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: Cairo, Egypt
Fly:  8 h
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Bayeux, France
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7 h 30 min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
4
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Albufeira, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  10 h 30 min
End: Cairo, Egypt

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.
Head to Le Marais and Saint Germain des Pres Quarterfor plenty of shopping. Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, wander the streets of Montmartre, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Paris is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairo to Paris is minus 1 hour. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Cairo in February: highs in Paris hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take in the history at Around Europe Battlefields Tours Day Tours, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, then admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Baron Gerard, and finally make a trip to Atelier Galerie Ludovic Grand-Guillot. Keep things going the next day: stop by La Maison du Biscuit, then steep yourself in history at Omaha Beach, and then learn about all things military at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bayeux online trip builder .

Getting from Paris to Bayeux by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Bayeux are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

La Maison du Biscuit, Omaha Beach
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 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): pick up some local products at La Boqueria, then admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo. On the next day, stop by Inercia, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Carretera de Les Aigues, and then don't miss a visit to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia.

To see where to stay, photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip maker.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Bayeux to Barcelona in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Bayeux in March, things will get a bit warmer in Barcelona: highs are around 19°C and lows about 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 Museums
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El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Museu Picasso ©
Museu Picasso

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 4th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Diseno Propio. Artesania., then browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, then wander the streets of Gran Via, and finally admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Puerto de Navacerrada – Estacion de Esqui.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Madrid tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Madrid, with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Madrid

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Gran Via ©
Gran Via
Diseno Propio. Artesania. ©
Diseno Propio. Artesania.

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 6th (Fri), visit Alfama, take a stroll through Rossio Square, then make a trip to Belém Tower, and finally explore the world behind art at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your military savvy at Museu de Marinha and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Natural da Arrabida.

To see more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Lisbon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Western European Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Madrid in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Lisbon, with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Albufeira.

Things to do in Lisbon

Neighborhoods Museums Nature

Side Trip

Parque Natural da Arrabida
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Alfama ©
Alfama
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian ©
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

2
nights
Albufeira, Portugal

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
On the 7th (Sat), capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Sacred Art Museum, then take a stroll through Centro Historico de Albufeira, then kick back and relax at Falesia Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Praia dos Olhos de Água.

For reviews, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, use the Albufeira holiday maker.

Drive from Lisbon to Albufeira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Atelier Zea, Studio Bongard
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Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Photography Tours
Studio Bongard ©
Studio Bongard

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