19 days in Spain, Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

19 days in Spain, Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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19 days in Spain, Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Valencia, Spain
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Tram + Train:  5 h 45 min
3
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  12 h
End: Chicago, United States

5
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.
Visit Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and El Barri Gòtic for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museu Picasso and Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA. Change things up with these side-trips from Barcelona: Tossa de Mar (Vila Vella (Old Town) & Scuba & Snorkeling), Fenals Beach (in Lloret de Mar) and Tarragona (Muralla romana de Tarragona, Catedral Basilica Metropolitana Primada de Tarragona, &more). There's much more to do: wander the streets of El Born, appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, see the interesting displays at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, and take in the exciting artwork at Villa del Arte Galleries.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona attractions tool .

Chicago, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Time (CET) is 7 hours. May in Barcelona sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Tarragona, Tossa de Mar, Fenals Beach
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El Born ©
El Born
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)

4
nights
Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Central Market of Valencia and Mercado Colon. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at La Lonja de la Seda and Basílica de la Mare de Déu dels Desemparats. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at L'Iber Museo de Los Soldaditos de Plomo, pause for some serene contemplation at Real Colegio Seminario de Corpus Christi, admire the striking features of Santa Catalina Church (Iglesia de Santa Catalina), and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Valencia online trip planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Valencia in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in May, you will find days in Valencia are a bit warmer (77°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Valencia

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Central Market of Valencia ©
Central Market of Valencia
La Lonja de la Seda ©
La Lonja de la Seda
L'Iber Museo de Los Soldaditos de Plomo ©

5
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Sinagoga di Firenze e Museo ebraico. Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Abbazia di San Galgano. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Monteriggioni (Walls of Monteriggioni & Castello di Monteriggioni), Eremo di Montesiepi (in Chiusdino) and Bologna (Basilica di San Domenico, Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, &more). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, and take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Florence travel route planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Valencia to Florence in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. When traveling from Valencia in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Florence: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Bologna, Monteriggioni, Chiusdino
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Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Abbazia di San Galgano ©
Abbazia di San Galgano
Piazza della Signoria ©
Piazza della Signoria

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.
Let the collections at Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini and Soqquadro APS capture your imagination. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cupola di San Pietro and Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, explore the different monuments and memorials at Vatican Necropolis, explore the galleries of Welcome to Rome, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Venezia.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rome trip builder site.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Vatican City
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Cupola di San Pietro ©
Cupola di San Pietro

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster and then admire the landmark architecture of Fraumünster Church.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich travel planner.

You can fly from Rome to Zurich in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Rome in June: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 74°F and lows are around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites
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Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster

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