19 days in Spain, Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

19 days in Spain, Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Valencia, Spain
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Tram + Train:  5 h 45 min
3
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  12 h
End: Chicago, United States

5
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Appreciate the collections at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional and Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA. Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Vila Vella (Old Town) will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Barcelona: Tarragona (Muralla romana de Tarragona, Catedral Basilica Metropolitana Primada de Tarragona, &more), Scuba & Snorkeling (in Tossa de Mar) and Fenals Beach (in Lloret de Mar). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Las Ramblas, stroll around Parc Guell, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, and stop by El Born.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip planner.

Chicago, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 13.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Chicago to Barcelona. In May in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Tarragona, Tossa de Mar, Fenals Beach
Highlights from your plan
Fenals Beach ©
Fenals Beach
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)

4
nights
Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Shop till you drop at Central Market of Valencia and Mercado Colon. Popular historic sites such as La Lonja de la Seda and Chapel of the Holy Grail are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, examine the collection at Plaza de Toros de Valencia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Catalina Church (Iglesia de Santa Catalina), and take an in-depth tour of Centre Arqueològic de l'Almoina.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Valencia day trip planning site.

You can fly from Barcelona to Valencia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in May, expect nights in Valencia to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Valencia

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
La Lonja de la Seda ©
La Lonja de la Seda
Central Market of Valencia ©
Central Market of Valencia
L'Iber Museo de Los Soldaditos de Plomo ©
L'Iber Museo de Los Soldaditos de Plomo

5
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Piazza del Duomo and Campanile di Giotto. Let the collections at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Chiusdino (Eremo di Montesiepi & Abbazia di San Galgano), Bologna (Basilica di San Domenico, Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, &more) and Monteriggioni (Walls of Monteriggioni & Castello di Monteriggioni). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Santa Croce, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica San Miniato al Monte, and steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Florence route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Valencia to Florence takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Valencia in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Florence: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Bologna, Chiusdino, Monteriggioni
Highlights from your plan
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Abbazia di San Galgano ©
Abbazia di San Galgano
Piazza della Signoria ©
Piazza della Signoria

2
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.
Popular historic sites such as Cupola di San Pietro and Piazza Navona are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini and Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Venezia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, steep yourself in history at Colosseum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rome trip site.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June, daytime highs in Rome are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Cupola di San Pietro ©
Cupola di San Pietro
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 5th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Zurich visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Zurich takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Rome in June, expect Zurich to be little chillier, temps between 74°F and 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster

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