19 days in France, Barcelona & Genoa Itinerary

19 days in France, Barcelona & Genoa Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Perpignan, France
— 2 nights
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Toulouse, France
— 5 nights
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Marseille, France
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 2 nights
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Genoa, Italy
— 2 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bunker del Carmel and Fishing Charters & Tours. Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Plaça de Sant Felip Neri are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Barcelona with a short trip to Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona in Castelldefels, about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, visit Ciutat Vella, explore the engaging exhibits at CosmoCaixa Barcelona, and pause for some serene contemplation at Templo del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona online driving holiday planner.

Tijuana, Mexico to Barcelona is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 9 hour difference. In December, Barcelona is slightly colder than Tijuana - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Perpignan.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Childrens Museums

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Perpignan, France

— 2 nights
Perpignan is a city, a commune, and the capital of the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Sainte-Eulalie-et-Sainte-Julie d'Elne, explore the activities along Lac de la Raho, and then get engrossed in the history at Memorial du Camp de Rivesaltes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Castillet, admire the landmark architecture of Hotel Pams, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'art Hyacinthe Rigaud, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale St-Jean, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Jacques., and finally don't miss a visit to Ceramiques Sant Vicens.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Perpignan online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Barcelona to Perpignan in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. December in Perpignan sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Toulouse.

Things to do in Perpignan

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Toulouse, France

— 5 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Visit Chateau Comtal and Quai de la Daurade for their historical value. Museum of natural History and Church of Les Jacobins are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Toulouse's surroundings by going to Carcassonne Center (Carcassonne Cathedral & Cité de Carcassonne) and Montauban (Place Nationale, S Room Agency, &more). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Fondation Bemberg, soak in style at Le Riad du Bien etre, browse the fresh offerings at Marche Victor Hugo, and steep yourself in history at Espace EDF Bazacle.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Toulouse tour itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Perpignan to Toulouse takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, Toulouse is slightly colder than Perpignan - with highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C. On the 28th (Tue), you'll travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Marseille, France

— 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 28th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vincent de Paul Church and then see the interesting displays at Pavillon M. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Musee d’Archeologie Mediterraneenne, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, see the interesting displays at Musee Regards de Provence, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Laurent.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Marseille online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Toulouse to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Museums · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nice, France

— 2 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.
On the 31st (Fri), steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, then explore the world behind art at Massena Museum, then stroll through Blue Beach, and finally walk around Parc du Mont Boron. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Haut de Cagnes, then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins, then examine the collection at Musee International de la Parfumerie, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastère de Cimiez.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice trip planner.

Getting from Marseille to Nice by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Nice are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Genoa.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Genoa, Italy

— 2 nights
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): explore the historical opulence of D'Albertis Castle, admire the masterpieces at Musei di Strada Nuova - Palazzo Bianco, then get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello, then get to know the fascinating history of Porta Soprana, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa del Gesu e dei Santi Ambrogio e Andrea. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Chiesa di Santo Stefano, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Diocesano Chiostro dei Canonici di San Lorenzo, then pause for some serene contemplation at San Pietro in Banchi, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Genoa tour itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Nice to Genoa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Genoa can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Genoa

Historic Sites · Museums

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.