20 days in France, Barcelona & Lisbon Itinerary

20 days in France, Barcelona & Lisbon Itinerary

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Lyon, France
— 1 night
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Annecy, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Viviers, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Avignon, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Montpellier, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne Center, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Pau, France
— 1 night
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Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Lyon, France

— 1 night

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
On the 6th (Sun), admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, take an in-depth tour of Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon, then browse the exhibits of Fresque des Lyonnais, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Taverne Gutenberg, then see the interesting displays at Institut & Musee Lumiere, then stop by La Maison du Cru Fleurie, and finally examine the collection at Hameau Duboeuf.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Lyon trip planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport, Saint-Étienne-Bouthéon Airport, Grenoble-Isère Airport and Chambéry-Savoie Airport. In September, daytime highs in Lyon are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Annecy, France

— 2 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
On the 8th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Abbaye de Tamie, stop by Val Sports, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Francois, then snap pictures at Pont des Amours, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de l'Europe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Annecy day trip planning app.

Getting from Lyon to Annecy by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September in Annecy, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Viviers.

Things to do in Annecy

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Viviers, France

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): revel in the low prices at Chocolaterie Morin, then learn about winemaking at Chateau Bizard, then steep yourself in history at Viviers Cathedral, and finally snap pictures at La Passerelle Himalayenne (Le Vieux Pont).

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Viviers tour itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Annecy to Viviers in 3 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Annecy in September: high temperatures in Viviers hover around 30°C and lows are around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Avignon.

Things to do in Viviers

Wineries · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Avignon, France

— 2 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
On the 10th (Thu), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie A. Blachere. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole, then admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, then snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, and finally step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, use the Avignon trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Viviers to Avignon takes an hour. September in Avignon sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Montpellier.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Montpellier, France

— 2 nights
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Vignogoul. On your second day here, take a stroll through Place de la Comedie, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons, then steep yourself in history at Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, then take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, and finally identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Montpellier holiday maker website.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Montpellier takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. September in Montpellier sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Montpellier

Historic Sites · Shopping · Wineries · Wildlife

Side Trips

Carcassonne Center, France

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St. Vincent.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Carcassonne Center itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Montpellier to Carcassonne Center takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Pau.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Pau, France

— 1 night

Royal City

On the northern edge of the Pyrénées, Pau is the perfect base to explore the mountains and ride the Funiculaire de Pau, a unique historic funicular railway that links the city center and Boulevard des Pyrénées to the railway station Gare de Pau.
On the 16th (Wed), explore the galleries of Château de Pau, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint Martin, then make a trip to Boulevard des Pyrenees, and finally look for gifts at Les Biscuits de Mr Laurent.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Pau day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne Center to Pau takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Pau can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Pau

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Bordeaux, France

— 2 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.
Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Chateau Cantenac, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion, unwind over a drink at The Wine Buff, then take in the exciting artwork at Galerie d'Art Contemporain L'Orange Bleue, and finally learn about winemaking at Cloitre des Cordeliers.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bordeaux road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pau to Bordeaux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Wineries · Shopping · Nightlife · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Do your shopping at La Boqueria and La Boella. Step off the beaten path and head to Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional and Anfiteatro de Tarragona. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Barcelona: Vila Vella (Old Town) (in Tossa de Mar), Girona Cathedral (Catedral) (in Girona) and Illuminated Fountain (in Salou). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and walk around Parc Guell.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona tour itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Bordeaux to Barcelona takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Bordeaux in September, Barcelona is a bit warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to fly to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Lisbon, Portugal

— 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge, take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum, then make a trip to Belém Tower, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and finally appreciate the history behind Arco do Triunfo. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Quinta da Regaleira, then admire the landmark architecture of Park and National Palace of Pena, and then don't miss a visit to Cabo da Roca.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon sightseeing planning app.

Getting from Barcelona to Lisbon by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

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.

Carcassonne travel guide

3.9
Castles · Churches · Historic Sites
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.

For an interesting and fun ride, board a barge that moves along the historic Canal du Midi, leaving from just outside the main train station. Operators provide English commentary on the history of the canal and various sites in the Aude department of the Languedoc-Roussillon region along the way. When you get hungry, a culinary must for you to try is cassoulet, a local dish made from beans, sausage, and duck.