21 days in Italy, Spain & Paris Itinerary

21 days in Italy, Spain & Paris Itinerary

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21 days in Italy, Spain & Paris Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Magliano in Toscana, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

2
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.
Get some cultural insight at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Musee Rodin and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower, and head off the coast to Île de la Cité.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Paris journey maker .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Paris, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in December: high temperatures in Paris hover around 9°C and lows are around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Milan.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

2
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Parrocchia SS Nabore e Felice, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, and then see the interesting displays at Castello Sforzesco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca di Brera, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa dei SS. Pietro e Paolo, and then admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Milan online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Paris to Milan by combination of train, bus, and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Chiesa dei SS. Pietro e Paolo, Parrocchia SS Nabore e Felice
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana ©
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana
Pinacoteca di Brera ©
Pinacoteca di Brera

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll explore and learn at Uffizi Galleries and Basilica di Santa Croce. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Pitti Palace. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Galleria dell'Accademia, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Florence trip itinerary builder tool .

Take a train from Milan to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Milan in December, expect nights in Florence to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Magliano in Toscana.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace

1
night
Magliano in Toscana, Italy

Magliano in Toscana ©
Magliano in Toscana is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Grosseto in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 130km south of Florence and about 25km southeast of Grosseto.Magliano in Toscana borders the following municipalities: Grosseto, Manciano, Orbetello, Scansano. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Azienda Agricola Celestina Fe'.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Magliano in Toscana trip planner .

You can drive from Florence to Magliano in Toscana in 2.5 hours. In December in Magliano in Toscana, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rome.

Things to do in Magliano in Toscana

Wineries
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Azienda Agricola Celestina Fe' ©
Azienda Agricola Celestina Fe'

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.
Get some cultural insight at Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica. You'll explore and learn at Galleria Borghese and Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, explore the world behind art at Musei Capitolini, make a trip to Trevi Fountain, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome visit planning website .

You can drive from Magliano in Toscana to Rome in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

3
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Square. You'll explore and learn at Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Ca' d'Oro. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, and explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Venice travel route planning site .

Getting from Rome to Venice by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rome in December, expect Venice to be slightly colder, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Venice

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Peggy Guggenheim Collection ©
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then stroll through Park Guell, and finally examine the collection at Frederic Mares Museum (Museu Frederic Mares). Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then examine the collection at Museo Picasso, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Barcelona online day trip planner .

Getting from Venice to Barcelona by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Venice in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Barcelona: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Museu Picasso ©
Museu Picasso
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 24th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, then admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid, and then see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, then admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor, then explore the world behind art at Museo Sorolla, and finally see the interesting displays at Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza).

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Madrid vacation builder tool .

You can take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in December, expect Madrid to be little chillier, temps between 14°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

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