17 days in France & Spain Itinerary

17 days in France & Spain Itinerary

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Paris, France
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Barcelona, Spain
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Madrid, Spain
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Paris, France

— 6 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysees. Louvre Museum and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Le Marais, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, get a taste of the local shopping with Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Paris online road trip planner.

Houston, USA to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Houston to Paris due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Houston in March, plan for much colder days in Paris, with highs around 53°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Barcelona.

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Barcelona, Spain

— 4 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.
Shop till you drop at La Boqueria and Passeig de Gracia. Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and El Barri Gòtic will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Barcelona: S'Agaro (Camino de Ronda & San Pol Beach). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa de La Barceloneta, admire the masterpieces at Joan Miro Foundation, stroll around Parc Guell, and see where the action happens at Camp Nou.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Barcelona trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in March, with highs in Barcelona at 62°F and lows at 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can fly to Madrid.

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Madrid, Spain

— 5 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Mercado San Miguel and Gran Via. Get some historical perspective at Royal Palace of Madrid and Catedral Primada. Venture out of the city with trips to Toledo (Museo del Greco, El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum, &more), Mountain Story trails (in Alpedrete) and Balloon Rides (in Segovia). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Royal Chapel of St. Anthony of La Florida, and steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Madrid road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in March, expect little chillier with lows of 41°F in Madrid. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sat) before leaving for home.

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France travel guide

4.3
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.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
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.