15 days in France & Spain Itinerary

15 days in France & Spain Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe travel planner

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Marseille, France
— 3 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
Drive
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Jaen, Spain
— 2 nights
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Musee Rodin and Musee Nissim de Camondo. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Musee des Arts Forains, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

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Washington, USA to Paris is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Paris is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington in October, you will find days in Paris are a bit cooler (19°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to fly to Marseille.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites
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Marseille, France

— 3 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Let the collections at Carrieres des Lumieres and Chateau La Coste en Provence capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations and Musee Departemental Arles Antique. Venture out of the city with trips to Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence), Arles (St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), Eglise St-Trophime, &more) and Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence). It doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Roman Theatre of Orange.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Marseille road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Marseille takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paris in October: high temperatures in Marseille hover around 26°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Madrid.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

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Madrid, Spain

— 5 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Prado National Museum and National Archaeological Museum of Spain will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as The Walls of Avila and Catedral de Avila. Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Toledo (Alcazar - Museo del Ejercito, Casco Historico de Toledo, &more) and Avila (Iglesia de Santo Tome el Viejo, Basilica de San Vicente, &more). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla, see the interesting displays at Naval Museum, contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, and admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Marseille to Madrid by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Jaen.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

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Jaen, Spain

— 2 nights
Jaén is a city in south-central Spain. On the 2nd (Tue), examine the collection at Terra Oleum Museo Activo Del Aceite De Oliva, then explore the historical opulence of Castillo de Santa Catalina, then get engrossed in the history at Centro Cultural Baños Árabes, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaén Cathedral.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaen trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Madrid to Jaen in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 4°C. On the 3rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jaen

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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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.