15 days in France & Barcelona Itinerary

15 days in France & Barcelona Itinerary

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Fly to Marseille, Train to Montpellier
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Montpellier, France
— 1 night
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Toulouse, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Nimes, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Perpignan, France
— 1 night
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Albi, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Narbonne, France
— 1 night
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly
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Nice, France
— 2 nights
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Marseille, France
— 3 nights
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Montpellier, France

— 1 night
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get in on the family fun at AviaSim Montpellier, meet the residents at Planet Ocean Montpellier, and then wander the streets of Place de la Comedie.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Montpellier trip planner.

Budapest, Hungary to Montpellier is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Budapest in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Montpellier, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Toulouse.

Things to do in Montpellier

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Shopping
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Toulouse, France

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Les Jacobins, explore the world behind art at Musee des Augustins, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Toulouse trip maker.

Getting from Montpellier to Toulouse by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Toulouse are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nimes.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
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Nimes, France

— 1 night

French Rome

Nîmes has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire, with a stunning coliseum that is second only to Rome's.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): learn the secrets of beer at L'Arene des Bieres, examine the collection at Haribo Museum, contemplate the long history of Temple de Diane, admire the natural beauty at Jardins de la Fontaine, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tour Magne, and finally explore the ancient world of La Maison Carree.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Nimes travel planner.

You can drive from Toulouse to Nimes in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Nimes, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Perpignan.

Things to do in Nimes

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours

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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 21st (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royale de Collioure, walk around Promenade du Front de Mer, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then contemplate the long history of Cathedrale St-Jean, and finally take some stellar pictures from Castillet.

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Drive from Nimes to Perpignan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Perpignan, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Albi.

Things to do in Perpignan

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas

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Albi, France

— 1 night
Albi is a commune in southern France. On the 22nd (Thu), explore the world behind art at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de la Berbie, snap pictures at Pont Vieux, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, then examine the collection at Musee de la Mode, and finally admire the natural beauty at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Albi journey maker site.

You can drive from Perpignan to Albi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Perpignan in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Albi, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Narbonne.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Narbonne, France

— 1 night

Crossroads of the South

The Mediterranean city of Narbonne links to the nearby Canal du Midi and the Aude River by the Canal de la Robine, which runs through the center of town.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Palais des Archeveques, steep yourself in history at Via Domitia of Narbonne, stop by Le Salin de Gruissan, then make a trip to Tour Barberousse, and finally admire the striking features of Cathedrale St-Just.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Narbonne trip planner.

Drive from Albi to Narbonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Narbonne are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Barcelona.

Things to do in Narbonne

Historic Sites · Shopping

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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 historic sites, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, visit El Barri Gòtic, admire the local landmark of The Magic Fountain, and pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip planner.

You can drive from Narbonne to Barcelona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to fly to Nice.

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Nice, France

— 2 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): meet the residents at Marineland. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, then take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and finally don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice visit planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Nice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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Marseille, France

— 3 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Roussillon (Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo, Le Sentier des Ocres, &more) and Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, don't miss a visit to Parc National des Calanques, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere de la Treille, and take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Marseille online holiday planner.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nice in July: highs in Marseille hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

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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.