9 days in Madrid, Barcelona & Paris Itinerary

9 days in Madrid, Barcelona & Paris Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): walk around Parque del Retiro, admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid. On your second day here, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, then examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and finally steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor.

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Beirut, Lebanon to Madrid is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Beirut, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Madrid, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Barcelona.

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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 historic sites, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, pick up some local products at La Boqueria, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, and walk around Ciutadella Park.

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You can fly from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Madrid in July, plan for little chillier days in Barcelona, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Paris.

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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.
On the 8th (Fri), stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, then explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

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Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in July, things will get little chillier in Paris: highs are around 30°C and lows about 18°C. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

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