14 days in France, Barcelona & Andorra Itinerary

14 days in France, Barcelona & Andorra Itinerary

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Fly to Madrid, Train to Barcelona
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Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
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Arinsal, Andorra
— 3 nights
Drive
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Perpignan, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Carcassonne, France
— 2 nights
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Toulouse, France
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain

— 5 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.
Let the collections at Museu Picasso and Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional capture your imagination. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica de la Sagrada Familia and El Barri Gòtic. Venture out of the city with trips to S'Agaro (San Pol Beach & Camino de Ronda). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Las Ramblas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, make a trip to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and walk around Parc Guell.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Barcelona day trip site.

Cali, Colombia to Barcelona is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Cali to Barcelona. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Cali in November: highs in Barcelona hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Arinsal.

Things to do in Barcelona

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Arinsal, Andorra

— 3 nights
Arinsal is a village in Andorra, set at an altitude of between 1550 and 2560 metres, close to the border with Spain at Tor, Pallars. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley and Museu Casa Rull. Visiting Estanys de Tristaina and El Siscaro - Biax Lake Trail will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Arinsal: Cabana Sorda Lake Trail (in Incles) and Coma de Ransol (in Canillo). There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Vallnord Pal-Arinsal, get outside with Itinerari de la Vall del Madriu, and trek along Via Ferrata Roc d’Esquers.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Arinsal online vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Barcelona to Arinsal takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Perpignan.

Things to do in Arinsal

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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Perpignan, France

— 1 night
Perpignan is a city, a commune, and the capital of the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France. On the 2nd (Thu), stroll through Sentier du Littoral.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Perpignan tour planner.

Drive from Arinsal to Perpignan in 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Perpignan

Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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Carcassonne, France

— 2 nights

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, cool off at Spa Gemology, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Musee Dom Robert et de la tapisserie du XXe siecle, admire the masterpieces at Abbaye de Soreze, and then see the interesting displays at Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip planner.

Traveling by car from Perpignan to Carcassonne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Perpignan in December, plan for little chillier days in Carcassonne, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Toulouse, France

— 2 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
On the 5th (Sun), engage your brain at Cite de l'espace and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Toulouse online tour planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Toulouse in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. December in Toulouse sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
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Andorra travel guide

3.9
Thermal Spas · Ski Areas · Parks
Andorra's wild popularity among tourists can be attributed to its gently sloped ski resorts, extensive hiking trails, and duty-free shopping. The skyline features the ubiquitous outline of the rugged Pyrenees mountain range, with average elevations of 1,996 m (6,549 ft). Tranquillity and relaxation ensue at altitudes of 1,000 m (3,281 ft) at the well-known Caldea Spa Complex, distinguished by its elegant glass spires. If you prefer a little retail therapy, try the duty-free shopping in the capital city Andorra la Vella's bustling avenues. Sightseeing includes Romaneque churches, shrines, and historic houses, including a replica of the famous statue of Our Lady of Meritxell, which was destroyed in a 1972 fire. Andorra's Catalan culture, including folk dances and music, is very much alive today in the town of Sant Julià de Lòria.

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.