43 days in Western Europe Itinerary

43 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Porto, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Lagos, Portugal
— 7 nights
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El Rocio, Spain
— 4 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Nice, France
— 8 nights
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Paris, France
— 6 nights
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Porto, Portugal

— 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Taste Porto Food Tours and Guimaraes Castle. Step off the beaten path and head to Graham's Port Lodge and Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Porto: Guimaraes (Paco dos Duques de Braganca & Largo da Oliveira). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Taylor's Port, see the interesting displays at FC Porto Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Rua das Flores, and enjoy the sand and surf at Matosinhos Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Porto online itinerary builder.

Dallas, USA to Porto is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Dallas to Porto due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dallas in October, things will get a bit cooler in Porto: highs are around 72°F and lows about 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Wineries · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

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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.
Visit Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Quinta da Regaleira for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Castelo de S. Jorge and Castelo dos Mouros. Venture out of the city with trips to Park and National Palace of Pena (in Sintra) and Guincho Beach (in Cascais). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, see the interesting displays at National Coach Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santo Antonio de Lisboa, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Lisbon driving holiday planning app.

You can fly from Porto to Lisbon in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In October in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Lisbon

Side Trips

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Lagos, Portugal

— 7 nights

Jewel of the Algarve

The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ponta da Piedade and Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos. Escape the urban bustle at Praia Da Rocha and Praia dos Pescadores. Change things up with these side-trips from Lagos: Albufeira (Praia da Coelha & Praia de Santa Eulalia), Vale de Centeanes Beach (in Carvoeiro) and Wildwatch Algarve (in Ferragudo). There's still lots to do: tee off at Clubhouse Onyria Palmares, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Alvor, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Joao de Arens Beach.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, you can read our Lagos travel site.

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Lagos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Lagos, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to El Rocio.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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El Rocio, Spain

— 4 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Donana Nature and Iglesias San Juan Bautista de La Palma del Condado. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa de Mazagon and Matalascanas. Explore El Rocio's surroundings by going to Centro del Vino Condado de Huelva (in Bollullos Par del Condado) and Mazagon (Playa Del Parador & Playa Torre de Rio de Oro).

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read El Rocio travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Lagos to El Rocio takes 3 hours. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. October in El Rocio sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 62°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in El Rocio

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

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Madrid, Spain

— 5 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Prado National Museum and Naval Museum. Royal Palace of Madrid and Museo Cerralbo will appeal to history buffs. Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Toledo (Real Colegio de Doncellas Nobles, MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo, &more). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla, wander the streets of La Latina, examine the collection at Caixa Forum, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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Explore your travel options from El Rocio to Madrid with the Route module. In October, Madrid is little chillier than El Rocio - with highs of 73°F and lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries

Side Trip

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Barcelona, Spain

— 4 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo. Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA and CosmoCaixa Barcelona will appeal to museum buffs. Go for a jaunt from Barcelona to Castelldefels to see Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll around Parc Guell, wander the streets of Las Ramblas, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and stop by El Barri Gòtic.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona tour itinerary website.

You can fly from Madrid to Barcelona in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in October, Barcelona is a bit warmer at night with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

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Nice, France

— 8 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Popular historic sites such as Vieille Ville and Basilique Notre-Dame de Nice are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Musee National Fernand-Leger (in Biot), Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins (in Mougins) and Grasse (Le Musee du Parfum & Musee Fragonard). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi, examine the collection at Musee Matisse, make a trip to La Croisette, and admire the masterpieces at Massena Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Nice travel route tool.

Getting from Barcelona to Nice by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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Paris, France

— 6 nights

City of Light

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 Louvre Museum. Popular historic sites such as Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Arc de Triomphe are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, explore the different monuments and memorials at Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, take a stroll through Latin Quarter, and make a trip to Le Trocadero et son esplanade.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Paris visit planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Paris takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Nice in November; daily highs in Paris reach 51°F and lows reach 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Side Trip

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Portugal travel guide

4.3
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.

Province of Huelva travel guide

3.7
Caves · Landmarks · Churches
An important region in maritime history, the Province of Huelva is known for Christopher Colombus’ famous sailing to the Americas in 1492. Although one of the lesser-known regions of Spain, its delayed influx of tourism has allowed the region to develop culturally and economically without interruption. Bordered by the beautiful Morena mountain range in the north and unspoiled Atlantic beaches in the east, the region is home to the 24,000 hectare (60,000 acre) of wetlands and wildlife that comprise the Coto de Doñana national park.