8 days in Bilbao, Lisbon & Geneva Itinerary

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Bilbao, Spain
— 2 nights
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights


Bilbao, Spain — 2 nights

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): examine the collection at Cristobal Balenciaga Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Salvador, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Itzurun, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo del Ferrocarril. Here are some ideas for day two: expand your understanding of the military at Castillo de la Mota, enjoy the sand and surf at La Concha Beach, step into the grandiose world of Miramar Palace, enjoy the sand and surf at Ondarreta Beach, then kick back and relax at Playa de Zarautz, and finally browse the exhibits of Lili Jauregia - Palacio LIli.

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Bristol, UK to Bilbao is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Bristol to Bilbao is 1 hour. In April in Bilbao, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to fly to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Palácio Nacional da Ajuda. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museu Nacional do Azulejo and National Coach Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Sintra National Palace) and Praia do Tamariz (in Estoril). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, take a stroll through Alfama, and get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum.

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Fly from Bilbao to Lisbon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. May in Lisbon sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Geneva.
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Geneva, Switzerland — 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
On the 5th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Port-Choiseul. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Vieux-Carouge, get a new perspective on nature at MEG Musee d’ethnographie de Geneve, get great views at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, then view the masterpieces at MB&F M.A.D.Gallery, then examine the collection at Fondation Baur, Musee des Arts d’Extreme-Orient, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Bains des Paquis.

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Getting from Lisbon to Geneva by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lisbon to Geneva, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lisbon in May: high temperatures in Geneva hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can fly back home.
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