18 days in France & Spain Itinerary

18 days in France & Spain Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
Saint-Tropez, France
— 1 night
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Malaga, Spain
— 2 nights
Marbella, Spain
— 1 night
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights


Paris, France — 3 nights

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 Pantheon, Sainte-Chapelle, Arc de Triomphe, and other attractions. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and wander the streets of Montmartre.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Paris day trip app.

Manila, Philippines to Paris is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Manila to Paris due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manila in September, expect nights in Paris to be colder, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Lyon.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Lyon, France — 2 nights

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.
For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lyon trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Saint-Tropez.
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Saint-Tropez, France — 1 night

Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. St. Tropez Harbor has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take in the waterfront activity at St. Tropez Harbor.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Saint-Tropez day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Saint-Tropez takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Lyon in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Saint-Tropez, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. On the 9th (Fri), you'll travel to Nice.
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Nice, France — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): wander the streets of Vieille Ville, then don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and then don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice holiday builder website.

Drive from Saint-Tropez to Nice in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Saint-Tropez in September, you will find days in Nice are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (21°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Malaga.
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Malaga, Spain — 2 nights

Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Malaga Cathedral as well as Plaza de la Constitucion Malaga.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Malaga online trip builder.

You can fly from Nice to Malaga in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nice in September: highs in Malaga hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Marbella.
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Marbella, Spain — 1 night

Once a village of humble fishermen, Marbella is now one of the most cosmopolitan beach resorts on Spain’s world-famous Costa del Sol, boasting swanky nightclubs, classy hotels, and expensive restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): wander the streets of Marbella Old Town.

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You can drive from Malaga to Marbella in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Wed) before leaving for Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 4 nights

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Gran Via as well as Prado National Museum. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid online road trip planner.

You can take a train from Marbella to Madrid in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Madrid when traveling from Marbella in September, with lows around 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Sun) before leaving for home.
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France travel guide

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

Beaches · Architectural Buildings · 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.