15 days in Morocco, Spain & France Itinerary

15 days in Morocco, Spain & France Itinerary

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Marrakech, Morocco
— 2 nights
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Nice, France
— 4 nights
Paris, France
— 3 nights


Marrakech, Morocco — 2 nights

Red City

You won't run out of things to do in Marrakech, a city where you can spend days exploring grandiose palaces and mosques, photogenic gardens, sacred tombs, and traditional mansions that evoke a bygone era.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koutoubia Mosque, and then make a trip to Jemaa el-Fnaa. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Marrakech trip itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to Marrakech is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Western European Standard Time (WET) is 5 hours. While traveling from New York City, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Marrakech, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to fly to Madrid.
Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks
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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 4th (Tue): hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, then don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace of Madrid. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Parque del Retiro, admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, and then examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Madrid itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Marrakech to Madrid takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Marrakech in October: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 73°F and lows are around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Barcelona.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
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Barcelona, Spain — 3 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Basilica de la Sagrada Familia and Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic). The adventure continues: stroll around Parc Guell, take a stroll through Las Ramblas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso.

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Getting from Madrid to Barcelona by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Madrid in October since evenings lows in Barcelona dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Nice.
Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Beaches
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Nice, France — 4 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Bring the kids along to Marineland and Place Massena. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron) and Saint-Raphael (TakSea & Total Xscape). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Old Town, stroll through Castel Plage, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and get outside with Quai Rauba Capeu.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Nice road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Nice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Paris.
Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Side Trips
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Paris, France — 3 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

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Fly from Nice to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Nice in October, with highs in Paris at 62°F and lows at 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Morocco travel guide

Flea Markets · Gardens · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Diverse in landscapes and cultures, Morocco has long been a popular tourist destination, offering many quintessential North African vistas, sounds, and tastes. The ancient medinas of the main cities have retained their look and feel over the centuries, with bustling markets of colorful spice stalls, leather tanning in the streets, and teahouses. The dunes of the Sahara and the peaks of the High Atlas mountains battle for the interest of tourists on holiday in Morocco, with each possessing impressive, picturesque scenery, and hidden-away traditional villages, filled with crafts, carpets, and a rural way of life.

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.