17 days in France, Barcelona & Amsterdam Itinerary

17 days in France, Barcelona & Amsterdam Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe vacation planner

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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Strasbourg, France
— 3 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Ciutat Vella. Explore hidden gems such as Passeig de Gracia and La Playa de Sitges. Step out of Barcelona with an excursion to Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona in Castelldefels--about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: walk around Parc Guell, pause for some serene contemplation at Templo del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, and admire the striking features of Casa Batllo.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip itinerary planning website.

Bogota, Colombia to Barcelona is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Colombia Standard Time (COT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. While traveling from Bogota, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Barcelona, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Head to Le Marais and Saint Germain des Pres Quarterfor some retail therapy. Step off the beaten path and head to Musee de l'Orangerie and Ile Saint-Louis. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, admire the masterpieces at Atelier des Lumieres, explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, and shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Paris trip planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Barcelona in July, with highs in Paris at 30°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Strasbourg, France

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to La Petite France and La Volerie des Aigles. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg and Musée d'Unterlinden. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Strasbourg: Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile (in Ottrott), Eglise Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur (in Hunawihr) and Eglise Saint-Maurice (in Orschwiller). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Little Venice, get engrossed in the history at Alsatian Museum, and walk around Parc de l'Orangerie.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Strasbourg vacation maker website.

Traveling by train from Paris to Strasbourg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 5 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get a sense of the local culture at Van Gogh Museum and Zaanse Schans. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Jordaan and Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace). Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: The Hague (Panorama Mesdag & Passage). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, contemplate the waterfront views at Herengracht, and examine the collection at Tassenmuseum Amsterdam.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam tour planner.

You can fly from Strasbourg to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Strasbourg in July, you will find days in Amsterdam are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

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.