17 days in France, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

17 days in France, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 1 night
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Granada, Spain
— 1 night
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Cordoba, Spain
— 1 day
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Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France — 4 nights

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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary builder tool.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Paris is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Paris due to the time zone difference. In December, Paris is much colder than Kolkata (Calcutta) - with highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can take a train to Bordeaux.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks
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Bordeaux, France — 1 night

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 21st (Wed), make a trip to The Water Mirror, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then make a trip to Place de la Bourse.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux travel route builder website.

You can take a train from Paris to Bordeaux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can fly to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 2 nights

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 22nd (Thu), take a stroll through Las Ramblas, then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Amatller. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, then admire the striking features of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, and finally stroll around Parc Guell.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip itinerary planning site.

Fly from Bordeaux to Barcelona in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Bordeaux, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Barcelona, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 2 nights

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 24th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Museo Lazaro Galdiano, take in nature's colorful creations at Real Jardin Botanico, then steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, and finally make a trip to Puerta del Sol. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Parque del Retiro, explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor.

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Getting from Barcelona to Madrid by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in December, expect Madrid to be a bit cooler, temps between 14°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Granada.
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Granada, Spain — 1 night

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Alhambra and then don't miss a visit to Carrera del Darro.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Granada trip planner.

Fly from Madrid to Granada in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can take a train to Cordoba.
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Cordoba, Spain — 1 day

Andalucía’s thousand-year-old city, Córdoba, was once the capital of both the Roman Empire and the Moorish Kingdom, representing an alluring mix of cultural and political history.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then examine the collection at Museo del Guadameci Omeya. Exposicion de Ramon Garcia Romero y Jose Carlos V. Garcia, then admire the landmark architecture of Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, and finally snap pictures at Roman Bridge.

For reviews and more tourist information, refer to the Cordoba tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Granada to Cordoba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Granada in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Cordoba, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Seville.
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Seville, Spain — 2 nights

A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla, and finally admire the striking features of Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol).

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Seville trip builder.

You can take a train from Cordoba to Seville in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Seville when traveling from Cordoba in December, with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can fly to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 2 nights

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 29th (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, and finally contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): take a stroll through Rossio Square, pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, get engrossed in the history at Museu de Marinha, then make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and finally take a stroll through Alfama.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lisbon attractions planning site.

You can fly from Seville to Lisbon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in December, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Paris.
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Paris, France — 1 night

On the 31st (Sat), make a trip to Louvre Museum.

To find maps and more tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Lisbon in December; daily highs in Paris reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.
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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.
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Portugal travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.
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