12 days in Spain & France Itinerary

12 days in Spain & France Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Tours, France
— 3 nights


Madrid, Spain — 1 night

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 15th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, and then admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, then contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

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Monterrey, Mexico to Madrid is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Monterrey to Madrid, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In August in Madrid, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Barcelona.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Barcelona, Spain — 3 nights

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Barcelona: Camino de Ronda (in S'Agaro) and Sant Feliu de Guixols (Eremita sant Elm & Stand-Up Paddleboarding). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, stroll around Parc Guell, don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona vacation maker app.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Madrid in August: highs in Barcelona hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Paris.
Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Tours
Side Trips
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Paris, France — 3 nights

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 Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Paris day trip planning website.

You can fly from Barcelona to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in August, things will get slightly colder in Paris: highs are around 29°C and lows about 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Tours.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Side Trip
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Tours, France — 3 nights

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
On the 23rd (Tue), make a trip to Place Plumereau, then see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau, and then learn about winemaking at Troglo Degusto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, then take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de Villandry, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tours tour website.

Traveling by train from Paris to Tours takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Tours, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries
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Spain travel guide

Beaches · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
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.

France travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.