17 days in France, Italy & Barcelona Itinerary

17 days in France, Italy & Barcelona Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Detroit, United States
Bus + Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Marseille, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Toulon, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Genoa, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Milan, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Detroit, United States


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3
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): walk around Parc Guell, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and finally make a trip to Casa Batllo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona online road trip planner.

Detroit, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 15- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, car, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Detroit to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Barcelona when traveling from Detroit in May, with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Barcelona

Tours Transportation Outdoors
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Photography Tours
Walking tours
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

3
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and St. Vincent de Paul Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Distillerie A. Blachere (in Chateauneuf-du-Pape), Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Avignon (Palais des Papes, Pont d'Avignon, &more). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, head outdoors with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, and stroll through Colline Saint-Eutrope.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Marseille holiday builder website.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Marseille takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Toulon.

Things to do in Marseille

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Avignon, Distillerie A. Blachere, Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, Colline Saint-Eutrope, Carrieres des Lumieres
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cathédrale La Major ©
Cathédrale La Major

2
nights
Toulon, France

Toulon ©
Toulon is a city in southern France and a large military harbour on the Mediterranean coast, with a major French naval base. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): wander the streets of Le Village du Mourillon, then learn more about the world around you at Museum Dpartemental du Var, then get to know the fascinating history of Rade de Toulon, and finally pause for some photo ops at Partie de Cartes de Raimu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): get outside with Le Sentier du Littoral, make a trip to Chapelle Notre-Dame-Du-Cap-Falcon, then enjoy the sand and surf at Anse Magaud, then stroll around Parc St Bernard, and finally stroll through Sentier du Littoral de la Presqu'ile de Giens.

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

Getting from Marseille to Toulon by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Toulon can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Genoa.

Things to do in Toulon

Outdoors Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Hyeres
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Anse Magaud ©
Anse Magaud
Rade de Toulon ©
Rade de Toulon
Partie de Cartes de Raimu ©
Partie de Cartes de Raimu

3
nights
Genoa, Italy

Genoa ©
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello, then make a trip to Chiesa Di San Donato, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium of Genoa, and finally stroll around Parco Regionale dell'Aveto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Hike the Punta Manara, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato, explore the historical opulence of D'Albertis Castle, then admire the masterpieces at Palazzo Ducale, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa del Gesu e dei Santi Ambrogio e Andrea, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Genoa tour itinerary maker website.

Drive from Toulon to Genoa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Genoa, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Genoa

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Hike the Punta Manara, Parco Regionale dell'Aveto
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Aquarium of Genoa ©
Aquarium of Genoa
Palazzo Ducale ©
Palazzo Ducale
Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato ©

4
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Villa del Balbianello and Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore. Get out of town with these interesting Milan side-trips: Villa Carlotta (in Tremezzina), Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto (in Verbania) and Lake Orta (in Orta San Giulio). There's lots more to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, walk around Sempione Park, and make a trip to Piazza Gae Aulenti.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Milan tour planner.

Getting from Genoa to Milan by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In May in Milan, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Parks Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Tremezzina, Verona, Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto, Lake Orta
Highlights from your plan
Villa del Balbianello ©
Villa del Balbianello
Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore ©
Walking tours

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