11 days in Spain & Italy Itinerary

11 days in Spain & Italy Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
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Madrid, Spain

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 13th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum and then get a taste of the local shopping with Gran Via. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, and then contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid road trip planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Madrid is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Cairo in April, expect Madrid to be a bit cooler, temps between 22°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Barcelona, Spain

— 2 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.
On the 15th (Thu), pick up some local products at La Boqueria, stop by Ernesto de Barcelona, then walk around Parc Guell, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, and then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Barcelona online road trip planner.

Take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Venice, Italy

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): wander the streets of Cannaregio, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, then steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally stop by Prosciutto e Parmigiano ham&cheese To Go. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Doge's Palace, make a trip to Piazza San Marco, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Venice takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April in Venice, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
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Florence, Italy

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
For shopping fun, head to M.G. Design or Mercato Centrale. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Florence attractions planning site.

Getting from Venice to Florence by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Rome, Italy

— 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums and then stop by Trastevere. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, and then look for gifts at Del Giudice Roma.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rome tour itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Landmarks · 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.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.