15 days in Spain, Istanbul & Paris Itinerary

15 days in Spain, Istanbul & Paris Itinerary

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15 days in Spain, Istanbul & Paris Itinerary

Start: Medellin, Colombia
Fly:  10​h
1
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
5
Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Medellin, Colombia

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Gran Via, Estacion de Atocha, and other attractions you added. Kids will enjoy Parque del Retiro and Royal Palace of Madrid. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, pause for some photo ops at Plaza de Cibeles, and steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Madrid day trip planning tool.

Medellin, Colombia to Madrid is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Colombia Time (COT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In June, daily temperatures in Madrid can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum

3
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Step off the beaten path and head to Food Tours and Gulhane Park. Kids will appreciate attractions like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul holiday builder app.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Madrid to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Madrid, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace

4
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.
You've added The Marina of Paris, Parc de la Villette, Luxembourg Palace, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ile Saint-Louis and Montparnasse Tower. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris road trip planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Paris in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Paris. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Istanbul in July, with highs in Paris at 30°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Ile Saint-Louis
Ile Saint-Louis
Parc de la Villette ©
Parc de la Villette

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Museu Picasso, Parc de Montjuic, Parc d’Atraccions Tibidabo, and other attractions. Attractions like Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell make great kid-friendly stops. There's more to do: make a trip to Casa Batllo and wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona itinerary planner.

You can fly from Paris to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Paris in July since evenings lows in Barcelona dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow time for the train ride to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey
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Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc d’Atraccions Tibidabo ©
Parc d’Atraccions Tibidabo

1
night
Madrid, Spain

Madrid
To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Madrid road trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Barcelona in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Madrid, with highs around 40°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. You will leave for home on the 13th (Fri).

Things to do in Madrid

Nightlife Tours Historic Sites
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