17 days in Amsterdam, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

17 days in Amsterdam, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Bring the kids along to Van Gogh Museum and ARTIS. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, take in nature's colorful creations at Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam, and engage your brain at NEMO Science Museum.

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Manila, Philippines to Amsterdam is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Manila to Amsterdam, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manila in December, expect Amsterdam to be cooler, temps between 9°C and 3°C. On the 4th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums
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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.
You've added Galeria Maxo, Barcelona Zoo, Ballooning, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kids will appreciate attractions like Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell. The adventure continues: make a trip to Casa Batllo, see the interesting displays at Frederic Mares Museum (Museu Frederic Mares), admire the landmark architecture of Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau, and look for gifts at Cellarer.

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Getting from Amsterdam to Barcelona by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Amsterdam in December, you will find days in Barcelona are a bit warmer (17°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
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Madrid, Spain

— 4 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Zoo Aquarium de Madrid. Kids will enjoy Prado National Museum and Plaza Mayor. There's still lots to do: stroll around Parque del Retiro, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, catch a live event at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, and don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol.

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You can fly from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in December, expect Madrid to be slightly colder, temps between 14°C and 3°C. On the 12th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Lisbon.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
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Lisbon, Portugal

— 5 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Lisbon Oceanarium and Mosteiro dos Jeronimos. When in Lisbon, make a side trip to see Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra, approximately Sintra away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, stop by Bairro Alto, and explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge.

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Fly from Madrid to Lisbon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In December, Lisbon is somewhat warmer than Madrid - with highs of 18°C and lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
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

4.2
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.