37 days in France, Zaragoza & Alicante Itinerary

37 days in France, Zaragoza & Alicante Itinerary

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37 days in France, Zaragoza & Alicante Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  5​h
1
Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Zaragoza, Spain
— 6 nights
train:  4​h 45​min
3
Alicante, Spain
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  6​h 45​min
4
Tours, France
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Rouen, France
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Calais, France
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
End: London, United Kingdom

3
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Bordeaux: Cafe de Paris (in Eymet), Chateau Lestevenie (in Gageac-et-Rouillac) and Chateau Belingard (in Pomport). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse (Place Royale), take in the views from Pont de Pierre, relax and rejuvenate at Institut de Beaute de la Mer Morte, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Bridoire.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Bordeaux route builder tool .

London, UK to Bordeaux is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in September: highs in Bordeaux hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Zaragoza.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Chateau de Bridoire, Cafe de Paris, Chateau Lestevenie, Chateau Belingard
Highlights from your plan
Chateau Belingard ©
Chateau Belingard
Place de la Bourse (Place Royale) ©
St. Andre Cathedral ©
St. Andre Cathedral

6
nights
Zaragoza, Spain

Zaragoza ©
The city of Zaragoza is known as the City of Four Cultures for its interwoven history of Iberian, Roman, Moorish, and Christian influences.
Change things up with these side-trips from Zaragoza: Museo Minero Escucha (in Escucha), Alquezar (Vertientes Aventura & Buenaventura) and Motorland Aragon (in Alcaniz). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar, explore the activities along El Ebro, pause for some serene contemplation at Monasterio de Piedra, and admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de la Aljaferia.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Zaragoza trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Bordeaux to Zaragoza in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bordeaux in September: highs in Zaragoza hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can take a train to Alicante.

Things to do in Zaragoza

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Alquezar, Monasterio de Fitero, Plaza de Los Naranjos, Museo Minero Escucha, Motorland Aragon
Highlights from your plan
Monasterio de Piedra ©
Monasterio de Piedra
Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar ©
Palacio de la Aljaferia ©
Palacio de la Aljaferia

6
nights
Alicante, Spain

Alicante ©
As Valencia’s second largest city and one of the most well-known along the Costa Blanca, Alicante has an enchanting atmosphere that blends rich history with animated beach life.
Explore Alicante's surroundings by going to Benidorm (Balcon del Mediterraneo, Playa de Levante, & more), Museo Vehiculos Historicos Valle De Guadalest (in Guadalest) and Alcoy (Circulo Industrial & muBoma - Museo Consorcio Provincial de Bomberos de Alicante - Alcoy). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de Santa Barbara, take an in-depth tour of Museo Arqueologico de Alicante, stroll through Playa de San Juan, and explore the fascinating underground world of Coves del Canelobre.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Alicante online itinerary planner .

Getting from Zaragoza to Alicante by train takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Zaragoza in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Alicante, with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Tours.

Things to do in Alicante

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Benidorm, Alcoy, Museo Vehiculos Historicos Valle De Guadalest, Coves del Canelobre, El Palmeral
Highlights from your plan
Playa de Levante ©
Playa de Levante
Castillo de Santa Barbara ©
Castillo de Santa Barbara
Explanada de Espana ©
Explanada de Espana

6
nights
Tours, France

Tours ©
Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tours: Chateau de Chenonceau (in Chenonceaux), Chateau de Chambord (in Chambord) and Amboise (Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci & Chateau Royal d'Amboise). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Chateau de Villandry, examine the collection at Maurice Dufresne Museum, steep yourself in history at Chateau de Langeais, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau Royal de Blois.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tours day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Alicante to Tours takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Alicante in September; daily highs in Tours reach 25°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Azay-le-Rideau, Amboise, Rochecorbon, Chateau de Cheverny, Chateau Royal de Blois
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Chambord ©
Chateau de Chambord
Chateau de Chenonceau ©
Chateau de Chenonceau
Chateau de Villandry ©
Chateau de Villandry

7
nights
Rouen, France

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Explore Rouen's surroundings by going to Sanctuaire Sainte Therese (in Lisieux), Abbaye de Jumieges (in Jumieges) and Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant (in Falaise). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes, take a stroll through Rue du Gros-Horloge, and take some stellar pictures from Falaises d'Etretat.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Rouen vacation planning tool .

Drive from Tours to Rouen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Calais.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Honfleur, Fondation Claude Monet, Palais Benedictine, Sanctuaire Sainte Therese, Parc du Bocasse
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Fondation Claude Monet ©
Fondation Claude Monet

6
nights
Calais, France

Calais ©
Overlooking the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point of the English Channel, Calais is a major port for ferry traffic between France and England as the closest French town to Dover.
Get out of town with these interesting Calais side-trips: Dover (The White Cliffs of Dover & Dover Castle), Lille (Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille & Grande Place) and Nice Things (in Ramsgate). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Canterbury Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Tour de L'horloge, walk around Betteshanger Park, and look for gifts at Boursot Vins.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Calais day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Rouen to Calais takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Calais, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Calais

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dover, Lille, Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum, Betteshanger Park, Tour de L'horloge
Highlights from your plan
Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille ©
Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille
Dover Castle ©
Dover Castle
Canterbury Cathedral ©
Canterbury Cathedral