18 days in Paris, Emilia-Romagna & Madrid Itinerary

18 days in Paris, Emilia-Romagna & Madrid Itinerary

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18 days in Paris, Emilia-Romagna & Madrid Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Bologna, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Ravenna, Italy
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Shuttle + Fly:  7 h 15 min
4
Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

5
nights
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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Paris travel itinerary planner .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in January, expect Paris to be colder, temps between 8°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bologna.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
Bologna, Italy

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Venture out of the city with trips to Acetaia Giuseppe Giusti (in Modena), Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Maranello) and Ferrara (Ferrara Cathedral, Palazzo Schifanoia (Palazzo della Gioia), & more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Torri degli Asinelli e Garisenda, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, steep yourself in history at Piazza Maggiore, and partake in some friendly competition at Secret Zone.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bologna trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Bologna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ravenna.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Ferrara, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Acetaia Giuseppe Giusti
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Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano ©
Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell ©
Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell
Basilica di San Petronio ©
Basilica di San Petronio

2
nights
Ravenna, Italy

Ravenna ©
Famous for its wealth of original mosaics, Ravenna is a hub of artistic and cultural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): browse the collection at Biblioteca Malatestiana, examine the collection at Palazzo Milzetti Museo Nazionale dell'eta Neoclassica in Romagna, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero Neoniano (Battistero degli Ortodossi), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica San Vitale, and finally don't miss a visit to Mausoleo di Galla Placidia. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe, appreciate the history behind Monumento alla Pace, do a tasting at Azienda Agricola Vignato Virgilio, then admire the landmark architecture of Loggetta Lombardesca, and finally steep yourself in history at Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ravenna tour itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Bologna to Ravenna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Ravenna can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Ravenna

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe, Biblioteca Malatestiana, Palazzo Milzetti Museo Nazionale dell'eta Neoclassica in Romagna
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Basilica San Vitale ©
Basilica San Vitale
Mausoleo di Galla Placidia ©
Mausoleo di Galla Placidia
Biblioteca Malatestiana ©
Biblioteca Malatestiana

5
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Step out of Madrid with an excursion to Catedral Primada in Toledo--about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Prado National Museum, hit the slopes at Puerto de Navacerrada – Estacion de Esqui, admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Mayor, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Madrid online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Ravenna to Madrid in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Catedral Primada
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

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