4 days in France & Spain Itinerary

4 days in France & Spain Itinerary

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Tours, France
— 1 day
Sarlat-la-Caneda, France
— 1 night
Train to Bordeaux St Jean, Fly to Alicante
Alicante, Spain
— 1 night
Fly to Madrid, Train to Zaragoza
Zaragoza, Spain
— 1 night


Tours, France — 1 day

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Saint-Gatien, admire the natural beauty at Chateau de Villandry, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tours trip planner.

London, UK to Tours is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Tours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sarlat-la-Caneda.
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Sarlat-la-Caneda, France — 1 night

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
On the 20th (Thu), indulge in some personalized pampering at Mandala Spirit, then contemplate the long history of Chateau de Beynac, and then steep yourself in history at Chateau de Castelnaud.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sarlat-la-Caneda visit site.

You can drive from Tours to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Alicante.
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Alicante, Spain — 1 night

City of Sun

As Valencia’s second largest city and one of the most well-known along the Costa Blanca, Alicante has an enchanting atmosphere that blends rich history with animated beach life.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get engrossed in the history at MARQ Museo Arqueologico de Alicante, then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de Santa Barbara, and then don't miss a visit to Passeig Esplanada d'Espanya.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Alicante route maker tool.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Alicante in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in October: high temperatures in Alicante hover around 30°C and lows are around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Zaragoza.
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Zaragoza, Spain — 1 night

City of Four Cultures

The city of Zaragoza is known as the City of Four Cultures for its interwoven history of Iberian, Roman, Moorish, and Christian influences.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): appreciate the history behind Palacio de la Aljaferia, steep yourself in history at Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Zaragoza road trip planning site.

Getting from Alicante to Zaragoza by combination of flight and train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Alicante in October, with highs in Zaragoza at 27°C and lows at 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back 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.

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.