40 days in Portugal, Spain & France Itinerary

40 days in Portugal, Spain & France Itinerary

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40 days in Portugal, Spain & France Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Granada, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h
6
Cannes, France
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Saint-Tropez, France
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Toulon, France
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Vancouver, Canada

6
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Belém Tower and Mosteiro dos Jeronimos. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Praia do Norte and Praia de Carcavelos. Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Praia da Nazare (in Nazare), Guincho Beach (in Cascais) and Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena, Quinta da Regaleira, & more). The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take a stroll through Avenida da Liberdade, see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, and shop like a local with Rossio Square.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon trip planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Lisbon is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Vancouver to Lisbon. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Vancouver in March: high temperatures in Lisbon hover around 20°C and lows are around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Lisbon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Sintra, Nazare, Guincho Beach, Praia de Carcavelos, Cabo da Roca
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

5
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Visiting Safari de Madrid and Valle del Clamores will get you outdoors. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Mercado San Miguel and Diseno Propio. Artesania.. Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Balloon Rides (in Segovia) and Toledo (Lahperla & Casco Historico de Toledo). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Prado National Museum, admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor, shop like a local with Rio Creative Art Center, and take a stroll through Gran Via.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Madrid takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lisbon to Madrid, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in March, things will get little chillier in Madrid: highs are around 17°C and lows about 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Toledo, Segovia
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

2
nights
Seville, Spain

Seville ©
A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
On the 27th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Alcázar of Seville, wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre Giralda, and finally get great views at Catedral de Sevilla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then take in the exciting artwork at Delimbo, then admire the striking features of Plaza de España, and finally view the masterpieces at Un Gato en Bicicleta.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Seville online day trip planner .

You can take a train from Madrid to Seville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Madrid in March; daily highs in Seville reach 21°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

3
nights
Granada, Spain

Granada ©
Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alhambra and Alcazaba. Get some historical perspective at Albayzin and Mirador de San Nicolas. Venture out of the city with trips to Nerja (Burriana Beach, Fundación Cueva de Nerja, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Milenium Gallery and stop by ili chocolate grandmother.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Granada road trip site .

Drive from Seville to Granada in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Seville in March since evenings lows in Granada dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nerja, Alcazaba
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Burriana Beach ©
Burriana Beach
Albayzin ©
Albayzin

5
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 a sense of the local culture at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and El Barri Gòtic. Get some historical perspective at Casa Batllo and Barcelona Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Barcelona: Fundacio Mona, Centre de Recuperacio de Primats (in Riudellots de la Selva), Medaqua (in L'Estartit) and Camino de Ronda (in S'Agaro). There's still lots to do: stroll through Playa de La Barceloneta, pick up some local products at La Boqueria, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and go for a walk through Passeig de Gracia.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona trip planner .

Getting from Granada to Barcelona by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Granada in March since evenings lows in Barcelona dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cannes.

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Camino de Ronda, Fundacio Mona, Centre de Recuperacio de Primats, Medaqua
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El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

6
nights
Cannes, France

Cannes ©
Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Castel Plage and Plage Mace. Get in touch with nature at Lérins Islands and Parc des Rives du Loup. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cannes: Nice (Vieille Ville & Musée Marc Chagall). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through La Croisette, get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Castre, look for gifts at Lavallie Bijoux et Joaillerie, and pick up some local products at Marche Forville.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cannes tour builder website .

Getting from Barcelona to Cannes by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In April, daytime highs in Cannes are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Cannes

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nice, Eglise St Pierre & Paul, Parc des Rives du Loup, Marineland, Pierini Verre contemporain
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Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
La Croisette ©
La Croisette

5
nights
Saint-Tropez, France

Saint-Tropez ©
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Galerie Regard and Domaine La Tourraque. Let the collections at Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime and Le musée de l’Annonciade capture your imagination. Go for a jaunt from Saint-Tropez to Roquebrune-sur-Argens to see Vivier Gallo-Romain des Issambres about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Pampelonne, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Paroissiale Notre Dame de l'Assomption, stroll through Plage de l'Escalet, and stop by La maison des confitures.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint-Tropez journey planner.

You can drive from Cannes to Saint-Tropez in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Saint-Tropez can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Toulon.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Wineries Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Galerie Regard, Vivier Gallo-Romain des Issambres
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Plage de l'Escalet ©
Plage de l'Escalet
Plage de Pampelonne ©
Plage de Pampelonne

5
nights
Toulon, France

Toulon is a city in southern France and a large military harbour on the Mediterranean coast, with a major French naval base. You'll get in some beach time at Anse Magaud and Plages du Mourillon. Head to Inna Khimich Art Gallery and L'Avenue 83for plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Scuba & Snorkeling (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Le Lavandou). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at La Croix radieuse Du Point Sublime du Faron, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, appreciate the extensive heritage of Rade de Toulon, and examine the collection at Musee National de la Marine.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Toulon trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Saint-Tropez to Toulon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Saint-Tropez in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Toulon: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Toulon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Daskalides Chocolatier, L'Avenue 83
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Museum Dpartemental du Var ©
Museum Dpartemental du Var

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