32 days in France & Spain Itinerary

32 days in France & Spain Itinerary

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32 days in France & Spain Itinerary

Start: Canberra, Australia
Fly:  28​h
1
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
2
Lyon, France
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
3
Montpellier, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Carcassonne Center, France
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Cordoba, Spain
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  35​h
End: Canberra, Australia

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Île de la Cité and Bleu Passion. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Chateau de Fontainebleau in Fontainebleau--about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Louvre Museum, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St-Pierre de Montmarte.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Paris sightseeing planning site .

Canberra, Australia to Paris is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Canberra to Paris. When traveling from Canberra in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Paris, with highs around 27°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Chateau de Fontainebleau
Highlights from your plan
Montmartre ©
Montmartre
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

4
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Get a sense of the local culture at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Vieux Lyon. Kids will appreciate attractions like Plage de Conjux and Site Naturel du Cirque de Saint-Meme. Explore Lyon's surroundings by going to Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives) and Cite medievale de Perouges (in Perouges). The adventure continues: tee off at Parc de la Tete d'Or, steep yourself in history at Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste, examine the collection at Fresque des Lyonnais, and don't miss a visit to Le Mur Des Canuts.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lyon vacation planner .

Traveling by train from Paris to Lyon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Lyon are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Montpellier.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval, Cite medievale de Perouges, Site Naturel du Cirque de Saint-Meme, Plage de Conjux
Highlights from your plan
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Vieux Lyon ©
Vieux Lyon
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or

2
nights
Montpellier, France

Montpellier ©
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Family-friendly places like Arenes de Nimes and Camargue Nature Park will thrill your kids. Get some historical perspective at Abbaye Saint Guilhem Le Desert and Porte du Peyrou. Change things up with these side-trips from Montpellier: Arles (Eglise St-Trophime & St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime)), Grotte de Clamouse (in Saint-Jean-de-Fos) and Tour Carbonniere (in Aigues-Mortes). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Espiguette Beach and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Montpellier online attractions planner .

Getting from Lyon to Montpellier by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Montpellier

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Arles, Waterskiing & Jetskiing, Espiguette Beach, Arenes de Nimes, Abbaye Saint Guilhem Le Desert
Highlights from your plan
Grotte de Clamouse ©
Grotte de Clamouse
Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue ©
Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue
Abbaye Saint Guilhem Le Desert ©
Abbaye Saint Guilhem Le Desert

6
nights
Carcassonne Center, France

Carcassonne Center ©
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cité de Carcassonne and Carcassonne Medieval City. Step out of the city life by going to Gorges de Caranca and La Voie Verte de L'Agly. Venture out of the city with trips to Notre-Dame-des-Auzils (in Gruissan), Village Medieval de Castelnou (in Castelnou) and Reserve Africaine de Sigean (in Sigean). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, contemplate the long history of Abbey of Saint-Hilaire, don't miss a visit to Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, and take in the dramatic natural features at Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Carcassonne Center route maker app .

You can take a train from Montpellier to Carcassonne Center in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. June in Carcassonne Center sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Barcelona.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Chateau Saint-Esteve, Musee des Dinosaures 'Dinosauria', Gorges de Caranca, La Voie Verte de L'Agly, Grotte de Limousis
Highlights from your plan
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire

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.
On the 23rd (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and finally steep yourself in history at Casa Batllo.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip planner .

You can drive from Carcassonne Center to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Carcassonne Center in June since evenings lows in Barcelona dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Attractions like Royal Palace of Madrid and Hoces del Rio Duraton Natural Park make great kid-friendly stops. Visit Alcazar de Segovia and Plaza Mayor for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Chorrera de los Litueros (in Somosierra) and Toledo (Casco Historico de Toledo & Mirador del Valle). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Retiro Park, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Madrid trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Barcelona in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Madrid, with highs around 36°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Toledo, Alcazar de Segovia, Chorrera de los Litueros, Hoces del Rio Duraton Natural Park
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Alcazar de Segovia ©
Alcazar de Segovia

5
nights
Cordoba, Spain

Cordoba ©
Andalucía’s thousand-year-old city, Córdoba, was once the capital of both the Roman Empire and the Moorish Kingdom, representing an alluring mix of cultural and political history.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Jewish Quarter (Juderia) and Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba. Do some cultural sightseeing at Roman Bridge and Fortaleza de la Mota. Change things up with these side-trips from Cordoba: Antequera (Dolmenes de Antequera & El Torcal Natural Park), Osuna (Monasterio de la Encarnacion & Colegiata de Osuna) and Montilla (Bodegas Lagar Blanco & Alvear). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Patios de Cordoba, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, examine the collection at Casa de las Cabezas- Patios de Leyenda, and explore the historical opulence of Palacio de la Merced.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, go to the Cordoba trip planner .

Take a train from Madrid to Cordoba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in June, expect nights in Cordoba to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 40°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Tours Wineries

Side Trips

Osuna, Antequera, Montilla, Fortaleza de la Mota
Highlights from your plan
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)
El Torcal de Antequera ©
El Torcal de Antequera
Roman Bridge ©
Roman Bridge

3
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.
On the 2nd (Tue), gain insight at Real Fabrica De Tabacos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional de Donana.

Start your trip to Seville by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can take a train from Cordoba to Seville in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cordoba in July, expect nights in Seville to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are little chillier, around 38°C. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Parque Nacional de Donana
Highlights from your plan
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Barrio Santa Cruz ©
Barrio Santa Cruz
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

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