12 days in Barcelona, Marseille & Paris Itinerary

12 days in Barcelona, Marseille & Paris Itinerary

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12 days in Barcelona, Marseille & Paris Itinerary

Start: Boston, United States
Fly:  11 h 45 min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Train:  4 h 45 min
2
Marseille, France
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
3
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  10 h 45 min
End: Boston, United States

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral. Let the collections at Museu Picasso and Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: walk around Parc Guell, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sant Pau del Camp, and stop by Las Ramblas.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Barcelona trip planner.

Boston, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 12- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Boston to Barcelona, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boston in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Barcelona, with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

3
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Get a sense of the local culture at Palais des Papes and Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. Museum-lovers will appreciate Carrieres des Lumieres and Musee d'Arts Africains, Oceaniens et Amerindiens (MAAOA). Step out of Marseille to go to Aix-en-Provence and see Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, which is approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Chateau d'If, take a stroll through The Panier, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vincent de Paul Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Marseille online route planner.

Getting from Barcelona to Marseille by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Carrieres des Lumieres, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Palais des Papes
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

4
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of The Trianons & The Hamlet, pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle, and wander the streets of Montmartre.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Paris online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Marseille in May, things will get little chillier in Paris: highs are around 64°F and lows about 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Versailles
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Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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