34 days in Spain & France Itinerary

34 days in Spain & France Itinerary

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Nice, France
— 4 nights
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Avignon, France
— 6 nights
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Narbonne, France
— 3 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Tarragona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Valencia, Spain
— 5 nights
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Cuenca, Spain
— 3 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Old Harbor (La Darse) and Place Garibaldi. Visit Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Vieille Ville for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Le Suquet and Food Tours. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Place Rossetti, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere du Chateau, and admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Nice journey maker tool.

Montreal, Canada to Nice is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Montreal to Nice. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Montreal in September, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 19:

Avignon, France

— 6 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Jardin du Chateau d'eau, Roman Theatre of Orange and Amphitheatre (les Arenes). Your inner history buff will appreciate Palais des Papes and Collegiale Saint-Didier. Musee Lapidaire and Street of Dyers (Rue de Teinturiers) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Rocher des Doms, see the interesting displays at Collection Lambert, get a new perspective on nature at Musee Requien, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie A. Blachere.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Avignon holiday planner.

Take a train from Nice to Avignon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nice in September since evenings lows in Avignon dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Narbonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 25:

Narbonne, France

— 3 nights

Crossroads of the South

The Mediterranean city of Narbonne links to the nearby Canal du Midi and the Aude River by the Canal de la Robine, which runs through the center of town.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee Archeologique and Via Domitia of Narbonne. You'll explore and learn at Musee d'Art et d'Histoire and L'Aude en liberte. It doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Les Halles de Narbonne and make a trip to Canal de la Robine.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Narbonne road trip planning app.

Take a train from Avignon to Narbonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Barcelona.

Things to do in Narbonne

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:

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.
On the 29th (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Plaça de Sant Felip Neri and then admire the striking features of Casa Vicens. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, admire the striking features of Casa Amatller, wander the streets of El Born, then wander the streets of Ciutat Vella, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona online journey builder.

Getting from Narbonne to Barcelona by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Barcelona are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Tarragona.

Things to do in Barcelona

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 1:

Tarragona, Spain

— 3 nights
Tarragona is a port city located in northeast Spain on the Costa Daurada by the Mediterranean Sea. Peniscola Castle and Anfiteatro de Tarragona are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Gaudi Centre Reus and Casa Castellarnau capture your imagination. Explore Tarragona's surroundings by going to Peniscola (Bufador, Casco Antiguo, &more). There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Monumento a los Castellers, don't miss a visit to Torre del Pretorio Romana, take an in-depth tour of Museu Nacional Arqueologic de Tarragona, and explore the ancient world of Muralla romana de Tarragona.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tarragona trip planner.

You can drive from Barcelona to Tarragona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Valencia.

Things to do in Tarragona

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 4:

Valencia, Spain

— 5 nights

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Let the collections at El Museo Nacional de Ceramica y de las Artes Suntuarias Gonzalez Marti and Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia capture your imagination. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Valencia Cathedral and Jardi del Turia. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Plaza de la Virgen, examine the collection at Museu Faller de Valencia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Holy Grail, and stop by Casco Antiguo.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Valencia trip builder site.

Drive from Tarragona to Valencia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Cuenca.

Things to do in Valencia

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 9:

Cuenca, Spain

— 3 nights
Cuenca is a city in the autonomous community of Castile–La Mancha in central Spain. Historic Walled Town of Cuenca and Catedral De Cuenca will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Museo de Arte Abstracto Espanol and Museo Casa Palacio. There's much more to do: take in the views from Puente de San Pablo (Saint Paul Bridge), step into the grandiose world of Moya Castle, steep yourself in history at Murallo y Arco de Bezudo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Miguel.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cuenca online trip planner.

Take a train from Valencia to Cuenca in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Cuenca

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 12:

Madrid, Spain

— 5 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Step off the beaten path and head to Alcazar of Segovia and Museo Sorolla. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Royal Palace of Madrid and Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Madrid: Toledo (Mirador del Valle, MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo, &more), Avila (Catedral de Avila & The Walls of Avila) and Catedral de Segovia (in Segovia). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum of Spain.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Madrid trip planner.

You can take a train from Cuenca to Madrid in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Madrid are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 17:

France travel guide

4.3
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.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Landmarks · Architectural Buildings
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.