18 days in Spain, Italy & Greece Itinerary

18 days in Spain, Italy & Greece Itinerary

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Seville, Spain
— 1 night
Drive
2
Ronda, Spain
— 1 night
Train
3
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
6
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Salerno, Italy
— 2 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
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Seville, Spain — 1 night

City of Towers

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): admire the striking features of Torre del Oro and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla, and then contemplate the long history of Plaza de España.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Seville online tour builder.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Seville is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Jeddah to Seville. Traveling from Jeddah in December, expect Seville to be colder, temps between 19°C and 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ronda.
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Historic Sites · Fun & Games
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Ronda, Spain — 1 night

City of Dreams

Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
On the 15th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Ronda, identify plant and animal life at Reservatauro Ronda, then stroll around Alameda Del Tajo, and finally take some stellar pictures from Mirador puente nuevo de Ronda.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ronda itinerary tool.

You can drive from Seville to Ronda in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December in Ronda, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, walk around Parque del Retiro, contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, and make a trip to Puerta del Sol.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Madrid trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Ronda to Madrid in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, Madrid is slightly colder than Ronda - with highs of 14°C and lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, then don't miss a visit to Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, and finally walk around Parc Guell. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then stop by Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic), then explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, and finally pick up some local products at La Boqueria.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona road trip planning site.

You can fly from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Barcelona, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to fly to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 1 night

City of Romance

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.
On the 21st (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then contemplate the long history of Doge's Palace, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Venice holiday planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Venice in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Barcelona in December: high temperatures in Venice hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, explore the historical opulence of Palazzo Vecchio, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence driving holiday planner.

Drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Venice in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Florence: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Eternal City

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 24th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, take in panoramic vistas at Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, then pause for some photo ops at La Pieta, and finally make a trip to Roman Forum. Keep things going the next day: ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, admire the striking features of Pantheon, make a trip to Piazza Navona, then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and finally steep yourself in history at Colosseum.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rome vacation planner.

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Rome are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Salerno.
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Salerno, Italy — 2 nights

Unspoilt Gem of the Amalfi Coast

While often overshadowed by the Amalfi Coast's array of quaint villages, Salerno has become one of the region's main areas for culture and entertainment, while remaining relatively unmarked by tourism.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Centro Storico Salerno, admire the striking features of Palazzo Fruscione, don't miss a visit to Chiesa San Pietro a Corte, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Salerno, and finally don't miss a visit to Via dei Mercanti. On your second day here, make a trip to Promenade Trieste, then admire the natural beauty at Villa Comunale, then admire the natural beauty at Giardino della Minerva, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo di Citta.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Salerno trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Rome to Salerno in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Rome in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Salerno, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can fly to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, make a trip to Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and steep yourself in history at Ancient Agora of Athens.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Athens trip planner.

Getting from Salerno to Athens by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. In December in Athens, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight 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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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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Greece travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.
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