10 days in Spain, Portugal & Amsterdam Itinerary

10 days in Spain, Portugal & Amsterdam Itinerary

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10 days in Spain, Portugal & Amsterdam Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Algarve, Portugal:  6​h
2
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  12​h 45​min
End: Washington DC, United States


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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 19th (Sun), make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, then wander the streets of Belém Tower, then appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and finally meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Lisbon, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Washington DC in January: high temperatures in Lisbon hover around 59°F and lows are around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

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

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nights
Amsterdam, Holland

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, then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): stop by shop @droog, steep yourself in history at Anne Frank House, and then get your game on at Museumphoto.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Lisbon to Amsterdam by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Amsterdam. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Lisbon in January; daily highs in Amsterdam reach 43°F and lows reach 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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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid, then hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, and then see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Parque del Retiro and then contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor.

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Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Madrid takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Amsterdam in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Madrid, with highs around 51°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

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

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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 reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Barcelona day trip tool .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, Barcelona is a bit warmer than Madrid - with highs of 58°F and lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

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