19 days in Spain, Carcassonne & Avignon Itinerary

19 days in Spain, Carcassonne & Avignon Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
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Toledo, Spain
— 3 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Valencia, Spain
— 3 nights
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Begur, Spain
— 1 night
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Carcassonne, France
— 3 nights
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Avignon, France
— 4 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
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Madrid, Spain — 1 night

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Madrid trip builder tool.

Saint Louis, USA to Madrid is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 7 hours. In September, daytime highs in Madrid are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. You will leave for Toledo on the 13th (Wed).
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Toledo, Spain — 3 nights

Toledo is a World Heritage Site that embodies the complex cultural history of Spain while remaining a forward-moving, modern city.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes and Catedral Primada. Explore hidden gems such as Casco Historico de Toledo and Museo de los Concilios y de la Cultura Visigoda. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Las Santas Justa y Rufina, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convento de San Antonio de Padua, and admire the masterpieces at Hospital de Tavera.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Toledo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Madrid to Toledo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 2 nights

On the 16th (Sat), stop by Primor and then pick up some local products at Mercado de San Antón.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Toledo to Madrid takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Valencia.
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Valencia, Spain — 3 nights

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Plaza de la Virgen and El Museo Nacional de Ceramica y de las Artes Suntuarias Gonzalez Marti are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Castell de Xativa and Basílica de la Mare de Déu dels Desemparats. Go for a jaunt from Valencia to Gandia to see Le Petit Hammam Gandia about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Valencia Cathedral, examine the collection at Museu de Prehistoria de Valencia, stop by Botique Museo Lladro, and hunt for treasures at Central Market of Valencia.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Valencia route planner.

Getting from Madrid to Valencia by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Madrid in September since evenings lows in Valencia dip to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Begur.
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Begur, Spain — 1 night

Begur is a municipality in the comarca of the Baix Empordà in Catalonia, Spain, on the coastline of the Costa Brava.Begur has 3,986 inhabitants (according to the census of 2005). Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Peratallada, take an in-depth tour of Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya - Ullastret, explore the world behind art at Dali-Gala Castle Museum-House (Castell de Pubol), see the interesting displays at Museu Palau Solterra, then view the masterpieces at Fundacio Mascort, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castell de Begur.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Begur tour planner.

Traveling by car from Valencia to Begur takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Valencia in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 59°F in Begur. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne, France — 3 nights

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Explore hidden gems such as Chateau Comtal and Eglise Sainte-Marie-Madeleine. Get some historical perspective at Cathar Castles and Rennes le chateau. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Narbonne (Donjon Gilles Aycelin, Via Domitia of Narbonne, &more), Maison Noilly Prat (in Marseillan) and Olonzac Market (in Olonzac). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Vincent de Carcassonne, do a tasting at O'Vineyards, and snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Carcassonne tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Begur to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Avignon.
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Avignon, France — 4 nights

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Visit Amphitheatre (les Arenes) and St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime) for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eglise St-Trophime and Un Siecle de Roulottes. Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Place aux herbes (in Uzes), Chateau de Tarascon (in Tarascon) and Musee 1900 (in Arpaillargues). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, learn about winemaking at Musee du Vin Brotte Degustation et Vente, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Avignon vacation site.

Getting from Carcassonne to Avignon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. September in Avignon sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can fly to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 1 night

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, get a taste of the local shopping with Mercat Santa Caterina, then wander the streets of Ciutat Vella, then appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaça de Sant Felip Neri.

To find out how to plan a trip to Barcelona, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Avignon to Barcelona takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Avignon in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Barcelona, with lows around 65°F. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sat) before leaving for home.
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Spain travel guide

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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.
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Costa Brava travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Scuba & Snorkeling
Costa Brava, Catalonia’s famous "rugged coast," is an interesting mixture of rocky cliffs and picture-perfect sandy beaches. One of the country’s three major coastline vacation destinations, Costa Brava has an incredibly diverse marine life and draws considerable tourism for some of the finest scuba diving spots in the country. But its biggest attractions may very well be its inland stone villages and towns, many of which feature well-preserved medieval structures and extremely narrow cobblestone streets. Here, see numerous sites associated with the life and work of Salvador Dalí, the country’s renowned surrealist artist.
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