26 days in Spain & France Itinerary

26 days in Spain & France Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Tours, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Angers, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Rochelle, France
— 1 day
Drive
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Saint-Emilion, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Cussac-Fort-Medoc, France
— 1 night
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Bordeaux, France
— 1 night
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Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France
— 2 nights
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Biarritz, France
— 1 night
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 1 night
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Getaria, Spain
— 1 night
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Bilbao, Spain
— 1 night
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Santander, Spain
— 1 night
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Burgos, Spain
— 1 night
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Valladolid, Spain
— 1 night
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Salamanca, Spain
— 1 night
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Segovia, Spain
— 1 night
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Toledo, Spain
— 1 night
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Paris, France — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Paris day trip tool.

Mexico City, Mexico to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. July in Paris sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Tours.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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Tours, France — 1 night

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
On the 25th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Cathedrale Saint-Gatien. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the pleasant sights at Place Plumereau, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanique de Tours, and then admire the natural beauty at Chateau de Villandry.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tours trip planner.

Take a train from Paris to Tours in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Angers.
Historic Sites · Parks
Side Trip
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Angers, France — 2 nights

Discover France's rich medieval history in Angers, a medium-sized city well known for its medicinal and culinary gardens dating back to the Renaissance and still open for a visit.
On the 27th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Brissac, get in on the family fun at Terra Botanica, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau d'Angers. On your second day here, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Bioparc - Zoo de Doue la Fontaine and then awaken your taste buds at Domaine du Vieux Pressoir.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Angers trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Tours to Angers in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to La Rochelle.
Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 28:

La Rochelle, France — 1 day

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium La Rochelle, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our La Rochelle trip planner.

You can drive from Angers to La Rochelle in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. July in La Rochelle sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Saint-Emilion.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 29:

Saint-Emilion, France — 1 night

Standing magnificently on top of a hill overlooking the Dordogne Valley filled with lush vineyards, Saint-Émilion fuses history and modern culture with medieval ambience--even in its wine bars, museums, markets, art galleries, cafes, and shops.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): do a tasting at Chateau Laniote, pause for some serene contemplation at Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion, and then do a tasting at Chateau La Croizille.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Saint-Emilion journey tool.

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Saint-Emilion takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cussac-Fort-Medoc.
Wineries · Historic Sites
Side Trip
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Cussac-Fort-Medoc, France — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): contemplate the long history of Fort Medoc, then learn about winemaking at Chateau Lanessan, and then do a tasting at Chateau La Tour Carnet.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cussac-Fort-Medoc road trip planning tool.

Getting from Saint-Emilion to Cussac-Fort-Medoc by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July in Cussac-Fort-Medoc, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can drive to Bordeaux.
Historic Sites · Wineries
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jul 30 — 31:

Bordeaux, France — 1 night

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.
On the 1st (Mon), shop like a local with Promenade Sainte Catherine, then get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, then don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Bordeaux tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Cussac-Fort-Medoc to Bordeaux by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in July, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Saint-Jean-de-Luz.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 1:

Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France — 2 nights

Saint-Jean-de-Luz is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in south-western France. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): stroll through Sentier du Littoral, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then kick back and relax at Plage d'Hendaye, and finally admire the striking features of Chateau Observatoire Abbadia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, explore the fascinating underground world of Les Grottes de Sare, and then take a leisurely stroll along Promenade Jacques Thibaud.

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You can drive from Bordeaux to Saint-Jean-de-Luz in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Biarritz.
Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches
Side Trips
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 3:

Biarritz, France — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): get great views at Rocher de la Vierge, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquarium de Biarritz, and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Cote des Basques.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Biarritz trip tool.

Biarritz is just a stone's throw from Saint-Jean-de-Luz. In August, daily temperatures in Biarritz can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Sebastian - Donostia.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour and then kick back and relax at La Concha Beach.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Sebastian - Donostia road trip planning site.

Getting from Biarritz to San Sebastian - Donostia by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Getaria.
Tours · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
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Getaria, Spain — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Gaintza Txakolina, then kick back and relax at Playa de Zarautz, and then see the interesting displays at Cristobal Balenciaga Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Getaria trip maker app.

Getaria is very close to San Sebastian - Donostia. August in Getaria sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bilbao.
Beaches · Outdoors · Museums · Parks
Side Trip
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Bilbao, Spain — 1 night

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): have fun and explore at Ferreria de El Pobal, then take in the views from Vizcaya Bridge, and then explore the world behind art at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Bilbao itinerary website.

You can drive from Getaria to Bilbao in an hour. August in Bilbao sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Santander.
Museums · Childrens Museums
Side Trips
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Santander, Spain — 1 night

Known for its prime north coast location and elegant city center, Santander remains the central destination for tourism and commerce in the whole Cantabrian region.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Primera de El Sardinero, then stroll through Playa de El Puntal, and then hunt for treasures at Mercado de la Esperanza.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Santander travel planner.

You can drive from Bilbao to Santander in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Bilbao in August: highs in Santander hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Burgos.
Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping
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Burgos, Spain — 1 night

Burgos is a city in northern Spain and the historic capital of Castile. On the 9th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral De Burgos, pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de Los Condestables, and then get a new perspective on nature at Cartuja de Miraflores.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Burgos trip planner.

Drive from Santander to Burgos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Santander in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Burgos: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Valladolid.
Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 9:

Valladolid, Spain — 1 night

A city of booming industry with a strong emphasis on leisure and cultural involvement, Valladolid is also known for its historical heritage and medieval feel.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de Valladolid, walk around Campo Grande, and then steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor de Valladolid.

For more things to do and tourist information, read Valladolid route planner.

Traveling by car from Burgos to Valladolid takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Valladolid sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Salamanca.
Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 10:

Salamanca, Spain — 1 night

Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
On the 11th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ieronimus, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja), and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Salamanca trip planning site.

You can drive from Valladolid to Salamanca in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Salamanca are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Segovia.
Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 11:

Segovia, Spain — 1 night

As one of Spain’s most well-preserved medieval cities, Segovia is known for its 1st-century Roman aqueduct that runs through the city center.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): make a trip to Acueduct of Segovia and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Segovia day trip website.

Take a train from Salamanca to Segovia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Salamanca in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Segovia, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Madrid.
Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 12:

Madrid, Spain — 3 nights

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Madrid vacation maker website.

Traveling by car from Segovia to Madrid takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daytime highs in Madrid are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Toledo.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
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Toledo, Spain — 1 night

Toledo is a World Heritage Site that embodies the complex cultural history of Spain while remaining a forward-moving, modern city.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Alcazar - Museo del Ejercito.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Toledo road trip planner.

You can drive from Madrid to Toledo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
Museums
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France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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

4.5
Beaches · Churches · Landmarks
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.