43 days in Northwest Italy, France & Spain Itinerary

43 days in Northwest Italy, France & Spain Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chamonix, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael, France
— 3 nights
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Nice, France
— 5 nights
Fly
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly to Malaga, Bus to Nerja
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Nerja, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive
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Estepona, Spain
— 1 night
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Ronda, Spain
— 4 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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— 4 nights
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Rome, Italy

— 4 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vatican Museums.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Rome trip planner.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Rome is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Abu Dhabi to Rome due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in July, you will find days in Rome are colder (37°C), and nights are slightly colder (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Castello del Trebbio in Santa Brigida (about 36 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, and take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto.

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Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Rome in July since evenings lows in Florence dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Parks

Side Trip

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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.
Venice is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, and take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Venice day trip tool.

You can drive from Florence to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Venice are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 12:

Chamonix, France

— 3 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Chamonix is known for nature, adventure, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take some stellar pictures from Aiguille du Midi, explore the activities along Lac Blanc, and meet the residents at Parc de Merlet.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Chamonix trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Venice to Chamonix takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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Saint-Raphael, France

— 3 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Go for a jaunt from Saint-Raphael to Saint-Aygulf to see Etangs de Villepey about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with TakSea, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mont Vinaigre, make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, and identify plant and animal life at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer).

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint-Raphael online vacation planner.

You can drive from Chamonix to Saint-Raphael in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

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Nice, France

— 5 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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Cannes (Rue d'Antibes & Le Suquet) and Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins). Spend the 21st (Wed) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Castel Plage, get outside with Quai Rauba Capeu, indulge your thirst for a good beer at La Brasserie Artisanale de Nice, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nice day trip app.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Nice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Nice are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Paris, France

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (La Galerie des Batailles, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris online trip planner.

Getting from Nice to Paris by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in July, plan for little chillier nights in Paris, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Nerja.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 28:

Nerja, Spain

— 4 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: see Off-Road Tours, kick back and relax at Playa Torrecilla, explore the striking landscape at Cliffs of Maro Cerro Gordo, and stroll through Playa El Salon.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nerja trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Paris to Nerja takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In July, Nerja is a bit warmer than Paris - with highs of 41°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Estepona.

Things to do in Nerja

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 28 — Aug 1:

Estepona, Spain

— 1 night
Estepona is a town and municipality in the comarca of the Costa del Sol, southern Spain. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): try your luck at Riding Fun In The Sun, don't miss a visit to Plaza de las Flores de Estepona, then get up close to creatures of the deep with Velero Intrepido, and finally don't miss a visit to Pasaje Maria Cintrano.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Estepona trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nerja to Estepona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nerja in August, expect nights in Estepona to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are little chillier, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Ronda.

Things to do in Estepona

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Fun & Games

Side Trip

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Ronda, Spain

— 4 nights

City of Dreams

Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Ronda is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: do a tasting at Bodega Garcia Hidalgo, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, ride a horse along Paddock Paradise Ronda, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ronda trip itinerary site.

Getting from Estepona to Ronda by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Estepona in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Ronda: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Ronda

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 6:

Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, stroll around Parque del Retiro, don't miss a visit to Estacion de Atocha, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Madrid trip planning app.

Getting from Ronda to Madrid by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, daytime highs in Madrid are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 9:

Barcelona, Spain

— 4 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 parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, get a taste of the local shopping with La Boqueria, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, and explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona online travel planner.

Fly from Madrid to Barcelona in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in August, expect nights in Barcelona to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are little chillier, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 13:

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 · Architectural Buildings · 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.