Trip to Spain and France


Feb 10th, 2013, 03:47 PM
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Trip to Spain and France


Please do not think that I am being unreasonable for wishing to cover as many cities during my 14 days trip.

I happen to be so excited about traveling to Europe and therefore, I am trying to see as many cities as possible. With your help and input, I may be able to build an exceptional itinerary to do so.

i would really like to visit all of the cities listed below while traveling through Spain and France. Mid september, I plan to fly from Chicago to Madrid and flying out of Paris to return to the states. I wish to utilize public transportations (e.g. buses, trains, etc.) as much as possible, but I am also open to renting a car or booking a local flight if deemed absolutely necessary.

Please feel free to change the route, the order of the cities; including adding or removing cities, and the number of days spent per city as necessary to build a sound itinerary. Any and all of your input is welcomed and greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Fly to Madrid (3 days includes a day trip to Toledo)
Train to Toledo (day trip)
Train to Barcelona (2days)
Train to Provence ( 1 days)
Train to San Sebastian (1 day)
Train to Bordeaux (2 days)
Fast Train to Paris (4 days day trips included)

Any way I can incorporate day trips to these cities: Chartres, Reims or Normandy D-Day beaches
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Feb 10th, 2013, 04:00 PM
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Reims or Chartres as a one day trip from Paris.

Provence does not fit your list. It is a large area, not a single city, and it would take a whole day just to get there (I'll say Avignon) from Barcelona, and probably an even longer day to get from there to San Sebastian. I think that it is time to look at a map.
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Feb 10th, 2013, 04:07 PM
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Bag Bordeaux - unless you have some reason you MUST go there.

You already know most people will tell you this trip is very unfocused and you don't have time to see/do anything.

As a first step I suggest that you look at the train schedules involved - or the budget flights - to find out just how little time you will have anywhere.

For each city I would list what you want to see - then look at how long it takes to see those places (Michelin green guides tell you this) and what/how many hours the sights are open.

What you have here is really a very long list of train trips.
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