12 days in France & Spain Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
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Colmar, France
— 2 nights
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Train to Saint-Louis, Shuttle to Basel, Fly to Barcelona
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Barcelona, Spain
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Paris, France — 2 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.
Paris is known for museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

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Los Angeles, USA to Paris is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Paris due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, expect nights in Paris to be little chillier, around 37°F, while days are much colder, around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg, France — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Place Kleber, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, pause for some serene contemplation at Protestant Church of St. Peter the Younger, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Centre-ville de Strasbourg. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Alsatian Museum, take a stroll through La Petite France, don't miss a visit to Barrage Vauban, then don't miss a visit to Gare de Strasbourg, and finally examine the collection at Palais de Rohan.

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Getting from Paris to Strasbourg by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. December in Strasbourg sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Colmar.
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Colmar, France — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Old Town, then take a stroll through Little Venice, then contemplate the long history of Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, and finally appreciate the history behind Saint-Leon Fountain. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Statue of Liberty, then step into the grandiose world of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, then don't miss a visit to Vieille Ville, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville.

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Traveling by car from Strasbourg to Colmar takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 3 nights

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.
Barcelona is known for sightseeing, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, stroll around Ciutadella Park, don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and take a stroll through Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic).

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You can do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight from Colmar to Barcelona in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Colmar in December, expect Barcelona to be somewhat warmer, temps between 59°F and 43°F. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Tue) before leaving for home.
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France travel guide

4.3
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.
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Spain travel guide

4.5
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.
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