20 days in France & Barcelona Itinerary

20 days in France & Barcelona Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
Carcassonne, France
— 3 nights
Sarlat-la-Caneda, France
— 4 nights
Paris, France
— 7 nights


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 appreciate attractions like Parc Guell and Basilica de la Sagrada Familia. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, examine the collection at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and walk around Ciutadella Park.

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Johannesburg, South Africa to Barcelona is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Johannesburg, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Barcelona, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Carcassonne, France — 3 nights

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cité de Carcassonne and Chapelle Notre Dame de Ruffis. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Galerie 21 Toulouse (in Balma), Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses (in Brousses-et-Villaret) and Grotte de Niaux (in Niaux). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Perdu, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and make a trip to La Porte D'aude.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Carcassonne vacation planning tool.

You can drive from Barcelona to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Barcelona in April since evenings lows in Carcassonne dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods
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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 Chateau des Milandes make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac (in Audrix), Le Regourdou (in Lascaux) and Aquarium du Perigord Noir (in Le Bugue). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques, relax in the rural setting at Les Noyeraies du Landers, explore the fascinating underground world of Lascaux II, and explore the historical opulence of The Maison Forte de Reignac.

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You can drive from Carcassonne to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Carcassonne in April, Sarlat-la-Caneda is a bit cooler at night with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.
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Paris, France — 7 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.
Kids will enjoy Louvre Museum and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, steep yourself in history at The Paris Catacombs, and see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Paris trip planner.

You can fly from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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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.

Dordogne travel guide

Castles · Caves · Landmarks
Because this region has escaped overdevelopment, Dordogne is one of France's best kept secrets with historical châteaux, medieval fortresses, prehistoric cave paintings, and Roman remains sprinkled throughout. Legendary stone villages with golden stone houses make this region seem a little like a cross between a fairy tale and a movie set. Canoeing down the River Dordogne is a fantastic way to tour the region, and there are many areas where you can walk, hike, and do your sightseeing on foot. This region, which roughly corresponds with the ancient county of Périgord, remains quite rural and known for its wonderful pâtés.