34 days in Spain, France & Italy Itinerary

34 days in Spain, France & Italy Itinerary

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Alicante, Spain
— 2 nights
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Valencia, Spain
— 7 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 5 nights
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Toulouse, France
— 2 nights
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Montpellier, France
— 3 nights
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Marseille, France
— 5 nights
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
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Milan, Italy
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Alicante, Spain — 2 nights

City of Sun

As Valencia’s second largest city and one of the most well-known along the Costa Blanca, Alicante has an enchanting atmosphere that blends rich history with animated beach life.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): identify plant and animal life at El Palmeral, then don't miss a visit to Passeig Esplanada d'Espanya, then admire the striking features of Casa Carbonell, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castillo de Santa Barbara.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Alicante holiday planning app.

Wroclaw, Poland to Alicante is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Wroclaw in December: highs in Alicante hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Valencia.
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Valencia, Spain — 7 nights

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Change things up with a short trip to Le Petit Hammam Gandia in Gandia (about 58 minutes away). There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Central Market of Valencia, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oceanografic Valencia, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Bioparc Valencia, and get a sense of history and politics at Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Valencia road trip planning site.

Getting from Alicante to Valencia by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. December in Valencia sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Barcelona.
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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 sightseeing, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, take a stroll through Las Ramblas, and stroll around Parc Guell.

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Traveling by flight from Valencia to Barcelona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux, France — 5 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Step out of Bordeaux with an excursion to Aquarium La Rochelle in La Rochelle--about 2 hours away. And it doesn't end there: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the striking features of Tour Pey-Berland, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral, and browse the exhibits of La Cite du Vin.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux trip maker site.

Getting from Barcelona to Bordeaux by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Barcelona in December, with highs in Bordeaux at 11°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Toulouse.
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Toulouse, France — 2 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
On the 18th (Sun), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Palais de la Berbie, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, then admire the landmark architecture of Place Savene, then pick up some local products at The Market Hall, and finally learn about winemaking at Cave de Labastide.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Toulouse trip maker site.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Toulouse can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Montpellier.
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Montpellier, France — 3 nights

"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Venture out of the city with trips to Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles), Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes (in Aigues-Mortes) and Jardins de la Fontaine (in Nimes). The adventure continues: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parc De Lunaret-zoo De Montpellier, wander the streets of Place de la Comedie, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St. Pierre.

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Getting from Toulouse to Montpellier by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.
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Marseille, France — 5 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Venture out of the city with trips to Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres), Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Cours Mirabeau, &more) and Avignon (Palais des Papes & Pont d'Avignon). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National des Calanques, take a stroll through The Panier, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vincent de Paul Church.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Montpellier to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nice.
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Nice, France — 3 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Cannes (Lérins Islands & Lavallie Bijoux et Joaillerie). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

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Getting from Marseille to Nice by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. December in Nice sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 3 nights

Fashion Capital of World

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.
When in Milan, make a side trip to see La Citta Alta in Bergamo, approximately Bergamo away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca di Brera, and get lost in a book at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

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Getting from Nice to Milan by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in December, things will get little chillier in Milan: highs are around 9°C and lows about 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nightlife · Architectural Buildings
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.
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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.
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Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
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.
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