19 days in Italy, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

19 days in Italy, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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19 days in Italy, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

Start: Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
+2
Fly + shuttle + train:  9​h 30​min
1
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
2
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Val d'Orcia are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Uffizi Gallery and Galleria dell'Accademia. Take a break from Florence with a short trip to La Fabbrica delle Candele in Siena, about 1:25 hours away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, stop by Davide Cerasi Leather Boutique, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Campanile di Giotto.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Florence trip itinerary planner.

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt to Florence is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in June, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Florence: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

La Fabbrica delle Candele, Val d'Orcia
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Val d'Orcia ©
Val d'Orcia
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take a stroll around Isola di Burano, admire the landmark architecture of Doges' Palace, get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square, then look for gifts at I Tre Mercanti, then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and finally hunt for treasures at Mercati di Rialto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Scrovegni Chapel, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Sant’Antonio - Basilica del Santo, explore the galleries of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then stop by Raggio Veneziano, then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, and finally look for gifts at Peterpan Masks.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice trip generator.

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Florence in July, plan for slightly colder days in Venice, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Padua
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande

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.
Get outdoors at Monte Soratte and Bioparco. Your inner history buff will appreciate Colosseum and Palatine Hill. Change things up with a short trip to MOAI Beach in Passo Oscuro (about 46 minutes away). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Pantheon, look for gifts at Paciotti Salumeria, see the interesting displays at St. Peter's Basilica, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Porta Portese.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rome vacation builder.

You can fly from Venice to Rome in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Rome

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Peter's Basilica, Moai Beach, Riserva Naturale Monte Soratte
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Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Step out of the city life by going to Centro Comercial Madrid Xanadú and Faunia. Get some historical perspective at Royal Palace of Madrid and Catedral Primada. Next up on the itinerary: browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, take in nature's colorful creations at Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro), look for gifts at Arte Stilo, and make a trip to Plaza de Oriente.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Madrid sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Rome to Madrid in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Madrid are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Catedral Primada
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Catedral Primada ©
Catedral Primada

3
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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.
Popular historic sites such as La Sagrada Familia and Casa Batlló are in your itinerary. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Las Ramblas and La Boqueria. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Park Güell, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Barceloneta, examine the collection at Picasso Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Güell Palace.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Barcelona travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in July, you will find days in Barcelona are slightly colder (83°F), and nights are a bit warmer (71°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

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nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Belém Tower and Portugal Bike. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Castelo de S. Jorge and Quinta da Regaleira. Step out of Lisbon to go to Colares and see Cabo da Roca, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Feira da Ladra, stop by Ana Salazar, browse the different shops at Armazens do Chiado, and wander the streets of Alfama.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lisbon trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Barcelona to Lisbon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Barcelona in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Lisbon, with lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Shopping Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Cabo da Roca, Portugal Bike, Quinta da Regaleira
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Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

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