35 days in France, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

35 days in France, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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35 days in France, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Canada
Fly:  7 h
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
Tram + Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Cannes, France
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
4
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
5
Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
6
Toulouse, France
— 2 nights
Bus:  5 h
7
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
8
Valencia, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
9
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
10
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
11
Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
12
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
13
Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
14
Nantes, France
— 1 night
Fly:  10 h 30 min
End: Montreal, Canada

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Ile Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité. Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Axo Plage in Monampteuil--about 2 hours away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, wander the streets of 1st Arrondissement, and get to know the fascinating history of Latin Quarter.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Paris road trip planning tool .

Montreal, Canada to Paris is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Montreal in December, expect Paris to be a bit warmer, temps between 9°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Axo Plage
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): make a trip to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste, then wander the streets of Place Bellecour, and finally ride a horse along Parc de la Tete d'Or. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Fresque des Lyonnais, then take a stroll through The Presqu'ile, then ponder the design of Place des Jacobins, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lyon online travel route planner .

Traveling by train from Paris to Lyon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Cannes.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste ©
Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Place Bellecour ©
Place Bellecour

2
nights
Cannes, France

Cannes ©
Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): wander the streets of Le Suquet, then pause for some serene contemplation at Clock Tower of Notre-Dame de l'Esperance, then browse the collection at Mediatheque de Noailles, and finally wander the streets of Rue d'Antibes.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cannes trip planner.

Traveling by combination of tram and flight from Lyon to Cannes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Lyon, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cannes, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Nice.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Le Suquet ©
Le Suquet
Rue d'Antibes ©
Rue d'Antibes

2
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): kick back and relax at Plage de la Mariniere, then wander the streets of Vieille Ville, and then wander the streets of Avenue Jean Medecin. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Promenade du Soleil, enjoy the sand and surf at Palmes Beach, and then look for gifts at La Petite Cave de Saint Paul.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nice travel route tool .

Getting from Cannes to Nice by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Nice are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Menton, Plage de la Mariniere, La Petite Cave de Saint Paul
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Plage de la Mariniere ©
Plage de la Mariniere
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Avenue Jean Medecin ©
Avenue Jean Medecin

2
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): slough off your stress at Turkish baths, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally browse the different shops at Les Docks Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, then get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Histoire de Marseille, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vincent de Paul Church, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Archeologie Mediterraneenne.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille road trip planning app .

Drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Toulouse.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums Baths Shopping
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Abbaye Saint Victor ©
Abbaye Saint Victor

2
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.
On the 8th (Wed), put a fun spin on your tour with Granhota, explore the world behind art at Fondation Bemberg, take in the exciting artwork at Hotel d'Assezat, then look for gifts at Delices de Tunis, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Quai de la Daurade. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, get engrossed in the history at Musee Saint-Raymond - Musee des Antiques de Toulouse, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Les Jacobins, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Couvent des Jacobins, and finally stroll through Chateau Foucaud et parc.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Toulouse trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Marseille to Toulouse by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In January in Toulouse, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Barcelona.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Chateau Foucaud et parc
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Chateau Foucaud et parc ©
Chateau Foucaud et parc
Church of Les Jacobins
Church of Les Jacobins
Basilique Saint-Sernin ©
Basilique Saint-Sernin

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ciutat Vella and La Fageda d'en Jorda. Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and El Barri Gòtic are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Barcelona: Fenals Beach (in Lloret de Mar), La Playa de Sitges (in Sitges) and Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona (in Castelldefels). There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, view the masterpieces at En construccio, walk around Parc Guell, and take a stroll through El Born.

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Traveling by car from Toulouse to Barcelona takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Toulouse in January, expect Barcelona to be somewhat warmer, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

La Fageda d'en Jorda, Fenals Beach, Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona, La Playa de Sitges
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Fenals Beach ©
Fenals Beach
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

2
nights
Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa de la Patacona, wander the streets of Barrio del Carmen, then hunt for treasures at Central Market of Valencia, and finally wander the streets of Casco Antiguo. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de la Virgen de los Desamparados, then view the masterpieces at Botique Museo Lladro, and then pick up some local products at Mercado Colon.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Valencia trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Valencia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January in Valencia, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Seville.

Things to do in Valencia

Beaches Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Playa de la Patacona
Highlights from your plan
Central Market of Valencia ©
Central Market of Valencia
Casco Antiguo ©
Casco Antiguo
Barrio del Carmen ©
Barrio del Carmen

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Alcázar of Seville, gain insight at Royal Tobacco Factory, then get to know the fascinating history of Barrio Santa Cruz, and finally take a stroll through Calle Sierpes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): admire the striking features of Catedral de Sevilla, then enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Giralda, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza de España.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Seville online vacation planner .

You can fly from Valencia to Seville in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. While traveling from Valencia, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Seville, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Barrio Santa Cruz ©
Barrio Santa Cruz
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Escape the urban bustle at Cabo da Roca and Praia Foz do Arelho. Do some cultural sightseeing at Belém Tower and Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, take a stroll through Rua Augusta, look for gifts at Mercado de Campo de Ourique, and step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge.

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Getting from Seville to Lisbon by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Seville to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Shopping Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Praia Foz do Arelho, Cabo da Roca
Highlights from your plan
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian ©
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

3
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.
Head to Palacio da Bolsa and NorteShoppingfor plenty of shopping. Explore hidden gems such as Praia da Costa Nova and Quinta dos Corvos. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), indulge your taste buds at Mercado Bom Sucesso, see the interesting displays at FC Porto Museum, and stop by Garrafeira do Carmo.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Porto trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Lisbon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Porto are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Porto

Shopping Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Praia da Costa Nova, Quinta dos Corvos, NorteShopping
Highlights from your plan
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa
Praia da Costa Nova ©
Praia da Costa Nova
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

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Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): examine the collection at Prado National Museum, then wander the streets of Barrio de Salamanca, then take a stroll through La Latina, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Cava Baja Gallery. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Puerto de Navacerrada – Estacion de Esqui, then explore the world behind art at Museo Sorolla, and then wander the streets of Gran Via.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Madrid trip planning app .

Getting from Porto to Madrid by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Porto to Madrid due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Porto in January: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 12°C and lows are around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Madrid

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Museo Sorolla ©
Museo Sorolla
Gran Via ©
Gran Via

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nights
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Place de la Bourse (Place Royale) and Virtual Room Bordeaux. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez and Musee d'Aquitaine. Change things up with a short trip to Chateau de Reignac in Saint-Loubes (about 32 minutes away). There's lots more to do: walk around Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Michel, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Pape Clement, and see the interesting displays at Musee du Vin et du Negoce.

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Traveling by flight from Madrid to Bordeaux takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In January in Bordeaux, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nantes.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trip

Chateau de Reignac
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Port of the Moon ©
Port of the Moon
Place de la Bourse ©
Place de la Bourse
Chateau de Reignac ©
Chateau de Reignac

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Nantes, France

Nantes ©
Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): wander the streets of Passage Pommeraye, then wander the streets of Village de Trentemoult, then see the interesting displays at Musee de l'Imprimerie, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee d'histoire naturelle de Nantes.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nantes route planning site .

Fly from Bordeaux to Nantes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Nantes sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nantes

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
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Musee de l'Imprimerie ©
Musee de l'Imprimerie
Passage Pommeraye ©
Passage Pommeraye
Village de Trentemoult ©
Village de Trentemoult

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