I Have been to botyh cities at different times & I have son in Zarasoga, and the best way to get there is too fly from Madrid, if you are coning from Baracelona I think you take the AVE high speed train which takes 1.5 hrs and cost 44 euro from Barcelona,there is loonger and cheaper options slower train which takes 4 hours ,17 euro but you still have to get a taxi from the airport which cost another 25 euro. Ryanair & spainair flies into zarasoga from a lot of cities in spain so you might check this airline out, By all accounts Zaragosa is a wonderful non tourist place to visit. Barcelona is wonderful too but be careful with the pickpockets , & Madrid is huge with loads too do...21 nights is a long time to be there for so when you are in barcelona you could take a train for a day down athe coast as it is quite cheap to travel in spain, you will find airtravel is quiet reasonable too.Edited: 22 November 2010, 18:31
Zaragoza is just between Madrid and Barcelona and well connected with the two with fast AVE trains. Flying may work cheaper but train is a lot faster (door to door) and more comfortable. If budget is an issue, you can do it by bus (www.alsa.com) and actually takes just a bit more time than flying.
From Barcelona to Paris usually flying is the best option.
How many days on each really depends on your tastes and interests. What "I" would suggest (and please keep in ming I'm biased for my own tastes) is
- 5-6 nighs in Madrid (daytrips to Segovia, Toledo)
- 2-3 nights in Zaragoza
- 6-7 nights in Barcelona (daytrips to Tarragona and Girona, or Montserrat, wineries at Penedes....etc)
- 6-7 nights in Paris
Paris is a wonderful city. At least 3 nights to see the sights plus catch the train to Versailles. For your stay in Barcelona, in addition to previous comments, I would also recommend staying on the train past Girona and visit the Salvador Dalí museum in Figueres. Stop off at Girona on the way back. Sights in Zaragoza are very close together. Personally, 2 nights max. Lots of day trips from Madrid. In addition to Segovia and Toledo would also suggest Aranjuez and El Escorial (+ Valle de los Caídos). Madrid itself is a fantastis city with plenty to see. Most nights should be spent here. With the high speed AVE (book a few weeks in advance on renfe.com for discounted fares) it's also possible to do day trips to Córdoba and Seville. I would highly recommend staying at least two nights in Seville, you won't regret it.
This depends on your interests to some extent: Madrid's art museums (and other national museums) are fantastic but if you're not so keen on art then not so many days needed. For other sights in Madrid itself I'd say 2 days was enough plus days for side-trips. also agree with 2 days in Zaragoza.
I originally suggested Zaragoza when you were dropping Andalucia from an itinerary that included Italy. with the current one you could reconsider putting in Andalucia again and flying from there to Barcelona (and dropping Zaragoza).
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