We would appreciate your assistance in planning our trip to Spain and France. We hope to travel for a month by train in May of next year. Roughly 12 nights in Spain, 12 in France and six in Italy, which we have planned.
Presently, for the first leg of the trip we are exploring landing in Paris and traveling southwest to Bordeau, then into Spain.
Our wish list in Spain so far includes San Sebastian, (Bilbao..?) Madrid and Barcelona. Looking for a route with a stop or two from either Bilbao or San Sebastian south or southwest to Madrid.
We enjoy wine and great food; being very interested in wine regions. Ideally, we would enjoy spending two-three nights at each destination and traveling no more than four hours by train to the next destination (we do appreciate that we may have to travel longer distances a few times).
One large question for us is including the Southeast of Spain on this trip Seville, etc.; looks like a lot of travel and backtracking???
Whatever we decide, we envision ending our Spanish leg in Barcelona and then traveling northeast in France to possibly Chamonix then dropping into Italy. So suggestions along the route from Barcelona to Chamonix would be appreciated.
So please help us plan out itinerary, where to go, what not to miss and so forth. If you recommend a destination and can do so, please suggest great accommodations you have enjoyed there. We enjoy B&B's, boutique hotels and unique accommodations. Note: we try to mix up our accommodations; taking advantage of inexpensive places when possible saving money for some luxury stays.
Hotel budget between $100-$300 nightly.
In past we have enjoyed very inexpensive hostels and luxury hotels that fellow Rick Steve travelers recommended.
Thank you in advance for your suggestions.