13 days in Spain, France & Italy Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Toulon, France
— 1 day
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Massa, Italy
— 1 day
Drive to Pisa International Airport, Fly to Ajaccio
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Ajaccio, France
— 1 day
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Cagliari, Italy
— 1 day
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Sant Antoni de Portmany, Spain
— 1 night
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Madrid, Spain
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Madrid, Spain

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 16th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Madrid trip itinerary planner.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Madrid is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Jose to Madrid is 7 hours. Traveling from San Jose in September, Madrid is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 2 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.
On the 17th (Sat), make a trip to The Magic Fountain, then see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC, then admire the striking features of Palau Guell, and finally pick up some local products at La Boqueria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then admire the striking features of Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau, and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona travel route builder tool.

You can fly from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in September, Barcelona is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Toulon.
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Wineries · Tours · Fun & Games · Museums
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Toulon, France — 1 day

Toulon is a city in southern France and a large military harbour on the Mediterranean coast, with a major French naval base. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Cours Lafayette, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoa Parc Animalier et Botanique, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Rade de Toulon.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Toulon online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Toulon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in September, plan for little chillier nights in Toulon, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Massa.
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Fun & Games · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
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Massa, Italy — 1 day

Massa is a town and comune in Tuscany, central Italy, the administrative centre of the province of Massa and Carrara. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): make a trip to Piazza Duomo, then Head underground at Marble Caves of Carrara, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cave di Marmo Tours, and finally make a trip to La Terrazza Luminosa.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Massa sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Toulon to Massa takes 5.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Massa are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ajaccio.
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Nature · Parks · Tours
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Ajaccio, France — 1 day

With a dreamy location on the west coast of the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, Ajaccio is a mecca of seaside summer tourism.
On the 21st (Wed), see the interesting displays at Maison Bonaparte, explore the world behind art at Musee Fesch, then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then stop by La Cave du Cardinal, and finally ponder the design of Fontaine des Quatre Lions.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ajaccio day trip app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Massa to Ajaccio. In September, daily temperatures in Ajaccio can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Cagliari.
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Cagliari, Italy — 1 day

City of Sun

The capital of Sardinia, Cagliari is spread out over seven hills and still bears the marks of its past conquerors, including the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, and Romans.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museo del Tesoro e Area Archeologica di Sant'Eulalia, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre dell'Elefante, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedrale di Santa Cecilia, and finally don't miss a visit to Bastione di Saint Remy.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cagliari road trip website.

You can fly from Ajaccio to Cagliari in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and train. In September, daytime highs in Cagliari are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can fly to Sant Antoni de Portmany.
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Sant Antoni de Portmany, Spain — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Ibiza Cathedral, head outdoors with Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Club, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sant Antoni de Portmany trip planner.

Fly from Cagliari to Sant Antoni de Portmany in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Sant Antoni de Portmany are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): stroll around Parc Guell, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): pick up some local products at La Boqueria, then wander the streets of Las Ramblas, then wander the streets of Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip planner.

You can fly from Sant Antoni de Portmany to Barcelona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Madrid.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping
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Madrid, Spain

Cultural Capital of Spain

Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip tool.

Fly from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Barcelona in September since evenings lows in Madrid dip to 17°C. On the 27th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nightlife · Architectural Buildings
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.
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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.
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Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
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.
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Ibiza travel guide

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Beaches · Nightlife · Outdoor Activities
Famous for its vibrant nightlife and numerous near-perfect beaches, Ibiza also features a rustic countryside few casual visitors ever get to see. Seaside festivals offer a convenient opportunity to soak up lots of local culture, but for a taste of genuine island life try to get away from the overcrowded tourist spots along the most popular sections of the coast. Though for many visitors Ibiza remains synonymous with endless raves on the waterfront, savvier travelers explore the island’s unspoiled northeast, which is covered by thick pine forests and olive groves. Away from the jostling tourist crowds you can experience the island’s lesser-known charms, including quiet wooded trails, secluded bays, and outstanding vineyards.
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