42 days in Spain & France Itinerary

42 days in Spain & France Itinerary

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42 days in Spain & France Itinerary

Start: Atlanta, United States
Fly:  12 h
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
2
Aix-en-Provence, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Saint-Raphael, France
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Nice, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
5
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
6
Bayeux, France
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  7 h 15 min
7
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h
8
Ronda, Spain
— 5 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
9
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  11 h 45 min
End: Atlanta, United States


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4
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.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona travel planner.

Atlanta, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET) is 6 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Atlanta in July: highs in Barcelona hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

4
nights
Aix-en-Provence, France

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Get out of town with these interesting Aix-en-Provence side-trips: La Ciotat (Ile Verte & Route des Cretes), La Londe Les Maures (Plage de L'Argentiere, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more) and Palais des Papes (in Avignon). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, take an in-depth tour of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, see the interesting displays at Musee Granet, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie A. Blachere.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Aix-en-Provence tour builder app.

Drive from Barcelona to Aix-en-Provence in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in July, Aix-en-Provence is little chillier at night with lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

La Londe Les Maures, La Ciotat, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Marseille, Palais des Papes
Highlights from your plan
Distillerie A. Blachere ©
Distillerie A. Blachere
Route des Cretes ©
Route des Cretes

5
nights
Saint-Raphael, France

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Raphael: Grimaud (Musee Du Patrimoine, Chateau de Grimaud, &more), Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Chapelle Saint-Francois-de-Paule & Plage de Cabasson) and Plage du Pellegrin (in La Londe Les Maures).

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Saint-Raphael online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Aix-en-Provence to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Saint-Raphael sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Grimaud, Theoule sur Mer, Bormes-Les-Mimosas, Plage du Chateau, Eglise Saint-Louis
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro

5
nights
Nice, France

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Kayaking & Canoeing (in Cannes), Plage Naturiste De La Batterie (in Vallauris) and Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe) (in Antibes). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, enjoy the sand and surf at Castel Plage, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Saint-Raphael in August, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Nice: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Antibes, Kayaking & Canoeing, Plage Naturiste De La Batterie
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Rouen (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen & Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees, and take a stroll through Le Marais.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris planner.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Paris takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nice in August since evenings lows in Paris dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Rouen, Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

5
nights
Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Venture out of the city with trips to Genets (Beach of Genets & Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel), Etretat (Chemin des Douaniers & Falaises d'Etretat) and Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bayeux day trip planning website.

You can take a train from Paris to Bayeux in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Bayeux are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Seville.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Etretat, Ranville, Genets, Remains Mulberry Harbour, Memorial de Caen
Highlights from your plan
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux

2
nights
Seville, Spain

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.
Seville is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Seville travel route tool.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Bayeux to Seville takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bayeux in August, with highs in Seville at 91°F and lows at 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Ronda.

Things to do in Seville

Tours Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville

5
nights
Ronda, Spain

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Explore Ronda's surroundings by going to Fishing Charters & Tours (in Estepona) and Riding Fun In The Sun (in Casares). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Bodega Garcia Hidalgo, make a trip to Ronda, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Reservatauro Ronda.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ronda trip itinerary site.

Traveling by bus from Seville to Ronda takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August in Ronda, expect temperatures between 96°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Ronda

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Fishing Charters & Tours, Riding Fun In The Sun
Highlights from your plan
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo ©
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo
Reservatauro Ronda ©
Reservatauro Ronda
Climbing Tours

4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, admire the natural beauty at Real Jardin Botanico, stroll around Parque del Retiro, and contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid online trip itinerary builder.

Take a train from Ronda to Madrid in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Ronda in September; daily highs in Madrid reach 82°F and lows reach 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Picnic Madrid ©
Picnic Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro

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