21 days in France, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

21 days in France, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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21 days in France, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

Start: Cairo, Egypt
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Bayeux, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
train:  3​h
4
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Albufeira, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Cairo, Egypt

4
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Head to Le Marais and Les Expressivesfor plenty of shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee d'Orsay and Palace of Versailles. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Paris is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Paris. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Cairo in May: high temperatures in Paris hover around 20°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in the history at Omaha Beach. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Les Vergers de Ducy - Domaine de la Flaguerie.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Bayeux vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Paris to Bayeux in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. May in Bayeux sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Les Vergers de Ducy - Domaine de la Flaguerie, Omaha Beach
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Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery

4
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
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 Casa Batllo and Museo Picasso. For shopping fun, head to La Boqueria or Mercat de la Barceloneta. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, and stroll through Nova Mar Bella Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Bayeux to Barcelona takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bayeux in May, with highs in Barcelona at 25°C and lows at 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Royal Palace of Madrid and Prado National Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza and Museo Sorolla. There's lots more to do: walk around Retiro Park, admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Mayor, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Madrid trip planner .

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Madrid, with lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
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 23rd (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, then wander the streets of Belém Tower, and then choose your vessel at Lisbon by Boat. On the next day, stop by A Outra Face da Lua, then steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge, and then wander the streets of Alfama.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lisbon road trip website .

You can fly from Madrid to Lisbon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. May in Lisbon sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Albufeira.

Things to do in Lisbon

Neighborhoods Shopping Tours
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian ©
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

3
nights
Albufeira, Portugal

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Escape the urban bustle at Praia Da Rocha and Praia dos Olhos de Água. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Falesia Beach and Odeceixe Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Praia do Monte Clérigo in Aljezur (about 1h 05 min away). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia da Coelha.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Albufeira day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Albufeira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Albufeira, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Albufeira

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Praia Da Rocha, Praia do Monte Clérigo, Odeceixe Beach
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Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Odeceixe Beach ©
Odeceixe Beach

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