8 days in France, Spain & Zakynthos Itinerary

8 days in France, Spain & Zakynthos Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
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Santa Eulalia del Rio, Spain
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Tsilivi (Planos), Greece
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Annecy, France
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Paris, France
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Nice, France
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Barcelona, Spain — 1 night

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 22nd (Mon), wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, stroll around Parc Guell, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Batllo.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona tour itinerary app.

Washington, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Barcelona when traveling from Washington in August, with lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Santa Eulalia del Rio.
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Santa Eulalia del Rio, Spain — 1 night

Offering a mix of nature, culture, and entertainment, a vacation in Santa Eulalia del Rio provides a quintessential Ibiza experience.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): get outside with Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Club.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Santa Eulalia del Rio road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Santa Eulalia del Rio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Tsilivi (Planos).
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Tsilivi (Planos), Greece — 2 nights

A growing favorite with international vacationers, Tsilivi sits on the northern coast of Zakynthos.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): stroll through St Nicholas Beach and then get a dose of the wild on Mario's Cave and Turtle Boat Trips. On your second day here, make a splash at Tsilivi Waterpark and then make a splash at Water Village.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tsilivi (Planos) trip planner.

You can fly from Santa Eulalia del Rio to Tsilivi (Planos) in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Santa Eulalia del Rio to Tsilivi (Planos), you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santa Eulalia del Rio in August: highs in Tsilivi (Planos) hover around 92°F, while lows dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Annecy.
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Annecy, France — 1 night

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
On the 26th (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at La Tournette and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Annecy.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Annecy trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Tsilivi (Planos) to Annecy takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In August, Annecy is a bit cooler than Tsilivi (Planos) - with highs of 77°F and lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to fly to Paris.
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Paris, France — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower and then admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum.

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Traveling by flight from Annecy to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Nice.
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Nice, France — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Castel Plage.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nice trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Nice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nice, with lows around 71°F. On the 28th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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Spain travel guide

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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.
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Ibiza travel guide

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Beaches · Nightlife · Outdoor Activities
Famous for its vibrant nightlife and numerous near-perfect beaches, Ibiza also features a rustic countryside few casual visitors ever get to see. Seaside festivals offer a convenient opportunity to soak up lots of local culture, but for a taste of genuine island life try to get away from the overcrowded tourist spots along the most popular sections of the coast. Though for many visitors Ibiza remains synonymous with endless raves on the waterfront, savvier travelers explore the island’s unspoiled northeast, which is covered by thick pine forests and olive groves. Away from the jostling tourist crowds you can experience the island’s lesser-known charms, including quiet wooded trails, secluded bays, and outstanding vineyards.
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Zakynthos travel guide

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Flower of the East
Located just off the west coast of mainland Greece, Zakynthos enjoys a reputation as both a party destination and a family-friendly getaway. Packed with foreign tourists along its eastern and southeastern coastline, the island also features numerous tranquil pockets in its central region of forested mountains and rolling hills. Avoid the overcrowded east by discovering the island's less-explored northern sections, which contain a series of deep caves that feature sun reflecting on seawater and white stones, creating a striking shade of azure particular to this part of the world. The northern capes of the island also offer the calmest waters, which lap a string of developed beaches with plenty of modern facilities.
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France travel guide

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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.
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