I’m looking at a trip over Thanksgiving plus a week, 14 days total (including travel). Flying into Madrid and out of Paris, or vise versa. I’m not sure which order is better. We’re flying from the west coast, and the flight to/from Madrid would include 2 layovers. Flight to/from Paris is (usually) one layover.
Fly into Madrid, stay 2 nights
Madrid to Granada by bus/train, stay 3 nights
Fly Granada to Paris, rent car and drive to Bayeux for 3 nights
Drive Bayeux to Paris, return car outside city, taxi to hotel for 4 nights
Fly into Paris, taxi, then train to Bayeux, 3 nts
(Rent car in Bayeux on day 2). Don’t want to drive after long flight.
Drive or train to Paris for 4 nts
Fly to Granada for 3 nts
Train/bus to Madrid for 2 nts
Fly into Paris, stay 4 nts
Drive to Bayeux for 3 nts
Drive back to Paris, fly to Granada for 3 nts (May need to drive back to Paris the night before due to flight time)
Train/bus to Madrid for 2 nights
We are a family of 4 (2 teens). This will be our 3rd trip to Paris (1st for the kids), first trip to Spain. Not trying to see everything. Oldest son is WWII buff. Youngest is in a Spanish immersion program, so we want to give him an intro to Spain (our first trip there also). Musts include: Normandy, Versailles, Paris in general (not too many museums), Alhambra. We’d love to stay longer, but can’t.
I’m basing the trip around these airports due to cheap flights (<$600 from west coast). Which option would you choose? Any other suggestions?