36 days in Spain, France & Italy Itinerary

36 days in Spain, France & Italy Itinerary

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36 days in Spain, France & Italy Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  33 h
1
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4 h 45 min
2
Sarria, Spain
— Few hours
Drive:  45 min
3
Portomarin, Spain
— 9 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 45 min
6
Lourdes, France
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5 h 30 min
7
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h 45 min
8
Bormio, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
9
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
10
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
11
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  34 h
End: Sydney, Australia

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, then stroll around Parque del Retiro, and then steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, and then don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Madrid trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Madrid is an approximately 25- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Madrid due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in July: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 40°C and lows are around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Sarria.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

few
hours
Sarria, Spain

Sarria ©
Sarria is a municipality in the province of Lugo, northwestern Spain, in the autonomous community of Galicia. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): stop by Moreno and then don't miss a visit to Monasterio de San Julian de Samos.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sarria travel planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Madrid to Sarria. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Madrid in July: highs in Sarria hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Portomarin.

Things to do in Sarria

Shopping

Side Trip

Monasterio de San Julian de Samos
Highlights from your plan
Moreno ©
Moreno
Monasterio de San Julian de Samos ©
Monasterio de San Julian de Samos

9
nights
Portomarin, Spain

Portomarin ©
Step off the beaten path and head to A Rapadoira Beach and Marcelle Natureza. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Portomarin: Mirador de Santa Catalina (in Penarrubia), Catedral de Mondonedo (in Mondonedo) and Viveiro (Mirador de San Roque & Souto da Retorta).

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Portomarin day trip planning tool.

Drive from Sarria to Portomarin in an hour. July in Portomarin sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Santiago de Compostela.

Things to do in Portomarin

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Foz, Viveiro, Monasterio de Santa Maria de Montederramo, Mosteiro de Santa María de Sobrado, Museo Fortaleza San Paio de Narla
Highlights from your plan
Marcelle Natureza ©
Marcelle Natureza
Lake As Pontes ©
Lake As Pontes
A Rapadoira Beach ©
A Rapadoira Beach

2
nights
Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Santiago de Compostela ©
As the site of the sacred cathedral that marks the end of the pilgrimage route of the famous St.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): stroll through Playa Terron and then take in the dramatic scenery at Fervenza do Toxa. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela, make a trip to Plaza del Obradoiro, then stop by Official Cathedral de Santiago Bookstore, and finally make a trip to Santiago de Compostela. Casco Historico.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Santiago de Compostela trip website.

Traveling by car from Portomarin to Santiago de Compostela takes 1.5 hours. July in Santiago de Compostela sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Santiago de Compostela

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Terron, Fervenza do Toxa
Highlights from your plan
Fervenza do Toxa ©
Fervenza do Toxa
Santiago de Compostela. Casco Historico ©
Plaza del Obradoiro ©
Plaza del Obradoiro

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.
On the 14th (Sat), walk around Parc Guell, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Santiago de Compostela to Barcelona takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Santiago de Compostela in July, expect Barcelona to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in Barcelona

Tours Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Food Tours

1
night
Lourdes, France

Lourdes ©
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Lourdes fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Barcelona to Lourdes in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in July; daily highs in Lourdes reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Lourdes

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Col de Tourmalet, Parc Animalier Des Pyrenees
Highlights from your plan
Parc Animalier Des Pyrenees ©
Parc Animalier Des Pyrenees
Col de Tourmalet ©
Col de Tourmalet

2
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marineland.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Nice attractions tool.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Lourdes to Nice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Lourdes in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nice, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Bormio.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Marineland
Highlights from your plan
Marineland ©
Marineland

3
nights
Bormio, Italy

Bormio ©
Bormio is a town and comune with a population of about 4,100 located in the Province of Sondrio, Lombardy region of the Alps in northern Italy.The centre of the upper Valtellina valley, it is a popular winter sports resort. Attractions like Andalo Life and Museo provinciale delle miniere - Ridanna Monteneve make great kid-friendly stops. Step off the beaten path and head to Larix Park and Partschinser Wasserfall. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Cancano.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Bormio travel planner.

Drive from Nice to Bormio in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Nice in July, expect nights in Bormio to be little chillier, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Bormio

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Andalo Life, Larix Park, Museo provinciale delle miniere - Ridanna Monteneve, Partschinser Wasserfall
Highlights from your plan
Partschinser Wasserfall ©
Partschinser Wasserfall
Andalo Life ©
Andalo Life
Larix Park ©
Larix Park

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Explore hidden gems such as Piazza della Signoria and Wine Tours & Tastings. Step out of Florence with an excursion to Torre del Mangia in Siena--about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and admire the masterpieces at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Florence online attractions planner.

You can drive from Bormio to Florence in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Siena
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Piazza della Signoria ©
Piazza della Signoria
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Colosseum, then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Clement Basilica, and finally ponder the design of Trevi Fountain. On the next day, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, ponder the design of Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, and finally explore the ancient world of Pantheon.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rome trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chartres Cathedral and Sainte-Chapelle. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee). The adventure continues: make a trip to Eiffel Tower, stop by Île de la Cité, admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Paris online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Rome in July, expect Paris to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 18°C. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Chartres Cathedral, Palace of Versailles, Disneyland Paris
Highlights from your plan
Chartres Cathedral ©
Chartres Cathedral
Disneyland Paris ©
Disneyland Paris
Île de la Cité ©
Île de la Cité

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