53 days in France, Spain & Italy Itinerary

53 days in France, Spain & Italy Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Rouen, France
— 3 nights
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Rennes, France
— 2 nights
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Nantes, France
— 4 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
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Bilbao, Spain
— 5 nights
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Salamanca, Spain
— 3 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
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Valencia, Spain
— 4 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
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Palermo, Italy
— 2 nights
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Cefalu, Italy
— 7 nights
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Rome, Italy
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Paris, France

Paris ©

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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris holiday builder website.

New York City, USA to Paris is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Paris is 6 hours. In May, Paris is a bit cooler than New York City - with highs of 64°F and lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rouen.

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Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

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Rouen, France

Rouen ©

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Get out of town with these interesting Rouen side-trips: Giverny (Fondation Claude Monet & Musee des impressionnismes), La Mer Pour Tous (in Fecamp) and Etretat (Falaises d'Etretat & Les Jardins d'Etretat). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, appreciate the history behind Gros-Horloge, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and don't miss a visit to Vieux Rouen.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rouen trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Rouen are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Rennes.

Things to do in Rouen

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

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La Mer Pour Tous ©
La Mer Pour Tous
Fondation Claude Monet ©
Fondation Claude Monet
Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat

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Rennes, France

Rennes ©
Many tour guides skip Rennes, a "City of Art and History," but that doesn't mean you should.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): soak in style at Awelys Spa Privatif, make a trip to Centre Historique de Rennes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, then make a trip to Portes Mordelaises, and finally stroll around Parc du Thabor. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the world of politics at Parlement de Bretagne, get to know the fascinating history of Les Remparts de Dinan, then don't miss a visit to Centre Historique, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Promenade du Clair de Lune.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rennes trip planning app.

Getting from Rouen to Rennes by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nantes.

Things to do in Rennes

Historic Sites · Spas · Baths · Parks

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Awelys Spa Privatif ©
Awelys Spa Privatif
Promenade du Clair de Lune
Promenade du Clair de Lune
Parc du Thabor ©
Parc du Thabor

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Nantes, France

Nantes ©

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Explore Nantes' surroundings by going to La Rochelle (Aquarium La Rochelle & Vieux Port) and Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Plantes.

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Getting from Rennes to Nantes by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May in Nantes, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Nantes

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

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Jardin des Plantes ©
Jardin des Plantes
Chateau de Villandry ©
Chateau de Villandry
Les Machines de L'ile ©
Les Machines de L'ile

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Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux ©

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
On the 29th (Sat), make a trip to The Water Mirror, then get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral, and finally do a tasting at Chateau de Reignac. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at La Grande Dune du Pilat.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Nantes to Bordeaux in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bilbao.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wineries

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Chateau de Reignac ©
Chateau de Reignac
Place de la Bourse ©
Place de la Bourse
La Grande Dune du Pilat
La Grande Dune du Pilat

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Bilbao, Spain

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bilbao: San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (in Bermeo) and San Sebastian - Donostia (Peine del Viento, Parte Vieja, &more). Dedicate the 2nd (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: get outside with San Mames Stadium, stop by La Queseria, get great views at El Balcon de Bizkaia, and snap pictures at Puente Zubizuri.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Bilbao online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Bilbao takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in May, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Salamanca.

Things to do in Bilbao

Parks · Tours · Wineries · Museums

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Wine Tours & Tastings
San Telmo Museoa ©
San Telmo Museoa
Peine del Viento ©
Peine del Viento

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Salamanca, Spain

Salamanca ©

Golden City

Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
On the 6th (Sun), appreciate the history behind Monumento a Alberto Churriguera y al Conde Francos, steep yourself in history at Universidad de Salamanca, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca, then steep yourself in history at New Cathedral (Catedral Nueva), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ieronimus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Puente Romano, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Convent (Convento de San Esteban), pause for some serene contemplation at Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja), then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco Casa Lis, and finally step into the grandiose world of Palacio de Monterrey.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Salamanca travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Bilbao to Salamanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Bilbao in June, you will find days in Salamanca are a bit warmer (82°F), and nights are little chillier (51°F). On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Madrid.

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Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca ©
Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca
Ieronimus ©
Ieronimus
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

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Madrid, Spain

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Venture out of the city with trips to Segovia (Alcazar of Segovia, Acueduct of Segovia, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, make a trip to Plaza Mayor, contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Madrid day trip planner.

Drive from Salamanca to Madrid in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Salamanca in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 61°F in Madrid. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can take a train to Valencia.

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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro

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Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Get out of town with these interesting Valencia side-trips: Casco antiguo de altea (in Altea) and Benidorm (Playa de Levante & El Casco Antiguo de Benidorm). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, get to know the resident critters at Bioparc Valencia, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market of Valencia, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Oceanografic Valencia.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Valencia road trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Valencia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Valencia can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Childrens Museums

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Bioparc Valencia ©
Bioparc Valencia
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias ©
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
Central Market of Valencia ©
Central Market of Valencia

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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lloret de Mar (Parish Church of Sant Roma, PlayVR Lloret, &more) and Tossa de Mar (Vila Vella (Old Town) & Diving & Combat). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, walk around Parc Guell, and make a trip to Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona route planning website.

Fly from Valencia to Barcelona in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Valencia in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Barcelona: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Palermo.

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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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Palermo, Italy

The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Explore Palermo's surroundings by going to Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro (in Castellammare del Golfo) and Duomo di Monreale (in Monreale). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Cattedrale di Palermo, steep yourself in history at Palazzo Conte Federico, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa Inferiore della Cappella Palatina, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

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You can fly from Barcelona to Palermo in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cefalu.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

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Food Tours
Cattedrale di Palermo ©
Cattedrale di Palermo
Palazzo Conte Federico ©
Palazzo Conte Federico

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Cefalu, Italy

Cefalu ©
Cefalù is a city and comune in the Province of Palermo, located on the northern coast of Sicily, Italy on the Tyrrhenian Sea about 70km east of the provincial capital and 185km west of Messina. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cefalu: Gole di Tiberio (in San Mauro Castelverde), Termini Imerese (Museo del Motorismo Siciliano e della Targa Florio di Termini Imerese & Scalinata di Via Roma) and Caccamo (Chiesa San Benedetto alla Badia & Castello di Caccamo). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 1st (Thu) at Acqua Verde. And it doesn't end there: take a pleasant ride with Sicily Horse Tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa San Pietro, explore the engaging exhibits at Museo Digitale al Bastione Innovazione Cibo Cultura, and wander the streets of Villaggio di Sant Ambrogio.

Plan trip to Cefalu with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Palermo to Cefalu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Cefalu

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Tours · Museums

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Sicily Horse Tours ©
Sicily Horse Tours
Duomo di Cefalu ©
Duomo di Cefalu

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Rome, Italy

Rome ©

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 3rd (Sat), make a trip to Spanish Steps, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, then admire the striking features of Pantheon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and finally contemplate the long history of Roman Forum. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome route planning site.

Getting from Cefalu to Rome by combination of train and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
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Trevi Fountain

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