10 days in Greece, Spain & France Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
Paris, France
— 4 nights


Athens, Greece — 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, make a trip to Plateia Syntagmatos, and then take a stroll through Plaka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum, delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and then take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens trip planner.

Bengaluru, India to Athens is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 3.5 hours. Traveling from Bengaluru in May, expect Athens to be a bit cooler, temps between 29°C and 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Barcelona.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Barcelona, Spain — 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 18th (Thu), admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, stroll around Parc Guell, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, and finally make a trip to Casa Batllo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, wander the streets of Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic), then appreciate the extensive heritage of Las Ramblas, and finally pick up some local products at La Boqueria.

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

Fly from Athens to Barcelona in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Barcelona is minus 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Athens in May: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around 25°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Madrid.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping
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Madrid, Spain — 1 night

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 20th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, and then explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip planner.

Getting from Barcelona to Madrid by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Barcelona in May since evenings lows in Madrid dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Paris.
Historic Sites · Museums
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Paris, France — 4 nights

City of Light

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.
Paris is known for museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Louvre Museum, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in May, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Greece travel guide

Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

Spain travel guide

Beaches · Nightlife · Architectural Buildings
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 · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.