20 days in France, Barcelona & Madrid Itinerary

20 days in France, Barcelona & Madrid Itinerary

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Paris, France
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
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Bordeaux, France
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Barcelona, Spain
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Madrid, Spain
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Paris, France — 5 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.
Let the collections at Louvre Museum and Fondation Louis Vuitton capture your imagination. Step off the beaten path and head to Musee Marmottan Monet and Latin Quarter. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, stroll through Île de la Cité, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and examine the collection at Atelier des Lumieres.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris driving holiday planner.

Bogota, Colombia to Paris is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Bogota to Paris. In April, Paris is slightly colder than Bogota - with highs of 18°C and lows of 6°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Mont-Saint-Michel.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Grand Degre, then make a trip to Tour de L'Arcade, and then contemplate the long history of Maison de Bertrand du Guesclin.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mont-Saint-Michel trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Paris to Mont-Saint-Michel in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux, France — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take a stroll through Port de la Lune, see the interesting displays at Musee du Vin et du Negoce, then pause for some serene contemplation at Église Notre-Dame, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Tour Pey-Berland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion, do a tasting at Chateau La Croizille, then learn about winemaking at Chateau de Reignac, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bordeaux trip builder.

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bordeaux by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in May, you will find days in Bordeaux are a bit warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to fly to Barcelona.
Historic Sites · Wineries · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Barcelona, Spain — 4 nights

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Head to La Boqueria and Villa del Arte Galleriesfor plenty of shopping. Visit Basilica de la Sagrada Familia and El Barri Gòtic for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of El Born, get engrossed in the history at Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral.

Before you visit Barcelona, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Fly from Bordeaux to Barcelona in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. On the 10th (Tue), you're off to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 5 nights

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Visit Royal Palace of Madrid and Museo Cerralbo for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza and Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande. And it doesn't end there: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum of Spain, and explore the world behind art at Museo Sorolla.

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Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in May, Madrid is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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France travel guide

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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.