22 days in France, Athens & Barcelona Itinerary

22 days in France, Athens & Barcelona Itinerary

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Paris, France
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Lyon, France
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Athens, Greece
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Paris, France

— 5 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.
Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe will appeal to history buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Champs-Elysees and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Rouen (Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen & Rue du Gros-Horloge) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, contemplate the long history of The Paris Catacombs, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris visit planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Paris is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Cairo in September, with highs in Paris at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Lyon, France

— 5 nights

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.
Get some historical perspective at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Vieux Lyon. Appreciate the collections at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and Musee des traditions bugistes. Venture out of the city with trips to Abbaye Saint-Philibert (in Tournus), Village de Ville sur Jarnioux (in Ville-sur-Jarnioux) and Galeries Bartoux Beaune (in Beaune). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, don't miss a visit to Rue Saint-Jean, stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and hunt for treasures at Marche Aux Bouquinistes - Marche Aux Livres.

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You can fly from Paris to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. September in Lyon sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can fly to Athens.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 25:

Athens, Greece

— 6 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Acropolis of Athens and Archaeological Site Mycenae will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore and learn at Acropolis Museum and Technohoros Art Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Athens side-trips: Citadel and Treasury of Atreus (in Mycenae), Corinth (Akrokorinthos & Archea Korinthos) and Nafplio (Fortress Palamidi & Nauplion Promenade). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, wander the streets of Plaka, delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and take in the exciting artwork at Eleni Marneri Galerie.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Lyon to Athens in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Lyon to Athens is 1 hour. Traveling from Lyon in September, things will get a bit warmer in Athens: highs are around 34°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Barcelona, Spain

— 5 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.
Get some historical perspective at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia and Vila Vella (Old Town). For shopping fun, head to La Boqueria or Art Gallery Blanco Grane - Tossa de Mar. When in Barcelona, make a side trip to see Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey in Montserrat, approximately Montserrat away. There's still lots to do: stroll around Parc Guell, don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas, admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, and examine the collection at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona road trip app.

Getting from Athens to Barcelona by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Barcelona. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 6:

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.