15 days in France, Barcelona & Alba Itinerary

15 days in France, Barcelona & Alba Itinerary

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Aix-les-Bains, France
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Avignon, France
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Collioure, France
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Barcelona, Spain
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Marseille, France
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Nice, France
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Alba, Italy
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Aix-les-Bains, France

— 1 night
Aix-les-Bains, locally called Aix, is a commune in the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.Rising from the shores of the largest natural lake of glacial origin in France, the Lac du Bourget, this resort is one of the important French spa towns, and has the largest fresh water marina in France. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then explore the activities along Lake Annecy, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee Faure. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Arc De Campanus and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lac du Bourget.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Aix-les-Bains attractions app.

Lucerne, Switzerland to Aix-les-Bains is an approximately 4-hour car ride. In July, daily temperatures in Aix-les-Bains can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Aix-les-Bains

Nature · Parks · Adventure · Tours

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): make a trip to Palais des Papes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame des Doms, then don't miss a visit to Pont d'Avignon, then learn about winemaking at Distillerie A. Blachere, and finally make a trip to Roman Theatre of Orange.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Avignon route planner.

Getting from Aix-les-Bains to Avignon by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Aix-les-Bains in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Avignon, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Collioure.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries

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Collioure, France

— 1 night
Collioure is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.GeographyThe town of Collioure is on the Côte Vermeille, in the canton of La Côte Vermeille and in the arrondissement of Céret.ToponymyCollioure is named Cotlliure in Catalan.HistoryThere is a record of the castle at "Castrum Caucoliberi" having been mentioned as early as 673, indicating that the settlement here was of strategic and commercial importance during the Visigoth ascendancy.Collioure used to be divided into two villages separated by the river Douy, the old town to the south named Port d'Avall (in French known as Le Faubourg) and the upstream port, Port d'Amunt (in French known as La Ville).Collioure was taken in 1642 by the French troops of Maréchal de la Meilleraye. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): do a tasting at Terres des Templiers, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then make a trip to Tumba De Antonio Machado. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit Quartier du Moure, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame des Anges, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Royale de Collioure, head outdoors with Plage de Collioure, then make a trip to Fort Saint-Elme, and finally get outside with Le Sentier Sous-Marin de Cerbere-Banyuls.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Collioure day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Collioure takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In July in Collioure, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Barcelona.

Things to do in Collioure

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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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.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, ponder the design of The Magic Fountain, and browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Collioure to Barcelona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Barcelona are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Marseille.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums
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Marseille, France

— 3 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Maison de l'Echevin de Cabre, then explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques, and then explore the striking landscape at Calanques.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Marseille trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Marseille takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

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Nice, France

— 2 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): wander the streets of Vieille Ville and then take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Marineland.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nice trip maker tool.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Marseille in July, plan for little chillier days in Nice, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Alba.

Things to do in Nice

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

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Alba, Italy

— 1 night
Alba is a town and comune of Piedmont, Italy, in the province of Cuneo. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at L'Alba del Benessere, then examine the collection at WiMu - Museo del Vino a Barolo, then do a tasting at Cantina Francesco Borgogno, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di San Lorenzo.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Alba trip planner.

Drive from Nice to Alba in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Nice in July, plan for little chillier nights in Alba, with lows around 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Alba

Wineries · Museums · Spas · Historic Sites

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France travel guide

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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.