23 days in France, Spain & Italy Itinerary

23 days in France, Spain & Italy Itinerary

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23 days in France, Spain & Italy Itinerary

Start: Nairobi, Kenya
Fly + Drive:  14 h
1
Rouen, France
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
5
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
6
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Nairobi, Kenya

2
nights
Rouen, France

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen and then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame de Bonsecours, get outside with Atelier Galerie du bord de Seine - Michele Ratel, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Fondation Claude Monet.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Rouen trip planner.

Nairobi, Kenya to Rouen is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Nairobi to Rouen, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Nairobi in May; daily highs in Rouen reach 20°C and lows reach 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Basilique Notre-Dame de Bonsecours, Fondation Claude Monet, Atelier galerie du bord de Seine
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Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Fondation Claude Monet ©
Fondation Claude Monet

3
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.
Paris is known for sightseeing, museums, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, and steep yourself in history at The Catacombs.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Rouen to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Paris, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for sightseeing, museums, parks, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museo Nacional del Prado, admire all the interesting features of Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor, and don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Madrid takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Paris in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Madrid, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

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.
Barcelona is known for sightseeing, parks, museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of La Sagrada Familia, appreciate the history behind Casa Batlló, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, and examine the collection at Casa Milà.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip builder.

Getting from Madrid to Barcelona by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Barcelona. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

3
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Venice is known for sightseeing, historic sites, nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, steep yourself in history at Squero di San Trovaso, browse the exhibits of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and make a trip to St. Mark's Square.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Venice vacation trip planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Venice in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. May in Venice sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Florence is known for sightseeing, museums, historic sites, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, see the interesting displays at Galleria dell'Accademia, and admire the striking features of The Baptistery of St. John.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Florence trip builder.

Take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Florence are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

4
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.
Rome is known for historic sites, sightseeing, museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, admire the masterpieces at Capitoline Museums, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome trip generator.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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