19 days in France, Barcelona & Geneva Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Labenne, France
— 3 nights
Nice, France
— 3 nights
Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
Paris, France
— 4 nights


Barcelona, Spain — 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Barcelona: Camino de Ronda (in S'Agaro), PortAventura (in Salou) and Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Sant Feliu de Guixols). The adventure continues: make a trip to Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, get to know the fascinating history of Las Ramblas, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, and admire the striking features of Casa Batllo.

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San Diego, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 9 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Labenne.
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Labenne, France — 3 nights

Change things up with these side-trips from Labenne: Villa Arnaga (in Cambo les Bains), River Rafting & Tubing (in Bidarray) and L'Atelier du Piment (in Espelette). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 21st (Mon) at Aquatic landes.

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Getting from Barcelona to Labenne by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Barcelona in August, with highs in Labenne at 76°F and lows at 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can fly to Nice.
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Nice, France — 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and then steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. On your second day here, take a stroll through Old Town, then get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, then don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

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Fly from Labenne to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Labenne in August, Nice is a bit warmer at night with lows of 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Geneva.
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Geneva, Switzerland — 1 night

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): make a trip to Palais des Nations, Genève, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, and then see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Emmanuel Church, then admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, and then explore the activities along Lake Geneva.

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Traveling by flight from Nice to Geneva takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in August, expect little chillier with lows of 57°F in Geneva. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can take a train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 4 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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

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Traveling by train from Geneva to Paris takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Paris are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.
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France travel guide

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.

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

You'll feel the sun getting bigger and brighter the closer you get to Provence on the Mediterranean. When you glimpse your first red-tiled roof, you'll know you've entered the south, filled with vineyards, cypresses, and the crisp, inviting scent of lavender and rosemary. Since before the Roman Empire, Provence has been a vibrant community, partially due to its intensely bright sunlight--bathing the people in its radiance, as well as soaking sunflowers, olive groves, vineyards, and purple lavender fields with its warm rays. Breezy, star-filled nights set the mood for a romantic vacation highlighted by a moonlit stroll, a dramatic performance at the theater, or dynamic nightlife decked out in the height of fashion at the trendiest nightclubs.

Since Provence is a historical province, some people include the French Riviera as part of the region, because it shares the cultural and linguistic identity unique to Provence, while others view the area north of Cannes as separate from the region.

Joining the Mediterranean Sea, and flanked by the Rhône River and the Alps, this region captivated master artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Cézanne. If included on an itinerary, it will do the same for you, with its tranquil gardens, mysterious caves, rustic vistas, Roman ruins, and enchanting old harbors. You can enjoy the finer things in life here, like searching for that special something at the area boutiques, visiting the workshop of a local artisan for authentic regional arts and crafts, and learning historical tidbits from a resident's perspective by antiquing in the country's best stores. Like its native Provençal inhabitants, you too can enjoy world-class people watching. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of a major celeb or two followed by the relentless paparazzi, all while sitting at an outdoor café overlooking any one of the magnificent Mediterranean marinas, one of the most quintessential things to do in the region.

Switzerland travel guide

Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.