22 days in Italy, Spain & France Itinerary

22 days in Italy, Spain & France Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
4
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pau, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lourdes, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 1 night
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Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then delve into the distant past at Pantheon, then ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and finally contemplate the long history of Roman Forum. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, then enjoy breathtaking views from Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, and finally steep yourself in history at Colosseum.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rome trip planner.

Fort Lauderdale, USA to Rome is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Fort Lauderdale in September, with highs in Rome at 32°C and lows at 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Attractions like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Florence Academy of Fine Arts make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Croce, admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Florence road trip planning site.

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 1 night

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the activities along Canal Grande, admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, and finally make a trip to Basilica di San Marco.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Venice trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Florence to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 2 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
On the 21st (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Tecla, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano, and finally contemplate the long history of Castello Sforzesco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then find something for the whole family at Leolandia, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Il Cenacolo.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Milan tour itinerary planning site.

Drive from Venice to Milan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Milan are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, make a trip to Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Amatller. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): walk around Parc Guell, then take a stroll through Las Ramblas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, and finally walk around Ciutadella Park.

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Traveling by flight from Milan to Barcelona takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Milan in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Barcelona. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Palma de Mallorca.
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Palma de Mallorca, Spain — 2 nights

Cultural Capital of the Balearic Islands

Majorca, or Mallorca, is largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Mallorca, meet the residents at Palma Aquarium, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Platja d'es Trenc. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Alcudia Old Town, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Muro, and then explore the historical opulence of Castell de Bellver.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Palma de Mallorca trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Palma de Mallorca takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Attractions like Prado National Museum and Plaza Mayor make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, pause for some serene contemplation at Royal Chapel of St. Anthony of La Florida, and explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Madrid itinerary website.

You can fly from Palma de Mallorca to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In September in Madrid, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Pau.
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Pau, France — 2 nights

Royal City

On the northern edge of the Pyrénées, Pau is the perfect base to explore the mountains and ride the Funiculaire de Pau, a unique historic funicular railway that links the city center and Boulevard des Pyrénées to the railway station Gare de Pau.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Boulevard des Pyrenees, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Martin, then step into the grandiose world of Château de Pau, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Jacques. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Le Chateau des Enigmes and then admire the masterpieces at Musee Serbat.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Pau journey site.

You can drive from Madrid to Pau in 6.5 hours. When traveling from Madrid in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Pau, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Lourdes.
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Lourdes, France — 2 nights

Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes and then see the sky in a new way at Pic Du Midi. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Chateau Fort of Lourdes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grotte de Massabielle, and then meet the residents at Parc Animalier Des Pyrenees.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Lourdes vacation maker tool.

Getting from Pau to Lourdes by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. October in Lourdes sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can fly to Paris.
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Paris, France — 1 night

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Paris itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Lourdes to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Lourdes in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.
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Spain travel guide

4.5
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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France travel guide

4.3
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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