17 days in France & Spain Itinerary

17 days in France & Spain Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
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Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
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Malaga, Spain
— 2 nights
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Ibiza Town, Spain
— 2 nights
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Valencia, Spain
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
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Paris, France
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Paris, France

— 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Shop till you drop at Champs-Elysees and Le Marais. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, and steep yourself in history at Place de la Bastille.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Paris road trip site.

Miami, USA to Paris is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Miami in December, things will get colder in Paris: highs are around 9°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Madrid.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:

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 23rd (Thu), explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, then take a stroll through Gran Via, then admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid, and finally hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Madrid online trip maker.

Getting from Paris to Madrid by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Paris in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Madrid, with highs around 14°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

Seville, Spain

— 2 nights

City of Towers

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 24th (Fri): admire the striking features of Plaza de España, steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla, then wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, and finally admire the striking features of Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol).

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Seville online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Madrid to Seville by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December, Seville is a bit warmer than Madrid - with highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C. On the 26th (Sun), you'll travel to Malaga.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Malaga, Spain

— 2 nights

Capital of the Costa del Sol

Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): shop like a local with Calle San Miguel, contemplate the long history of Alcazaba, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Malaga Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Gravura Taller de Grabado, explore the world behind art at Museo Picasso Malaga, and then view the masterpieces at Ifergan Collection.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Malaga tour builder site.

Drive from Seville to Malaga in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in December, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to fly to Ibiza Town.

Things to do in Malaga

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

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Ibiza Town, Spain

— 2 nights

Party Capital of Europe

As the island’s largest city and most-visited site, Ibiza is famous for its electric nightlife and lively Mediterranean culture.
On the 28th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Platja de ses Salines, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cala Comte, and then kick back and relax at Cala Bassa. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Castell de Eivissa, take a stroll through Dalt Vila, and then see the interesting displays at Necropolis del Puig des Molins.

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Fly from Malaga to Ibiza Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In December, daytime highs in Ibiza Town are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Valencia.

Things to do in Ibiza Town

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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Valencia, Spain

— 2 nights

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
On the 30th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardi del Turia, and then get to know the fascinating history of Plaza de la Virgen. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Casco Antiguo, admire the landmark architecture of Central Market of Valencia, then pause for some serene contemplation at Valencia Cathedral, then admire the striking features of La Lonja de la Seda, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Gandia.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Valencia sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Ibiza Town to Valencia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Ibiza Town in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 5°C in Valencia. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

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Barcelona, Spain

— 3 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.
You'll explore and learn at Museu Picasso and Museu Maritim de Barcelona. Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Las Ramblas. There's much more to do: make a trip to Casa Batllo, walk around Parc Guell, browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, and pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Valencia to Barcelona by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Valencia in January, plan for little chillier days in Barcelona, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches
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Paris, France

City of Light

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary site.

Fly from Barcelona to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in January, things will get a bit cooler in Paris: highs are around 8°C and lows about 1°C. On the 4th (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Paris

Nightlife · Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours
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France travel guide

4.3
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.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · 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.