomphe. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Latin Quarter and Atelier des Lumieres. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, examine the collection at National Museum of Natural History, pause for some photo ops at Pantheon, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Tuileries.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Paris day trip planning site.

Fly from Barcelona to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, Paris is little chillier than Barcelona - with highs of 77°F and lows of 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Marseille.
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Marseille, France — 3 nights

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Get some cultural insight at Palais des Papes and Pont d'Avignon. Step off the beaten path and head to Musee du Petit Palais and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Change things up with a short trip to Musee Calvet in Avignon (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, contemplate the long history of Palais du Pharo, take a memorable drive along Calanques d'Ensues la Redonne, and see the interesting displays at Musee Regards de Provence.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Marseille trip planner.

You can fly from Paris to Marseille in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Marseille: highs are around 86°F and lows about 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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