60 days in Africa, South America & Europe Itinerary

60 days in Africa, South America & Europe Itinerary

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Start: Porto, Portugal
Fly:  11 h 15 min
1
Luanda, Angola
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  14 h
2
Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly + Bus:  1 h 30 min
4
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 15 min
5
Gramado, Brazil
— 5 nights
Bus + Fly:  5 h 15 min
6
Florianopolis, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 30 min
7
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  8 h 45 min
8
Manaus, Brazil
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  8 h 30 min
9
Natal, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
10
Recife, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
11
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
— 5 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h 30 min
12
Salvador, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  11 h 15 min
13
Porto, Portugal
— 7 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
14
Salamanca, Spain
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
End: Porto, Portugal

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Luanda, Angola

Luanda ©
After decades of conflict, Luanda experienced a massive economic boom at the beginning of the 21st century, making it one of the most developed cities in Africa and a magnet for tourists.
On the 18th (Mon), explore the galleries of Fortaleza de Sao Miguel.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Luanda trip itinerary builder app.

Porto, Portugal to Luanda is an approximately 11.5- hour flight. Traveling from Porto to Luanda, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Porto in May, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Luanda: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Armacao dos Buzios.

Things to do in Luanda

Museums
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Fortaleza de Sao Miguel ©
Fortaleza de Sao Miguel

3
nights
Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil

Perched on the tip of a peninsula about 175 km (109 mi) east of Rio de Janeiro, the coastal town of Armacao dos Buzios attracts visitors looking to enjoy a beachside getaway without the crowds and chaos of the big city.
Venture out of the city with trips to Arraial do Cabo (Mirante do Pontal do Atalaia, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more) and Passagem Neighborhood (in Cabo Frio). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Rua das Pedras, kick back and relax at Tartaruga Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Orla Bardot Boardwalk, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Armacao dos Buzios trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Luanda to Armacao dos Buzios. The time zone difference moving from West Africa Standard Time to Brasilia Standard Time is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Luanda in May, things will get a bit cooler in Armacao dos Buzios: highs are around 30°C and lows about 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Armacao dos Buzios

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Arraial do Cabo, Passagem Neighborhood
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Rua das Pedras ©
Rua das Pedras
Orla Bardot Boardwalk ©
Orla Bardot Boardwalk

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nights
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.
When in Rio de Janeiro, make a side trip to see Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi in Niteroi, approximately Niteroi away. There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pedra da Gavea.

To see photos and other tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro travel route planning tool.

You can drive from Armacao dos Buzios to Rio de Janeiro in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. May in Rio de Janeiro sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro
Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro

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nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Sao Paulo is known for museums, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Parque Ibirapuera, pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, and examine the collection at Afro Brazil Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sao Paulo online journey planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in May: high temperatures in Sao Paulo hover around 26°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Pixel Realidade Virtual ©
Pixel Realidade Virtual
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

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nights
Gramado, Brazil

Gramado ©
Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gramado: Bento Goncalves (Vinicola Torcello, Vinicola Cainelli, &more) and Flores Da Cunha (Igreja Matriz Nossa Senhora de Lourdes e Campanario de Pedra, Vinicola Salvattore, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lago Negro, walk around Mini Mundo, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo, and do a tasting at Casa Seganfredo.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Gramado trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Sao Paulo to Gramado by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Gramado

Wineries Tours Parks

Side Trips

Bento Goncalves, Canela, Flores Da Cunha
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Lago Negro ©
Lago Negro
Mini Mundo ©
Mini Mundo
Vinicola Salvattore ©
Vinicola Salvattore

5
nights
Florianopolis, Brazil

Florianopolis ©
Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Change things up with these side-trips from Florianopolis: Beto Carrero World (in Penha) and Escola de Oleiros Joaquim Antonio de Medeiros (in Sao Jose). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Praia Mole, stop by Santo Antonio de Lisboa, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Joaquina Beach.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Florianopolis road trip planner.

Getting from Gramado to Florianopolis by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In June in Florianopolis, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Belo Horizonte.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Sao Jose, Beto Carrero World
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Praia Mole ©
Praia Mole
Beto Carrero World ©
Beto Carrero World
Lagoinha do Leste ©
Lagoinha do Leste

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nights
Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Belo Horizonte ©
Named for its spectacular mountain views, and known locally as the "Garden City," Belo Horizonte has historically fostered a connection with nature since its inauguration in 1897.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Belo Horizonte: Inhotim (in Brumadinho) and Sabara (Rua Dom Pedro II, Casa Azul, &more). The adventure continues: savor the flavors at Mercado Central de Belo Horizonte, head outdoors with Parque Mosteiro Tom Jobim, steep yourself in history at Placa Comemorativa do Clube da Esquina, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Nossa Senhora de Lourdes.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Belo Horizonte tour planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Florianopolis to Belo Horizonte in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Florianopolis in June: highs in Belo Horizonte hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Manaus.

