39 days in Spain, Portugal & France Itinerary

39 days in Spain, Portugal & France Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 6 nights
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Bayeux, France
— 3 nights
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Lyon, France
— 3 nights
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
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Marseille, France
— 5 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
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Lagos, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Porto, Portugal
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Paris, France

— 6 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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and stop by Le Marais.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip planning app.

Boise, USA to Paris is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Boise to Paris. Traveling from Boise in May, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are little chillier, around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 8 — 15:

Bayeux, France

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Bayeux is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, awaken your taste buds at Cave Cidricole Lecornu, brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bayeux day trip planner.

Getting from Paris to Bayeux by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 15 — 18:

Lyon, France

— 3 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Lyon is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lyon day trip tool.

Getting from Bayeux to Lyon by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Bayeux in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Lyon, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to fly to Nice.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay May 18 — 21:

Nice, France

— 3 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, then contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, then get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and then examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nice route planner.

You can fly from Lyon to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Lyon in May, with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 21 — 24:

Marseille, France

— 5 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles), Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, take a stroll through The Panier, steep yourself in history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio, and explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Marseille online travel route planner.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 24 — 29:

Barcelona, Spain

— 4 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.
Barcelona is known for historic sites, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: walk around Parc Guell, visit Las Ramblas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona tour builder app.

You can fly from Marseille to Barcelona in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. May in Barcelona sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Seville.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 2:

Seville, Spain

— 3 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.
Seville is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, explore the world behind art at Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla, admire the striking features of Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol), and see where the action happens at Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Sevilla.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Seville journey planner.

Fly from Barcelona to Seville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Barcelona in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Seville: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 5:

Lagos, Portugal

— 2 nights

Jewel of the Algarve

The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the striking landscape at Ponta da Piedade, and then get outside with Pro Putting Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Da Rocha, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia da Falesia, and then stop by Mar d'Estorias.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lagos online day trip planner.

Getting from Seville to Lagos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Seville in June: highs in Lagos hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Lisbon.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 5 — 7:

Lisbon, Portugal

— 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, then meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge. Here are some ideas for day two: visit Alfama, make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and then take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta da Regaleira.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lisbon route builder app.

Traveling by car from Lagos to Lisbon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Lagos in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Lisbon, with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 7 — 9:

Porto, Portugal

— 2 nights

Unvanquished City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja do Carmo, then take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Cais da Ribeira. Keep things going the next day: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Porto driving holiday planner.

Getting from Lisbon to Porto by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. When traveling from Lisbon in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Porto: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Madrid.

Things to do in Porto

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 11:

Madrid, Spain

— 4 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Venture out of the city with trips to Toledo (Church of Santo Tomé, El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Madrid online trip builder.

Getting from Porto to Madrid by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Porto in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Madrid, with highs around 87°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 61°F. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 11 — 15:

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.

Normandy travel guide

4.6
Monuments · Landmarks · History Museums
Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards.

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.

Portugal travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Beaches · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.