19 days in Spain & France Itinerary

19 days in Spain & France Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 day
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Bordeaux, France
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 1 night
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Zaragoza, Spain
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
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Paris, France

— 5 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.
Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre will appeal to history buffs. Head to Champs-Elysees and Saint Germain des Pres Quarterfor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, see the interesting displays at Fondation Louis Vuitton, head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis, and stop by Île de la Cité.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Paris tour itinerary planner.

Bogota, Colombia to Paris is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Bogota to Paris due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bogota in April, expect Paris to be a bit cooler, temps between 18°C and 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France

— 1 day
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 3rd (Tue), make a trip to Grand Degre and then appreciate the history behind Mont Saint-Michel.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel day trip planning tool.

Do a combination of train and taxi from Paris to Mont-Saint-Michel in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. May in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to fly to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites
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Bordeaux, France

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux road trip website.

You can fly from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bordeaux in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. While traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bordeaux, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 13°C. You will leave for San Sebastian - Donostia on the 4th (Wed).

Things to do in Bordeaux

Outdoors · Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

— 1 night

Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea

As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
On the 4th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Calle San Pedro, then contemplate the long history of St. Mary Gate, and then take in the views from Zurriolako zubia. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Albaola, The Sea Factory of the Basques and then deepen your knowledge of military history at Castillo de la Mota.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Sebastian - Donostia trip maker website.

Getting from Bordeaux to San Sebastian - Donostia by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Zaragoza.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Zaragoza, Spain

— 2 nights

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 6th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Antigua Facultad de Medicina, then learn more about the world around you at Museo de Ciencias Naturales, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Engracia Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Zaragoza trip app.

Traveling by car from San Sebastian - Donostia to Zaragoza takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in May, expect nights in Zaragoza to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Zaragoza

Historic Sites · Museums
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Barcelona, Spain

— 3 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia and Las Ramblas. Explore hidden gems such as El Born and Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional. The adventure continues: stroll around Parc Guell, wander the streets of Ciutat Vella, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, and shop like a local with La Boqueria.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona day trip planning website.

You can take a train from Zaragoza to Barcelona in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Zaragoza in May: highs in Barcelona hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can fly to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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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.
Visit Catedral Primada and Museo Cerralbo for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. Step out of Madrid with an excursion to Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes in Toledo--about 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum of Spain, and see where the action happens at Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Madrid tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Barcelona in May since evenings lows in Madrid dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.