12 days in Manchester, Milan & Madrid Itinerary

12 days in Manchester, Milan & Madrid Itinerary

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12 days in Manchester, Milan & Madrid Itinerary

Boston, United States
bus + Fly:  14​h
Manchester, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train + Fly + train:  5​h 30​min
Milan, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
Boston, United States

1
day
Manchester, United Kingdom

Unofficially dubbed the Capital of the North, Manchester is known for its influence on industry and music, as well as its world-renowned connection to sports.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): have some family-friendly fun at Manchester Paintball Arena and then explore the activities along Ladybower Reservoir.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Manchester online itinerary creator.

Boston, USA to Manchester is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Boston in October, expect nights in Manchester to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 57°F. On the 3rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Milan.

Things to do in Manchester

Nature Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Ladybower Reservoir, Manchester Paintball Arena
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Ladybower Reservoir
Manchester Paintball Arena
Museum of Science & Industry

4
days
Milan, Italy

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Milan side-trips: Turati Centro Nautico Lario (in Argegno), Tremezzina (Villa del Balbianello & Villa Carlotta) and Cathedral of Como (Duomo) (in Como). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, make a trip to Piazza del Duomo, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Grona, and examine the collection at Tour delle Merlate - Castello Sforzesco.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Milan sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Manchester to Milan in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manchester to Milan due to the time zone difference. In October, Milan is a bit warmer than Manchester - with highs of 65°F and lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Milan

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tremezzina, Cathedral of Como, Monte Grona, Turati Centro Nautico Lario, AC Boat
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Villa Carlotta
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

4
days
Madrid, Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for sightseeing, museums, parks, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional del Prado, admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid, tour the pleasant surroundings at Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro), and don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Madrid vacation builder.

You can fly from Milan to Madrid in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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Museo Nacional del Prado
Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro)
Royal Palace of Madrid

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