42 days in France, Barcelona & Lisbon Itinerary

42 days in France, Barcelona & Lisbon Itinerary

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Strasbourg, France
— 8 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 11 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 12 nights
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Toulouse, France
— 10 nights
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Strasbourg, France

— 8 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Strasbourg side-trips: Fort De Schoenenbourg (in Hunspach), Chapelle Sainte-Marguerite (in Epfig) and Nancy (Maison Bergeret & Place Stanislas). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, indulge your taste buds at L'Echappee Biere, steep yourself in history at Fort de Mutzig, and admire the masterpieces at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Strasbourg day trip planner.

Paris to Strasbourg is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. July in Strasbourg sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Barcelona, Spain

— 11 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Barcelona: Sa Cova (in Platja d'Aro), Camino de Ronda (in S'Agaro) and Parc dels Estanys (in Castell-Platja d'Aro). Pack the 21st (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at PortAventura. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, appreciate the extensive heritage of Las Ramblas, and admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Strasbourg to Barcelona in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Strasbourg in July, Barcelona is a bit warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Lisbon, Portugal

— 12 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sintra (Castelo dos Mouros, Park and National Palace of Pena, &more). The adventure continues: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, stop by Alfama, don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lisbon day trip site.

You can fly from Barcelona to Lisbon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Lisbon when traveling from Barcelona in July, with lows around 20°C. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Toulouse.

Things to do in Lisbon

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Toulouse, France

— 10 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Toulouse: Carcassonne Center (La Maison Hantee, Cité de Carcassonne, &more), Tarascon-sur-Ariege (Peche a la Truite Ludique et Familiale & Rail Modelisme Ariegeois) and Grotte de Niaux (in Niaux). There's much more to do: get outside with Bureau des Guides des Pyrénées ariégeoises, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Les Jacobins, make a trip to Le Capitole, and see some colorful creatures with Atlantide Plongee.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Toulouse attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Toulouse takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Toulouse is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

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.