37 days in Spain & France Itinerary

37 days in Spain & France Itinerary

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Nice, France
— 4 nights
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Avignon, France
— 5 nights
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Narbonne, France
— 4 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
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Tarragona, Spain
— 4 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.
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musée Marc Chagall are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to La cité médiévale and Food Tours. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs (in St-Paul-de-Vence) and Cannes (Clock Tower of Notre-Dame de l'Esperance, Le Suquet, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Haut de Cagnes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St Pierre & Paul, admire the masterpieces at Massena Museum, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nice trip planner.

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. Traveling from Montreal in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nice, with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 21:

Avignon, France

— 5 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.
Appreciate the collections at Carrieres des Lumieres and Palais du Roure. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Amphitheatre (les Arenes) and Roman Theatre of Orange. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence), Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence) and Moulin de Daudet (in Fontvieille). There's lots more to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Grignan, admire the masterpieces at Musee Angladon, and pause for some photo ops at Triumphal Arch.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Avignon sightseeing planner.

Drive from Nice to Avignon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Avignon, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Narbonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 26:

Narbonne, France

— 4 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee Archeologique and Musee d'Art et d'Histoire. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Abbaye de Fontfroide and Cathedrale St-Just. Change things up with these side-trips from Narbonne: Grotte de Clamouse (in Saint-Jean-de-Fos), Le Phare de Port la Nouvelle (in Port La Nouvelle) and Abbaye de Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert (in Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Peyrepertuse, examine the collection at Musee de Lodeve (Musee Fleury), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Paul, and take an in-depth tour of Lapidaire Museum (Musee Lapidaire).

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Narbonne trip itinerary app.

Getting from Avignon to Narbonne by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. September in Narbonne sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Barcelona.

Things to do in Narbonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:

Barcelona, Spain

— 5 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.
Get some historical perspective at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Plaça de Sant Felip Neri. Get some cultural insight at Parc Guell and Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Casa Vicens, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, and stop by El Born.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Barcelona travel route builder.

You can drive from Narbonne to Barcelona in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Tarragona.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours
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Tarragona, Spain

— 4 nights
Tarragona is a port city located in northeast Spain on the Costa Daurada by the Mediterranean Sea. Museum-lovers will get to explore Gaudi Centre Reus and Museu d'Art Modern de la Diputacio de Tarragona. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Peniscola Castle and Circ Roma. Venture out of the city with trips to Peniscola (Ermita De Santa Ana, Casco Antiguo, &more), Real Monasterio de Santa Maria de Poblet (in Poblet) and Turo Seu Vella (in Lleida). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Anfiteatro de Tarragona, make a trip to Pont del Diable, kick back and relax at Llevant Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at Esglesia de Sant Agusti.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tarragona vacation builder site.

Getting from Barcelona to Tarragona by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October in Tarragona, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Valencia.

Things to do in Tarragona

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 9:

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.
Get some historical perspective at Plaza de la Virgen and Valencia Cathedral. Get some cultural insight at Castell de Xativa and Basílica de la Mare de Déu dels Desemparats. Venture out of the city with trips to Museu de la Festa d'Ibi (in Ibi), Ermita del Calvari (in Alcalali) and Barrio Santa Cruz (in Alicante). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at El Museo Nacional de Ceramica y de las Artes Suntuarias Gonzalez Marti, steep yourself in history at La Lonja de la Seda, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Jardi del Turia.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Valencia trip tool.

You can drive from Tarragona to Valencia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can take a train to Cuenca.

Things to do in Valencia

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 14:

Cuenca, Spain

— 3 nights
Cuenca is a city in the autonomous community of Castile–La Mancha in central Spain. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo de Arte Abstracto Espanol and Museo Fundacion Antonio Perez. Explore hidden gems such as Historic Walled Town of Cuenca and Puente de San Pablo (Saint Paul Bridge). Change things up with these side-trips from Cuenca: Castillo de Belmonte (in Belmonte) and Ciudad Encantada (in Valdecabras). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral De Cuenca, contemplate the long history of Murallo y Arco de Bezudo, explore the world behind art at Museo Tesoro Catedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ermita y Santuario de Nuestra Senora de las Angustias.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cuenca trip planner.

You can take a train from Valencia to Cuenca in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Cuenca

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 17:

Madrid, Spain

— 5 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Walls of Avila and Museo Sorolla. Royal Palace of Madrid and The Four Posts will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Avila (Church of San Andrés & Catedral de Avila) and Toledo (Alcazar - Biblioteca de Castilla-La Mancha, MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum of Spain.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Madrid trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Cuenca to Madrid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 22:

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.