19 days in France & Barcelona Itinerary

19 days in France & Barcelona Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda, France
— 4 nights
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Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, France
— 3 nights
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Toulouse, France
— 1 night
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Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
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Paris, France

— 5 nights

City of Light

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.
Family-friendly places like Louvre Museum and Eiffel Tower will thrill your kids. Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, wander the streets of Le Marais, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, and visit Montmartre.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Paris online day trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Paris is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in April; daily highs in Paris reach 18°C and lows reach 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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Sarlat-la-Caneda, France

— 4 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Attractions like Chateau de Castelnaud and Les Jardins de Marqueyssac make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sarlat-la-Caneda: Gouffre de Padirac (in Padirac), Le Regourdou (in Lascaux) and Cite Religieuse (in Rocamadour). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, make a trip to Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium du Perigord Noir, and Head underground at Grotte de Rouffignac.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sarlat-la-Caneda day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Paris in April, you will find days in Sarlat-la-Caneda are somewhat warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Saint-Cirq-Lapopie.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 19 — 23:

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, France

— 3 nights
Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is a commune in the Lot department in south-western France. Kids will appreciate attractions like Centre de Prehistoire du Pech Merle and DuPrem. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Cirq-Lapopie: Chapelle des Penitents Noirs (in Villefranche-de-Rouergue), Saint-Antonin Noble Val (La Maison Romane & Le Refuge aux Etoiles) and Marche de Caussade (in Caussade). The adventure continues: engage your brain at Grotte du Pech-Merle and see the interesting displays at Saveurs et Safran.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Cirq-Lapopie day trip planner.

You can drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Saint-Cirq-Lapopie in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Saint-Cirq-Lapopie can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Saint-Cirq-Lapopie

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 23 — 26:

Toulouse, France

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Le Capitole, then ponder the design of La Fontaine Boulbonne, then explore the world behind art at Musee des Augustins, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Toulouse online vacation planner.

Getting from Saint-Cirq-Lapopie to Toulouse by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Toulouse are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Barcelona.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 27:

Barcelona, Spain

— 5 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.
Kids will enjoy Parc Guell and El Barri Gòtic. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, make a trip to Casa Batllo, and get to know the fascinating history of Las Ramblas.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona online road trip planner.

Drive from Toulouse to Barcelona in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Toulouse in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Barcelona, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
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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.