34 days in Spain & France Itinerary

34 days in Spain & France Itinerary

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Nice, France
— 4 nights
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Avignon, France
— 6 nights
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Narbonne, France
— 3 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Tarragona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Valencia, Spain
— 5 nights
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Cuenca, Spain
— 3 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
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Nice, France

— 4 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Old Harbor (La Darse) and Place Garibaldi. Visit Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Le Suquet for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Food Tours and Spas. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Place Rossetti, get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, and stroll the grounds of Cimetiere du Chateau.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nice itinerary planner.

Montreal, Canada to Nice is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Nice is 6 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Montreal in September, with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Avignon, France

— 6 nights

City of Popes

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Jardin du Chateau d'eau, Roman Theatre of Orange and Amphitheatre (les Arenes). Your inner history buff will appreciate Palais des Papes and Pont d'Avignon. Musee Lapidaire and Collegiale Saint-Didier are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Rocher des Doms, see the interesting displays at Collection Lambert, steep yourself in history at Musee du Petit Palais, and explore the world behind art at Musee D'art Cotemporain.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Avignon itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Nice to Avignon in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in September, expect little chillier with lows of 16°C in Avignon. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Narbonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Narbonne, France

— 3 nights

Crossroads of the South

The Mediterranean city of Narbonne links to the nearby Canal du Midi and the Aude River by the Canal de la Robine, which runs through the center of town.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee Archeologique and Musee d'Art et d'Histoire. Step off the beaten path and head to Les Halles de Narbonne and L'Aude en liberte. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Via Domitia of Narbonne.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Narbonne trip itinerary app.

Traveling by train from Avignon to Narbonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Narbonne are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Barcelona.

Things to do in Narbonne

Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

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.
On the 29th (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Plaça de Sant Felip Neri and then admire the striking features of Casa Vicens. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, admire the striking features of Casa Amatller, wander the streets of El Born, then wander the streets of Ciutat Vella, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona online journey builder.

Getting from Narbonne to Barcelona by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Barcelona are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Tarragona.

Things to do in Barcelona

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

Tarragona, Spain

— 3 nights
Tarragona is a port city located in northeast Spain on the Costa Daurada by the Mediterranean Sea. Peniscola Castle and Gaudi Centre Reus are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Casa Castellarnau and Museu Nacional Arqueologic de Tarragona capture your imagination. Explore Tarragona's surroundings by going to Peniscola (Bufador, Casco Antiguo, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Anfiteatro de Tarragona, don't miss a visit to Torre del Pretorio Romana, stroll through Capellans Beach, and appreciate the history behind Monumento a los Castellers.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tarragona online trip builder.

You can drive from Barcelona to Tarragona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Tarragona can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Valencia.

Things to do in Tarragona

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Valencia, Spain

— 5 nights

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Let the collections at El Museo Nacional de Ceramica y de las Artes Suntuarias Gonzalez Marti and Museu Faller de Valencia capture your imagination. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Valencia Cathedral and La Lonja de la Seda. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Plaza de la Virgen, wander the streets of Casco Antiguo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Holy Grail, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Valencia trip builder site.

Drive from Tarragona to Valencia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Cuenca.

Things to do in Valencia

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Cuenca, Spain

— 3 nights
Cuenca is a city in the autonomous community of Castile–La Mancha in central Spain. Historic Walled Town of Cuenca and Catedral De Cuenca will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Museo de Arte Abstracto Espanol and Ermita y Santuario de Nuestra Senora de las Angustias. There's much more to do: take in the views from Puente de San Pablo (Saint Paul Bridge), step into the grandiose world of Moya Castle, steep yourself in history at Murallo y Arco de Bezudo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Miguel.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cuenca online trip planner.

Take a train from Valencia to Cuenca in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Cuenca

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Madrid, Spain

— 5 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Step off the beaten path and head to Alcazar of Segovia and Wine Tours & Tastings. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Royal Palace of Madrid and Catedral de Segovia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Madrid: Avila (Catedral de Avila & The Walls of Avila) and Toledo (Mirador del Valle, MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum of Spain.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Madrid trip planner.

You can take a train from Cuenca to Madrid in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Madrid are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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
Beaches · Landmarks · Architectural Buildings
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.