12 days in Spain, Italy & Paris Itinerary

12 days in Spain, Italy & Paris Itinerary

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12 days in Spain, Italy & Paris Itinerary

Start: Cartagena, Colombia
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
2
Toledo, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h
3
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
4
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
6
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Cartagena, Colombia


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1
night
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): explore the galleries of Royal Palace of Madrid and then see the interesting displays at Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, then take in nature's colorful creations at Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro), and then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional del Prado.

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

If you are flying in from Colombia, the closest major airport is Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport. September in Madrid sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Toledo.

Things to do in Madrid

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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

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Toledo, Spain

Toledo ©
Toledo is a World Heritage Site that embodies the complex cultural history of Spain while remaining a forward-moving, modern city.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Museo De Santa Cruz, then look for gifts at Jacinta & Maria Chocolates, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Primada.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Toledo itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Toledo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Toledo

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Catedral Primada ©
Catedral Primada
Museo de Santa Cruz ©
Museo de Santa Cruz
Jacinta & Maria Chocolates ©
Jacinta & Maria Chocolates

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Palace of Versailles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Musée d'Orsay.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Toledo to Paris takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Toledo in September, things will get little chillier in Paris: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Venice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in the views from Bridge of Sighs, admire the landmark architecture of Doges' Palace, and then explore the activities along Grand Canal.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Venice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, Venice is a bit warmer than Paris - with highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Ponte dei Sospiri ©
Ponte dei Sospiri

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Pantheon, then explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, and then examine the collection at St. Peter's Basilica. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill and then explore the ancient world of Colosseum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rome travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Venice to Rome in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Venice in September: highs in Rome hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 22nd (Thu), appreciate the history behind Casa Batlló, then pause for some serene contemplation at La Sagrada Familia, then see the interesting displays at Casa Milà, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Picasso Museum, then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Park Guell.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Rome to Barcelona by combination of train and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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