17 days in France, Portugal & Spain Itinerary

17 days in France, Portugal & Spain Itinerary

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17 days in France, Portugal & Spain Itinerary

Start: Saint Louis, United States
Fly:  25​h
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Evora, Portugal
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Obidos, Portugal
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
4
Batalha, Portugal
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Guimaraes, Portugal
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Bilbao, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
8
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
9
Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France
— 2 nights
train:  5​h
10
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Saint Louis, United States

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then explore the historical opulence of Quinta da Regaleira, and then admire the landmark architecture of Park and National Palace of Pena. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Belém Tower, then steep yourself in history at Castelo dos Mouros, then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Sintra, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon trip planner.

Saint Louis, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Saint Louis to Lisbon. August in Lisbon sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Evora.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Sintra
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros

1
night
Evora, Portugal

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja da Misericordia, make a trip to Capela dos Ossos, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), then contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), then delve into the distant past at Centro Historico de Evora, and finally learn about winemaking at Monte da Ravasqueira.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Evora trip itinerary planning tool .

You can take a train from Lisbon to Evora in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lisbon in August, you will find days in Evora are somewhat warmer (92°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Obidos.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trip

Monte da Ravasqueira
Highlights from your plan
Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora

few
hours
Obidos, Portugal

Obidos
Striking views of the Estremadura area and a famous medieval castle gave Obidos the name of Wedding Present Town.
To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Obidos online tour itinerary maker .

You can drive from Evora to Obidos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Evora in August, you will find days in Obidos are slightly colder (78°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Batalha.

Things to do in Obidos

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

few
hours
Batalha, Portugal

Batalha
Batalha is a town and a municipality in Leiria District, Pinhal Litoral Subregion, Centro Region, Portugal. For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Batalha trip maker website .

You can drive from Obidos to Batalha in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Batalha can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Guimaraes.

Things to do in Batalha

Parks Historic Sites Nightlife

1
night
Guimaraes, Portugal

Guimaraes ©
The historical town of Guimarães was the birthplace of the first Portuguese king and served as the country's first capital.
Guimaraes Castle has been added to your itinerary. On the 28th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Citania de Briteiros, don't miss a visit to Sameiro Sanctuary, admire the landmark architecture of Paco dos Duques de Braganca, appreciate the extensive heritage of Largo da Oliveira, then admire the striking features of Padrao do Salado, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Consolacao e Santos Passos, then explore the historical opulence of Guimaraes Castle, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Capelas dos Passos da Paixao de Cristo.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Guimaraes trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Batalha to Guimaraes in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Guimaraes are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Guimaraes

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Sameiro Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Largo da Oliveira ©
Largo da Oliveira
Guimaraes Castle ©
Guimaraes Castle
Sameiro Sanctuary ©
Sameiro Sanctuary

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Domingos ( Santa Justa e Rufina ), get engrossed in the history at Igreja de Sao Roque, then take a stroll through Alfama, then steep yourself in history at Palacio Chiado, and finally step into the grandiose world of Palácio Nacional da Ajuda.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon travel route tool .

Traveling by flight from Guimaraes to Lisbon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Guimaraes in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Lisbon: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bilbao.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cabo Espichel, Parque Natural da Arrabida
Highlights from your plan
Palácio Nacional da Ajuda ©
Palácio Nacional da Ajuda
Parque Natural da Arrabida ©
Parque Natural da Arrabida

2
nights
Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo, then experience the excitement of La Ribera Market, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Nicolas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Euskal Museoa Bilbao Museo Vasco, head outdoors with Mount Arxanda, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Begona, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de San Anton, and finally explore the world behind art at Bilbao Fine Arts Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Bilbao holiday maker website .

You can drive from Salamanca to Bilbao in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Salamanca in September since evenings lows in Bilbao dip to 58°F. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Tue) before leaving for San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Bilbao

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Bilbao Fine Arts Museum
Bilbao Fine Arts Museum
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao ©
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

1
night
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

San Sebastian - Donostia ©
As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Salvador and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San Vicente.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Sebastian - Donostia attractions planner .

Traveling by bus from Bilbao to San Sebastian - Donostia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. September in San Sebastian - Donostia sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Saint-Jean-de-Luz.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Iglesia de San Salvador
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia de San Salvador ©
Iglesia de San Salvador
Monte Urgull ©
Monte Urgull
Iglesia de San Vicente ©
Iglesia de San Vicente

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nights
Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France

Saint-Jean-de-Luz ©
Saint-Jean-de-Luz is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in south-western France. On the 4th (Wed), go for a stroll along the water at Digue de Socoa. On the next day, go for a walk through Port de Saint-jean-de-Luz., examine the collection at L'atelier du chocolat de bayonne, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, savor the flavors at Les Halles, then explore the historical opulence of Maison Louis XIV, and finally step into the grandiose world of Maison de l'Infante Joanoenia.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Saint-Jean-de-Luz trip app .

Getting from San Sebastian - Donostia to Saint-Jean-de-Luz by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in September, and nighttime lows around 60°F. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Saint-Jean-de-Luz

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Eglise d'Ainhoa, Digue de Socoa, L'atelier du chocolat de bayonne
Highlights from your plan
Grande Plage ©
Grande Plage
Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste ©
Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste
Eglise d'Ainhoa ©
Eglise d'Ainhoa

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nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): head off the coast to Île de la Cité and then take a stroll through Ile Saint-Louis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, then explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Paris journey tool .

Getting from Saint-Jean-de-Luz to Paris by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Saint-Jean-de-Luz in September since evenings lows in Paris dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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