36 days in Western Europe Itinerary

36 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe holiday planner

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Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly to Toulouse, Train to Carcassonne Center
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Carcassonne Center, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Train
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Zaragoza, Spain
— 3 nights
Train
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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive
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Burgos, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive
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Leon, Spain
— 3 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 1 night
Drive
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Evora, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 9 nights
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Paris, France

— 2 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Montmartre. You'll explore and learn at Musee d'Orsay and Louvre Museum. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, browse the exhibits of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Paris holiday planning site.

Perth, Australia to Paris is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Perth in November: highs in Paris hover around 12°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Carcassonne Center, France

— 2 nights
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee Dom Robert et de la tapisserie du XXe siecle and Abbaye de Soreze. Popular historic sites such as Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne and Eglise Saint-Nazaire are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne Center side-trips: La cité médiévale (in Eze), Eglise Notre-Dame (in Vals) and Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses (in Brousses-et-Villaret).

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You can do a combination of flight and train from Paris to Carcassonne Center in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. November in Carcassonne Center sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Barcelona.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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.
Parc de Montjuic and Frederic Mares Museum (Museu Frederic Mares) will appeal to museum buffs. Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Barcelona with an excursion to Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey in Montserrat--about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: stop by El Barri Gòtic, stroll around Parc Guell, admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral.

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

You can drive from Carcassonne Center to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Carcassonne Center, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Barcelona, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can take a train to Zaragoza.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Zaragoza, Spain

— 3 nights

City of Four Cultures

The city of Zaragoza is known as the City of Four Cultures for its interwoven history of Iberian, Roman, Moorish, and Christian influences.
Explore hidden gems such as Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar and Monasterio de Piedra. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza and Museo del Labrador. Venture out of the city with trips to Iglesia de San Felix (in Torralba de Ribota), Iglesia de San Blas (in Anento) and Real Monasterio de Santa Maria de Veruela (in Vera de Moncayo). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Palacio de la Aljaferia, contemplate the long history of Daroca, and examine the collection at Palacio de los Condes de Bureta.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Zaragoza sightseeing tool.

Take a train from Barcelona to Zaragoza in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in December; daily highs in Zaragoza reach 12°C and lows reach 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Zaragoza

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Madrid, Spain

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, explore the world behind art at Museo Cerralbo, and then admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, then examine the collection at Lope de Vega Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Madrid travel route planning site.

Traveling by train from Zaragoza to Madrid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Madrid, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Burgos.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites

Burgos, Spain

— 3 nights
Burgos is a city in northern Spain and the historic capital of Castile. Museum-lovers will get to explore Cartuja de Miraflores and Museo de la Evolucion Humana. Explore hidden gems such as Catedral De Burgos and Iglesia de San Nicolas de Bari. Get out of town with these interesting Burgos side-trips: Iglesia de la Asuncion de Nuestra Senora de Santa Maria del Campo (in Santa Maria del Campo), Iglesia Catedralicia de San Hipolito el Real (in Tamara de Campos) and Ermita de San Pantaleon de Losa (in San Pantaleon de Losa). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monasterio de Yuso, see the interesting displays at Museo Palacio de Don Pedro I, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monasterio de San Juan de Ortega.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Burgos trip planner.

You can drive from Madrid to Burgos in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Madrid in December, expect nights in Burgos to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are slightly colder, around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Leon.

Things to do in Burgos

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Leon, Spain

— 3 nights
León is the capital of the province of León, located in the northwest of Spain. Get some cultural insight at Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral and Castrillo de los Polvazares. You'll explore and learn at Museo Casa Botines Gaudi and Villa Romana La Olmeda. Explore Leon's surroundings by going to Monasterio de San Pedro de las Duenas (in Sahagun), Museo Del Pan (in Mayorga) and Palacio De Gaudi (in Astorga). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at La Basilica De San Isidoro De Leon, see the interesting displays at Centro de Interpretacion Del Leon Romano, step into the grandiose world of Diputación Provincial De León, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Del Grano.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Leon day trip app.

Getting from Burgos to Leon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Leon are 7°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Leon

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Seville, Spain

— 1 night

City of Towers

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 14th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, admire the striking features of Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla, and then catch a live event at Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Sevilla. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla, get to know the fascinating history of Barrio Santa Cruz, and then contemplate the long history of Plaza de España.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Seville trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Leon to Seville in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, Seville is somewhat warmer than Leon - with highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Evora.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Evora, Portugal

— 3 nights
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Centro Ciencia Viva do Lousal - Mina de Ciencia and Megalithica Ebora. Centro Historico de Evora and Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana) will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Evora: Museu Mineiro do Lousal em Grandola (in Grandola), Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora da Visitacao (Montemor-o-Novo) (in Montemor-o-Novo) and Estremoz (Professor Joaquim Vermelho Municipal Museum & Mother Church of Sta Maria). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), examine the collection at Museu de Evora, make a trip to Muralhas de Evora, and pause for some serene contemplation at Capela dos Ossos.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Evora tour builder tool.

You can drive from Seville to Evora in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, daytime highs in Evora are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Evora

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lisbon, Portugal

— 9 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima and Quinta da Regaleira. Popular historic sites such as Centro Historico de Cascais and Monastery of Alcobaca are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Batalha (Capelas Imperfeitas, Batalha Monastery, &more), Sintra (Sintra National Palace, Castelo dos Mouros, &more) and Casa-Estudio Carlos Relvas (in Golega). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, get a taste of the local shopping with Chiado, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Lisbon journey planner.

Getting from Evora to Lisbon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Lisbon are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Landmarks · 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.

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.