16 days in France, Madrid & Barcelona Itinerary

16 days in France, Madrid & Barcelona Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Toulouse, France
— 2 nights
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Marseille, France
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
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Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Toledo (Custodia de Arfe, Catedral Primada, &more). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid, and don't miss a visit to Estacion de Atocha.

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Seattle, USA to Madrid is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Madrid is 9 hours. While traveling from Seattle, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

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Barcelona, Spain

— 3 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.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, take a stroll through Las Ramblas, and pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral.

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Traveling by flight from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in June, expect nights in Barcelona to be about the same, around 66°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Toulouse, France

— 2 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Church of Les Jacobins, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Japonais, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, then look for gifts at Criollo Chocolatier - Magasin de Victor Hugo, and finally don't miss a visit to Le Capitole. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, snap pictures at Pont Vieux, admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de la Berbie, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee Toulouse-Lautrec.

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Traveling by car from Barcelona to Toulouse takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in June, Toulouse is little chillier at night with lows of 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Marseille.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Marseille, France

— 3 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Venture out of the city with trips to Avignon (Palais des Papes & Pont d'Avignon) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vincent de Paul Church, and examine the collection at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

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You can fly from Toulouse to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to fly to Paris.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Nature · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 3 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.
Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

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You can fly from Marseille to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Marseille in June, expect Paris to be slightly colder, temps between 74°F and 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

France travel guide

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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.