11 days in Spain, France & The Netherlands Itinerary

11 days in Spain, France & The Netherlands Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights


Madrid, Spain — 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Museo Sorolla, then steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, then steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, and finally make a trip to Puerta del Sol. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): walk around Parque del Retiro, then admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid online visit planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Madrid is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Dubai to Madrid, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in November, things will get colder in Madrid: highs are around 17°C and lows about 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to fly to Barcelona.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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Barcelona, Spain — 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, stroll around Parc Guell, then make a trip to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and finally pick up some local products at La Boqueria. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Las Ramblas, then don't miss a visit to Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, then don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, and finally visit El Barri Gòtic.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona road trip planning app.

You can fly from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Madrid in November: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around 21°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping
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Paris, France — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): walk around Luxembourg Gardens, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Île de la Cité, then explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Paris itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in November; daily highs in Paris reach 12°C and lows reach 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can take a train to Amsterdam.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, admire the striking features of Royal Palace Amsterdam, steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis, and examine the collection at Anne Frank House.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam online trip maker.

Traveling by train from Paris to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries
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Spain travel guide

Beaches · Nightlife · Architectural Buildings
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.

France travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.

The Netherlands travel guide

Art Museums · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.