19 days in France, Barcelona & Madrid Itinerary

19 days in France, Barcelona & Madrid Itinerary

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19 days in France, Barcelona & Madrid Itinerary

Start: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Biarritz, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Toulouse, France
— 5 nights
train:  4​h
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

3
nights
Bordeaux, France

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.
Go for a jaunt from Bordeaux to La Teste-de-Buch to see Dune du Pilat about 1h 15 min away. Dedicate the 17th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Place de la Bourse (Place Royale), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, steep yourself in history at Prieure de Cayac, and take in the views from Pont de Pierre.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bordeaux trip planning tool .

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Bordeaux is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Jeddah to Bordeaux, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Jeddah in July: high temperatures in Bordeaux hover around 31°C and lows are around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Biarritz.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trip

Dune du Pilat
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Dune du Pilat
Dune du Pilat
Place de la Bourse (Place Royale) ©
Place de la Bourse (Place Royale)

4
nights
Biarritz, France

Biarritz ©
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Biarritz: Hendaye (Plage d'Hendaye & Stand-Up Paddleboarding). The adventure continues: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, don't miss a visit to Phare de Biarritz, kick back and relax at Plage de la Milady, and head outdoors with La Grande Plage.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Biarritz online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Bordeaux to Biarritz by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Bordeaux in July, expect nights in Biarritz to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are slightly colder, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Biarritz

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Bayonne, Plage d'Hendaye, Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste
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Plage d'Hendaye ©
Plage d'Hendaye
Plage de la Milady ©
Plage de la Milady
Room Escape Games

5
nights
Toulouse, France

Toulouse ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Toulouse: Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi), La cité médiévale (in Eze) and Carcassonne Center (Lac de la Cavayere, Cité de Carcassonne, & more). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, take in the views from Pont Neuf, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Les Jacobins, and explore the world behind art at Musee des Augustins.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Toulouse trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Biarritz to Toulouse in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Biarritz in July: highs in Toulouse hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Barcelona.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Carcassonne, Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, La cité médiévale
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
La cité médiévale ©
La cité médiévale

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): ponder the design of Magic Fountain (Font Magica), then stroll around Parc Guell, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral and then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Toulouse to Barcelona takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Toulouse in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Barcelona. On the 31st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, then stroll through Retiro Park, and then admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Madrid online itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Barcelona, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

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