20 days in France, Barcelona & Lisbon Itinerary

20 days in France, Barcelona & Lisbon Itinerary

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Start: Lyon, France
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Lyon, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Annecy, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
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Viviers, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
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Avignon, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
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Montpellier, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
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Carcassonne Center, France
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
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Pau, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
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Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
9
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: London, United Kingdom

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night
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
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 find other places to visit, traveler tips, 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

Hameau Duboeuf, La Maison du Cru Fleurie
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Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon ©
Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon
Institut & Musee Lumiere ©
Institut & Musee Lumiere
Fresque des Lyonnais ©
Fresque des Lyonnais

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nights
Annecy, France

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.

To see more things to do, ratings, 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

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Abbaye de Tamie, Val Sports, Parasailing & Paragliding
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Abbaye de Tamie ©
Abbaye de Tamie
Pont des Amours ©
Pont des Amours

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night
Viviers, France

Viviers ©
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).

To see where to stay, ratings, 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

Chateau Bizard, Chocolaterie Morin, La Passerelle Himalayenne (Le Vieux Pont)
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Chateau Bizard ©
Chateau Bizard
Viviers Cathedral ©
Viviers Cathedral
Chocolaterie Morin ©
Chocolaterie Morin

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nights
Avignon, France

Avignon ©
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 traveler tips, maps, reviews, 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 take a train to Montpellier.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Arles, Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole, Distillerie A. Blachere, Carrieres des Lumieres
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Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole ©
Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole
St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime) ©
St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime)
Abbaye de Montmajour ©
Abbaye de Montmajour

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nights
Montpellier, France

Montpellier ©
"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 step into the grandiose world of 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 see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Montpellier holiday maker website.

Traveling by train from Avignon to Montpellier takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; 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 take a train to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Montpellier

Historic Sites Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Aigues-Mortes, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Abbaye de Vignogoul, Les Halles de Sete, Maison Noilly Prat
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Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes ©
Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes
Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée ©
Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée
Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau ©
Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau

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Carcassonne Center, France

Carcassonne Center ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St. Vincent.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne Center online sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Montpellier to Carcassonne Center in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Carcassonne Center, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. 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

Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses
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Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Eglise St. Vincent ©
Eglise St. Vincent

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Pau, France

Pau ©
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 reviews, ratings, maps, 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

Les Biscuits de Mr Laurent
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Château de Pau ©
Château de Pau
Boulevard des Pyrenees
Boulevard des Pyrenees
Eglise Saint Martin ©
Eglise Saint Martin

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nights
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux ©
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 find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, 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. 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 travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Wineries Shopping Nightlife

Side Trips

Saint-Emilion, Chateau Baudan
Highlights from your plan
Chateau Cantenac ©
Chateau Cantenac
Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion ©
Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion
The Wine Buff ©
The Wine Buff

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nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
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 Ciutat Vella. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Barcelona: Girona Cathedral (Catedral) (in Girona), Vila Vella (Old Town) (in Tossa de Mar) and Illuminated Fountain (in Salou). There's much more to do: walk around Parc Guell, make a trip to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic.

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

Traveling by flight from Bordeaux to Barcelona takes 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 travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Anfiteatro de Tarragona, La Boella, Girona Cathedral (Catedral), Vila Vella (Old Town), Illuminated Fountain
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

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Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
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.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, 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 travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Sintra, Cabo da Roca
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Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira

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