26 days in London, Spain & South of France Itinerary

26 days in London, Spain & South of France Itinerary

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26 days in London, Spain & South of France Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Granada, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Malaga, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Carcassonne Center, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Avignon, France
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  36​h
End: Sydney, Australia

3
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at South Bank and The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret. Your inner history buff will appreciate Banqueting House and Little Venice. Change things up with these side-trips from London: Brighton (The Lanes & Royal Pavilion) and Xpress Beauty (in Hove). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Chinatown, get engrossed in the history at Jewel House, steep yourself in history at Hampstead, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Margaret's Church on Parliament Square.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the London online route planner .

Sydney, Australia to London is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to London is minus 10 hours. In July, London is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Granada.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Brighton and Hove
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South Bank ©
South Bank
Chinatown ©
Chinatown

4
nights
Granada, Spain

Granada ©
Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Basilica de San Juan de Dios and Calle Elvira are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Castillo de Santa Catalina and Lanjaron Castle. Change things up with a short trip to Iglesia del Sagrario in Jaen (about 1h 10 min away). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Casa de Castril, take in nature's colorful creations at Generalife, browse the exhibits of Archive Saint John of God Museum, and admire the striking features of Cuarto Real de Santo Domingo.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Granada trip planner .

Fly from London to Granada in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from London to Granada, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in July, you will find days in Granada are much warmer (40°C), and nights are a bit warmer (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Malaga.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Jaen, Lanjaron Castle
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Basilica de San Juan de Dios ©
Basilica de San Juan de Dios
Castillo de Santa Catalina ©
Castillo de Santa Catalina
Casa de Castril ©
Casa de Castril

3
nights
Malaga, Spain

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Step off the beaten path and head to Playa de La Malagueta and Fundacion Picasso - Museo Natal. Visit Iglesia de Santiago and Castillo de Gibralfaro for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Nerja (El Puente del Águila & Burriana Beach). It doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Alcazaba and admire the landmark architecture of Malaga Cathedral.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Malaga trip planner .

Getting from Granada to Malaga by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Granada in July: highs in Malaga hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Malaga

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Nerja
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Alcazaba ©
Alcazaba
Playa de La Malagueta ©
Playa de La Malagueta
Fundacion Picasso - Museo Natal ©
Fundacion Picasso - Museo Natal

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Museo Cerralbo and Alcazar - Biblioteca de Castilla-La Mancha. Step off the beaten path and head to Barrio de Salamanca and Ermita del Cristo de la Vega.. Step out of Madrid to go to Toledo and see Castillo de San Servando, which is approximately 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande, contemplate the long history of Plaza de la Villa, take a stroll through Paseo de la Castellana, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Madrid online holiday builder .

Getting from Malaga to Madrid by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Malaga in July: highs in Madrid hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Toledo
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Paseo de la Castellana ©
Paseo de la Castellana
Museo Cerralbo ©
Museo Cerralbo

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate L'Eixample District and Barri de La Ribera. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Barri de Gracia and Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA. The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Port Vell, don't miss a visit to Palau Guell, get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, and kick back and relax at Montgat Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona holiday planner.

Take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Madrid in July: highs in Barcelona hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Montgat Beach
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Barri de Gracia ©
Barri de Gracia
L'Eixample District ©
L'Eixample District
Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA ©

3
nights
Carcassonne Center, France

Carcassonne Center ©
Get a sense of the local culture at Chateau Comtal and Chateaux de Lastours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rennes le chateau and Musee Berenger Sauniere.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Carcassonne Center tour itinerary builder app .

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Carcassonne Center takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Barcelona in July, Carcassonne Center is slightly colder at night with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Rennes-le-Chateau, Chateaux de Lastours
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Rennes le chateau ©
Rennes le chateau
Chateaux de Lastours ©
Chateaux de Lastours
Carcassonne Cathedral ©
Carcassonne Cathedral

4
nights
Avignon, France

Avignon ©
An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Roman Theatre of Orange and Ile de la Barthelasse. Step off the beaten path and head to Site Archeologique de Glanum and Musee du Petit Palais. Venture out of the city with trips to Arles (Les Alyscamps & Amphitheatre (les Arenes)), Aix-en-Provence (Les Lauves, Paul Cezanne’s Studio, & more) and Chateau de Suze la Rousse (in Suze-la-Rousse). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Street of Dyers (Rue de Teinturiers), don't miss a visit to Pont d'Avignon, and explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes.

Make your Avignon itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Carcassonne Center to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Roman Theatre of Orange, Chateau de Suze la Rousse, Site Archeologique de Glanum
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Site Archeologique de Glanum ©
Site Archeologique de Glanum
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange
Ile de la Barthelasse ©
Ile de la Barthelasse

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