18 days in Italy, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

18 days in Italy, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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Start: Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
4
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
6
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

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.
On the 8th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Colosseum, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, then get outside with Sabbianera Super Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Moai Beach. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, then don't miss a visit to Via Condotti, and finally make a trip to Trevi Fountain.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planner.

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt to Rome is an approximately 5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Rome, with highs around 69°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Moai Beach, Sabbianera Super Beach
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, look for gifts at Paolo Penko, then look for gifts at L'Arte dei Ciompi, then explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, and finally stop by Davide Cerasi Leather Boutique. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, then explore the historical opulence of Castello di Verrazzano, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria.

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

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Castello di Verrazzano
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Basilica of Santa Croce ©
Basilica of Santa Croce

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, examine the collection at Doge's Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally take in the views from Ponte di Rialto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): make a trip to Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, then enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scrovegni Chapel, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of St. Anthony.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Venice trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Venice, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Padua
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Head to Mercado San Miguel and Artestilofor plenty of shopping. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Royal Palace of Madrid and Plaza Mayor. Take a break from Madrid with a short trip to Catedral Primada in Toledo, about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, identify plant and animal life at Faunia, get a taste of the local shopping with Gran Via, and examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

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Fly from Venice to Madrid in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. April in Madrid sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Catedral Primada
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Faunia ©
Faunia
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and El Barri Gòtic. Escape the urban bustle at Sailing Experience Barcelona and Playa de La Barceloneta. There's still lots to do: stroll around Parc Guell, pick up some local products at La Boqueria, don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and admire the landmark architecture of Palau Guell.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Barcelona online travel planner.

Take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in April, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Castelo de S. Jorge and Avenida da Liberdade are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Around Lisbon and Portugal Bike. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Cabo da Roca (in Colares) and Quinta da Regaleira (in Sintra). There's much more to do: shop like a local with Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, wander the streets of Chiado, look for gifts at Chicoracao, and visit Alfama.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lisbon online journey planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Lisbon in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in April, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Tours Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Portugal Bike, Cabo da Roca, Quinta da Regaleira
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Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian ©
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian

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