16 days in France & Barcelona Itinerary

16 days in France & Barcelona Itinerary

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16 days in France & Barcelona Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Nantes, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Lourdes, France
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
5
Bordeaux, France
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Nantes, France
— 1 day
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Paris, France
— 3 nights
End: Paris, France

3
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, wander the streets of Trocadero, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Paris route planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Paris. August in Paris sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Nantes.

Things to do in Paris

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Latin Quarter ©
Latin Quarter

4
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Nantes, France

Nantes ©
Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne and Chateau de Serrant. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau de Tiffauges and Le Grand Blockhaus. Change things up with these side-trips from Nantes: Clisson (Chateau de Clisson & Cite Medievale), Manoir de l'Automobile (in Loheac) and Univers du Poete Ferrailleur (in Lizio). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Plantes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St-Maurice, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Guenole, and ponder the design of Le Miroir d'Eau.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Nantes road trip planner .

Traveling by train from Paris to Nantes takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Nantes can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lourdes.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Angers, Batz-sur-Mer, Clisson, Chateau de Tiffauges, Chateau de Serrant
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Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne ©
Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne
Chateau de Serrant ©
Chateau de Serrant
Chateau de Tiffauges ©
Chateau de Tiffauges

1
night
Lourdes, France

Lourdes ©
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuaire Notre-Dame, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Crypte de la Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception., and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of SARL DU SANCTUAIRE.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Lourdes online sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Nantes to Lourdes in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, daily temperatures in Lourdes can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites
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SARL DU SANCTUAIRE ©
SARL DU SANCTUAIRE
Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception ©
Basilique Notre-Dame du Rosaire ©
Basilique Notre-Dame du Rosaire

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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 20th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and then view the masterpieces at En construccio. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pick up some local products at La Boqueria, appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, then walk around Parc Guell, then get to know the fascinating history of Barri de Gracia, and finally get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Lourdes to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Lourdes in August: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around 33°C and lows are around 25°C. You'll set off for Bordeaux on the 23rd (Fri).

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

1
night
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Bordeaux trip builder app .

Fly from Barcelona to Bordeaux in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in August, Bordeaux is slightly colder at night with lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Nantes.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Port of the Moon ©
Port of the Moon
Église Notre-Dame ©
Église Notre-Dame
Basilique Saint-Michel ©
Basilique Saint-Michel

1
day
Nantes, France

Nantes ©
On the 24th (Sat), get a taste of the local shopping with Passage Pommeraye, see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile, and then steep yourself in history at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nantes trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Bordeaux to Nantes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Nantes

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Les Machines de L'ile ©
Les Machines de L'ile
Passage Pommeraye ©
Passage Pommeraye

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Paris, France

Paris ©
On the 25th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and finally shop like a local with Champs-Elysees. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, then brush up on your military savvy at The Army Museum, then admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip planner .

Take a train from Nantes to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Chateau de Pierrefonds, Cathedrale Saint-Pierre
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte ©
Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte

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