18 days in France & Spain Itinerary

18 days in France & Spain Itinerary

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Start: New York City, United States
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
3
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
5
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Train + Subway:  12 h 30 min
End: New York City, United States


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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Musee Jacquemart-Andre. Eiffel Tower and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, get engrossed in the history at Maison de Victor Hugo, see the interesting displays at Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, and steep yourself in history at La Sorbonne.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris attractions tool.

New York City, USA to Paris is an approximately 12- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of subway, train, and flight; or fly. Traveling from New York City to Paris, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in July, expect Paris to be little chillier, temps between 79°F and 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chateau de Malmaison, Albert Kahn Musee et Jardins
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museu Picasso and Fundacio Antoni Tapies. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Ciutat Vella. There's much more to do: stop by El Barri Gòtic, admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, steep yourself in history at Casa Museu Gaudí, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Carrer de Montcada.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona day trip planning site.

Getting from Paris to Barcelona by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Barcelona, with lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Palma de Mallorca.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar ©
Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar

2
nights
Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Palma de Mallorca ©
Majorca, or Mallorca, is largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago.
On the 20th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Castell de Bellver, admire the masterpieces at Museu Fundacion Juan March Palma, get to know the fascinating history of Banos Arabes, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Mallorca, and finally examine the collection at Palau March Museu. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Es Baluard Museu d'Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma and then view the masterpieces at Pilar and Joan Miro Foundation in Mallorca.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Palma de Mallorca trip planner.

Fly from Barcelona to Palma de Mallorca in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow time for travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Palma de Mallorca

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Castell de Bellver ©
Castell de Bellver
Catedral de Mallorca ©
Catedral de Mallorca
Palau March Museu ©
Palau March Museu

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Royal Palace of Madrid and Plaza Mayor. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Prado National Museum and Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo Cerralbo, steep yourself in history at Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande, and take an in-depth tour of Lope de Vega Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip planner.

You can fly from Palma de Mallorca to Madrid in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. When traveling from Palma de Mallorca in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Madrid, with highs around 94°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

2
nights
Seville, Spain

Seville ©
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.
On the 25th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Museo Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija, then admire the landmark architecture of Torre del Oro, and then contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville. Keep things going the next day: stop by Barrio Santa Cruz, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla, and then steep yourself in history at Plaza de España.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Seville trip planner.

Getting from Madrid to Seville by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In July in Seville, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Barrio Santa Cruz ©
Barrio Santa Cruz

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