19 days in France & Barcelona Itinerary

19 days in France & Barcelona Itinerary

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


Paris, France — 5 nights

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.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Sarlat-la-Caneda, France — 4 nights

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 Noyeraies du Landers make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sarlat-la-Caneda: Gouffre de Padirac (in Padirac), Cite Religieuse (in Rocamadour) and Le Regourdou (in Lascaux). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, walk around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, meet the residents at Aquarium du Perigord Noir, and steep yourself in history at The Maison Forte de Reignac.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sarlat-la-Caneda day trip app.

Getting from Paris to Sarlat-la-Caneda by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in April: highs in Sarlat-la-Caneda hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Saint-Cirq-Lapopie.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
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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 La Maison Romane. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Cirq-Lapopie: Marche de Caussade (in Caussade), Le Refuge aux Etoiles (in Saint-Antonin Noble Val) and DuPrem (in Maleville). There's much more to do: Head underground at Grotte du Pech-Merle, see the interesting displays at Saveurs et Safran, and make a trip to Chapelle des Penitents Noirs.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Saint-Cirq-Lapopie trip itinerary planning website.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Toulouse.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Toulouse, France — 1 night

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.
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Barcelona, Spain — 5 nights

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: admire the striking features of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, make a trip to Casa Batllo, and browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona online itinerary planner.

Drive from Toulouse to Barcelona in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Toulouse in April since evenings lows in Barcelona dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
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France travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
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.