11 days in France, Barcelona & Baden-Baden Itinerary

11 days in France, Barcelona & Baden-Baden Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly
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Lyon, France
— 2 nights
Train
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train
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Strasbourg, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Colmar, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Baden-Baden, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly

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Barcelona, Spain

— 1 night

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): walk around Parc Guell, admire the striking features of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, then make a trip to Casa Batllo, then admire the striking features of Casa Amatller, and finally get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona attractions planner.

If you are flying in from Spain, the closest major aiports are Barcelona International Airport, Girona Airport and Reus Air Base. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. On the 8th (Wed), you're off to Lyon.

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Lyon, France

— 2 nights

Culinary Capital of France

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Lyon trip builder tool.

Getting from Barcelona to Lyon by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Barcelona in December: high temperatures in Lyon hover around 9°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks
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Paris, France

— 3 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Paris driving holiday planning tool.

You can fly from Lyon to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Strasbourg.

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Strasbourg, France

— 1 night

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg trip planning website.

You can take a train from Paris to Strasbourg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Colmar.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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Colmar, France

— 1 night

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
On the 15th (Wed), take a stroll through Little Venice and then make a trip to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Colmar online vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Strasbourg to Colmar takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Colmar are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Baden-Baden.

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Neighborhoods

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Baden-Baden, Germany

— 2 nights

Belle Époque Europe's Summer Capital

Scenically located at the edge of the Black Forest, Baden-Baden offers scenery, culture, and relaxation in addition to a vibrant nightlife and dining scene, specializing in traditional German dishes.
To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Baden-Baden visit planning website.

Traveling by car from Colmar to Baden-Baden takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Baden-Baden, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Baden-Baden

Baths · Outdoors · Spas · Parks

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France travel guide

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France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.