11 days in Kuala Lumpur, Barcelona & Lisbon Itinerary

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 1 night
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — 1 night

Garden City of Lights

A holiday in Kuala Lumpur, a modern metropolis and capital of Malaysia, reveals a place where colonial influences, Asian traditions, and modern aesthetics come together in urban architecture and street layout.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): explore the world behind art at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, then Head underground at Batu Caves, then go for a walk through KLCC - Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway, and finally shop like a local with BB Park Bukit Bintang. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at Central Market Kuala Lumpur, then browse the different shops at Pavilion KL, and then admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kuala Lumpur online day trip planner.

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major aiports are Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah International Airport. December in Kuala Lumpur sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 3 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Get some historical perspective at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia and Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic). Casa Batllo and Parc Guell are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, see where the action happens at Camp Nou, don't miss a visit to Palau Guell, and shop like a local with Passeig de Gracia.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona travel route website.

You can fly from Kuala Lumpur to Barcelona in 18 hours. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December; daily highs in Barcelona reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can fly to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 4 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Quinta da Regaleira. Get some historical perspective at Castelo de S. Jorge and Avenida da Liberdade. When in Lisbon, make a side trip to see Park and National Palace of Pena in Sintra, approximately Sintra away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Belém Tower, look for gifts at Rita Salazar Store, stop by Chiado, and take a stroll through Alfama.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lisbon trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Barcelona to Lisbon by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon. In December, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
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