16 days in France, Spain & Copenhagen Itinerary

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Lyon, France
— 1 night
Chamrousse, France
— 2 nights
Annecy, France
— 4 nights
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
— 1 night
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights


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.
On the 16th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Institut & Musee Lumiere, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, and finally take a stroll through The Presqu'ile.

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Marseille to Lyon is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Marseille in December, with highs in Lyon at 9°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Chamrousse.
Spas · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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Chamrousse, France — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): stroll through 7 Laux ski, get curious at Maison Berges - Musee de la Houille Blanche, then relax and rejuvenate at Surane Spa, and finally discover the deep blue sea with Dive Extreme. On the next day, stroll through Chamrousse, then get a dose of the wild on Chiens de Traineaux Chamrousse, then examine the collection at Musee Champollion, and finally explore the ancient world of Chateau de Bon Repos.

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Traveling by car from Lyon to Chamrousse takes 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Chamrousse can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Annecy.
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Annecy, France — 4 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Cathedrale Saint-Pierre and Eglise St. Maurice will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Annecy and Parasailing & Paragliding. Change things up with these side-trips from Annecy: Sweet Snowsports (in Courchevel) and Meribel (Snowdlight Ski School & Piste des Inuits). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to La Vieille Ville, head off the coast to Ile des Cygnes, relax and rejuvenate at Cle du Bien Etre, and get outside with YAKAPEDALER.

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Traveling by car from Chamrousse to Annecy takes 2 hours. December in Annecy sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can fly to Paris.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
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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.
Get outdoors at Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis. You'll explore and learn at Louvre Museum and Musee Jacquemart-Andre. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, admire the masterpieces at Petit Palais, see the interesting displays at Musee Nissim de Camondo, and get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville.

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Fly from Annecy to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Annecy in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Paris, with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Santiago de Compostela.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Santiago de Compostela, Spain — 1 night

City of Stone

As the site of the sacred cathedral that marks the end of the pilgrimage route of the famous St.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Colegiata del Sar, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de San Fructuoso, and finally examine the collection at Museo Catedralicio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Parque Natural Ria Barosa, take an in-depth tour of Casa Historica de Cambados, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de Santa Maria, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

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Traveling by flight from Paris to Santiago de Compostela takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Barcelona.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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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.
On the 28th (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, then wander the streets of Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic), then contemplate the long history of Ciutat Vella, and finally see the interesting displays at Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, then see the interesting displays at CosmoCaixa Barcelona, then make a trip to Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA.

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You can fly from Santiago de Compostela to Barcelona in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santiago de Compostela in December: highs in Barcelona hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to fly to Copenhagen.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums
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Copenhagen, Denmark — 2 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Rosenborg Castle, then stroll around Jaegerborg Dyrehave, then enjoy the sand and surf at Amager Strandpark, and finally visit Nyhavn. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Denmark, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinitatis Kirke, and then take a stroll through Stroeget.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Copenhagen trip maker website.

You can fly from Barcelona to Copenhagen in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in December, things will get little chillier in Copenhagen: highs are around 7°C and lows about 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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France travel guide

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

Beaches · Nightlife · Architectural Buildings
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.