21 days in France, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

21 days in France, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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Start: Cairo, Egypt
Fly:  7 h
1
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Bayeux, France
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7 h 30 min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h
4
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Albufeira, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  11 h 30 min
End: Cairo, Egypt

4
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Montmartre, get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais, stop by Les Expressives, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary planning tool.

Cairo, Egypt to Paris is an approximately 8- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Cairo to Paris, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, Paris is much colder than Cairo - with highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Montmartre ©
Montmartre
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): get outside with Omaha Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Les Vergers de Ducy.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Bayeux day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Bayeux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Omaha Beach, Les Vergers de Ducy
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Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
 Bayeux War Cemetery
Bayeux War Cemetery
Les Vergers de Ducy ©
Les Vergers de Ducy

4
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Get in touch with nature at Playa de La Barceloneta and Nova Mar Bella Beach. Shop till you drop at La Boqueria and Mercat de la Barceloneta. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, make a trip to Casa Batllo, wander the streets of Las Ramblas, and visit La Barceloneta.

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Traveling by combination of car and flight from Bayeux to Barcelona takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Bayeux in May, expect Barcelona to be somewhat warmer, temps between 25°C and 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Las Ramblas ©
Las Ramblas

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Get some cultural insight at Prado National Museum and Plaza Mayor. Appreciate the collections at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia and Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla, walk around Parque del Retiro, and hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid road trip planner.

You can take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 13°C in Madrid. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia ©
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, make a trip to Belém Tower, and then tour the water at your own pace with Lisbon by Boat. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at A Outra Face da Lua, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, and then take a stroll through Alfama.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Lisbon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Lisbon are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Albufeira.

Things to do in Lisbon

Shopping Transportation Tours
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Museu Calouste Gulbenkian ©
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Alfama ©
Alfama

3
nights
Albufeira, Portugal

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Praia Da Rocha and Falesia Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Odeceixe Beach and Praia da Coelha. Step out of Albufeira with an excursion to Praia do Monte Clérigo in Aljezur--about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Praia dos Olhos de Água.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Albufeira day trip planning website.

Getting from Lisbon to Albufeira by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albufeira

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Praia do Monte Clérigo, Odeceixe Beach, Praia Da Rocha
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Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Odeceixe Beach ©
Odeceixe Beach

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