45 days in Spain, France & Northwest Italy Itinerary

45 days in Spain, France & Northwest Italy Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Nerja, Spain
— 4 nights
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Ronda, Spain
— 4 nights
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Elche, Spain
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Nice, France
— 5 nights
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Saint-Raphael, France
— 4 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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Assisi, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
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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 trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, and steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Madrid trip planning site.

Sydney, Australia to Madrid is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Madrid due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sydney in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to fly to Nerja.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
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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, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: cool off at Aquavelis Water Park, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, contemplate the waterfront views at Río Chíllar, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Burriana Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nerja road trip planning tool.

Fly from Madrid to Nerja in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ronda.
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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 sightseeing, historic sites, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: learn about winemaking at Dona Felisa Winery, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, snap pictures at Puente Nuevo, and take a stroll through La Ciudad.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Ronda trip builder website.

Getting from Nerja to Ronda by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. While traveling from Nerja, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Ronda, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Elche.
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Elche, Spain — 2 nights

Elche, or Elx, is a town located in the comarca of Baix Vinalopó, Spain. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): indulge your senses at Bodegas Faelo, then walk around Parque Municipal, then make a trip to Misteri D'Elx, and finally take some stellar pictures from Torre de la Calaforra. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at El Palmeral, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa El Carabassi, then visit a coastal fixture at Faro de Santa Pola, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Elche trip maker app.

You can drive from Ronda to Elche in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Ronda in September, you will find days in Elche are slightly colder (32°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly 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 landmark architecture of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, and pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Barcelona trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Elche to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Paris.
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, wander the streets of Le Marais, appreciate the history behind Pantheon, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Paris route website.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in September, things will get a bit cooler in Paris: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to fly to Nice.
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Rue d'Antibes (in Cannes), Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Golfe-Juan Vallauris) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). Spend the 22nd (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, take a stroll through Vieille Ville, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nice travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Nice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, Nice is a bit warmer than Paris - with highs of 28°C and lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.
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Saint-Raphael, France — 4 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Raphael side-trips: La Pointe de l'Aiguille (in Theoule sur Mer), Zipline (in Sainte-Maxime) and Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron). Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with TakSea, admire the landmark architecture of Cloitre de la Cathedrale de Frejus, take in nature's colorful creations at Cueillette du Rocher, and enjoy the sand and surf at Abel Baliff Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Saint-Raphael holiday planner.

Drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nice in September since evenings lows in Saint-Raphael dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Rome.
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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, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, delve into the mystery of Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, and admire the striking features of Pantheon.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rome trip maker app.

You can fly from Saint-Raphael to Rome in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In September in Rome, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Assisi.
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Assisi, Italy — 3 nights

City of Peace

Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Go for a jaunt from Assisi to Perugia to see Studio Moretti Caselli about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario di Rivotorto, learn about winemaking at Azienda Agraria Saio, and admire the striking features of Basilica di Santa Chiara.

To find reviews and other tourist information, use the Assisi trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Rome to Assisi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.
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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.
Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Siena (Piazza del Campo, Duomo di Siena, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Croce, and make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Florence trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Assisi to Florence in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In October, daytime highs in Florence are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Venice: Verona (Casa di Giulietta, Museo di Castelvecchio, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, and admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco.

Before you visit Venice, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Florence to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Florence in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Venice: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly 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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