9 days in France & Spain Itinerary

9 days in France & Spain Itinerary

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Start: Bordeaux, France
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Bordeaux, France
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
3
Zaragoza, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Carcassonne, France
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
6
Rodez, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
7
Rocamadour, France
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
End: Bordeaux, France


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Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): see the interesting displays at La Cite du Vin and then make a trip to The Water Mirror.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Bordeaux trip maker website.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport, Bergerac-Roumanière Airport and La Rochelle-Île de Ré Airport. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Sebastian - Donostia.

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Museums
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La Cite du Vin
La Cite du Vin
The Water Mirror ©
The Water Mirror

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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

San Sebastian - Donostia ©
As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Miramar Palace, La Concha Beach and Monte Urgull.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Sebastian - Donostia trip maker app.

Getting from Bordeaux to San Sebastian - Donostia by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. April in San Sebastian - Donostia sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Zaragoza.

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Parks Neighborhoods Nature
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La Concha Beach ©
La Concha Beach
Monte Urgull ©
Monte Urgull
Parte Vieja ©
Parte Vieja

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Zaragoza, Spain

Zaragoza ©
The city of Zaragoza is known as the City of Four Cultures for its interwoven history of Iberian, Roman, Moorish, and Christian influences.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Palacio de la Aljaferia, Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza, Mercado Central, and other attractions.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Zaragoza trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from San Sebastian - Donostia to Zaragoza by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in April, expect nights in Zaragoza to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Tue) before leaving for Barcelona.

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Historic Sites Shopping
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Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar ©
Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar
Palacio de la Aljaferia ©
Palacio de la Aljaferia
Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza ©
Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza

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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
You've added El Barri Gòtic, Parc Diagonal Mar, Playa de La Barceloneta, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Poblat Iberic Puig Castellar and then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): take a stroll through Las Ramblas, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de La Barceloneta, then stroll around Parc Diagonal Mar, and finally walk around Parc Guell.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona planner.

You can take a train from Zaragoza to Barcelona in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Thu) before leaving for Carcassonne.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Poblat Iberic Puig Castellar
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Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Las Ramblas ©
Las Ramblas

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Carcassonne, France

Carcassonne ©
Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Chateaux de Lastours, Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine and La Bastide Saint Louis. On the 9th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally steep yourself in history at La Bastide Saint Louis. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine and then explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne online driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Barcelona to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Carcassonne when traveling from Barcelona in April, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rodez.

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Historic Sites Parks Nature

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Chateaux de Lastours
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Chateau Comtal ©
Chateau Comtal
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire

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Rodez, France

Rodez
Rodez is a small city and commune in the South of France, about 150 km northeast of Toulouse. To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rodez trip planning site.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Rodez in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, Rodez is a bit cooler than Carcassonne - with highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C. You will leave for Rocamadour on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Rodez

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Rocamadour, France

Rocamadour
Rocamadour is only accessible by one road leading into the port town built on the face of a cliff with a large number of buildings cantilevered over the edge.
For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rocamadour online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Rodez to Rocamadour takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Rodez, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Rocamadour, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 6°C. You'll set off for home on the 12th (Sun).

Things to do in Rocamadour

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours
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