17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  13 h
1
Madrid
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
2
Toledo
— 1 night
+2
Train + Subway + Train:  3 h 30 min
3
Segovia
— 1 night
+2
Train + Subway + Train:  3 h 30 min
4
Cordoba
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
5
Seville
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
6
Malaga
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h
7
Granada
— 1 night
bus and train:  10 h
8
Valencia
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
9
Barcelona
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
10
Montserrat
— 1 day
Train:  30 min
11
Barcelona
— 3 nights
Fly:  17 h
End: San Diego

2
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Puerta de Alcala, Prado National Museum, Mercado San Miguel, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid day trip planner.

San Diego, USA to Madrid is an approximately 17.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Diego to Madrid. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from San Diego in October; daily highs in Madrid reach 73°F and lows reach 53°F. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Sat) before leaving for Toledo.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Parks Shopping
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

1
night
Toledo

Toledo ©
Toledo is a World Heritage Site that embodies the complex cultural history of Spain while remaining a forward-moving, modern city.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Museo de Santa Cruz as well as Plaza De Zocodover. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Plaza De Zocodover, explore the world behind art at Museo de Santa Cruz, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Primada, then see the interesting displays at Museo del Greco, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, and finally make a trip to Mirador del Valle.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Toledo online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Toledo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 53°F. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Segovia.

Things to do in Toledo

Historic Sites Museums
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Catedral Primada ©
Catedral Primada
Museo del Greco ©
Museo del Greco
Museo de Santa Cruz ©
Museo de Santa Cruz

1
night
Segovia

Segovia ©
As one of Spain’s most well-preserved medieval cities, Segovia is known for its 1st-century Roman aqueduct that runs through the city center.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Alcazar of Segovia as well as Catedral de Segovia. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Acueduct of Segovia, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de Segovia, and finally learn about all things military at Alcazar of Segovia.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Segovia trip planner.

Traveling by car from Toledo to Segovia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Toledo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Segovia, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 54°F. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Cordoba.

Things to do in Segovia

Museums Historic Sites
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Catedral de Segovia ©
Catedral de Segovia
Acueduct of Segovia ©
Acueduct of Segovia
Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia

1
night
Cordoba

Cordoba ©
Andalucía’s thousand-year-old city, Córdoba, was once the capital of both the Roman Empire and the Moorish Kingdom, representing an alluring mix of cultural and political history.
Calleja de las Flores has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, make a trip to Historic Centre of Cordoba, snap pictures at Roman Bridge, then visit Jewish Quarter (Juderia), and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Calleja de las Flores.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cordoba trip itinerary planning website.

You can take a train from Segovia to Cordoba in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Segovia in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cordoba: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 57°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Tue) before leaving for Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)
Historic Centre of Cordoba ©
Historic Centre of Cordoba

1
night
Seville

Seville ©
A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Plaza de España as well as Torre del Oro. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Plaza de España, contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla, then admire the striking features of Torre del Oro, and finally take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz.

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

You can take a train from Cordoba to Seville in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 61°F. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Malaga.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

1
night
Malaga

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Plaza de la Marina as well as Mercado Central de Atarazanas. On the 10th (Wed), shop like a local with Mercado Central de Atarazanas, steep yourself in history at Malaga Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Alcazaba, then steep yourself in history at Castillo de Gibralfaro, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Marina.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Malaga road trip planning app.

Getting from Seville to Malaga by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Malaga are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Granada.

Things to do in Malaga

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Alcazaba ©
Alcazaba
Castillo de Gibralfaro ©
Castillo de Gibralfaro
Malaga Cathedral ©
Malaga Cathedral

1
night
Granada

Granada ©
Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Albayzin, Mirador de San Nicolas and Plaza Nueva. On the 11th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Plaza Nueva, contemplate the long history of Mirador de San Nicolas, and then take a stroll through Albayzin.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Granada trip planner.

Getting from Malaga to Granada by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Malaga in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Granada, with lows around 54°F. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Valencia.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Albayzin ©
Albayzin
Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas

2
nights
Valencia

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Valencia tour itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Granada to Valencia in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. October in Valencia sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 59°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Sun) before leaving for Barcelona.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias ©
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
Central Market of Valencia ©
Central Market of Valencia
Valencia Cathedral ©
Valencia Cathedral

2
nights
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Placa Reial, Mercat del Art de la Placa de Sant Josep Oriol, Arc de Triomf, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): make a trip to Plaza de Cataluna, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercat del Art de la Placa de Sant Josep Oriol, then don't miss a visit to Placa Reial, and finally pause for some photo ops at Mirador de Colom.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip maker website.

Fly from Valencia to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Valencia in October, expect nights in Barcelona to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are little chillier, around 73°F. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Montserrat.

Things to do in Barcelona

Shopping Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

1
day
Montserrat

Montserrat ©
You've now added Funicular de Sant Joan to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): enjoy the views from Funicular de Sant Joan, examine the collection at Montserrat Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Montserrat tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Montserrat takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 55°F in Montserrat. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Montserrat

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Funicular de Sant Joan ©
Funicular de Sant Joan
Colonia Guell  Gaudi Crypt ©
Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt
Montserrat Museum ©
Montserrat Museum

3
nights
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Basilica de Santa Maria del Pi. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Santa Maria del Pi, wander the streets of Las Ramblas, then don't miss a visit to The Magic Fountain, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Amatller. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral and then admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Barcelona trip planner.

You can take a train from Montserrat to Barcelona in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. On the 19th (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Las Ramblas ©
Las Ramblas
Museu Picasso ©
Museu Picasso

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