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
Drive + 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Le Marais and Louvre Museum. Visiting Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis will get you outdoors. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, take a stroll through Montmartre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and stop by Les Expressives.

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Cairo, Egypt to Paris is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Cairo to Paris, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cairo in August, expect nights in Paris to be cooler, around 16°C, while days are little chillier, around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a 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

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Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 14th (Wed), take in the history at Omaha Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Les Vergers de Ducy - Domaine de la Flaguerie.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Bayeux day trip tool .

Take a train from Paris to Bayeux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. On the 16th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Omaha Beach, Les Vergers de Ducy - Domaine de la Flaguerie
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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.
Get outdoors at Barceloneta Beach and Nova Mar Bella Beach. Family-friendly places like Parc Guell and Basilica of the Sagrada Familia will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, examine the collection at Museo Picasso, take a stroll through La Barceloneta, and pick up some local products at La Boqueria.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Bayeux to Barcelona takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Bayeux in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Barcelona: highs are around 33°C and lows about 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Neighborhoods Beaches
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
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 Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Prado National Museum and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Retiro Park, contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla, and hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid day trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in August, expect nights in Madrid to be slightly colder, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 39°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, then wander the streets of Belém Tower, and then tour the water at your own pace with Lisbon by Boat. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): stop by A Outra Face da Lua, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, and then wander the streets of Alfama.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lisbon online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Lisbon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Madrid to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Madrid in August, expect nights in Lisbon to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are slightly colder, around 35°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Albufeira.

Things to do in Lisbon

Shopping Transportation Tours
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Museu Calouste Gulbenkian ©
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Praia Da Rocha and Praia dos Olhos de Água. Visiting Falesia Beach and Praia do Monte Clérigo will get you outdoors. When in Albufeira, make a side trip to see Odeceixe Beach in Aljezur, approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Praia da Coelha.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Albufeira day trip app .

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Albufeira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Albufeira sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Albufeira

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

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

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