Hello! Planning a 14 night trip in February (13-27th) where we land in Barcelona (where we have never been) and depart Paris (I have been twice and husband once). We have traveled in the winter a bunch and know we like bigger cities and no coastal towns. We will take the train and generally try to keep train rides under 3 hours. Here is my itinerary:
Barcelona 4 nights
Girona Spain 2 nights
Montpelier (1 night or skip it)
Lyon 3 or 4 nights
Paris 4 nights
Would you break up the train ride between Girona and Lyon with a stop on Montpellier? I was thinking taking a day trip to Annecy from Lyon might be a nice day trip?
Right now the only hotel reservations which are “set in stone” (they’re refundable but in my mind - set in stone) are Barcelona and Paris.
For reference, we are mid 50s and like walkable cities with lots of neighborhoods to explore. We will visit a few museums and I am interested in hiring a guide in Lyon but mostly we like wandering and being in neighborhoods where we can pop in for a bite and an afternoon beer (I don’t love a town that siestas!😂).
Thanks for any advice!