21 days in France & Spain Itinerary

21 days in France & Spain Itinerary

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Strasbourg, France
— 4 nights
Drive
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Colmar, France
— 4 nights
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Train to St Louis, Shuttle to Basel, Fly to Palma de Mallorca
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Palma de Mallorca, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Guardiola de Bergueda, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive to Barcelona International Airport, Fly to Denver

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Strasbourg, France

— 4 nights

Crossroads of Europe

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. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cave Historique des Hospices de Strasbourg and Old Saint Peter's Church. Visit Temple du Donon and Chateau de Lutzelhardt for their historical value. Explore Strasbourg's surroundings by going to Chateau du Wasigenstein (in Niedersteinbach), Chateau de Guirbaden (in Mollkirch) and Le Domaine De La Leonardsau (in Boersch). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de Marienthal, don't miss a visit to Barrage Vauban, explore the historical opulence of Chateau du Spesbourg, and contemplate the long history of Chateau du Wangenbourg.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg road trip site.

Denver, USA to Strasbourg is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Denver to Strasbourg, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Strasbourg, with lows around 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Colmar.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Colmar, France

— 4 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Chateau de Kaysersberg and Castle Landskron. Explore hidden gems such as Vin d'Alsace HORCHER and Domaine Jean-Paul Schmitt. Venture out of the city with trips to Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller) and Cite de l'Automobile (in Mulhouse). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Cave de Turckheim, don't miss a visit to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, wander the streets of Little Venice, and contemplate the long history of Chapelle Saint-Leon IX.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Colmar trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Strasbourg to Colmar by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Colmar are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Palma de Mallorca.

Things to do in Colmar

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Palma de Mallorca, Spain

— 5 nights

Cultural Capital of the Balearic Islands

Majorca, or Mallorca, is largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Santuari de Cura and Iglesia Parroquial de la Transfiguracion del Senor. Explore hidden gems such as Santuari de la Mare de Déu del Puig and Spaint. Explore Palma de Mallorca's surroundings by going to Iglesia de San Juan Bautista (in Deia), Playa de Muro (in Playa de Muro) and Cap de Formentor (in Formentor). There's much more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Capdepera lighthouse, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Mallorca, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Alcudia, and make a trip to Iglesia Nueva.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Palma de Mallorca trip builder.

Do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight from Colmar to Palma de Mallorca in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Colmar in December, things will get a bit warmer in Palma de Mallorca: highs are around 60°F and lows about 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Barcelona.

Things to do in Palma de Mallorca

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Barcelona, Spain

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Barri de Gracia and Plaça de Sant Felip Neri. Do some cultural sightseeing at Castellroig , vinos y cavas de terrer and CosmoCaixa Barcelona. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Ciutat Vella, admire the striking features of Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau, visit El Born, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona visit planning website.

Getting from Palma de Mallorca to Barcelona by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in December, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Guardiola de Bergueda.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Guardiola de Bergueda, Spain

— 3 nights
Do some cultural sightseeing at Monasterio de Sant Jaume de Frontanya and Esglesia Romanica de Sant Quirza de Pedret. Popular historic sites such as El Monestir de Santa Maria de l'Estany and Monestir de Sant Llorenc are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Guardiola de Bergueda: Santuario Nuestra Senora de Queralt (in Berga) and Iglesia romanica de Sant Vicenc d'Obiols (in Avia).

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Guardiola de Bergueda trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Barcelona to Guardiola de Bergueda by car takes about 2 hours. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Guardiola de Bergueda

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

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France travel guide

4.3
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.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Province of Barcelona travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Parks · Nightlife
One of the most developed and prosperous regions in the country, the Province of Barcelona is located in the center of Catalonia. Nestled between the Mediterranean Sea and the Pyrenees, it offers a broad range of tourist attractions and places to visit, from modern cities with distinguished cultural heritage to some of Europe’s most popular beaches. Its countryside, somewhat conquered by commercial interests, boasts Michelin-starred restaurants, award-winning vineyards, and trendy spas. In its urban centers, expect hundreds of historic sites, as well as numerous museums, galleries, bars, cafes, and shops.