43 days in Europe & South America Itinerary

43 days in Europe & South America Itinerary

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1
Paris, France
— 4 nights
2
Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
3
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 2 nights
4
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 3 nights
5
Valera, Peru
— 1 night
6
Pisac, Peru
— 1 night
7
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
8
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
9
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
10
Hanga Roa, Chile
— 2 nights
11
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
12
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
13
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
14
Sorrento, Italy
— 3 nights
15
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
16
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
17
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights

4
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, take a stroll through Montmartre, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary builder site.

Birmingham, UK to Paris is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Birmingham to Paris is 1 hour. In May, daytime highs in Paris are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

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Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
On the 7th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Oceanario.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cartagena trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Paris to Cartagena takes 16.5 hours. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Paris to Cartagena due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Paris in May: high temperatures in Cartagena hover around °C and lows are around °C. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Oceanario
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Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
El Centro Artesano ©
El Centro Artesano

2
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
On the 9th (Sun), shop like a local with Galeria Aymara, thenget a taste of life in the country at Rancho Primicias, thenmake a trip to Santa Cruz Fish Market, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): stroll through El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, head outdoors with Think Galapagos, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Turtle Cove.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Puerto Ayora trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cartagena to Puerto Ayora takes 12 hours. When traveling from Cartagena in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Puerto Ayora: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
Galeria Aymara ©
Galeria Aymara

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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ©
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): stroll through Puerto Chino Beach, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, and then head outdoors with Cerro Tijeretas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Malecon San Cristobal, don't miss a visit to La Casa del Ceibo, thenget a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Oro, and finally don't miss a visit to Segunda Zona Naval de la Armada del Ecuador.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno holiday planning tool.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 3.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Valera.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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Puerto Chino Beach ©
Puerto Chino Beach
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center
Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado ©
Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado

1
night
Valera, Peru

Valera
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Catarata de Gocta.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Valera. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Pisac.

Things to do in Valera

Parks Nature
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1
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Pisac, Peru

Pisac ©
Giving good access to a number of Incan ruins, Pisaq has become a popular stop off point for vacationers exploring the Sacred Valley.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): make a trip to Pisac and then delve into the distant past at Huchuy Qosqo.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Pisac trip maker.

Explore your travel options from Valera to Pisac with the Route module. In May, daily temperatures in Pisac can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cusco.

Things to do in Pisac

Historic Sites
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Huchuy Qosqo ©
Huchuy Qosqo
Pisac ©
Pisac

2
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Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha, contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, and then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through San Blas, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, thenget engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, and finally delve into the distant past at Tambomachay.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cusco day trip website.

You can drive from Pisac to Cusco in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Cusco are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Museo de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo de Arte Precolombino

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Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then admire the natural beauty at Mariposario de Machupicchu.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu online trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Wed) before leaving for Uyuni.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Mapi Art ©
Mapi Art
Mariposario de Machupicchu ©
Mariposario de Machupicchu

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Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi and then explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Uyuni route planner.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Uyuni takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Machu Picchu to Uyuni due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks Nature
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi

2
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Hanga Roa, Chile

Hanga Roa ©
The main town and capital of Chile's Easter Island, Hanga Roa serves as a base for most visitors to the island, with all explorations of Easter Island and its famous moai monoliths beginning here.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): stroll through Anakena, thenexplore the ancient world of Ahu Nau Nau, thendon't miss a visit to Ahu Riata, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Rano Kau. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Rapa Nui Parque Nacional.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hanga Roa trip app.

You can fly from Uyuni to Hanga Roa in 17.5 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Uyuni to Hanga Roa due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Uyuni in May; daily highs in Hanga Roa reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Easter Island
Find places to stay May 21 — 23:
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Rano Kau ©
Rano Kau
Anakena ©
Anakena
Rapa Nui Parque Nacional ©
Rapa Nui Parque Nacional

1
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Iguazu National Park route planning app.

Fly from Hanga Roa to Iguazu National Park in 22 hours. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Hanga Roa to Iguazu National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Hanga Roa in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of °C in Iguazu National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks Nature
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
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 26th (Wed): get lost in a book at Real Gabinete Portugues Da Leitura, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, thendon't miss a visit to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, and finally kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the lush surroundings at Parque Nacional Tijuca and then don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro online route planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Iguazu National Park to Rio de Janeiro in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, Rio de Janeiro is a bit warmer than Iguazu National Park - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Nature Beaches
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Parque Nacional Tijuca ©
Parque Nacional Tijuca
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
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 parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Parc Guell, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, make a trip to Casa Batllo, and browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Barcelona trip planning tool.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Barcelona by flight takes about 17 hours. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in May; daily highs in Barcelona reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Sorrento.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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Sorrento, Italy

Sorrento ©
A lovely town easily accessible from almost anywhere in the country, Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and sits right on the Amalfi Drive.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sorrento: Positano (Il Sentiero Degli Dei & Boat Tours & Water Sports), Ravello (Convento Frati Minori Conventuali S.Francesco, Le Ville di Ravello, &more) and Praiano (Torre di Grado & Parrocchia Di San Gennaro). The adventure continues: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cloister del Paradiso, take in the exciting artwork at Miniaci Art Gallery, and steep yourself in history at Church of Santa Maria Assunta.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sorrento attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Sorrento takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Sorrento are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Sorrento

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Positano, Ravello, Amalfi, Praiano
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Villa Rufolo ©
Villa Rufolo
Il Sentiero Degli Dei ©
Il Sentiero Degli Dei
Food Tours

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Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Venice is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Canal Grande, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, and browse the exhibits of Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Venice trip planner.

You can fly from Sorrento to Venice in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and train; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Venice when traveling from Sorrento in June, with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Budapest trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Venice to Budapest in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Expect little chillier evenings in Budapest when traveling from Venice in June, with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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Berlin, Germany

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, steep yourself in history at Charlottenburg Palace, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and don't miss a visit to Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Berlin route planner.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Berlin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Walking tours
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate

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