31 days in France, Italy & Spain Itinerary

31 days in France, Italy & Spain Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly
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Nice, France
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Hyeres, France
— 4 nights
Fly
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nerja, Spain
— 3 nights
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Paris, France

— 4 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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, and admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary tool.

Ottawa, Canada to Paris is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Venice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Venice, Italy

— 2 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.
On the 6th (Fri), explore the galleries of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, then admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Venice trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Paris to Venice by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in August, expect Venice to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Florence, Italy

— 4 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 find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Siena (Centro Storico di Siena, Duomo di Siena, &more). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens, and take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence trip maker app.

Drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Rome, Italy

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, explore the galleries of Vatican Museums, and pause for some photo ops at La Pieta.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rome travel planner.

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. August in Rome sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Nice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Nice, France

— 4 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Venture out of the city with trips to Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins) and Antibes (Paddling in Antibes & Musee Picasso). Spend the 15th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's still lots to do: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville.

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Traveling by flight from Rome to Nice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Rome in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nice: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael, France

— 1 night
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
On the 19th (Thu), kick back and relax at Calanque de Maubois, then trek along Les Balcons du Cap Roux, then get some thrills on the water with TakSea, and finally look for gifts at Catalan Bougie.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Nice to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nice in August: highs in Saint-Raphael hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Hyeres, France

— 4 nights
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hyeres: Plage Notre Dame (in Porquerolles Island), Les Pipes de Cogolin - Courrieu (in Cogolin) and La Croix-Valmer (Heraclee Beach, Plage de Sylvabelle, &more). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Dune La Londe, kick back and relax at Plage de la Madrague, cool off at Aquavillage Parc, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hyeres trip builder.

Getting from Saint-Raphael to Hyeres by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Saint-Raphael in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hyeres: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Barcelona.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Barcelona, Spain

— 3 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.
Barcelona is known for historic sites, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, pick up some local products at La Boqueria, and get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona online vacation planner.

Getting from Hyeres to Barcelona by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Hyeres in August since evenings lows in Barcelona dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Beaches

Madrid, Spain

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, then hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Parque del Retiro, explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, and then examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

To find out how to plan a trip to Madrid, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Barcelona in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Madrid, with highs around 39°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nerja.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Nerja, Spain

— 3 nights
Nerja is a municipality on the Costa del Sol in the province of Málaga in the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain. Nerja is known for nature, beaches, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Playa de la Cala el Canuelo, explore the activities along Río Chíllar, take in the dramatic natural features at Cliffs of Maro Cerro Gordo, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nerja route maker app.

Getting from Madrid to Nerja by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nerja

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.

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.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
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.