9 days in France & Spain Itinerary

9 days in France & Spain Itinerary

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9 days in France & Spain Itinerary

Start: Bordeaux, France
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Bordeaux, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
2
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h
3
Zaragoza, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Carcassonne, France
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
6
Rodez, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
7
Rocamadour, France
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
End: Bordeaux, France


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1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of La Cite du Vin and then don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bordeaux trip planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport, Bergerac-Roumanière Airport and La Rochelle-Île de Ré Airport. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Museums
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La Cite du Vin
La Cite du Vin
The Water Mirror ©
The Water Mirror

few
hours
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

San Sebastian - Donostia ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Miramar Palace, La Concha Beach and Monte Urgull. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Miramar Palace, stroll through La Concha Beach, then take a stroll through Parte Vieja, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Urgull.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Sebastian - Donostia route builder site.

You can drive from Bordeaux to San Sebastian - Donostia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April in San Sebastian - Donostia, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Zaragoza.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Parks Neighborhoods Nature
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La Concha Beach ©
La Concha Beach
Parte Vieja ©
Parte Vieja
Monte Urgull ©
Monte Urgull

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nights
Zaragoza, Spain

Zaragoza ©
The city of Zaragoza is known as the City of Four Cultures for its interwoven history of Iberian, Roman, Moorish, and Christian influences.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Palacio de la Aljaferia, Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza, Mercado Central, and other attractions.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Zaragoza day trip tool .

Traveling by car from San Sebastian - Donostia to Zaragoza takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in April, expect nights in Zaragoza to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 24°C. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Barcelona.

Things to do in Zaragoza

Historic Sites Shopping
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Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar ©
Palacio de la Aljaferia ©
Palacio de la Aljaferia
Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza ©
Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza

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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Parc Diagonal Mar, El Barri Gòtic, Playa de La Barceloneta, and other attractions. On the 7th (Tue), enjoy breathtaking views from Poblat Iberic Puig Castellar and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Las Ramblas, get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de La Barceloneta, then don't miss a visit to Parc Diagonal Mar, and finally walk around Parc Guell.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Zaragoza to Barcelona takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Barcelona sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Thu) before leaving for Carcassonne.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Poblat Iberic Puig Castellar
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

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night
Carcassonne, France

Carcassonne ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Chateaux de Lastours, Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine and La Bastide Saint Louis. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then steep yourself in history at Cité de Carcassonne, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally contemplate the long history of La Bastide Saint Louis. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine and then explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Barcelona in April, Carcassonne is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Rodez.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Chateaux de Lastours
Highlights from your plan
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Chateau Comtal ©
Chateau Comtal
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire

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night
Rodez, France

Rodez
Rodez is a small city and commune in the South of France, about 150 km northeast of Toulouse. Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Rodez trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Rodez takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, Rodez is slightly colder than Carcassonne - with highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C. On the 11th (Sat), you're off to Rocamadour.

Things to do in Rodez

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

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Rocamadour, France

Rocamadour ©
Rocamadour is only accessible by one road leading into the port town built on the face of a cliff with a large number of buildings cantilevered over the edge.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Cite Religieuse, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique St-Sauveur, and then explore the historical opulence of Remparts du Chateau.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rocamadour trip itinerary app.

Traveling by train from Rodez to Rocamadour takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Rodez in April, expect nights in Rocamadour to be about the same, around 6°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 22°C. You will leave for home on the 12th (Sun).

Things to do in Rocamadour

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Basilique St-Sauveur ©
Basilique St-Sauveur
Remparts du Chateau ©
Remparts du Chateau

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