23 days in Western Europe Itinerary

23 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Western Europe attractions planner

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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Lyon, France
— 2 nights
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Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 7 nights
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Carcassonne, France
— 4 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Barcelona, Spain

— 2 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, don't miss a visit to Refugio Antiaereo de la Placa Del Diamant, take a stroll through Ciutat Vella, and take an in-depth tour of Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona holiday maker website.

Bogota, Colombia to Barcelona is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Bogota to Barcelona, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Bogota, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Barcelona, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Lyon.

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Lyon, France

— 2 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, then walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and then find something for the whole family at AviaSim Lyon.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lyon trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Lyon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, Lyon is a bit cooler than Barcelona - with highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Theme Parks
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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 23rd (Thu): take a stroll through La Petite France, then get to know the fascinating history of Centre-ville de Strasbourg, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg.

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Fly from Lyon to Strasbourg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Paris, France

— 7 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris online holiday maker.

You can take a train from Strasbourg to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to fly to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Carcassonne, France

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Toulouse (Basilique Saint-Sernin & Le Capitole). There's lots more to do: visit Cité de Carcassonne, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Carcassonne day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Barcelona.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Barcelona, Spain

— 4 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Enjoy Barcelona some more: admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, walk around Ciutadella Park, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de La Barceloneta.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Carcassonne in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Barcelona: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors
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