46 days in Spain & France Itinerary

46 days in Spain & France Itinerary

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Lyon, France
— 8 nights
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Avignon, France
— 6 nights
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Nimes, France
— 4 nights
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Girona, Spain
— 6 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Tarragona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Benicasim, Spain
— 2 nights
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Valencia, Spain
— 10 nights
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Lyon, France

— 8 nights

Culinary Capital of France

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.
Popular historic sites such as Théâtre gallo-romain and Cite medievale de Perouges are in your itinerary. Musee Miniature et Cinema and Fresque des Lyonnais are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: Wine Tours & Tastings (in Beaune) and Chateau de Cormatin (in Cormatin). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale saint Jean-Baptiste, don't miss a visit to Le Mur Des Canuts, stop by Croix-Rousse, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Lyon driving holiday app.

Montreal, Canada to Lyon is an approximately 12-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Montreal to Lyon due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Montreal in October, you will find days in Lyon are somewhat warmer (21°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Avignon.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Avignon, France

— 6 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palais des Papes and Carrieres des Lumieres. Discover out-of-the-way places like Basilique Saint Pierre and Walking tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Les Baux de Provence (Musee des Santons & Eglise St-Vincent). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame des Doms.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Avignon trip itinerary maker site.

You can take a train from Lyon to Avignon in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October in Avignon, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nimes.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Nimes, France

— 4 nights

French Rome

Nîmes has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire, with a stunning coliseum that is second only to Rome's.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jardins de la Fontaine and Tour Magne. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Temple de Diane and Un Siecle de Roulottes. Venture out of the city with trips to Aigues-Mortes (Chapelle des Penitents blancs d'Aigues-Mortes, Les Trains du Colorado, &more) and Musee 1900 (in Arpaillargues). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Castellum Aquae, see the interesting displays at Musee de la Romanite, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Et-Saint-Castor de Nimes, and explore the world behind art at Carre d'Art/Musee d'Art Contemporain.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nimes trip planner.

Drive from Avignon to Nimes in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Girona.

Things to do in Nimes

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Girona, Spain

— 6 nights

City of a Thousand Sieges

Catalonia’s second-largest city, Girona embodies old-world charm, with its narrow cobblestone streets and traditional Catalan culture.
Step off the beaten path and head to Girona Cathedral (Catedral) and Dali-Gala Castle Museum-House (Castell de Pubol). Esglesia de Santa Maria and Siurana will appeal to history buffs. Explore Girona's surroundings by going to Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya - Ullastret (in Ullastret), Castell de Montsoriu (in Arbucies) and Castle of Montgri (in Torroella de Montgri). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Maria, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, make a trip to Pujada de Sant Domenec, and see the interesting displays at Cinema Museum Girona (Museu del Cinema).

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Girona tour itinerary maker website.

Getting from Nimes to Girona by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Nimes in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Girona: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Barcelona.

Things to do in Girona

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Barcelona, Spain

— 4 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Step off the beaten path and head to Plaça de Sant Felip Neri and El Born. Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Las Ramblas. When in Barcelona, make a side trip to see Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona in Castelldefels, approximately Castelldefels away. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, shop like a local with Mercat Santa Caterina, pause for some serene contemplation at Templo del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, and get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Girona to Barcelona in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tarragona.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Tarragona, Spain

— 4 nights
Tarragona is a port city located in northeast Spain on the Costa Daurada by the Mediterranean Sea. We've included these beaches for you: Playa de Calafell and Platja de Ribes Roges. Step off the beaten path and head to Catedral Basilica Metropolitana Primada de Tarragona and Tarraco Arena Plaza. Change things up with these side-trips from Tarragona: Porrera (Sangenis i Vaque & Clos Dominic S.L.), Cartoixa de Scala Dei (in Escaladei) and Gratallops (Clos Figueras & Celler Devinssi). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Anfiteatro de Tarragona, admire the striking features of Quinta de Sant Rafael, explore the world behind art at Museu d'Art Modern de la Diputacio de Tarragona, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Passeig Arqueològic.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tarragona trip planner.

Getting from Barcelona to Tarragona by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Benicasim.

Things to do in Tarragona

Historic Sites · Wineries · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Benicasim, Spain

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): get great views at Cruz Desierto de las Palmas, see the interesting displays at Museo del Naipe, then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de Xivert, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Juan Bautista. On the next day, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Carmelitano Bodegas y Destilerias, then kick back and relax at Playa del Quartell Vell, and then take in panoramic vistas at alamacenes portuarios s.XVIII.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Benicasim trip maker site.

You can drive from Tarragona to Benicasim in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. November in Benicasim sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 10°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Thu) before leaving for Valencia.

Things to do in Benicasim

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Valencia, Spain

— 10 nights

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Plaza de la Virgen and El Castell de Guadalest will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Castell de Xativa and Barrio del Carmen. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Valencia: Playa de Levante (in Benidorm), Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion (in Biar) and Castillo de la Atalaya / Atalaya Castle (in Villena). There's lots more to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, contemplate the long history of Palau Ducal dels Borja Gandia, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Valencia trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Benicasim to Valencia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Valencia, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Valencia

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Landmarks · Architectural Buildings
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.