25 days in Spain & France Itinerary

25 days in Spain & France Itinerary

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Lyon, France
— 2 nights
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Saint-Etienne, France
— 1 night
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Aix-en-Provence, France
— 2 nights
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Montpellier, France
— 3 nights
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Lyon, France
— 2 nights
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Perpignan, France
— 3 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Valencia, Spain
— 1 night
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Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 night
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Bayeux, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Lyon, France — 2 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.
On the 15th (Fri), examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by La boutique de Mathilde, get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, then make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lyon online tour planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Lyon is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 9 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Saint-Etienne.
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Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:

Saint-Etienne, France — 1 night

Situated in the Massif Central, Saint-Étienne is a bustling capital of the Loire department with diverse activities and attractions, such as natural gorges, cultural events, cathedrals, historical sites, museums, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Espace Zoologique de Saint Martin la Plaine, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte Marie, then explore the world behind art at Musée d'art moderne et contemporain de Saint-Etienne Métropole, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Site Le Corbusier.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Saint-Etienne trip planner.

You can drive from Lyon to Saint-Etienne in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Saint-Etienne can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Aix-en-Provence.
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Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Museums
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Find places to stay Sep 17 — 18:

Aix-en-Provence, France — 2 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Librairie Le Blason, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, contemplate the long history of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, then wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, and finally examine the collection at Musee Granet.

Plan trip to Aix-en-Provence with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Saint-Etienne to Aix-en-Provence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Saint-Etienne in September, expect Aix-en-Provence to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Montpellier.
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Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:

Montpellier, France — 3 nights

"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Get out of town with these interesting Montpellier side-trips: Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Horseback Riding Tours, Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, &more), Seaquarium (in Le Grau-du-Roi) and Aigues-Mortes (Salin d'Aigues-Mortes & Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Musee Fabre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St. Pierre, make a trip to Place de la Comedie, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Montpellier route planner.

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Montpellier in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In September in Montpellier, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to take a train to Lyon.
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Lyon, France — 2 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): look for gifts at La boutique de Mathilde, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, then don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, and finally admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, ponder the design of La Place des Jacobins, then stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lyon trip itinerary maker tool.

You can take a train from Montpellier to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Perpignan.
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Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:

Perpignan, France — 3 nights

Perpignan is a city, a commune, and the capital of the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Perpignan: Narbonne (Vie D'oc, Les Halles de Narbonne, &more), Ramparts of Villefranche-de-Conflent (in Villefranche-de-Conflent) and Fort Saint-Elme (in Collioure). Next up on the itinerary: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for all kinds of wild species at Sentier du Littoral, and contemplate the long history of Cathedrale St-Jean.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Perpignan trip planner.

Traveling by train from Lyon to Perpignan takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Lyon in September since evenings lows in Perpignan dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can take a train to Barcelona.
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Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:

Barcelona, Spain — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, then take a stroll through Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic), and finally explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso. On your second day here, take a stroll through Las Ramblas, admire the striking features of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, then walk around Parc Guell, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Amatller.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Barcelona trip site.

Getting from Perpignan to Barcelona by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Barcelona are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Valencia.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:

Valencia, Spain — 1 night

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Bioparc Valencia and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Valencia Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Valencia sightseeing website.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Valencia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. September in Valencia sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can catch the train to Madrid.
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Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 1:

Madrid, Spain — 1 night

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace of Madrid, contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, and then admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Madrid trip maker app.

You can take a train from Valencia to Madrid in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Valencia in October, expect Madrid to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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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 3rd (Tue): make a trip to La Grande Rue, then pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and then don't miss a visit to Mont Saint-Michel.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel itinerary planner.

Fly from Madrid to Mont-Saint-Michel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Madrid in October, you will find days in Mont-Saint-Michel are little chillier (19°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Bayeux.
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Historic Sites
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Bayeux, France — 1 night

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Normandie Savoir-Faire.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bayeux trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Paris.
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Paris, France — 2 nights

City of Light

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.
On the 5th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and then don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde. On the next day, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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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.
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Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nightlife · 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.
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