15 days in Portugal, Alsace & Barcelona Itinerary

15 days in Portugal, Alsace & Barcelona Itinerary

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Start: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
+2
Bus + Fly + Train:  16 h 30 min
1
Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
3
Sintra, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Porto, Portugal
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  14 h 45 min
End: Playa del Carmen, Mexico

2
nights
Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg ©
Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Get out of town with these interesting Strasbourg side-trips: Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller) and Vin d'Alsace HORCHER (in Mittelwihr). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, learn about winemaking at Domaine Albert Seltz, see the interesting displays at Palais de Rohan, and visit La Petite France.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Strasbourg trip itinerary builder.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Strasbourg is an approximately 16.5- hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, shuttle, and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Playa del Carmen to Strasbourg. While traveling from Playa del Carmen, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Strasbourg, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, Domaine Albert Seltz, Vin d'Alsace HORCHER
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Domaine Albert Seltz ©
Domaine Albert Seltz
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg ©
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg

4
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, walk around Parc Guell, and browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Strasbourg to Barcelona by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Strasbourg in September, things will get a bit warmer in Barcelona: highs are around 30°C and lows about 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sintra.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

3
nights
Sintra, Portugal

Sintra ©
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
Take a break from Sintra with a short trip to Obidos Village in Obidos, about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Quinta da Regaleira, gain insight with Sintra By Sofia, admire the striking features of Sintra National Palace, and kick back and relax at Praia da ursa.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sintra trip planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Sintra in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Sintra. In September, daily temperatures in Sintra can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Porto.

Things to do in Sintra

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trip

Obidos Village
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Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Park and National Palace of Pena

4
nights
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.
Porto is known for shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, don't miss a visit to Liberdade Square, do a tasting at The Best Portugal, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

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

Drive from Sintra to Porto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In September, Porto is little chillier than Sintra - with highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Best Portugal
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The Best Portugal ©
The Best Portugal
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Walking tours

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