16 days in Spain, Italy & Germany Itinerary

16 days in Spain, Italy & Germany Itinerary

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16 days in Spain, Italy & Germany Itinerary

Start: Detroit, United States
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Seville, Spain
— 1 day
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
5
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
6
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Detroit, United States

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day
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.
On the 8th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Alcázar of Seville, admire the striking features of Plaza de España, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre Giralda, and finally get great views at Catedral de Sevilla.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Seville trip planner .

Detroit, USA to Seville is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Detroit to Seville. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Detroit in May: high temperatures in Seville hover around 79°F and lows are around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

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nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 9th (Thu), walk around Retiro Park, then see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, then explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Madrid day trip planner .

You can take a train from Seville to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Seville in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 52°F in Madrid. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Retiro Park ©
Retiro Park
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): stroll around Parc Guell, admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, then pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, and finally make a trip to Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona holiday builder .

Take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

1
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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 13th (Mon), admire the striking features of Pantheon, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum. On the next day, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Rome vacation builder .

Getting from Barcelona to Rome by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Rome are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 15th (Wed), get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, then admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, and finally take in the views from Ponte Vecchio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Florence sightseeing planning tool .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Rome in May since evenings lows in Florence dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square, and finally admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Venice tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Venice are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
On the 19th (Sun), walk around English Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Schloss Nymphenburg, and then take in panoramic vistas at Frauenkirche. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, examine the collection at Munich Residenz, then get curious at Deutsches Museum, and finally make a trip to Marienplatz.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Munich trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Venice to Munich by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Venice in May, things will get slightly colder in Munich: highs are around 64°F and lows about 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Schloss Nymphenburg ©
Schloss Nymphenburg
English Garden ©
English Garden
Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum

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nights
Berlin, Germany

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, then appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and finally don't miss a visit to Brandenburg Gate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): examine the collection at Topography of Terror and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Berlin online trip builder .

You can fly from Munich to Berlin in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Tours
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Walking tours
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum

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