23 days in Spain, Paris & Dubai Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
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Cordoba, Spain
— 2 nights
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Granada, Spain
— 1 night
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Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Paris, France — 4 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.
Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Arc de Triomphe and Sainte-Chapelle will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen (in Rouen). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, visit Île de la Cité, make a trip to Place de la Concorde, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Paris road trip tool.

Sydney, Australia to Paris is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Paris is minus 9 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in May, with highs in Paris at 20°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to fly to Seville.
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Seville, Spain — 2 nights

City of Towers

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Sevilla and then contemplate the long history of Plaza de España. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Royal Tobacco Factory, contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, then admire the striking features of Torre del Oro, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla, and finally wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Seville vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Seville takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, Seville is a bit warmer than Paris - with highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Cordoba.
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Cordoba, Spain — 2 nights

Pearl of Muslim Spain

Andalucía’s thousand-year-old city, Córdoba, was once the capital of both the Roman Empire and the Moorish Kingdom, representing an alluring mix of cultural and political history.
On the 18th (Thu), examine the collection at Medina Azahara - Conjunto Arqueológico Madinat al-Zahra, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sinagoga de Cordoba, take a stroll through Jewish Quarter (Juderia), then admire the striking features of Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, and finally take an in-depth tour of Palacio de Viana. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: catch all the local highlights with Sightseeing Tours, steep yourself in history at Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, then get to know the fascinating history of Calleja de las Flores, then see the interesting displays at Banos Arabes De Santa Maria, and finally don't miss a visit to Historic Centre of Cordoba.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cordoba trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Seville to Cordoba by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Granada.
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Granada, Spain — 1 night

Pearl of Spain

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Albayzin, step into the grandiose world of Alhambra, and then steep yourself in history at Royal Chapel of Granada.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Granada attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Cordoba to Granada takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cordoba in May, expect nights in Granada to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 29°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 4 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Royal Palace of Madrid and Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Prado National Museum and Catedral Primada. Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Toledo (Church of Santo Tomé, Synagogue of Saint Mary the White, &more). The adventure continues: make a trip to Plaza Mayor, take in the spiritual surroundings of Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and pause for some photo ops at Puerta de Alcala.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip builder.

You can fly from Granada to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 25th (Thu), you're off to Barcelona.
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia and Las Ramblas. Get some historical perspective at Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic) and Carrer Petritxol. There's lots more to do: stroll around Parc Guell, browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, make a trip to Casa Batllo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip builder tool.

You can fly from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Barcelona are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to fly to Dubai.
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates — 3 nights

City of Gold

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Bastakia Quarter for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Dubai Museum & Al Fahidi Fort and Heritage Village. Get out of town with these interesting Dubai side-trips: Abu Dhabi (Marina Mall & Sheikh Zayed Bridge). There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Burj Khalifa, make a splash at Wild Wadi Waterpark, look for gifts at Souk Al Bahar, and contemplate the waterfront views at Dubai Creek.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Dubai journey planning website.

You can fly from Barcelona to Dubai in 10 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Barcelona to Dubai. In May, Dubai is much hotter than Barcelona - with highs of 44°C and lows of 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Spain travel guide

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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.
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