16 days in Spain, Italy & France Itinerary

16 days in Spain, Italy & France Itinerary

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16 days in Spain, Italy & France Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Seattle, United States

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Mirador del Valle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Madrid: Alcazar of Segovia (in Segovia), Hoces del Rio Duraton Natural Park (in Sepulveda) and Casco Historico de Toledo (in Toledo). And it doesn't end there: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, steep yourself in history at Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande, and explore the ancient world of The Walls of Avila.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Madrid trip site .

Seattle, USA to Madrid is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time is 9 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Seattle in July, with highs in Madrid at 94°F and lows at 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Toledo, Hoces del Rio Duraton Natural Park, Alcazar of Segovia, The Walls of Avila
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Food Tours
Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia

3
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vila Vella (Old Town) and Platja del Coco. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Barcelona: Fenals Beach (in Lloret de Mar) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Tossa de Mar). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, stop by El Barri Gòtic, walk around Parc Guell, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona tour planner.

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in July, you will find days in Barcelona are a bit cooler (84°F), and nights are about the same (71°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Tossa de Mar, Platja del Coco, Fenals Beach
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Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Fenals Beach ©
Fenals Beach

2
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 14th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli, don't miss a visit to Cupola di San Pietro, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, then pause for some photo ops at La Pieta, then explore the ancient world of Pantheon, and finally admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls, contemplate the long history of Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura, then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rome itinerary planner.

Fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. July in Rome sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 70°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
La Pieta ©
La Pieta

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Explore hidden gems such as Piazza del Duomo and Walking tours. Change things up with a short trip to Canyon Park in Bagni di Lucca (about 1h 20 min away). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Florence road trip planning app .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in July, Florence is little chillier at night with lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trip

Canyon Park
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico

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Paris, France

Paris
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 19th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Chateau de Fontainebleau, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Tuileries. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orléans Cathedral, explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, and then make a trip to Ile Saint-Louis.

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Traveling by flight from Florence to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, Paris is a bit cooler than Florence - with highs of 79°F and lows of 60°F. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Orléans Cathedral, Chateau de Fontainebleau
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Chateau de Fontainebleau
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

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