29 days in France & San Sebastian - Donostia Itinerary

29 days in France & San Sebastian - Donostia Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Versailles, France
— 3 nights
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Lyon, France
— 1 night
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Marseille, France
— 5 nights
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Nice, France
— 7 nights
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Nantes, France
— 1 night
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La Rochelle, France
— 1 night
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Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 3 nights
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Paris, France — 4 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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallee--about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Paris route planning app.

London, UK to Paris is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Paris is 1 hour. While traveling from London, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Versailles.
Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Parks
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Versailles, France — 3 nights

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.
Take a break from Versailles with a short trip to Chartres Cathedral in Chartres, about 1h 5 min away. On 6th (Thu), while away the hours contemplating the architecture of Palace of Versailles. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of The Trianons & The Hamlet, walk around Parc du Domaine de Madame Elisabeth, and contemplate the long history of Temple de l'Amour.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Versailles tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Paris to Versailles by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Lyon.
Historic Sites · Parks
Side Trip
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Lyon, France — 1 night

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, and then stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Lyon trip maker site.

Traveling by train from Versailles to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. July in Lyon sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Marseille.
Historic Sites · Parks
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Marseille, France — 5 nights

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Palais des Papes (in Avignon), Notre Dame du Mai (in Six-Fours-les-Plages) and Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau & Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence). There's still lots to do: tour the water at your own pace with Route du Sud, don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and discover the deep blue sea with CIP Marseille.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille sightseeing planner.

Getting from Lyon to Marseille by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Nice.
Tours · Outdoors · Transportation · Historic Sites
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Nice, France — 7 nights

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Lérins Islands (in Cannes), Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay) and Palmes Beach (in Menton). Spend the 17th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Nice online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Marseille in July, you will find days in Nice are a bit cooler (32°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Nantes.
Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
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Nantes, France — 1 night

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
On the 21st (Fri), get into the urban bustle at Le Lieu Unique, see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nantes trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Nice to Nantes by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in July, Nantes is slightly colder at night with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to La Rochelle.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
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La Rochelle, France — 1 night

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 23rd (Sun): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium La Rochelle, then explore the activities along Vieux Port, and then stop by L'Artisan Gourmand.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our La Rochelle trip planner.

You can drive from Nantes to La Rochelle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Bordeaux.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 23:

Bordeaux, France — 3 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bordeaux: La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer), Chateau de Reignac (in Saint-Loubes) and Réserve Ornithologique du Teich (in Le Teich). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, admire the landmark architecture of Tour Pey-Berland, and indulge your taste buds at Rendez-vous Au Chateau.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux route website.

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Bordeaux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in July, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Sebastian - Donostia.
Parks · Nature · Wineries · Wildlife
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain — 3 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bilbao (Casco Viejo & Guggenheim Museum Bilbao). The adventure continues: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, make a trip to Peine del Viento, kick back and relax at La Concha Beach, and stroll through Ondarreta Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Sebastian - Donostia visit planner.

Getting from Bordeaux to San Sebastian - Donostia by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in San Sebastian - Donostia are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 29:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
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.