13 days in France, Barcelona & Andorra la Vella Itinerary

13 days in France, Barcelona & Andorra la Vella Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Andorra la Vella, Andorra
— 1 night
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Carcassonne, France
— 2 nights
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Albi, France
— 2 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): take a stroll through Ciutat Vella, stop by El Born, then get engrossed in the history at Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA, then get to know the fascinating history of Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, and finally pick up some local products at La Boqueria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, and finally examine the collection at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona travel route builder app.

Los Angeles, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Andorra la Vella.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Andorra la Vella, Andorra

— 1 night
Tucked high in the Pyrenees and home to fewer than 65,000 residents, Andorra La Vella seems at first an unlikely tourist hotspot.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Esglesia de Sant Miquel d'Engolasters, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sant Cristofol d'Anyos Church, browse the exhibits of Museu Casa Rull, then steep yourself in history at Barri Antic, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Perleria de Tahiti Andorra.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Andorra la Vella vacation site.

You can drive from Barcelona to Andorra la Vella in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Andorra la Vella

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Carcassonne, France

— 2 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.
On the 3rd (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then contemplate the long history of Memorial House (Maison des Memoires), and finally look for gifts at Jeff de Bruges Carcassonne. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Winemaker Workshops, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, and finally contemplate the long history of La Bastide Saint Louis.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Carcassonne trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Andorra la Vella to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or take a bus. July in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 64°F at night. You will leave for Albi on the 5th (Mon).

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries · Museums

Albi, France

— 2 nights
Albi is a commune in southern France. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Palais de la Berbie, then admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de la Berbie, then take an in-depth tour of Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Quartier Du Castelviel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame-du-Bourg, admire the landmark architecture of Eglise Saint-Corneille, then pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame de l'Assomption, then do a tasting at Clos Rocailleux, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee Historama.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Albi road trip planning app.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Albi in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Albi can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Bordeaux, France

— 3 nights

The Port of the Moon

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Musee d'Aquitaine and Citadelle de Blaye. Your inner history buff will appreciate Chateau de La Brede - Montesquieu and Place de la Bourse. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bordeaux: Chateau La Croizille (in Saint-Laurent-des-Combes), Saint-Emilion (Chateau Soutard, Chateau Cantenac, &more) and Chateau Paloumey (in Ludon-Medoc). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Musee du Vin et du Negoce and explore the historical opulence of Chateau du Taillan.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Bordeaux trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Albi to Bordeaux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Bordeaux, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 61°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

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.