21 days in France, Barcelona & Lisbon Itinerary

21 days in France, Barcelona & Lisbon Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
Amboise, France
— 1 night
Chinon, France
— 2 nights
Barcelona, Spain
— 6 nights
Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights


Paris, France — 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Vieux Bassin and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Memorial Samuel de Champlain (in Honfleur), Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte (in Maincy) and Fontainebleau Forest (Foret de Fontainebleau) (in Fontainebleau). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Louvre Museum, stroll around Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and explore the world behind art at Atelier des Lumieres.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Paris driving holiday planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Paris due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sao Paulo in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Paris, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Amboise.
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Amboise, France — 1 night

Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Royal d'Amboise, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Loire River.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Amboise vacation planner.

Getting from Paris to Amboise by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Chinon.
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Chinon, France — 2 nights

On the banks of the Vienne River, Chinon offers access to a rich wine area in the Loire Valley.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Cave Monplaisir, admire the natural beauty at Manoir de Clairefontaine, and then contemplate the long history of Apothicairerie de Bauge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Sainte-Chapelle de Champigny sur Veude, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, then stop by La Savonnerie du Zebre, and finally find something for the whole family at Saint Benoit Aventure.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Chinon trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Amboise to Chinon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Chinon are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 6 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Vila Vella (Old Town) and Photography Tours. Explore Barcelona's surroundings by going to Scuba & Snorkeling (in Sant Feliu de Guixols), Camino de Ronda (in S'Agaro) and Fenals Beach (in Lloret de Mar). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, make a trip to Plaza de Catalunya, take a stroll through Las Ramblas, and admire the masterpieces at Casa Vicens.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Chinon to Barcelona in 9.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Chinon in August; daily highs in Barcelona reach 33°C and lows reach 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 5 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parque Natural da Arrabida and Spas. Take a break from Lisbon with a short trip to Palacio Nacional de Mafra in Mafra, about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, take some stellar pictures from Miradouro da Graca (Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen), contemplate the long history of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and don't miss a visit to Belém Tower.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lisbon day trip website.

Getting from Barcelona to Lisbon by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Barcelona in August since evenings lows in Lisbon dip to 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Fri) before leaving for home.
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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.

Centre-Val de Loire travel guide

Centre is a large inland region around the Loire Valley made up of six departments and known for its wealth of places to visit, including fine historical towns, remarkable gardens, forests, fruit orchards, vineyards, and its many renovated châteaux. Its natural landscape includes the rich, fertile valleys of the Loire River and its tributaries and is extremely conducive to outdoor sightseeing. The official name for the region is frequently combined in tourist literature with the French appellation Val-de-Loire to produce the combination Centre-Val-de-Loire, reflecting this region's embrace of the renowned valley of the river Loire. Notable for its historic towns, architecture, and wines, the Centre region has been inhabited since the Middle Palaeolithic period.