48 days in Spain & France Itinerary

48 days in Spain & France Itinerary

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Lyon, France
— 8 nights
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Avignon, France
— 6 nights
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Arles, France
— 3 nights
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Nimes, France
— 3 nights
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Girona, Spain
— 6 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Tarragona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Benicasim, Spain
— 2 nights
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Valencia, Spain
— 10 nights
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Lyon, France

— 8 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Popular historic sites such as Théâtre gallo-romain and Cathedrale saint Jean-Baptiste are in your itinerary. Musee Miniature et Cinema and Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: Chateau de Cormatin (in Cormatin) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in Beaune). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, stop by Croix-Rousse, and examine the collection at Fresque des Lyonnais.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Lyon driving holiday app.

Montreal, Canada to Lyon is an approximately 12-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Montreal to Lyon due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Montreal in October, you will find days in Lyon are somewhat warmer (21°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Avignon.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trips

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palais des Papes and Cathedrale Notre-Dame des Doms. Discover out-of-the-way places like Eglise St-Vincent and Musee des Santons. Step out of Avignon with an excursion to Carrieres des Lumieres in Les Baux de Provence--about 38 minutes away. On the 21st (Thu), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. It doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Saint Pierre.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Avignon online route planner.

Getting from Lyon to Avignon by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Arles.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

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Arles, France

— 3 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Step off the beaten path and head to Amphitheatre (les Arenes) and Eglise St-Vincent. Your inner history buff will appreciate Abbaye de Montmajour and Chateau des Baux de Provence. Change things up with a short trip to Presbytère des Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (about 38 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, contemplate the long history of Thermes de Constantin, delve into the distant past at Les Alyscamps, and don't miss a visit to Le Sentier des Moulins d'Alphonse Daudet.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Arles trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Avignon to Arles in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Nimes.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 25:

Nimes, France

— 3 nights

French Rome

Nîmes has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire, with a stunning coliseum that is second only to Rome's.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jardins de la Fontaine and Castellum Aquae. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Temple de Diane and Chapelle des Penitents blancs d'Aigues-Mortes. Venture out of the city with trips to Musee 1900 (in Arpaillargues), Un Siecle de Roulottes (in Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie) and Aigues-Mortes (Les Trains du Colorado, Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Et-Saint-Castor de Nimes, admire the masterpieces at Carre d'Art/Musee d'Art Contemporain, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte-Perpetue et Sainte-Felicite de Nimes, and delve into the distant past at La Maison Carree.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nimes trip planner.

Drive from Arles to Nimes in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Girona.

Things to do in Nimes

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 28:

Girona, Spain

— 6 nights

City of a Thousand Sieges

Catalonia’s second-largest city, Girona embodies old-world charm, with its narrow cobblestone streets and traditional Catalan culture.
Get a sense of the local culture at Girona Cathedral (Catedral) and Dali-Gala Castle Museum-House (Castell de Pubol). Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Esglesia de Santa Maria and Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya - Ullastret. Venture out of the city with trips to Cadaques (Museo de Cadaques & Far de Cala Nans (Cala Nans Lighthouse)), Castell de Montsoriu (in Arbucies) and Castle of Montgri (in Torroella de Montgri). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Siurana, examine the collection at Cinema Museum Girona (Museu del Cinema), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and steep yourself in history at Pujada de Sant Domenec.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Girona driving holiday planner.

Getting from Nimes to Girona by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nimes in October, expect nights in Girona to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Barcelona.

Things to do in Girona

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 3:

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo. Popular historic sites such as El Barri Gòtic and Plaça de Sant Felip Neri are in your itinerary. Take a break from Barcelona with a short trip to Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona in Castelldefels, about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Parc Guell, admire the striking features of Casa Amatller, pick up some local products at Mercat Santa Caterina, and get engrossed in the history at Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona online trip planner.

You can drive from Girona to Barcelona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tarragona.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Catedral Basilica Metropolitana Primada de Tarragona and Tarraco Arena Plaza. We've included these beaches for you: Playa de Calafell and Playa de Arrabassada. Change things up with these side-trips from Tarragona: Platja de Ribes Roges (in Vilanova i la Geltru), Clos Dominic S.L. (in Porrera) and Cartoixa de Scala Dei (in Escaladei). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Anfiteatro de Tarragona, tour the pleasant surroundings at Platja Llarga, take in the spiritual surroundings of Capilla de San Pablo, and learn about winemaking at Celler Devinssi.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tarragona online holiday maker.

Traveling by car from Barcelona to Tarragona takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Benicasim.

Things to do in Tarragona

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Benicasim, Spain

— 2 nights
On the 11th (Thu), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Carmelitano Bodegas y Destilerias, examine the collection at Museo del Naipe, then explore the historical opulence of Castillo de Xivert, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Parroquial de Santo Tomas de Villanueva. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Valltorta Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Arciprestal de Sant Mateu, and then don't miss a visit to Cruz Desierto de las Palmas.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Benicasim holiday planner.

You can drive from Tarragona to Benicasim in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November in Benicasim, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 10°C at night. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Valencia.

Things to do in Benicasim

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 13:

Valencia, Spain

— 10 nights

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Step off the beaten path and head to Castell de Xativa and Wine Tours & Tastings. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Parroquia de San Nicolas de Bari y San Pedro Martir and Basílica de la Mare de Déu dels Desemparats. Explore Valencia's surroundings by going to Playa de Levante (in Benidorm), Castillo de la Atalaya / Atalaya Castle (in Villena) and Palau Ducal dels Borja Gandia (in Gandia). There's still lots to do: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, take a stroll through Casco Antiguo, admire the striking features of Torres de Quart, and get a taste of the local shopping with Central Market of Valencia.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Valencia online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Benicasim to Valencia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Valencia

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 13 — 23:

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 · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
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.