37 days in France, Spain & Italy Itinerary

37 days in France, Spain & Italy Itinerary

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Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
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Bilbao, Spain
— 2 nights
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Jaca, Spain
— 1 night
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Carcassonne, France
— 2 nights
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Le Somail, France
— 2 nights
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Montpellier, France
— 4 nights
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Nice, France
— 6 nights
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 1 night
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Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 8 nights

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Bordeaux, France

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): head outdoors with Libr'et'sens, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, then don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, and finally admire the striking features of Tour Pey-Berland. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at La Cite du Vin, do a tasting at Chateau de Reignac, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Bordeaux vacation planner.

If you are flying in from New Zealand, the closest major aiports are Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport, Bergerac-Roumanière Airport and La Rochelle-Île de Ré Airport. In August in Bordeaux, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bilbao.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Outdoors

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): experience the excitement of La Ribera Market, explore the striking landscape at San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, and then get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Plaza Moyua, explore the world behind art at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and then explore the world behind art at Bilbao Fine Arts Museum.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bilbao trip planning website.

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. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Jaca.

Things to do in Bilbao

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

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Jaca, Spain

— 1 night
Jaca is a city of northeastern Spain in the province of Huesca, located near the Pyrenees and the border with France. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at Ciudadela De Jaca and then don't miss a visit to San Juan de la Peña.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaca attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Bilbao to Jaca takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Barcelona.

Things to do in Jaca

Museums · Historic Sites
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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.
Barcelona is known for historic sites, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, wander the streets of Las Ramblas, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, and make a trip to Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Jaca to Barcelona takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Beaches
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Carcassonne, France

— 2 nights

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Chateaux de Lastours and then examine the collection at Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de la Cavayere, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and then get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne.

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Drive from Barcelona to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Carcassonne when traveling from Barcelona in August, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Le Somail.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

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Le Somail, France

— 2 nights
Explore Le Somail's surroundings by going to Mons (Terre Liquide & Gorges d'Heric) and Minerve (Musee Hurepel, Le site cathare de Minerve, &more).

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Le Somail day trip site.

Drive from Carcassonne to Le Somail in an hour. August in Le Somail sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Montpellier.

Things to do in Le Somail

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Wildlife

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Montpellier, France

— 4 nights
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Change things up with these side-trips from Montpellier: La Maison Carree (in Nimes), Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard) and Avignon (Musee Calvet, Palais des Papes, &more). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at AviaSim Montpellier, admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and make a trip to Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Montpellier travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Le Somail to Montpellier takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Montpellier can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Montpellier

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Theme Parks

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Nice, France

— 6 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Musee Picasso (in Antibes) and Cannes (Rue d'Antibes, Le Suquet, &more). There's much more to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, stop by Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Nice trip builder site.

You can drive from Montpellier to Nice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Montpellier in September, Nice is a bit warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

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Cinque Terre, Italy

— 1 night

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Castello Doria, tour the pleasant surroundings at Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, and then get into the urban bustle at Vernazza.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cinque Terre travel route planner.

Getting from Nice to Cinque Terre by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Cinque Terre, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Milan.

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Milan, Italy

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tremezzina (Villa del Balbianello & Villa Carlotta). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, steep yourself in history at Il Cenacolo, explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Milan tour planning tool.

You can drive from Cinque Terre to Milan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Rome.

Things to do in Milan

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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.
Explore Rome's surroundings by going to Tivoli (Villa Adriana & Villa d'Este). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, explore the galleries of Vatican Museums, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Rome trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Milan to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. September in Rome sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

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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.

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.