16 days in France, Madrid & Barcelona Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Nice, France
— 3 nights


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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Louvre Museum and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner.

New Delhi, India to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from New Delhi to Paris. When traveling from New Delhi in February, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Paris: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Madrid.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours
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Madrid, Spain — 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Parque del Retiro and Prado National Museum. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace of Madrid, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and contemplate the long history of Casa de Campo.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid visit planning site.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Madrid takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Paris in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Madrid, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to fly to Barcelona.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games
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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.
Family-friendly places like Basilica de la Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: walk around Parc Guell, appreciate the extensive heritage of Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic), hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona tour planner.

Getting from Madrid to Barcelona by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Barcelona, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Nice.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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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.
Kids will enjoy Marineland and Colline du Chateau overlook. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Old Town, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and examine the collection at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nice travel route planner.

Fly from Barcelona to Nice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. March in Nice sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
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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.