51 days in Italy, France & Spain Itinerary

51 days in Italy, France & Spain Itinerary

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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
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Montecarlo, Italy
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 5 nights
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Cannes, France
— 4 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 6 nights
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Granada, Spain
— 3 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
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Valencia, Spain
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy

— 3 nights

City of Romance

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari and Cannaregio. Escape the urban bustle at Canal Grande and Lido. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Scuola Grande di San Rocco, take a stroll through Dorsoduro, buy something for everyone on your list at T Fondaco Dei Tedeschi, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Venice trip site.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Venice is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Venice, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Venice when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in July, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Montecarlo.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Montecarlo, Italy

— 3 nights
Montecarlo is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Lucca in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 50km west of Florence and about 12km east of Lucca. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Centro Storico Montecarlo and Santuario dei Santi Pellegrino e Bianco. Get some historical perspective at Centro Storico di Buggiano and Chiesa di San Piero in Campo. Get out of town with these interesting Montecarlo side-trips: Podere Concori (in Gallicano) and Museo Etnografico Don Luigi Pellegrini (in San Pellegrino In Alpe). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Fattoria del Teso, take in the awesome beauty at Altopiano delle Pizzorne, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Jacopo.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Montecarlo tour planning app.

Drive from Venice to Montecarlo in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Montecarlo

Wineries · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Rome, Italy

— 6 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Colosseum and Pantheon will appeal to history buffs. St. Peter's Basilica and Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Villa d'Este in Tivoli (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, admire the landmark architecture of Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and steep yourself in history at Villa Borghese.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Rome itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Montecarlo to Rome in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Florence, Italy

— 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Piazza del Duomo and Centro Storico. Popular historic sites such as The Baptistery of St. John and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, get interesting insight from Tours, pause for some photo ops at Loggia dei Lanzi, and snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence travel planner.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Florence, with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Milan, Italy

— 5 nights

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.
Popular historic sites such as Duomo di Milano and Piazza del Duomo are in your itinerary. Castello Sforzesco and Basilica di San Giulio are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Milan: Bergamo (Cappella Colleoni, Campanone o Torre Civica, &more) and Orta San Giulio (Piazza Motta & Sacro Monte di Orta). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, take a stroll through Brera District, and see the interesting displays at Museo del Novecento.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Milan holiday planner.

Getting from Florence to Milan by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. July in Milan sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cannes, France

— 4 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Get a sense of the local culture at La cité médiévale and Promenade Le Corbusier. Le Suquet and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Ville medieval (in Vence), Eze (Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze & The Church of Èze) and Cagnes-sur-Mer (Musee Renoir & Haut de Cagnes). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Clock Tower of Notre-Dame de l'Esperance, stroll the grounds of Cemetery of the Old Chateau, browse the exhibits of Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cannes trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Milan to Cannes in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Barcelona, Spain

— 6 nights

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Girona Cathedral (Catedral). Shop till you drop at La Boqueria and Galeria La Lesia. Explore Barcelona's surroundings by going to Tarragona (Muralla romana de Tarragona, Circ Roma, &more), Fundacio Mona, Centre de Recuperacio de Primats (in Riudellots de la Selva) and Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona (in Castelldefels). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Fenals Beach, take a memorable tour with Tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Templo del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, and wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Cannes to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Barcelona when traveling from Cannes in August, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Granada.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Granada, Spain

— 3 nights

Pearl of Spain

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 inner history buff will appreciate Mirador de San Nicolas and Court of the Lions. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nasrid Palaces and La Madraza. And it doesn't end there: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Jerome Monastery, steep yourself in history at Archive Saint John of God Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de San Juan de Dios.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Granada driving holiday planning app.

Getting from Barcelona to Granada by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in August, you will find days in Granada are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are a bit cooler (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Museums · Adventure · Tours

Madrid, Spain

— 5 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Wine Tours & Tastings and Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes. Visit Royal Palace of Madrid and Catedral de Sta Maria la Real de la Almudena for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Madrid: Toledo (Puerta de Bisagra, MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo, &more). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, and shop like a local with Mercado de San Antón.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Madrid online day trip planner.

You can fly from Granada to Madrid in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Madrid can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Valencia.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trip

Valencia, Spain

— 3 nights

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
For shopping fun, head to Central Market of Valencia or Mercado Colon. Get a sense of the local culture at Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias and La Lonja de la Seda. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Valencia: Playa de Xeraco (in Xeraco) and Gandia (Museu Faller of Gandia & Le Petit Hammam Gandia). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Valencia Cathedral, get a taste of the local shopping with Botique Museo Lladro, take an in-depth tour of Centre Arqueològic de l'Almoina, and pause for some serene contemplation at Real Colegio Seminario de Corpus Christi.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Valencia online journey maker.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Valencia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Madrid, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Valencia, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 6 nights

City of Light

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.
Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. Venture out of the city with trips to Cathedrale Saint-Pierre (in Beauvais), Rouen (Rue du Gros-Horloge, Gros-Horloge, &more) and Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis (in Saint-Denis). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis, stroll the grounds of Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, and examine the collection at Musee Rodin.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Paris online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Valencia to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Valencia in August, with highs in Paris at 29°C and lows at 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Italy travel guide

4.6
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.

France travel guide

4.3
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.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.