Italy, Spain in July (2 weeks)

Hi We want to go on a 2 week trip to Italy and Spain during the last 2 weeks of July. We are a family of 2 adults and 2 kids (8,16). I'm looking for the optimum route from SFO as well as a rough itinerary. We like to explore cities and rural areas to the extent possible. Of course, we want to check out the major tourist stops as well.
I know 2 weeks may not be enough but would like to sample both countries so we can go back later. Thanks for your time. G

Posted by Roberto
Fremont, CA, USA
6734 posts

Two weeks for two huge countries not even close to each other? That's nearly impossible. You need at least 20 days. Spain in a week: Day 0: Leave: morning arrival Madrid-immediately go to Toledo via train night 1: Toledo day 1: Toledo-travel to Madrid late afternoon night 2: Madrid day 2: Madrid night 3: Madrid: day 3: train to Sevilla (2.5 hrs)- Sevilla night 3: Sevilla day 4: Sevilla night 4: Sevilla day 5: rental car trip to Granada via Andalucia (Ronda/Arcos) night 5: Granada day 6: Granada-return car (if not done night before)-Visit Alhambra night 6: Granada day 7: Fly to Italy (via Madrid)()
night 7: ????, Italy (
) (*)Someone else will suggest the Italian itinerary for the 2nd week.