20 days in France, San Sebastian - Donostia & Bilbao Itinerary

20 days in France, San Sebastian - Donostia & Bilbao Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 6 nights
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Versailles, France
— 1 night
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 night
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Bayonne, France
— 1 night
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Biarritz, France
— 3 nights
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 3 nights
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Bilbao, Spain
— 3 nights

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Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Eiffel Tower and Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Ile Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Reims (Basilique Saint-Remi & La Maison Mumm) and Epernay (Paul-Etienne Saint Germain, Avenue de Champagne, &more). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the masterpieces at Musee Marmottan Monet, admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, and steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe.

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San Francisco, USA to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Paris, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Versailles.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Epernay, Reims, Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Eglise Saint Pierre
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte ©
Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte

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Versailles, France

Versailles ©
Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): don't miss a visit to The Water Parterres, don't miss a visit to The Hall of Mirrors, make a trip to La Galerie des Batailles, then take in nature's colorful creations at L'Orangerie, then admire the landmark architecture of The Trianons & The Hamlet, and finally get engrossed in the history at Galerie des Carrosses.

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You can take a train from Paris to Versailles in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
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The Trianons & The Hamlet ©
The Trianons & The Hamlet
Académie Équestre de Versailles ©
Académie Équestre de Versailles
Galerie des Carrosses ©
Galerie des Carrosses

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Mont-Saint-Michel, France

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): don't miss a visit to La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and then make a trip to La Grande Rue.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel online trip itinerary builder.

Take a train from Versailles to Mont-Saint-Michel in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or fly. Traveling from Versailles in August, you will find days in Mont-Saint-Michel are a bit cooler (72°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Bayonne.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites
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Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel ©
La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel ©
La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel

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Bayonne, France

Bayonne ©
Bayonne is a city and commune and one of the two sub-prefectures of the department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of south-western France. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne, contemplate the long history of Maison Moulis, examine the collection at Musee du Jambon de Bayonne, then admire the landmark architecture of Eglise Saint-Andre, then look for gifts at Loreztia Boutik'expo, and finally take an in-depth tour of Basque Museum (Musee Basque).

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bayonne tour itinerary maker website.

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayonne takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or fly. Traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 63°F in Bayonne. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Biarritz.

Things to do in Bayonne

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Basque Museum (Musee Basque) ©
Basque Museum (Musee Basque)
Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne
Maison Moulis ©
Maison Moulis

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Biarritz, France

Biarritz ©
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
On the 9th (Sun), examine the collection at Chocolaterie-Musee Puyodebat and then kick back and relax at La Cote des Basques. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Miramar, head outdoors with La Grande Plage, stop by Mercado Les Halles, get engrossed in the history at Musee Asiatica, then pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Notre-Dame du Rocher - Église Sainte-Eugenie, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Phare de Biarritz.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Biarritz route planner.

Biarritz is very close to Bayonne. In August, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Biarritz

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Grande Plage, Chocolaterie-Musee Puyodebat, Socoa Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Phare de Biarritz ©
Phare de Biarritz
Chocolaterie-Musee Puyodebat ©
Chocolaterie-Musee Puyodebat
Scuba & Snorkeling

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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.
Let the collections at Cristobal Balenciaga Museum and Santa Maria la Real capture your imagination. Discover out-of-the-way places like Parte Vieja and Monte Urgull. Get out of town with these interesting San Sebastian - Donostia side-trips: Iglesia de San Salvador (in Getaria) and Zumaia (Playa de Itzurun & Ermita de San Telmo). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de Santa Maria del Coro, steep yourself in history at Calle San Pedro, look for gifts at Ganbara, and browse the fresh offerings at Mercado de la Bretxa.

For more things to do and tourist information, read our San Sebastian - Donostia holiday planner.

You can drive from Biarritz to San Sebastian - Donostia in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in August, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Bilbao.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Getaria, Zumaia, Santa Maria la Real, Albaola, The Sea Factory of the Basques, Calle San Pedro
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Monte Urgull ©
Monte Urgull
Parte Vieja ©
Parte Vieja
Cristobal Balenciaga Museum ©
Cristobal Balenciaga Museum

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Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa de El Puntal and Bodega La Rioja Alta S.A.. Get some cultural insight at Bodegas Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia and Ermita de la Virgen del Mar. Explore Bilbao's surroundings by going to Castillo de Sajazarra (in Sajazarra), Haro (Church of Santo Tomas, Bodegas Muga, &more) and Santander (Playa del Camello, Prehistory and Archaeology Museum of Cantabria, &more). And it doesn't end there: browse the fresh offerings at La Ribera Market, don't miss a visit to Taberna Plaza Nueva, look for gifts at Paragueria Leoz, and explore the historical opulence of Palacio de la Diputacion.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bilbao vacation planning website.

Drive from San Sebastian - Donostia to Bilbao in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Bilbao, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bilbao

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Haro, Santander, Castillo de Sajazarra
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La Ribera Market ©
La Ribera Market
Bodega La Rioja Alta S.A. ©
Bodega La Rioja Alta S.A.
Bodegas Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia ©
Bodegas Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia

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