21 days in France & Spain Itinerary

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


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 Temple du Donon. Visit Basilique Notre-Dame de Marienthal and Chateau de Lutzelhardt for their historical value. Explore Strasbourg's surroundings by going to Chateau de Guirbaden (in Mollkirch), Chateau du Wasigenstein (in Niedersteinbach) and Le Domaine De La Leonardsau (in Boersch). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Protestante Saint-Pierre-le-Vieux, don't miss a visit to Barrage Vauban, explore the historical opulence of Musee Chateau des Rohan, 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.
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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 Vieille ville d'Eguisheim. Explore hidden gems such as Vin d'Alsace HORCHER and Domaine Jean-Paul Schmitt. Venture out of the city with trips to Musee National de l’Automobile – Collection Schlumpf (in Mulhouse), Castle Landskron (in Leymen) and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle Saint-Leon IX, explore the world behind art at Musée d'Unterlinden, do a tasting at Cave de Turckheim, and make a trip to Old Town.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Colmar road trip planning site.

You can drive from Strasbourg to Colmar in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December in Colmar, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Palma de Mallorca.
Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Neighborhoods
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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 Parroquia Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles. Explore Palma de Mallorca's surroundings by going to Cap de Formentor (in Formentor), Playa de Muro (in Playa de Muro) and Iglesia de San Juan Bautista (in Deia). The adventure continues: enjoy the sea views from Capdepera lighthouse, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Mallorca, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Alcudia, and don't miss a visit to Iglesia Nueva.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Palma de Mallorca route planning tool.

Traveling by combination of train, shuttle, and flight from Colmar to Palma de Mallorca takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. In December, Palma de Mallorca is a bit warmer than Colmar - with highs of 60°F and lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to fly to Barcelona.
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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 Ciutat Vella. There's lots more to do: get curious at CosmoCaixa Barcelona, admire the striking features of Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau, take a stroll through El Born, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

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Getting from Palma de Mallorca to Barcelona by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In December, daytime highs in Barcelona are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Guardiola de Bergueda.
Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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Guardiola de Bergueda, Spain — 3 nights

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

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.
Historic Sites · Trails · Parks · Outdoors
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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.

Province of Barcelona travel guide

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.