14 days in Spain & France Itinerary

14 days in Spain & France Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Valencia, Spain
— 2 nights
Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Nice, France
— 3 nights
Paris, France
— 3 nights


Barcelona, Spain — 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for sightseeing, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Parc Guell, visit Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and make a trip to Basilica de la Sagrada Familia.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona trip itinerary planner.

Oakland, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Oakland to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. May in Barcelona sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Valencia.
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Valencia, Spain — 2 nights

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): shop like a local with Central Market of Valencia, contemplate the long history of Valencia Cathedral, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de San Nicolas de Bari y San Pedro Martir. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of La Lonja de la Seda and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Bioparc Valencia.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Valencia day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Valencia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in May, expect nights in Valencia to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Marseille.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Childrens Museums
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Marseille, France — 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): have some family-friendly fun at Laser game Evolution, contemplate the long history of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then examine the collection at Fondation Vasarely, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then cruise along Route des Cretes, then take in the dramatic natural features at La Calanque de Figuerolles, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee des Chantiers Naval.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille visit planning tool.

You can fly from Valencia to Marseille in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Marseille are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Nice.
Side Trips
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Nice, France — 3 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Nice is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Nice route maker website.

Drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Nice are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to fly to Paris.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
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Paris, France — 3 nights

City of Light

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.
Paris is known for museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, and wander the streets of Île de la Cité.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary website.

Getting from Nice to Paris by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Nice in May, with highs in Paris at 20°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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Spain travel guide

A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

France travel guide

France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.