18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Charlotte, United States
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  6​h
7
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Charlotte, United States

2
nights
Porto, Portugal

Porto ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela das Almas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja do Carmo, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja dos Carmelitas, take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Se de Braga. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sameiro Sanctuary, then get to know the fascinating history of Largo da Oliveira, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Bom Sucesso.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Porto itinerary planner .

Charlotte, USA to Porto is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Charlotte to Porto, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Charlotte in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Porto, with lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Braga, Guimaraes
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Igreja do Carmo ©
Igreja do Carmo
Se de Braga ©
Se de Braga
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 10th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, take a stroll through Belém Tower, appreciate the history behind Arco do Triunfo, then take a stroll through Rua Augusta, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, take in the views from Ponte 25 de Abril, and then steep yourself in history at Castelo dos Mouros.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lisbon online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Porto to Lisbon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in November, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Seville.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Castelo dos Mouros
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

2
nights
Seville, Spain

Seville ©
A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
On the 12th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise du Divin Sauveur, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then contemplate the long history of Royal Tobacco Factory, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de España. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Archaeological Ensemble of Italica, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de los Marineros, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Santa Cruz, then make a trip to Plaza del Triunfo, and finally take some stellar pictures from Catedral de Sevilla.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Seville vacation planning site .

Getting from Lisbon to Seville by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in November, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Archaeological Ensemble of Italica
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Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Barrio Santa Cruz ©
Barrio Santa Cruz

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 14th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, take a stroll through Barrio de Salamanca, and then examine the collection at Prado National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Mayor, then take in the exciting artwork at Cava Baja Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Plaza mayor de Chinchon, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid holiday planning site .

Traveling by train from Seville to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Seville in November; daily highs in Madrid reach 59°F and lows reach 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, Plaza mayor de Chinchon
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza mayor de Chinchon ©
Plaza mayor de Chinchon
Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes ©

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, and finally pick up some local products at La Boqueria. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Parc Guell, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, shop like a local with Opera Lounge, then admire the striking features of Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt, and finally wander the streets of Ciutat Vella.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona trip planner .

Getting from Madrid to Barcelona by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Barcelona: highs are around 65°F and lows about 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Escaldes-Engordany.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

1
night
Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra

Escaldes-Engordany ©
Boasting a host of hot springs and just a stone's throw away from the capital, Les Escalades is a popular choice for those who want some rest and relaxation after hitting the slopes or the stores.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Museu Carmen Thyssen Andorra, pause for some serene contemplation at Sant Pere Martir Church, trek along Circuito De Les Fonts, examine the collection at Perfume Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Esglesia de Sant Miquel d'Engolasters, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Sant Cristofol d'Anyos Church.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Escaldes-Engordany trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Barcelona to Escaldes-Engordany takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Escaldes-Engordany

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Esglesia de Sant Miquel d'Engolasters, Sant Cristofol d'Anyos Church
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Sant Pere Martir Church ©
Sant Pere Martir Church
Esglesia de Sant Miquel d'Engolasters ©
Sant Cristofol d'Anyos Church ©
Sant Cristofol d'Anyos Church

5
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.
Shop till you drop at Champs-Elysees and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. Your inner history buff will appreciate Eiffel Tower and Chateau de Fontainebleau. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon (in Laon), Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte (in Maincy) and Palais du Tau (in Reims). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Louvre Museum, steep yourself in history at Hotel de Ville, head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis, and brush up on your military savvy at The Army Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip maker .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Escaldes-Engordany to Paris takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daytime highs in Paris are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Rouen, Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Chateau de Fontainebleau, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon, Palais du Tau
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Chateau de Fontainebleau

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