8 days in Barcelona, Lyon & Strasbourg Itinerary

8 days in Barcelona, Lyon & Strasbourg Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Bus + Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly + Tram:  4 h 30 min
2
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
Tram + Fly:  3 h
3
Strasbourg, France
— 1 night
+2
Train + Fly + Bus:  16 h 30 min
End: Playa del Carmen, Mexico

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like El Barri Gòtic and Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. Get a sense of the local culture at Casa Batllo and Parc Guell. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, don't miss a visit to Palau Guell, admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona travel route planner.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Barcelona is an approximately 16.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of ferry and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Playa del Carmen in April; daily highs in Barcelona reach 22°C and lows reach 13°C. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

2
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and then stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): examine the collection at Fresque des Lyonnais, then examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, and finally explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lyon road trip site.

Traveling by combination of flight and tram from Barcelona to Lyon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 8°C in Lyon. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Théâtre gallo-romain ©
Théâtre gallo-romain
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon ©
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon

1
night
Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg ©
Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Cave Historique des Hospices de Strasbourg, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanique de l’Universite de Strasbourg, and then walk around Parc de l'Orangerie.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Strasbourg trip planner.

You can do a combination of tram and flight from Lyon to Strasbourg in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Parks Historic Sites
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Parc de l'Orangerie ©
Parc de l'Orangerie
Cave Historique des Hospices de Strasbourg ©
Cave Historique des Hospices de Strasbourg
Jardin Botanique de l’Universite de Strasbourg ©

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