23 days in Europe & South America Itinerary

Make it your trip
Fly to Vienna, Bus to Bratislava
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 3 nights
Bus to Vienna, Fly to Zaandam
Zaandam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Fly to Guararapes - Gilberto Freyre International Airport, Drive to Porto de Galinhas
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
— 3 nights
Madrid, Spain
— 13 nights


Bratislava, Slovakia — 3 nights

Beauty on the Danube

Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
Trenciansky Hrad has been added to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Eurovea Galleria and Franciscan Church and Monastery. Visit Chatam Sofer Memorial and Church of St. Michael the Archangel for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Piaristicky kostol sv. Ladislava (in Nitra), Cachtice Castle (in Cachtice) and Beckov castle (in Beckov). There's much more to do: stop by Aupark Shopping Center, step into the grandiose world of Cerveny Kamen Castle, take in the views from Stary most, and ponder the design of Fountain of peace.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bratislava trip builder website.

Dubrovnik, Croatia to Bratislava is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Dubrovnik in February, with highs in Bratislava at 7°C and lows at 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Zaandam.
Historic Sites · Shopping
Side Trips
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 28:

Zaandam, The Netherlands — 1 night

Zaandam is a city in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): browse the eclectic array of goods at Cheese Market Hoorn, then see the interesting displays at Zaanse Schans, then view the masterpieces at Museum Waterland Art Library / Art Gallery, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Dorpskerk Wijk aan Zee uit 1420.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Zaandam driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Bratislava to Zaandam in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daytime highs in Zaandam are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Porto de Galinhas.
Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay Feb 28 — 29:

Porto de Galinhas, Brazil — 3 nights

Hawaii of the Atlantic

You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Serrambi Beach and Cachakaria Destak. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Toquinho Beach and Cupe beach. There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Casa Jerimum, stop by Nata Artesanato, stroll through Pontal de Maracaipe, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Porto de Galinhas online travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Zaandam to Porto de Galinhas. The time zone difference when traveling from Zaandam to Porto de Galinhas is minus 4 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Zaandam in March; daily highs in Porto de Galinhas reach 35°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Madrid.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Side Trip
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 4:

Madrid, Spain — 13 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Head to Barrio de Salamanca and Palacio Los Serranofor plenty of shopping. Explore hidden gems such as Plaza mayor de Chinchon and Basilica de San Vicente. Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Chiquitren Tren Turistico de Aranjuez (in Aranjuez), Toledo (Mirador del Valle, Casco Historico de Toledo, &more) and Avila (Ermita de Santa Maria de la Cabeza, Las Murallas de Avila, &more). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hoces del Rio Duraton Natural Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande, contemplate the long history of Ermita de San Frutos, and explore the historical opulence of Chinchon Castle.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Madrid online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Porto de Galinhas to Madrid takes 12 hours. Traveling from Porto de Galinhas to Madrid, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Porto de Galinhas in March, expect Madrid to be much colder, temps between 17°C and 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Side Trips
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 18:

Slovakia travel guide

Landmarks · Castles · Monuments
Heart of Europe
A land of magnificent castles, untouched nature, and rich cultural heritage, Slovakia is a jewel in the heart of Europe that's waiting to be discovered. Larger cities such as Bratislava and Kosice feature historic architecture and offer numerous sightseeing opportunities and exciting art scenes, while the traditional villages are the perfect place to get acquainted with local customs. Some of the country's most popular tourist destinations are its numerous spa resorts, famous for their therapeutic properties, and a selection of wooden churches, many of which are World Heritage Sites. Those looking for nature's attractions can enjoy everything from the thick forests and snowy peaks of the Tatra Mountains, to one of Europe's largest concentrations of subterranean caves. The country's cuisine reflects its multi-cultural history and is a definite must-try.

North Holland Province travel guide

Art Museums · Specialty Museums · Nightlife

Ipojuca travel guide

Beaches · Reefs · Parks
Founded in the mid-16th century, Ipojuca offers a well-developed tourist infrastructure that includes a large number of trendy restaurants, elegant hotels, and pousadas (traditional guesthouses). Most visitors take a trip to Ipojuca to experience the area's renowned beaches, many of which feature shallow natural pools and shaded stretches of fine sand backed by modern resorts. In addition to lounging on beaches and swimming in reef-protected pools, popular things to do in Ipojuca include kayaking, canoeing, diving, and sailing. The area's top beaches also offer easy access to fine dining and lively nightlife, which adds to their appeal and draws a growing number of international hedonists.