54 days in Bordeaux, Madrid & Lyon Itinerary

54 days in Bordeaux, Madrid & Lyon Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Paris, France
Train:  2 h 15 min
1
Bordeaux, France
— 18 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Madrid, Spain
— 18 nights
Fly + Tram:  5 h
3
Lyon, France
— 17 nights
Train:  2 h
End: Paris, France

18
nights
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau Paloumey (in Ludon-Medoc), Bidart (Chapelle Sainte Madeleine, Plage d'Ilbarritz, &more) and La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Musee d’Art et d’Archeologie du Perigord, observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium La Rochelle, do a tasting at Chateau Cantenac, and explore the activities along Canal de Lalinde.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bordeaux tour planner.

Paris to Bordeaux is an approximately 2.5- hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Bordeaux are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Bayonne, Biarritz, Saint-Emilion, Bidart, Perigueux
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 21:
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Chateau Cantenac ©
Chateau Cantenac
Chapelle Sainte Madeleine ©
Chapelle Sainte Madeleine
Musee d’Art et d’Archeologie du Perigord ©
Musee d’Art et d’Archeologie du Perigord

18
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Venture out of the city with trips to Toledo (Convento e iglesia de San Pedro Martir, Antica Roma Anticuario, &more), Segovia (Iglesia de la Vera Cruz, Acueduct of Segovia, &more) and Penalara Natural Park (in Rascafria). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Bordeaux to Madrid in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Bordeaux in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Madrid, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Toledo, Segovia, Penalara Natural Park
Find places to stay Sep 21 — Oct 9:
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

17
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lyon: Wine Tours & Tastings (in Beaune), Grenoble (Musee de Grenoble, Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere, &more) and Annecy (La Vieille Ville & Lake Annecy). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill, walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and see the interesting displays at Musee Magnin.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Lyon trip itinerary maker site.

You can do a combination of flight and tram from Madrid to Lyon in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Madrid in October: highs in Lyon hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Dijon, Grenoble, Clermont-Ferrand, Cornas, Annecy
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 26:
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Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Lake Annecy ©
Lake Annecy

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