36 days in Spain, Italy & Bordeaux Itinerary

36 days in Spain, Italy & Bordeaux Itinerary

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Bordeaux, France
— 7 nights
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Bilbao, Spain
— 7 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 7 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 5 nights
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Rome, Italy
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Bordeaux, France

— 7 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Explore Bordeaux's surroundings by going to Chateau de Reignac (in Saint-Loubes), La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer) and Chateau de Bridoire (in Ribagnac). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St-Front, admire the striking features of Tour Pey-Berland, stroll through Réserve Ornithologique du Teich, and snap pictures at Pont de Pierre.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux travel route website.

Auckland, New Zealand to Bordeaux is an approximately 31-hour flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 11 hours traveling from Auckland to Bordeaux. When traveling from Auckland in August, plan for much warmer days in Bordeaux, with highs around 31°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Bilbao.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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Bilbao, Spain

— 7 nights

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Explore Bilbao's surroundings by going to Bodega Conde de los Andes (in Ollauri), San Sebastian - Donostia (Wine Tours & Tastings, Food Tours, &more) and RiojaNatura (in Santo Domingo de la Calzada). The adventure continues: stop by Lupita.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bilbao trip app.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Bilbao takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Bilbao are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Bilbao

Parks · Tours · Wineries · Zoos & Aquariums

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Barcelona, Spain

— 7 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 out of town with these interesting Barcelona side-trips: Tossa de Mar (Cala Futadera & Vila Vella (Old Town)). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, stroll through Playa de La Barceloneta, and pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Barcelona travel route builder.

Fly from Bilbao to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Bilbao in August, Barcelona is a bit warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Milan.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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Milan, Italy

— 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Milan: S. Giovanni Battista (in Varenna), Tremezzina (Villa del Balbianello & Villa Carlotta) and Verona (Torre dei Lamberti, Piazza delle Erbe, &more). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano, steep yourself in history at Forte Montecchio Nord, explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, and get your bearings at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Milan visit planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Milan in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Barcelona in September since evenings lows in Milan dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Rome.

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Rome, Italy

— 8 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Take a break from Rome with a short trip to Villa d'Este in Tivoli, about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, and make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Rome route maker app.

Traveling by flight from Milan to Rome takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

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Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
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.

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.