Help a reader with a European vacation plan: Barcelona to Milan and lots in between!

Here’s a question that I’m sure someone here can help with:

I am an avid reader of your blog. I asked you for some help two years ago for a vacation to Vieques. I am writing again to ask for some advice on a trip to Europe. We(two people) will be traveling into Barcelona and departing from Milan. We will be there for two weeks. We will stay in Barcelona for a few days and then move on the southern France (esp. Nice, Cannes, Marseilles, etc.) then make our way to Milan. Particularly, I would like to get some recommendations for traveling between the cities.Here are some options:

Buying a 3 country Eurail pass with 5 times use.

Renting a car when leaving Barcelona (would need automatic transmission; also, is a US license ok?)

Taking a plane from Barcelona to Nice. Then another plane to Milan a few days later.

We will be traveling the last week of August through the first week of September.

Any other hotel, restaurant recommendations would also be greatly appreciated.



By the way, Janak, I’ve been to both Spain and Italy but not to Barcelona or Milan. I’m a bit jealous of your next trip. I’m sure it will be awesome!

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  1. Dian says:

    Madrid and Seville are wonderful cities to explore and don’t forget to see Flamenco Dancing!! Florence, Venice and the Amalfi Coast are wonderful places to visit and explore. The scenery, museums, and people and food are fantastic!! Rome also shouldn’t be missed!!! Any other information please feel free to contact me!!! Have a wonderful and a safe trip!!!

  2. Mari says:

    Riding the train means hauling your luggage from place to place so pack light and that should be the best bang for your buck.. We took it from Rome to Florence and enjoyed the sights on the way. It also gave us the chance to scope out where we wanted to do day trips to. With flying, we’ve done that also, getting to and from the airport was a chore and cabs get expensive. Just keep your luggage light and any form of travel you choose will be good. Remember cars are really small in Europe..

  3. stephanie says:

    You might consider opting for the Eurail pass. All of the cities you want to visit are right in a row along the French Riviera and it is a very nice trip. If you rent a car, you should get an international license. Barcelona is a wonderful city with a lot to see. Try staying in the downtown area near the old town. Also, try to get to Sagrada Familia Cathedral and other Gaudi sites. Not a whole lot to see along the Riviera except the great scenery and the Med Sea, but the towns are charming and the weather should be great. Never been to Milan, but enjoyed other cities in Italy. Check out things to do via internet search–Frommers is good. Have a great time!!

  4. Barb says:

    I took a tour bus from Barcelona, to Carcassone, Avignon, Nice and Monaco before going to Florence. If it were up to me, I would get the Eurail pass so as not to miss a thing along the way!

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