45 days in Italy, France & Spain Itinerary

45 days in Italy, France & Spain Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Nantes, France
— 2 nights
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Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France
— 2 nights
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Biarritz, France
— 3 nights
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 2 nights
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Bilbao, Spain
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Palermo, Italy
— 3 nights
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Cefalu, Italy
— 5 nights
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Syracuse, Italy
— 2 nights
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Taormina, Italy
— 5 nights
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Catania, Italy
— 4 nights
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Palermo, Italy
— 1 night
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Rome, Italy
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Paris day trip planner.

New York City, USA to Paris is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Paris. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from New York City in June; daily highs in Paris reach 74°F and lows reach 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Nantes.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nantes, France

— 2 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
On the 9th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes, explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, then admire the local landmark of Le Miroir d'Eau, then examine the collection at Les Machines de L'ile, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Sentier D'interpretation du Pointeau, then zoom along the surf with Espace Aventures, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul, and finally shop like a local with Passage Pommeraye.

Plan trip to Nantes with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can take a train from Paris to Nantes in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Saint-Jean-de-Luz.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France

— 2 nights
Saint-Jean-de-Luz is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in south-western France. On the 11th (Fri), kick back and relax at Plage d'Hendaye, then admire the striking features of Chateau Observatoire Abbadia, and then go for a stroll along the water at Digue de Socoa. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Sentier du Littoral, then glide through the air with Paramoteur 64, then take in the waterfront at Promenade Jacques Thibaud, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Jean-de-Luz online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nantes to Saint-Jean-de-Luz takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a train. In June in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Biarritz.

Things to do in Saint-Jean-de-Luz

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Biarritz, France

— 3 nights
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Venture out of the city with trips to River Rafting & Tubing (in Bidarray), Cambo les Bains (Chapelle aux Icones. & Chocolaterie-Musee Puyodebat) and La Citadelle de Saint Jean Pied de Port (in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Villa Arnaga, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame de l'Assomption., and visit a coastal fixture at Phare de Biarritz.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Biarritz travel itinerary planner.

Biarritz is just a stone's throw from Saint-Jean-de-Luz. In June in Biarritz, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Biarritz

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea

As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
Dedicate the 17th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Constitucion, kick back and relax at La Concha Beach, and wander the streets of Parte Vieja.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Sebastian - Donostia trip website.

Drive from Biarritz to San Sebastian - Donostia in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in June, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bilbao.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Nature

Bilbao, Spain

— 2 nights

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): catch some excitement at La Ribera Market, then snap pictures at Puente Zubizuri, then snap pictures at Vizcaya Bridge, and finally explore the striking landscape at San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and then explore the world behind art at Bilbao Fine Arts Museum.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bilbao trip maker site.

You can drive from San Sebastian - Donostia to Bilbao in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Bilbao

Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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, stop by Las Ramblas, don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona travel route planning app.

You can fly from Bilbao to Barcelona in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bilbao in June since evenings lows in Barcelona dip to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Palermo.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Palermo, Italy

— 3 nights
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio, explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe dei Cappuccini, then admire the landmark architecture of Norman Palace, and finally savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find out how to plan a trip to Palermo, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Palermo takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. On the 27th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cefalu.

Things to do in Palermo

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Cefalu, Italy

— 5 nights
Cefalù is a city and comune in the Province of Palermo, located on the northern coast of Sicily, Italy on the Tyrrhenian Sea about 70km east of the provincial capital and 185km west of Messina. Venture out of the city with trips to Termini Imerese (Scalinata di Via Roma & Museo del Motorismo Siciliano e della Targa Florio di Termini Imerese), Caccamo (Castello di Caccamo & Chiesa San Benedetto alla Badia) and Castello Ventimiglia (in Castelbuono). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 30th (Wed) at Acqua Verde. There's much more to do: trot along with Sicily Horse Tours, look for gifts at Enoteca le Petit Tonneau, wander the streets of Cefalu Coast, and take in the awesome beauty at Rocca di Cefalu.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Cefalu tour builder website.

Traveling by car from Palermo to Cefalu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Syracuse.

Things to do in Cefalu

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Syracuse, Italy

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Mediterranean

Philosopher Cicero once described Syracuse as "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all." A powerful city-state of ancient Greece, Syracuse now is the capital of the eponymous Italian province on the eastern coast of Sicily.
On the 3rd (Sat), delve into the distant past at Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, and then Head underground at Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio). On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Teatro Greco, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Siracusa, then admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Benevantano del Bosco, and finally head off the coast to Ortigia.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Syracuse trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Cefalu to Syracuse takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Taormina.

Things to do in Syracuse

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Taormina, Italy

— 5 nights
With its warm island weather and cliffside location overlooking the Ionion Sea, Taormina has been one of Sicily's most popular getaway destinations since the early 19th century.
Venture out of the city with trips to Reggio Calabria (Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Reggio Calabria & Lungomare Falcomata), Chianalea di Scilla (in Scilla) and Chiesa Dell'Immacolata (in Villa San Giovanni). And it doesn't end there: skim along the rocks with Sicily Legend, walk around Villa Comunale, take in the pleasant sights at Piazza IX Aprile, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa del Varo.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Taormina road trip tool.

You can drive from Syracuse to Taormina in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In July in Taormina, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Catania.

Things to do in Taormina

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Catania, Italy

— 4 nights

Black Pearl of Ionian Sea

The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
Explore Catania's surroundings by going to Etnaland (in Belpasso), Etna Donkey Trekking (in Linguaglossa) and Chiesa di Santa Maria del Suffragio (in Acireale). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in nature's colorful creations at Giardino Bellini, make a trip to Piazza Duomo, and take an in-depth tour of Monastero dei Benedettini.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Catania trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Taormina to Catania in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Palermo.

Things to do in Catania

Outdoors · Theme Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Palermo, Italy

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): make a trip to Quattro Canti.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Palermo travel planning site.

You can drive from Catania to Palermo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Rome.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites

Rome, Italy

— 3 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: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Palermo to Rome takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Rome are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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.

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.