17 days in Paris & Spain Itinerary

17 days in Paris & Spain Itinerary

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17 days in Paris & Spain Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Sierra Nevada National Park, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
4
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

4
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.
Attractions like Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou and Disneyland Paris make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and enjoy breathtaking views from Montparnasse Tower.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary planning website .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Traveling from Johannesburg to Paris, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in December, with highs in Paris at 9°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Disneyland Paris
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Disneyland Paris ©
Disneyland Paris

5
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kids will enjoy Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell. Take a break from Barcelona with a short trip to PortAventura in Salou, about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, pick up some local products at La Boqueria, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Barcelona holiday maker site .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, Barcelona is somewhat warmer than Paris - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sierra Nevada National Park.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

PortAventura
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

3
nights
Sierra Nevada National Park, Spain

Sierra Nevada National Park
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sierra Nevada Ski Area.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Sierra Nevada National Park trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and car from Barcelona to Sierra Nevada National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Sierra Nevada National Park

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Bring the kids along to Parque del Retiro and Royal Palace of Madrid. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Prado National Museum, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Mayor, and explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Madrid trip builder tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Sierra Nevada National Park to Madrid takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In December in Madrid, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

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