45 days in France, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

45 days in France, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 6 nights
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Bayeux, France
— 3 nights
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Lyon, France
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Valencia, Spain
— 4 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Sintra, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Braga, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Porto, Portugal
— 5 nights
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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Champs-Elysees, Palais Garnier, Eiffel Tower, and other attractions.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Paris holiday planner.

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. In April, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 4 — 10:

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.
To plan Bayeux vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in April, and nighttime lows around 40°F. You will leave for Lyon on the 13th (Wed).

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 13:

Lyon, France

— 2 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.
To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Lyon route maker tool.

Getting from Bayeux to Lyon by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. You will leave for Nice on the 15th (Fri).

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 15:

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.
To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nice trip builder website.

You can fly from Lyon to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lyon in April, Nice is a bit warmer at night with lows of 52°F. On the 18th (Mon), you're off to Barcelona.

Things to do in Nice

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 18:

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.
To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona day trip planning website.

Getting from Nice to Barcelona by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in April, and nighttime lows around 52°F. On the 22nd (Fri), you're off to Valencia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Nightlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 22:

Valencia, Spain

— 4 nights

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Valencia trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Valencia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Valencia can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. On the 26th (Tue), you'll travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Valencia

Outdoors · Nightlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 26:

Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
To find where to stay and more tourist information, go to the Madrid trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Valencia to Madrid takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. April in Madrid sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 47°F at night. You'll set off for Seville on the 29th (Fri).

Things to do in Madrid

Nightlife · Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 29:

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.
For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Seville road trip tool.

Fly from Madrid to Seville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Seville, with lows around 53°F. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 2:

Lisbon, Portugal

— 4 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lisbon road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Seville to Lisbon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Seville to Lisbon is minus 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 55°F. On the 6th (Fri), you're off to Sintra.

Things to do in Lisbon

Tours · Outdoors · Nightlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 2 — 6:

Sintra, Portugal

— 3 nights
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sintra trip builder tool.

Sintra is just a stone's throw from Lisbon. May in Sintra sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 56°F at night. You will leave for Braga on the 9th (Mon).

Things to do in Sintra

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure
Find places to stay May 6 — 9:

Braga, Portugal

— 3 nights

Portuguese Rome

Referred to as the Portuguese Rome for its number churches, Braga represents an old town that today is the country's third-largest city. Situated in northwest Portugal, Braga boasts many narrow pedestrian streets, plazas, and spiritual pilgrimage destinations.
For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Braga road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sintra to Braga takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sintra in May, you will find days in Braga are slightly colder (68°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). You'll set off for Porto on the 12th (Thu).

Things to do in Braga

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay May 9 — 12:

Porto, Portugal

— 5 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.
For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Porto itinerary builder.

Getting from Braga to Porto by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Porto can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. You'll set off for home on the 17th (Tue).

Things to do in Porto

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay May 12 — 17:

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.

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.