18 days in France, Germany & Barcelona Itinerary

18 days in France, Germany & Barcelona Itinerary

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Dusseldorf, Germany
— 2 nights
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Cologne, Germany
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Paris, France
— 1 day
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Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Nice, France
— 5 nights
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Dijon, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France
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Dusseldorf, Germany — 2 nights

Fashion Capital of Germany

Renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, Dusseldorf offers visitors vibrant nightlife and a wide range of shopping options.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take a stroll through Konigsallee, then enjoy breathtaking views from Rheinturm, and then look for gifts at Altstadt.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Dusseldorf day trip tool.

Beirut, Lebanon to Dusseldorf is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Beirut to Dusseldorf is minus 1 hour. In July, Dusseldorf is a bit cooler than Beirut - with highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cologne.
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Cologne, Germany

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
To see photos and more tourist information, refer to the Cologne trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Dusseldorf to Cologne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. On the 18th (Mon), you'll travel to Paris.
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Paris, France — 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle, and then don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Cologne to Paris in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. July in Paris sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux, France — 3 nights

The Port of the Moon

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bordeaux side-trips: Chateau Paloumey (in Ludon-Medoc) and La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, admire the striking features of La Cite du Vin, get a taste of the local shopping with Promenade Sainte Catherine, and make a trip to Place du Parlement.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux day trip tool.

Getting from Paris to Bordeaux by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In July in Bordeaux, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can fly to Barcelona.
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Barcelona to Tossa de Mar to see Vila Vella (Old Town) about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, walk around Parc Guell, and don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bordeaux to Barcelona takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Bordeaux in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Barcelona, with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to fly to Nice.
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Nice, France — 5 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.
Nice is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Castel Plage, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, and steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nice road trip tool.

Fly from Barcelona to Nice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sat) before leaving for Dijon.
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Dijon, France — 1 night

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
On the 31st (Sun), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Dijon route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Nice to Dijon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in July, expect little chillier with lows of 17°C in Dijon. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 1 night

City of Light

Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and then explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Palace of Versailles.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Paris trip site.

Getting from Dijon to Paris by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
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Germany travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.
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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.
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