16 days in France, Barcelona & Madrid Itinerary

16 days in France, Barcelona & Madrid Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Dijon, France
— 1 night
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Avignon, France
— 1 night
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Aix-en-Provence, France
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Paris, France

— 4 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.
Let the collections at Petit Palais and Musee du Parfum - Fragonard capture your imagination. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ile Saint-Louis and Memorial De La Shoah. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville, examine the collection at National Museum of Natural History, and wander the streets of Île de la Cité.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Paris travel route planner.

Bogota, Colombia to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Bogota in July, expect Paris to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Dijon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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Dijon, France

— 1 night

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
On the 25th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon, take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Art Sacre, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the striking features of Hotel de Vogue, then admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, and finally don't miss a visit to Place de la Liberation.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Dijon trip planner.

Getting from Paris to Dijon by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Dijon are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Avignon.

Things to do in Dijon

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas
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Avignon, France

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): wander the streets of Place Des Carmes and then steep yourself in history at Place Crillon.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Avignon tour itinerary maker website.

Traveling by train from Dijon to Avignon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, Avignon is somewhat warmer than Dijon - with highs of 36°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Avignon

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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Aix-en-Provence, France

— 2 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
On the 27th (Tue), relax in the rural setting at Var Lamas, then get up close to creatures of the deep with Decouverte du Vivant, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Nazaire de Sanary-sur-Mer, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentier Littoral. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Mairie d'Aix-en-Provence, explore the world behind art at Site Granet XXe, Collection Jean Planque, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Jean-de-Malte, then admire the local landmark of Mossy Fountain, and finally wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Aix-en-Provence travel site.

You can drive from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Aix-en-Provence are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Barcelona.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

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Barcelona, Spain

— 4 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.
Bring the kids along to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Ciutat Vella. Discover out-of-the-way places like Casa Vicens and Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA. And it doesn't end there: walk around Parc Guell, cast your line with a fishing tour, contemplate the long history of Portal de Santa Madrona, and admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Aix-en-Provence to Barcelona by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Transportation · Tours
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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.
You'll explore and learn at Museo Sorolla and Casita Museo de Raton Perez. Bring the kids along to Royal Palace of Madrid and La Latina. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Madrid: Avila (Iglesia de Santo Tome el Viejo, Catedral de Avila, &more). The adventure continues: make a trip to Plaza Mayor and explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum of Spain.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip maker.

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. When traveling from Barcelona in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Madrid, with highs around 39°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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France travel guide

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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.