Things to do in Belo Horizonte

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Sabara, Inhotim
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Basilica Nossa Senhora de Lourdes ©
Basilica Nossa Senhora de Lourdes
Inhotim ©
Inhotim
Mercado Central de Belo Horizonte ©
Mercado Central de Belo Horizonte

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nights
Manaus, Brazil

Manaus ©
It's hard not to get excited when planning a trip to Manaus, capital of the state of Amazonas, and the largest city on the mighty Amazon River.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): delve into the lush surroundings at Amazon Rainforest and then contemplate the waterfront views at Meeting of Waters. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Praca XV de Novembro (Praca da Matriz) and then identify plant and animal life at Arquipelago de Anavilhanas.

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

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Belo Horizonte to Manaus in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Amazon Standard Time (AMT) is minus 1 hour. In June, Manaus is somewhat warmer than Belo Horizonte - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Natal.

Things to do in Manaus

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Amazon Rainforest
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Meeting of Waters ©
Meeting of Waters
Amazon Rainforest ©
Amazon Rainforest
Arquipelago de Anavilhanas ©
Arquipelago de Anavilhanas

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nights
Natal, Brazil

Natal ©
The promise of sun, sand, and surf generates plenty of tourism in Natal.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cotovelo Beach (in Parnamirim) and Cajueiro de Pirangi (in Pirangi do Norte). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Dunas de Genipabu, look for gifts at Luciana Artesanatos Nordestinos, enjoy the sand and surf at Ponta Negra Beach, and see the interesting displays at Museu Camara Cascudo.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Natal day trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Manaus to Natal takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manaus to Natal due to the time zone difference. In June in Natal, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Recife.

Things to do in Natal

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cotovelo Beach, Cajueiro de Pirangi
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Dunas de Genipabu ©
Dunas de Genipabu
Ponta Negra Beach ©
Ponta Negra Beach
Parrachos de Maracajau ©
Parrachos de Maracajau

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nights
Recife, Brazil

Recife ©
Once the capital of Dutch Brazil, Recife has a history spanning back to 1537, when it was little more than a handful of fishing houses on the beach.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): browse the different shops at RioMar Recife Mall, then make a trip to Praca do Marco Zero, and then get to know the fascinating history of Recife Antigo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela Dourada, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue, then examine the collection at Paco do Frevo, and finally see the interesting displays at Ricardo Brennand Institute.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Recife planner.

You can fly from Natal to Recife in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Recife sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Porto de Galinhas.

Things to do in Recife

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Capela Dourada ©
Capela Dourada
Ricardo Brennand Institute ©
Ricardo Brennand Institute
Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue ©
Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue

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nights
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
Porto de Galinhas is known for beaches, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Muro Alto Beach, stroll through Pontal de Maracaipe, admire the landmark architecture of Massangana Sugar Cane Mill, and trek along River Maracaipe tour.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Porto de Galinhas route builder.

Drive from Recife to Porto de Galinhas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Porto de Galinhas can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Salvador.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach
River Maracaipe tour ©
River Maracaipe tour

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Salvador, Brazil

Salvador ©
Nowhere are the traditions of Brazil's African-background community as strong as in Salvador, the colorful, historical capital of Bahia state.
Venture out of the city with trips to Forte Beach (in Praia do Forte) and Guarajuba Beach (in Guarajuba). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Pelourinho, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sao Francisco Church and Convent, examine the collection at Santo Antonio da Barra Fort and Nautic Museum of Bahia, and kick back and relax at Praia Farol da Barra.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Salvador trip website.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Porto de Galinhas to Salvador takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Salvador are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Salvador

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Forte Beach, Guarajuba Beach
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Forte Beach ©
Forte Beach
Pelourinho ©
Pelourinho
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim ©
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim

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Porto, Portugal

Porto ©
Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Porto: Coimbra (Sala dos Capelos, Praca do Comercio, &more). There's much more to do: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Porto journey planning site.

You can fly from Salvador to Porto in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Salvador in July, with highs in Porto at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Salamanca.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trip

Coimbra
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Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Walking tours

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nights
Salamanca, Spain

Salamanca ©
Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
Change things up with these side-trips from Salamanca: Segovia (Casa de los Marqueses de Lozoya, Casa fuerte de las Cadenas, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca, admire the striking features of Palacio de Anaya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Cathedral (Catedral Nueva), and don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Salamanca holiday website.

Drive from Porto to Salamanca in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Porto to Salamanca, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Porto in July: highs in Salamanca hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Salamanca

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Segovia
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Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca ©
Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca
Acueduct of Segovia ©
Acueduct of Segovia
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

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