18 days in Spain & Italy Itinerary

18 days in Spain & Italy Itinerary

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18 days in Spain & Italy Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fly:  16​h
1
Barcelona, Spain
— Few hours
Train:  2​h 45​min
2
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
3
Seville, Spain
— 1 night
Train:  3​h 30​min
4
Ronda, Spain
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 45​min
5
Granada, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
8
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h 45​min
9
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


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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 2nd (Fri), browse the fresh offerings at Mercat Santa Caterina.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Barcelona day trip website .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Barcelona is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in October, with highs in Barcelona at 26°C and lows at 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Shopping
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Mercat Santa Caterina ©
Mercat Santa Caterina

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, then don't miss a visit to The Walls of Avila, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de las Nieves. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Gran Via, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, examine the collection at MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo, contemplate the long history of Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande, then get to know the fascinating history of Barrio de Salamanca, and finally view the masterpieces at Cava Baja Gallery.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid sightseeing tool .

You can take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 13°C in Madrid. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Avila, Toledo, Segovia
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The Walls of Avila ©
The Walls of Avila
Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia
Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes ©

1
night
Seville, Spain

Seville ©
A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Seville trip itinerary builder tool .

You can take a train from Madrid to Seville in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Madrid in October since evenings lows in Seville dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Ronda.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Archaeological Ensemble of Italica
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Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla
Archaeological Ensemble of Italica ©
Capilla de San Jose ©
Capilla de San Jose

1
night
Ronda, Spain

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Merced Ronda, wander the streets of Old City, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Del Rey Moro, then take in breathtaking views at El Tajo de Ronda, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Scott Simpson Fine Art.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ronda trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Seville to Ronda takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Granada.

Things to do in Ronda

Historic Sites Nature Neighborhoods
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El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda
Old City ©
Old City

1
night
Granada, Spain

Granada ©
Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Granada trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Ronda to Granada takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Granada are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites
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Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas
Basilica de San Juan de Dios ©
Basilica de San Juan de Dios
La Madraza ©
La Madraza

4
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Head to La Boqueria and Galeria La Lesiafor plenty of shopping. Visiting Fenals Beach and Playa de la Pineda will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Barcelona: Vila Vella (Old Town) (in Tossa de Mar), Dali-Gala Castle Museum-House (Castell de Pubol) (in Pubol) and Lloret Beach (in Lloret de Mar). Enjoy Barcelona some more: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, stroll around Parc Guell, and ponder the design of Illuminated Fountain.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona trip planning site .

You can fly from Granada to Barcelona in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Granada in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Barcelona, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tarragona, Lloret de Mar, Salou, Vila Vella (Old Town), Girona Cathedral (Catedral)
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Fenals Beach ©
Fenals Beach
Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Pitti Palace. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Piazza del Duomo and Duomo di Pisa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Pisa (Camposanto & Battistero) and Castello di Monteriggioni (in Monteriggioni). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Florence trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Florence takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Florence, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pisa, Castello di Monteriggioni
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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 15th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, then explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and finally admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: deepen your knowledge of military history at Venetian Arsenal, contemplate the long history of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Santa Maria e San Donato, then take a stroll through Campo Santa Margherita, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Pantalon, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice tour planner .

Getting from Florence to Venice by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Florence in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Venice, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Church of Santa Maria e San Donato
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Scuola Grande di San Rocco ©
Scuola Grande di San Rocco

1
night
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 17th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, don't miss a visit to Vatican Necropolis, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, and finally explore the ancient world of Foro di Cesare. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Colle Aventino, and then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Rome online itinerary builder .

Fly from Venice to Rome in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Venice in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Rome: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Vatican City
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Roman Forum ©
Roman Forum
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

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