54 days in Bordeaux, Madrid & Lyon Itinerary

54 days in Bordeaux, Madrid & Lyon Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Paris, France
Train:  2 h 15 min
1
Bordeaux, France
— 18 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Madrid, Spain
— 18 nights
Fly + Tram:  5 h
3
Lyon, France
— 17 nights
Train:  2 h
End: Paris, France

18
nights
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Venture out of the city with trips to La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer), Bidart (Chapelle Sainte Madeleine, Plage d'Ilbarritz, &more) and Chateau Paloumey (in Ludon-Medoc). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Musee d’Art et d’Archeologie du Perigord, get great views at Rocher de la Vierge, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral, and explore the activities along Canal de Lalinde.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bordeaux tour planner.

Paris to Bordeaux is an approximately 2.5- hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Bordeaux are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Bayonne, Biarritz, Saint-Emilion, Bidart, Perigueux
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 21:
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Chateau Paloumey ©
Chateau Paloumey
Chapelle Sainte Madeleine ©
Chapelle Sainte Madeleine
Musee d’Art et d’Archeologie du Perigord ©
Musee d’Art et d’Archeologie du Perigord

18
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Venture out of the city with trips to Segovia (Iglesia de la Vera Cruz, Acueduct of Segovia, &more), Penalara Natural Park (in Rascafria) and Toledo (Convento e iglesia de San Pedro Martir, Antica Roma Anticuario, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll around Parque del Retiro, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Bordeaux to Madrid takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. While traveling from Bordeaux, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Toledo, Segovia, Penalara Natural Park
Find places to stay Sep 21 — Oct 9:
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Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

17
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lyon: Wine Tours & Tastings (in Beaune), Annecy (La Vieille Ville & Lake Annecy) and Grenoble (Musee de Grenoble, Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and admire the landmark architecture of Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval.

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You can do a combination of flight and tram from Madrid to Lyon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Madrid in October, plan for slightly colder days in Lyon, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to take a train back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Dijon, Grenoble, Cornas, Annecy, Clermont-Ferrand
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 26:
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Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Fourviere Hill ©
Fourviere Hill

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