15 days in Spain, Italy & France Itinerary

15 days in Spain, Italy & France Itinerary

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15 days in Spain, Italy & France Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  10 h 30 min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
6
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  10 h 30 min
End: Toronto, Canada

1
night
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia as well as National Archaeological Museum of Spain. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum of Spain, explore the world behind art at Museo Sorolla, get engrossed in the history at Naval Museum, then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and finally enjoy some music at La Casa Encendida. On the next day, examine the collection at Prado National Museum, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, then wander the streets of Gran Via, and finally explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Madrid online trip itinerary planner .

Toronto, Canada to Madrid is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. While traveling from Toronto, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Madrid, ranging from highs of 12°C to lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Naval Museum ©
Naval Museum
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

1
night
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Free Walking Tours Barcelona.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona route planning website .

Getting from Madrid to Barcelona by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Madrid in January; daily highs in Barcelona reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Ciutat Vella ©
Ciutat Vella
Galeria La Lesia ©
Galeria La Lesia

3
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.
Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica will appeal to history buffs. Vatican Museums and Welcome to Rome will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Pantheon, don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rome driving holiday planning app .

You can fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Barcelona in January since evenings lows in Rome dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get some cultural insight at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and The Baptistery of St. John. Popular historic sites such as Campanile di Giotto and L’importuno di Michelangelo are in your itinerary. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida) and Siena (Azienda Agricola La Lastra & Nature & Wildlife Tours). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and take in the views from Ponte Vecchio.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Florence sightseeing planner .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Florence are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Wineries Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Siena, Castello del Trebbio
Highlights from your plan
Castello del Trebbio ©
Castello del Trebbio
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria dei Miracoli. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Doge's Palace, browse the exhibits of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, wander the streets of Cannaregio, then wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Venice journey planning app .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Florence in January, with highs in Venice at 9°C and lows at 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Get outdoors at Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis. Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Paris holiday planning tool .

Fly from Venice to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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