16 days in France, Lisbon & Barcelona Itinerary

16 days in France, Lisbon & Barcelona Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Colmar, France
— 2 nights
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Marseille, France
— 3 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
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Paris, France — 5 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Latin Quarter and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 6 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in July: high temperatures in Paris hover around 30°C and lows are around 18°C. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Colmar.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Colmar, France — 2 nights

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
On the 3rd (Wed), see the interesting displays at Musee du Jouet.

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

You can fly from Paris to Colmar in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Colmar can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Marseille.
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Trails · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Marseille, France — 3 nights

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Get a sense of the local culture at Palais des Papes and Abbaye Saint Victor. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to EVTT Provence and Ile de la Barthelasse. Venture out of the city with trips to Wine Safari (in Avignon), Calanque d'En-Vau (in Cassis) and St. Croix Beach (in Martigues). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, look for all kinds of wild species at Le Sentier Du Lezard, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and admire the natural beauty at Palais du Pharo.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille tour site.

Fly from Colmar to Marseille in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Colmar in August, with highs in Marseille at 35°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 3 nights

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kids will enjoy Lisbon Oceanarium and Castelo de S. Jorge. Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Belém Tower are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Guincho Beach in Cascais (about 34 minutes away). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ancient Art, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Domingos (Santa Justa e Rufina), cast your line with a fishing tour, and take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon itinerary planner.

You can fly from Marseille to Lisbon in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Marseille to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. August in Lisbon sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 20°C at night. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 1 night

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): admire the striking features of Casa Amatller.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona road trip planning site.

Fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona. Traveling from Lisbon in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Barcelona, with lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.
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Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Art Museums
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.
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