18 days in Spain, Switzerland & France Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Colmar, France
— 2 nights
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights


Barcelona, Spain — 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

You'll discover tucked-away gems like Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar and Passeig de Gracia. There's lots more to do: stroll around Parc de Montjuic, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and make a trip to Casa Batllo.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona driving holiday planner.

In April in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Geneva.
Parks · Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites
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Geneva, Switzerland — 3 nights

Capital of Peace

You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fondation Baur, Musee des Arts d’Extreme-Orient and Musee Barbier-Mueller. Change things up with these side-trips from Geneva: O'Coeur des Reves ... (in Vevey) and Lausanne (Palais De Rumine & Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Musee d'histoire des sciences de la Ville de Geneve, stroll around Mon-Repos Park, admire the natural beauty at Parc Bertrand, and see the interesting displays at Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Geneva visit planning website.

You can fly from Barcelona to Geneva in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Barcelona in April, with highs in Geneva at 19°C and lows at 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Zurich.
Museums · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites
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Zurich, Switzerland — 3 nights

Big Small Town

You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parkanlage Zuerihorn and Zoological Museum. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Basel (Pfalz, Naturhistorisches Museum Basel, &more). And it doesn't end there: get a sense of history and politics at Town Hall (Rathaus), get to know the fascinating history of Limmatquai, make a trip to Sechselautenplatz, and stop by Maurice de Mauriac.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Zurich trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Geneva to Zurich takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Colmar.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums
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Colmar, France — 2 nights

Little Venice

Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Maison Schongauer, then admire the landmark architecture of Salle du Corps de Garde, then get a taste of the local shopping with Verrerie d'Art de Kaysersberg, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Brasserie du Vignoble. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the local landmark of Saint-Leon Fountain and then see the top attractions with Alsace Original Experiences.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Colmar trip planner.

Getting from Zurich to Colmar by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can fly to Paris.
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Paris, France — 3 nights

City of Light

Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Eglise Saint-Severin, then stop by Quartier Montparnasse, then take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Musique, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee de la Chasse et de la Nature. On the next day, steep yourself in history at National Archives, then try your luck at Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes, then slough off your stress at Les Bains d'AliA, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Luxembourg Palace.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris day trip planning site.

You can fly from Colmar to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to fly to Madrid.
Museums · Baths · Neighborhoods · Casinos
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Madrid, Spain — 4 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Explore hidden gems such as Puerta de Alcala and Estación de Ferrocarril de Aranjuez. Venture out of the city with trips to MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo (in Toledo) and Alcala De Henares (Universidad de Alcala & Regional Archaeological Museum of Madrid ). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Puente de Toledo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Royal Chapel of St. Anthony of La Florida, pause for some photo ops at Monumento Cervantes, and get curious at Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales.

To see ratings and tourist information, use the Madrid trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Paris to Madrid in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in May, expect nights in Madrid to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums
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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.

Switzerland travel guide

Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

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.