10 days in Spain, Portugal & Amsterdam Itinerary

10 days in Spain, Portugal & Amsterdam Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Washington DC, United States
Bus + Fly:  11 h 45 min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Algarve, Portugal:  6 h
2
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
3
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  12 h 45 min
End: Washington DC, United States


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Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, then make a trip to Belém Tower, then appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lisbon day trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 12- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Washington DC to Lisbon. In January, Lisbon is somewhat warmer than Washington DC - with highs of 59°F and lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

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nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 22nd (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at shop @droog, explore the galleries of Anne Frank House, and then get your game on at Museumphoto.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam day trip app.

You can fly from Lisbon to Amsterdam in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Lisbon in January, things will get little chillier in Amsterdam: highs are around 43°F and lows about 34°F. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 24th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, and then explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum. On your second day here, stroll around Parque del Retiro and then steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid sightseeing app.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Madrid takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from Amsterdam, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid, ranging from highs of 51°F to lows of 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro

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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.
For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Barcelona attractions planning app.

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In January, Barcelona is somewhat warmer than Madrid - with highs of 58°F and lows of 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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