@FoxyBride14: Though I haven’t been to Madrid, I’ve been to both Barcelona and Paris, as well as having been on a Mediterranean cruise (with MSC Cruise Lines).
We spent two days in Barcelona, did a 9 night cruise, five days in Paris, five days in London and then a week and a half north east of London with my family where we did a few day trips to other parts of England.
If we could go back, we both agree we would do the cruise last (though that wasn’t actually possible as we were working around specific dates I wanted to be with my family, but you get my point). The cruise was so relaxing, which was wonderful, but then we hit Paris and London after a week of pampering and it was ridiculously draining!
We flew from NZ (a 38 hour trip) and we didn’t really suffer jet lag – though we took sleeping pills on the plane and managed to have a decent amount of sleep before we landed in Barcelona.
Barcelona: Our first night there we went to a Spanish Buffett and watched a Flamenco show – it was incredible. While we were there we visited the Sagrada Familia (a must see), Santa Maria del Mar and the Magic Fountain of Montjuic.
Mediterranean Cruise: Our ports of call were; Lisbon, Portugal – where we went to the oldest winery in Portugal, saw the Christo-Rei and went to the Arrabida Natural Park; Casablanca, Morocco – where we saw the Hassan II Mosque, and also went to Rabat to see the Hassan Tower, The Kings Palace and Mausoleum of Mohammed V; Malaga, Spain – where we went to Marbella and Puerto Buenos; Rome, Italy – where we visited the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and also went to Vatican City to see St. Paul’s Cathedral; Genoa, Italy – where we went to the Genoa Aquarium and walked around the city looking at the art on the buildings and visiting the churches.
Paris: We went to the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomph, the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, Saint Dennis Cathedral, did a day tour out to Normandy and Omaha Beach and had an evening booked which included dinner at the Eiffel Tower restaurant, a cruise on the river Sienne and a ticket to the Moulin Rouge (unfortunately we missed that nights plans as our travel agent screwed up our flights from Barcelona).
Hopefully I’ve given you some ideas of things to do in Barcelona, Paris and an idea of the Mediterranean ports.