15 days in Portugal, Reykjavik & Spain Itinerary

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Reykjavik, Iceland
— 5 nights
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Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Reykjavik, Iceland — 5 nights

Visiting Gullfoss Falls and Dive Iceland - Diving and Snorkeling in Iceland - Day Tours will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hallgrimskirkja and National Museum of Iceland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Reykjavik: Blesi (in Geysir), Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir) and Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall (in Hella). Spend the 23rd (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, wander the streets of Laugavegur, see Off-Road Tours, and pause for some photo ops at Sun Voyager.

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Washington DC, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Reykjavik is 5 hours. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in October: highs in Reykjavik hover around 46°F, while lows dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to fly to Porto.
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Porto, Portugal — 2 nights

Unvanquished City

Get some cultural insight at Palacio da Bolsa and Ribeira do Porto. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Livraria Lello and Mercado do Bolhao. Dedicate the 29th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, explore the activities along Douro River, learn about winemaking at Porto Calem, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

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Traveling by flight from Reykjavik to Porto takes 10 hours. When traveling from Reykjavik in October, plan for much warmer days in Porto, with highs around 72°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, take a stroll through Avenida da Liberdade, then take a stroll through Rossio Square, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

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Traveling by flight from Porto to Lisbon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Lisbon are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to fly to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Mercado San Miguel and Gran Via. Prado National Museum and Parque del Retiro are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Parque Natural Hayedo de Tejera Negra in Cantalojas (about 2 hours away). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, and look for gifts at Real Fabrica.

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Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Madrid takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Lisbon in November: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 59°F and lows are around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Iceland travel guide

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Spas · Waterfalls · Churches
Land of Fire and Ice
Experience the drama of this mountainous island in the North Atlantic, from glacial rivers to rushing waterfalls and geothermal hot spots. Iceland's cities, like its capital Reykjavik, are home to passionate natives who honor their Icelandic culture and history. Venture from the cities to experience the country's most powerful attraction: its breathtaking landscapes. Take a trip to one of the island's renowned national parks, see the effects of volcanic activity, and go for a dip in one of its many lakes. A haven for outdoor recreation, you can glacier hike, whitewater raft, and swim in natural pools.
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Portugal travel guide

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Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.
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Spain travel guide

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A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.
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