31 days in France, Portugal & Spain Itinerary

31 days in France, Portugal & Spain Itinerary

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31 days in France, Portugal & Spain Itinerary

Start: Shanghai, China
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Paris, France
— 7 nights
train:  5​h 30​min
2
Porto, Portugal
— 4 nights
Train:  3​h
3
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
train:  4​h
4
Seville, Spain
— 5 nights
Train:  3​h
5
Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
Train:  3​h
6
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  5​h
7
Paris, France
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h
End: Shanghai, China

7
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.
You'll explore and learn at Musee d'Orsay and Musee Rodin. Popular historic sites such as Palace of Versailles and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Chartres Cathedral (in Chartres), Espace Culturel Paul Bedu (in Milly-la-Foret) and Les Sables du Cul du Chien (in Noisy-sur-Ecole). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Le Marais, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary planner.

Shanghai, China to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Shanghai to Paris is minus 7 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Shanghai in March: high temperatures in Paris hover around 13°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Les Sables du Cul du Chien, Chartres Cathedral, Palace of Versailles, Chateau de Fontainebleau, Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm
Highlights from your plan
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

4
nights
Porto, Portugal

Porto ©
Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Praia da Costa Nova and Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios. Get a sense of the local culture at Palacio da Bolsa and Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral). Get out of town with these interesting Porto side-trips: Museu Monografico de Conimbriga (in Condeixa-a-Nova), Coimbra (Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra) & Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro) and Quinta Santa Eufemia (in Lamego). And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Clerigos Tower, learn about winemaking at Quinta do Seixo - Sandeman, take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, and contemplate the long history of Largo da Oliveira.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Porto vacation planning tool .

Getting from Paris to Porto by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET) is minus 1 hour. In March, Porto is somewhat warmer than Paris - with highs of 18°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow time for travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Vila Nova de Gaia, Lamego, Coimbra, Quinta do Seixo - Sandeman, Praia da Costa Nova
Highlights from your plan
Porto Augusto's ©
Porto Augusto's

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll explore and learn at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Oficina - Museu. Visiting Cabo da Roca and Guincho Beach will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Praia da Nazare (in Nazare), Batalha (Capelas Imperfeitas & Batalha Monastery) and Shrine of our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima (in Fatima). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Belém Tower, admire the striking features of Jeronimos Monastery, steep yourself in history at Castelo dos Mouros, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela dos Ossos.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip planning website .

Fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Seville.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Batalha, Evora, Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, Castelo dos Mouros, Guincho Beach
Highlights from your plan
Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery

5
nights
Seville, Spain

Seville ©
A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Let the collections at Royal Alcázar of Seville and Un Gato en Bicicleta capture your imagination. Head to Bodegas Tradicion and TenTilesfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Seville side-trips: Playa de Valdelagrana (in El Puerto de Santa Maria) and Ronda (El Tajo de Ronda & Old City). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, brush up on your military savvy at Torre del Oro, see where the action happens at Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, Sevilla.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Seville attractions planner.

Getting from Lisbon to Seville by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Seville. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 10th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Ronda, Bodegas Tradicion, Playa de Valdelagrana, Archaeological Ensemble of Italica
Highlights from your plan
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Barrio Santa Cruz ©
Barrio Santa Cruz

5
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Head to Mercado San Miguel and La Clandestinafor some retail therapy. You'll explore and learn at Royal Palace of Madrid and Prado National Museum. Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Toledo (La Encina de Ortega, Walking tours, & more), Bodegas Finca Rio Negro (in Cogolludo) and The Walls of Avila (in Avila). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Alcazar de Segovia, take a stroll through Barrio de Salamanca, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and walk around Retiro Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Madrid trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Seville to Madrid by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Seville in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Madrid, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Toledo, La Clandestina, Bodegas Finca Rio Negro, Alcazar of Segovia, The Walls of Avila
Highlights from your plan
The Walls of Avila ©
The Walls of Avila
Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia
Catedral Primada ©
Catedral Primada

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.
Get some historical perspective at El Barri Gòtic and Ciutat Vella. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Barceloneta Beach and Delta del Llobregat. When in Barcelona, make a side trip to see Fenals Beach in Lloret de Mar, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, see the interesting displays at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, take in the exciting artwork at En construccio, and shop like a local with Villa del Arte Galleries.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Fenals Beach, Delta del Llobregat
Highlights from your plan
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Fenals Beach ©
Fenals Beach

1
night
Paris, France

Paris ©
For maps and more tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Barcelona to Paris by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in April, things will get little chillier in Paris: highs are around 18°C and lows about 6°C. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Île de la Cité ©
Île de la Cité
French Arts Factory ©
French Arts Factory

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