19 days in Spain, France & Andorra la Vella Itinerary

19 days in Spain, France & Andorra la Vella Itinerary

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Bilbao, Spain
— 2 nights
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 2 nights
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Pamplona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France
— 1 night
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Lourdes, France
— 1 night
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Vielha, Spain
— 1 night
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Andorra la Vella, Andorra
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Girona, Spain
— 1 night
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Perpignan, France
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne, France
— 2 nights
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Bilbao, Spain

— 2 nights

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, then get outside with San Mames Stadium, then make a trip to Taberna Plaza Nueva, and finally wander the streets of Casco Viejo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour and then explore the world behind art at Bilbao Fine Arts Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bilbao travel route builder app.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Bilbao Airport and Santander Airport. April in Bilbao sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Bilbao

Wineries · Tours · Museums · Historic Sites

San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea

As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Sebastian - Donostia holiday builder app.

You can drive from Bilbao to San Sebastian - Donostia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in San Sebastian - Donostia can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Pamplona.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Parks · Tours · Beaches · Outdoors

Pamplona, Spain

— 2 nights
Pamplona or Iruña is the historical capital city of Navarre, in Spain, and of the former Kingdom of Navarre.The city is famous worldwide for the running of the bulls during the San Fermín festival, which is held annually from July 6 to 14. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): learn about all things military at Fortress and Walls of Pamplona, admire the natural beauty at Parque de La Taconera, don't miss a visit to Plaza del Castillo, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally admire the striking features of Catedral de Pamplona. On your second day here, make a trip to Monumento al Encierro, then get a sense of history and politics at Ayuntamiento de Pamplona, then admire the striking features of Iglesia de Santo Domingo, and finally identify plant and animal life at Parque Natural Urbasa Andia.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Pamplona route planner.

Getting from San Sebastian - Donostia to Pamplona by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in April since evenings lows in Pamplona dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port.

Things to do in Pamplona

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France

— 1 night
Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in south-western France close to Ostabat in the Pyrenean foothills. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): experience rural life at Truite de Banka, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de Baigorry, snap pictures at Pont Nobilia, see the interesting displays at Prison des eveques, then stop by Les recoltes du monde, and finally don't miss a visit to La Citadelle de Saint Jean Pied de Port.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Pamplona to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Lourdes, France

— 1 night
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, browse the exhibits of Chateau Fort of Lourdes, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grotte de Massabielle, and finally steep yourself in history at Basilique Saint-Pie X. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame du Rosaire, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Le Via Crucis/ Way of the Cross/ Chemin de Croix, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lourdes online journey planner.

You can drive from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Lourdes in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Vielha.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites · Museums

Vielha, Spain

— 1 night
On the 3rd (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Bassa d'Oles and then hit the slopes at Skicenter Baqueira.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Vielha trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Lourdes to Vielha takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Andorra la Vella.

Things to do in Vielha

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Andorra la Vella, Andorra

— 2 nights
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 4th (Mon): get outside with Grandvalira, then make a trip to La Noblesse du Temps, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sant Esteve d'Andorra la Vella, and finally admire the striking features of Casa de la Vall.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Andorra la Vella day trip site.

Traveling by car from Vielha to Andorra la Vella takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Barcelona.

Things to do in Andorra la Vella

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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 parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Parc Guell, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Barcelona trip planning app.

You can drive from Andorra la Vella to Barcelona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Girona.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries · Tours

Girona, Spain

— 1 night

City of a Thousand Sieges

Catalonia’s second-largest city, Girona embodies old-world charm, with its narrow cobblestone streets and traditional Catalan culture.
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Traveling by car from Barcelona to Girona takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Barcelona in May, expect little chillier with lows of 50°F in Girona. On the 8th (Fri), you'll travel to Perpignan.

Things to do in Girona

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Perpignan, France

— 2 nights
Perpignan is a city, a commune, and the capital of the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France. Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royale de Collioure, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then steep yourself in history at Castillet, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Jean, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On your second day here, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Reserve Africaine de Sigean and then steep yourself in history at Abbaye de Fontfroide.

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Traveling by car from Girona to Perpignan takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Perpignan

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge) and then wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, learn about winemaking at Winemaker Workshops, then do a tasting at O'Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at Domaine Rose et Paul.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip planner.

Traveling by car from Perpignan to Carcassonne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 51°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Wineries · Neighborhoods

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.

Andorra travel guide

4.1
Thermal Spas · Ski Areas · Theme Parks
Andorra's wild popularity among tourists can be attributed to its gently sloped ski resorts, extensive hiking trails, and duty-free shopping. The skyline features the ubiquitous outline of the rugged Pyrenees mountain range, with average elevations of 1,996 m (6,549 ft). Tranquillity and relaxation ensue at altitudes of 1,000 m (3,281 ft) at the well-known Caldea Spa Complex, distinguished by its elegant glass spires. If you prefer a little retail therapy, try the duty-free shopping in the capital city Andorra la Vella's bustling avenues. Sightseeing includes Romaneque churches, shrines, and historic houses, including a replica of the famous statue of Our Lady of Meritxell, which was destroyed in a 1972 fire. Andorra's Catalan culture, including folk dances and music, is very much alive today in the town of Sant Julià de Lòria.