15 days in Morocco, Spain & France Itinerary

15 days in Morocco, Spain & France Itinerary

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Marrakech, Morocco
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Madrid, Spain
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Barcelona, Spain
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Nice, France
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Paris, France
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Marrakech, Morocco

— 2 nights

Red City

You won't run out of things to do in Marrakech, a city where you can spend days exploring grandiose palaces and mosques, photogenic gardens, sacred tombs, and traditional mansions that evoke a bygone era.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, admire the landmark architecture of Koutoubia Mosque, and then hunt for treasures at Jemaa el-Fna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Marrakech online itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to Marrakech is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is 5 hours. When traveling from New York City in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Marrakech: temperatures range from 92°F by day to 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to fly to Madrid.

Things to do in Marrakech

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 7:

Madrid, Spain

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, then make a trip to Plaza Mayor, then make a trip to Puerta del Sol, and finally contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid. On the next day, stroll around Parque del Retiro, explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, and then examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Marrakech to Madrid in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Marrakech to Madrid, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Marrakech, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Madrid, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 9:

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.
Barcelona is known for historic sites, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, make a trip to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, and get to know the fascinating history of Las Ramblas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Madrid in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Barcelona: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Nice.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Saint-Raphael (TakSea & Total Xscape) and Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron). Spend the 13th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, get outside with Quai Rauba Capeu, and kick back and relax at Castel Plage.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nice online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Nice in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In June in Nice, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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.
Paris is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, and contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris road trip planning tool.

Fly from Nice to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Paris when traveling from Nice in June, with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 19:

Morocco travel guide

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Flea Markets · Gardens · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Diverse in landscapes and cultures, Morocco has long been a popular tourist destination, offering many quintessential North African vistas, sounds, and tastes. The ancient medinas of the main cities have retained their look and feel over the centuries, with bustling markets of colorful spice stalls, leather tanning in the streets, and teahouses. The dunes of the Sahara and the peaks of the High Atlas mountains battle for the interest of tourists on holiday in Morocco, with each possessing impressive, picturesque scenery, and hidden-away traditional villages, filled with crafts, carpets, and a rural way of life.

Spain travel guide

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Beaches · Churches · 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.

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.