16 days in France, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

16 days in France, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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16 days in France, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

Start: Chennai, India
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Marseille, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
4
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
6
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: Chennai, India

3
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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, and make a trip to Champs-Elysees.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris visit planner.

Chennai, India to Paris is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chennai to Paris is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Chennai in February, things will get much colder in Paris: highs are around 9°C and lows about 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 28th (Fri), stop by The Panier, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Biere de la Plaine, admire the masterpieces at MAC - Musee d'Art Contemporain, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Chateau d'If.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Marseille takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Paris in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Marseille: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 4°C at night. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Pont d'Avignon
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
MAC - Musee d'Art Contemporain ©
MAC - Musee d'Art Contemporain
Chateau d'If ©
Chateau d'If

2
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona online driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Marseille to Barcelona in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, and then explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Barcelona in March since evenings lows in Madrid dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
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 5th (Thu): visit Alfama, make a trip to Belém Tower, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, then explore the historical opulence of Quinta da Regaleira, and finally admire the striking features of Palacio Nacional de Sintra.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lisbon day trip tool .

Getting from Madrid to Lisbon by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Western European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Madrid in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Lisbon, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sintra
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Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Alfama ©
Alfama

2
nights
Porto, Portugal

Porto ©
Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Porto is known for shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, make a trip to Liberdade Square, contemplate the long history of Palacio da Bolsa, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Porto trip planning app .

You can fly from Lisbon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March in Porto, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Parks Historic Sites Tours
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Cais da Ribeira ©
Cais da Ribeira
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

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