18 days in France & Spain Itinerary

18 days in France & Spain Itinerary

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18 days in France & Spain Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Paris, France
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Amboise, France
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
4
Carcassonne Center, France
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
7
Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
9
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: New York City, United States


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1
night
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, examine the collection at Musee National Eugene Delacroix, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and finally head off the coast to Île de la Cité. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, admire the masterpieces at Musee Jacquemart-Andre, then examine the collection at Musee Nissim de Camondo, and finally get engrossed in the history at Village de Chessy.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Paris journey maker app .

New York City, USA to Paris is an approximately 12-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from New York City in August, with highs in Paris at 77°F and lows at 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Amboise.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Village de Chessy
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

2
nights
Amboise, France

Amboise ©
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, take an in-depth tour of Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal d'Amboise, and finally see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal de Blois and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chambord.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Amboise road trip website .

Traveling by train from Paris to Amboise takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Amboise, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, Chateau de Chenonceau, Chateau Royal de Blois, Chateau de Chambord
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Chateau Royal d'Amboise ©
Chateau Royal d'Amboise
Chateau de Chenonceau ©
Chateau de Chenonceau
Chateau de Chambord ©
Chateau de Chambord

2
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at The Rhone, then contemplate the long history of Chateau de Jarnioux, and then steep yourself in history at Chateau de Montmelas. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Musee des Tissus et des Arts Decoratif, then delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Lyon vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Amboise to Lyon in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and tram; or drive. In August in Lyon, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Chateau de Jarnioux, Chateau de Montmelas
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Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon ©
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon
Chateau de Jarnioux ©
Chateau de Jarnioux

1
night
Carcassonne Center, France

Carcassonne Center ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and then wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Carcassonne Center trip planner .

Traveling by train from Lyon to Carcassonne Center takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of tram, flight, and train. In August, daily temperatures in Carcassonne Center can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne

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.
Get some historical perspective at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and El Barri Gòtic. Parc Guell and Casa Mila - La Pedrera are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Barcelona with an excursion to Llevant Beach in Salou--about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Casa Museu Gaudí.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona tour planning site .

You can take a train from Carcassonne Center to Barcelona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Carcassonne Center in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 71°F in Barcelona. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Palma de Mallorca.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Llevant Beach
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El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

1
night
Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Palma de Mallorca ©
Majorca, or Mallorca, is largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago.
On the 10th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Castell de Bellver, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Mallorca, and then delve into the distant past at Banos Arabes.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Palma de Mallorca day trip planning tool .

Fly from Barcelona to Palma de Mallorca in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Palma de Mallorca can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Granada.

Things to do in Palma de Mallorca

Historic Sites Museums
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Castell de Bellver ©
Castell de Bellver
Catedral de Mallorca ©
Catedral de Mallorca
Banos Arabes ©
Banos Arabes

2
nights
Granada, Spain

Granada ©
Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Get some cultural insight at Alhambra and Albayzin. Let the collections at Archive Saint John of God Museum and Centro Cultural Baños Árabes capture your imagination. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Mirador de San Nicolas, take in nature's colorful creations at Generalife, and soak in style at Hammam Al Andalus Granada.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Granada road trip app .

You can fly from Palma de Mallorca to Granada in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In August in Granada, expect temperatures between 92°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Seville.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trip

Centro Cultural Baños Árabes
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Albayzin ©
Albayzin
Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas

2
nights
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 13th (Thu), add some entertainment to your itinerary with Museo del Baile Flamenco, steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then admire the landmark architecture of Torre del Oro, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla, get to know the fascinating history of Barrio Santa Cruz, then steep yourself in history at Museo Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija, and finally admire the natural beauty at Casa de Pilatos.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Seville trip planner.

Traveling by car from Granada to Seville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Seville can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

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

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): walk around Parque del Retiro, admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla, then explore the world behind art at Museo Cerralbo, and finally explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande, then see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid online travel planner .

You can take a train from Seville to Madrid in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. August in Madrid sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Museo Cerralbo ©
Museo Cerralbo

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