16 days in France, Spain & Italy Itinerary

16 days in France, Spain & Italy Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
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Vatican City, Italy
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Rome, Italy
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Paris, France

— 3 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.
Head to Le Marais and Champs-Elyseesfor plenty of shopping. You'll explore and learn at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, contemplate the long history of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, and step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip maker app.

New York City, USA to Paris is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also fly. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Paris due to the time zone difference. In October, Paris is a bit cooler than New York City - with highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Madrid, Spain

— 1 night

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, take a stroll through Barrio de Salamanca, and then walk around Parque del Retiro. On the next day, make a trip to Gran Via, contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, and finally contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid online road trip 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 October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Barcelona, Spain

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, then make a trip to Passeig de Gracia, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, then admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then stop by Cellarer, and finally stroll through Playa de La Barceloneta.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona planner.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Barcelona takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Barcelona, with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Barcelona

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Beaches

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.
You'll explore and learn at Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Florence Academy of Fine Arts. Get some cultural insight at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Pitti Palace. Take a break from Florence with a short trip to Castello di Verrazzano in Greve in Chianti, about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, stop by L'Arte dei Ciompi, hunt for treasures at Mercato Centrale, and steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Florence day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Barcelona to Florence in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Florence, with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, then take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, then explore the activities along Canal Grande, then make a trip to Basilica di San Marco, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Florence to Venice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Florence in October: highs in Venice hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Vatican City.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Vatican City, Italy

City of Seven Hills

Covering 44 hectares (110 acres) in the city center of Rome, the wall-enclosed sovereign state of Vatican City is one of the most famous religious sites worldwide, serving as the papal residence and home of the Roman Catholic church.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cupola di San Pietro, then pause for some photo ops at La Pieta, and then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Vatican City road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Vatican City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Venice, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Vatican City, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Rome.

Things to do in Vatican City

Historic Sites

Rome, Italy

— 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Roman Forum. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Via Condotti, then don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and finally contemplate the long history of Colosseum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rome tour planner.

Rome is just a stone's throw from Vatican City. In October, daytime highs in Rome are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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 · Landmarks · Architectural Buildings
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.

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.