11 days in France, Chelva & Barcelona Itinerary

11 days in France, Chelva & Barcelona Itinerary

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Chelva, Spain
— 1 night
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Montpellier, France
— 2 nights
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Lyon, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 1 night
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Chelva, Spain

— 1 night
Chelva is a municipality in the comarca of Los Serranos in the Valencian Community, Spain. To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Chelva trip planner.

Madrid to Chelva is an approximately 4-hour car ride. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Madrid in December: high temperatures in Chelva hover around 19°C and lows are around 7°C. You will leave for Barcelona on the 24th (Fri).

Things to do in Chelva

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails

Barcelona, Spain

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): stroll around Parc Guell, then admire the striking features of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, and then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Las Ramblas, admire the striking features of Casa Amatller, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and finally stop by El Barri Gòtic.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona travel route planner.

You can drive from Chelva to Barcelona in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Montpellier.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Montpellier, France

— 2 nights
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
On the 26th (Sun), meet the residents at Parc Zoologique Henri de Lunaret and then wander the streets of Place de la Comedie. Keep things going the next day: meet the residents at Seaquarium, then get outside with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, and then make a trip to Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Montpellier itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Barcelona to Montpellier takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Montpellier sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Montpellier

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Lyon, France

— 1 night

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, then make a trip to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and then get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Lyon visit planner.

Traveling by train from Montpellier to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, Lyon is little chillier than Montpellier - with highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C. You will leave for Paris on the 29th (Wed).

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Parks

Paris, France

— 3 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.
Paris is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, stroll through Île de la Cité, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Paris vacation planner.

You can fly from Lyon to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Bordeaux, France

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Bordeaux day trip tool.

Getting from Paris to Bordeaux by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Bordeaux are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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.