17 days in France, United Kingdom & Madrid Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights


London, United Kingdom — 6 nights

The Square Mile

You've now added Kensington Palace to your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, don't miss a visit to Tower Bridge, see the interesting displays at The British Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Tower of London.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the London journey website.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to London is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Juan to London is 4 hours. Traveling from San Juan in April, expect London to be colder, temps between 15°C and 5°C. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Paris.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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Paris, France — 3 nights

City of Light

Your list of things to see and do now includes Sainte-Chapelle, Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse, Montmartre, and other attractions. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Paris holiday planning website.

Getting from London to Paris by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux, France — 3 nights

The Port of the Moon

Bordeaux is known for sightseeing, fun & games, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral, make a trip to Place du Parlement, and admire the striking features of La Cite du Vin.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bordeaux trip maker.

You can take a train from Paris to Bordeaux in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in May, you will find days in Bordeaux are somewhat warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Madrid attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Bordeaux to Madrid takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Madrid, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
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United Kingdom travel guide

Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.

France travel guide

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.