17 days in France, Portugal & Spain Itinerary

17 days in France, Portugal & Spain Itinerary

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Nice, France
— 2 nights
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Porto, Portugal
— 1 night
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Seville, Spain
— 1 night
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights


Nice, France — 2 nights

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (Lérins Islands & Vieux Port). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice tour planner.

Boston, USA to Nice is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Boston to Nice due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Boston in September since evenings lows in Nice dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · 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. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Paris planning tool.

You can fly from Nice to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Nice in September: high temperatures in Paris hover around 70°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Porto.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Side Trip
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Porto, Portugal — 1 night

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Porto tour planning app.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Porto takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in September, and nighttime lows around 56°F. You'll set off for Lisbon on the 11th (Sun).
Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks
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Lisbon, Portugal — 3 nights

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
When in Lisbon, make a side trip to see Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra, approximately Sintra away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, and take a stroll through Alfama.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lisbon day trip website.

You can fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Porto in September, you will find days in Lisbon are somewhat warmer (81°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Seville.
Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Neighborhoods
Side Trip
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 14:

Seville, Spain — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol).

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Seville trip maker.

Getting from Lisbon to Seville by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Seville due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 2 nights

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, then explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Puerta del Sol, then walk around Parque del Retiro, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid online trip planner.

Fly from Seville to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to fly to Barcelona.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:

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.
Barcelona is known for sightseeing, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Parc Guell, admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Barcelona, with lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:

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.

Portugal travel guide

Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.

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.