18 days in Italy, France & Barcelona Itinerary

18 days in Italy, France & Barcelona Itinerary

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Fly
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Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
Drive
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Avignon, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Portofino, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Varenna, Italy
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain

Jewel of the Mediterranean

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 parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, and make a trip to The Magic Fountain.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona trip itinerary planning website.

Newark, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Newark to Barcelona. August in Barcelona sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Museums

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Avignon, France

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Take a break from Avignon with a short trip to Carrieres des Lumieres in Les Baux de Provence, about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, make a trip to Place de l'Horloge, take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, and explore the world behind art at Musee du Petit Palais.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Avignon route planner.

You can drive from Barcelona to Avignon in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Avignon when traveling from Barcelona in August, with lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Museums

Side Trip

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Nice, France

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Step out of Nice with an excursion to Eglise de Biot in Biot--about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at Marineland, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, stroll through Castel Plage, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Nice trip app.

You can drive from Avignon to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in August, expect nights in Nice to be a bit warmer, around 71°F, while days are slightly colder, around 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Portofino.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Portofino, Italy

Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take in the waterfront activity at Marina di Portofino, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, head outdoors with Pietra di Luna, then see the interesting displays at Tessitura Artigiana Giuseppe Gaggioli, then identify plant and animal life at Area Marina Protetta Portofino, and finally view the masterpieces at Galleria d'Arte Portofino. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Oratorio di Nostra Signora Assunta, don't miss a visit to Piazza Martiri Dell'Olivetta, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Giorgio, then visit a coastal fixture at Faro di Portofino, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello Brown.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Portofino itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nice to Portofino in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in September, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Portofino

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Milan, Italy

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
On the 5th (Sat), buy something for everyone on your list at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then make a trip to Piazza del Duomo, and finally steep yourself in history at Castello Sforzesco.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Milan online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Portofino to Milan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Portofino in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Milan, with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Varenna.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Shopping

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Varenna, Italy

Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. On the 6th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa dei Santi Nazaro e Celso, take in breathtaking views at Orrido di Bellano, admire the natural beauty at Il Giardino Botanico - Hotel Villa Cipressi, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Monastero, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at S. Giovanni Battista, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di S. Leonardo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Giacomo, then admire the landmark architecture of I Giardini di Villa Melzi, and finally stroll around La Punta Spartivento.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Varenna trip planning site.

Drive from Milan to Varenna in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Varenna

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

France travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Lake Como travel guide

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Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."