18 days in France & Spain Itinerary

18 days in France & Spain Itinerary

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18 days in France & Spain Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
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
Fly:  12​h 15​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 Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Eiffel Tower and Île de la Cité will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Chateau de Malmaison in Rueil-Malmaison, about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, don't miss a visit to Place de la Bastille, explore the world behind art at Musee Jacquemart-Andre, and take a stroll through Montmartre.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Paris road trip planning app .

New York City, USA to Paris is an approximately 12-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Paris. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from New York City in July: high temperatures in Paris hover around 79°F and lows are around 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 Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, take a stroll through Ciutat Vella, contemplate the long history of Casa Museu Gaudí, and get to know the fascinating history of Carrer Montcada.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip planner .

You can fly from Paris to Barcelona in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in July, Barcelona is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time 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
Museu Fundacion Juan March Palma ©
Museu Fundacion Juan March Palma

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Prado National Museum and Museo Cerralbo will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Royal Palace of Madrid and Plaza Mayor. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla, explore the stunning scenery at The Cares Gorge, examine the collection at Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande.

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 Parks

Side Trip

The Cares Gorge
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
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, admire the striking features of Torre del Oro, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Alcázar of Seville. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through 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 Museums Parks
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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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