25 days in France, Barcelona & Madrid Itinerary

25 days in France, Barcelona & Madrid Itinerary

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25 days in France, Barcelona & Madrid Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly + Train:  17 h 30 min
1
Amboise, France
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Bordeaux, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Lourdes, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Toulouse, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
5
Nice, France
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
6
Marseille, France
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
7
Avignon, France
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
8
Montpellier, France
— 1 day
Train:  3 h
9
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h
10
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

3
nights
Amboise, France

Amboise ©
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amboise: Chateau de Chambord (in Chambord) and Chateau de Cheverny (in Cheverny). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Royal d'Amboise, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Amboise route builder .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Amboise is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Amboise due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Johannesburg in June: high temperatures in Amboise hover around 26°C and lows are around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Chateau de Chenonceau, Chateau de Cheverny, Chateau de Chambord
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Chateau Royal d'Amboise ©
Chateau Royal d'Amboise
Chateau de Chenonceau ©
Chateau de Chenonceau
Chateau de Chambord ©
Chateau de Chambord

1
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Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
On the 9th (Tue), admire the striking features of La Cite du Vin, then make a trip to Place de la Bourse (Place Royale), and then make a trip to The Water Mirror.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux online itinerary planner .

Getting from Amboise to Bordeaux by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lourdes.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Museums Historic Sites
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La Cite du Vin
La Cite du Vin
Place de la Bourse ©
Place de la Bourse
The Water Mirror ©
The Water Mirror

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nights
Lourdes, France

Lourdes ©
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle de l'Adoration., browse the exhibits of Chateau Fort of Lourdes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grotte de Massabielle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes, and finally make a trip to Moulin de Boly - Maison Natale de Bernadette. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pont d'Espagne, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Ukrainienne, and then steep yourself in history at Basilique Saint-Pie X.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lourdes route planner.

Getting from Bordeaux to Lourdes by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. June in Lourdes sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Toulouse.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Pont d'Espagne
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Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes ©
Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes
Basilique Saint-Pie X ©
Basilique Saint-Pie X
Chateau Fort of Lourdes ©
Chateau Fort of Lourdes

2
nights
Toulouse, France

Toulouse ©
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Toulouse: Carcassonne Center (Eglise Saint-Nazaire & Cité de Carcassonne), Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi) and O'Vineyards (in Villemoustaussou). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins, contemplate the long history of Church of Les Jacobins, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japonais.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Toulouse trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Lourdes to Toulouse in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Toulouse sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Carcassonne, Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile

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nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
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.
When in Nice, make a side trip to see Massif de l'Esterel in Agay, approximately 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: visit Vieille Ville, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marineland, pause for some serene contemplation at St Nicholas Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Toulouse to Nice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Toulouse in June, Nice is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marineland, Massif de l'Esterel
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Marineland ©
Marineland
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

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nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Step out of Marseille with an excursion to Cours Mirabeau in Aix-en-Provence--about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, contemplate the long history of Chateau d'If, visit The Panier, and take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Nice in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Marseille: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Calanques, Cours Mirabeau
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Chateau d'If ©
Chateau d'If
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Calanques ©
Calanques

2
nights
Avignon, France

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, examine the collection at Musee Angladon, then step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, and finally don't miss a visit to Pont d'Avignon. Keep things going the next day: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, do a tasting at Distillerie A. Blachere, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Rocher des Doms.

Start your trip to Avignon by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can take a train from Marseille to Avignon in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. June in Avignon sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Montpellier.

Things to do in Avignon

Tours Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Distillerie A. Blachere, Carrieres des Lumieres
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Distillerie A. Blachere ©
Distillerie A. Blachere

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day
Montpellier, France

Montpellier ©
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): wander the streets of Place de la Comedie, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parc Zoologique Henri de Lunaret, then explore the world behind art at Musee Fabre, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St-Pierre.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Montpellier day trip planner .

You can take a train from Avignon to Montpellier in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June in Montpellier, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Montpellier

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Musee Fabre ©
Musee Fabre
Cathedrale St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale St-Pierre
Place de la Comedie ©
Place de la Comedie

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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.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, stop by Las Ramblas, and admire the local landmark of The Magic Fountain.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona day trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Montpellier to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Barcelona are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

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Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): stroll around Parque del Retiro, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, and then explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol and then examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Madrid holiday maker tool .

You can take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Barcelona in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Madrid, with highs around 36°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

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