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Planning a 2 week trip- Barcelona-Toulouse-Paris

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Planning a 2 week trip- Barcelona-Toulouse-Paris

Hello! I am starting to plan next years travel, and would like to do an open jaw flight into Barcelona (stay a few days) travel by train to Toulouse (4hrs)- stay a few days a explore a bit of the region, and then head to Paris for the remainder of the trip.

I do not know much about the south of France, and while Nice and Monaco said nice, not sure that we would be getting the most cultural experience there. We will be traveling with our 10 year old daughter. Is Toulouse a good base to tour around the south or are there better options?


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1. Re: Planning a 2 week trip- Barcelona-Toulouse-Paris

Toulouse is a great place, but so are Montpellier, Nîmes and Avignon. These three cities are on the train line from Barcelona to Paris.

Buy your train tickets at www.capitainetrain.com as early as possible to get the best price. Tickets usually go on sale three months before travel date.

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2. Re: Planning a 2 week trip- Barcelona-Toulouse-Paris

You mention Toulouse, then start to talk about the Côte d'Azur which is nowhere near Toulouse and not at all in the direction of Paris. Have a look at www.viamichelin.com which although aimed at motorists will give you a lot of info. The Michelin Travel section will tell you about what there is to see in some detail.

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3. Re: Planning a 2 week trip- Barcelona-Toulouse-Paris

Toulouse is a pleasant city no doubt but whether it would be a good base depends on what type of activities interest you. It's no good for the coast and beaches, but the Pyrenées mountains are 3 hour train ride or drive away, the often visited Cité at Carcassonne is an hour by car or train, nearby Albi is another place many like to see.

Toulouse itself has plenty of culture, it has a large university and as an aerospace manufacturing centre a fairly international population. It's still very French though, don't expect English to be widely understood or spoken.

Nice, Monaco etc are a totally different experience and also a long way away.

Edited: 4:03 am, July 26, 2015
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4. Re: Planning a 2 week trip- Barcelona-Toulouse-Paris

We are traveling from Barcelona to an hour North of Bordeaux in September with our 8 yr old. We are taking the train from Barcelona to Narbonne, then renting a car and driving south to see a few castles before staying in Caracassone for the night. Then we will travel to Toulouse for a night then up to a wedding in Aubeterre s Dronne. There are a lot of great historical sites in this area. We have purchased some reading material on the region to educate us all on what we will be seeing. I am also using an iPhone app to learn a little bit of French since this area is not touristy and less likely to communicate in English. There are also some kid friendly stops like a dinosaur museum and an adventure park at a lake....hope that helps :)

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