18 days in Spain & Italy Itinerary

18 days in Spain & Italy Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
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Bilbao, Spain
— 3 nights
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Logrono, Spain
— 2 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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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.
To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Madrid road trip planner.

Quito, Ecuador to Madrid is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Ecuador Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Quito in December, things will get a bit cooler in Madrid: highs are around 14°C and lows about 3°C. You'll set off for Bilbao on the 23rd (Thu).

Things to do in Madrid

Nightlife · Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

Bilbao, Spain

— 3 nights

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bilbao: San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (in Bermeo) and San Sebastian - Donostia (Peine del Viento, La Concha Beach, &more). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, look for all kinds of wild species at El Balcon de Bizkaia, stop by Casco Viejo, and look for gifts at Lupita.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bilbao travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Bilbao takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Bilbao can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Logrono.

Things to do in Bilbao

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

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Logrono, Spain

— 2 nights
Logroño is a city in northern Spain, on the Ebro River. On the 28th (Tue), do a tasting at Bodegas Franco Espanolas, don't miss a visit to Calle del Laurel, and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Santo Tomas, then do a tasting at Bodegas Lecea, and then learn about winemaking at Bodegas Baigorri.

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You can drive from Bilbao to Logrono in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Bilbao in December, things will get a bit cooler in Logrono: highs are around 11°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Milan.

Things to do in Logrono

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Milan, Italy

— 2 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
On the 30th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Il Cenacolo, then get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Marino, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo. On your second day here, get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, then contemplate the long history of Castello Sforzesco, and then admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca di Brera.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Milan online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Logrono to Milan in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Milan are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

Venice, Italy

— 2 nights

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 1st (Sat), take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then examine the collection at Doge's Palace, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, and finally look for gifts at The Merchant of Venice - San Fantin. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa degli Eremitani, pause for some serene contemplation at Scrovegni Chapel, then take a stroll through Cannaregio, then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, and finally contemplate the long history of Ca' Zenobio degli Armeni.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Venice vacation planner.

Getting from Milan to Venice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In December in Venice, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Nature · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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Rome, Italy

— 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rome online holiday planner.

Getting from Venice to Rome by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In January, Rome is a bit warmer than Venice - with highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Madrid, Spain

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Venture out of the city with trips to Toledo (Church of Santo Tomé & Catedral Primada). See even more of Madrid: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, walk around Parque del Retiro, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Madrid travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Rome to Madrid in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
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.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.