11 days in France, San Sebastian - Donostia & Santander Itinerary

11 days in France, San Sebastian - Donostia & Santander Itinerary

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11 days in France, San Sebastian - Donostia & Santander Itinerary

Start: Mexico City, Mexico
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Paris, France
— 1 night
train + bus:  5​h 15​min
2
Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 day
+2
bus + foot + train:  5​h 30​min
3
Amboise, France
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Sarlat-la-Caneda, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Perigueux, France
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Bordeaux, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Santander, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h
End: Mexico City, Mexico


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1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): head off the coast to Île de la Cité, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, then see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, and then stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planner.

Mexico City, Mexico to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Paris is 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
The Paris Catacombs ©
The Paris Catacombs
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

1
day
Mont-Saint-Michel, France

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): make a trip to Mont Saint-Michel, then cool off at Alligator Bay, and then make a trip to Terrasse de l'Ouest.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Paris to Mont-Saint-Michel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Paris, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Mont-Saint-Michel, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Amboise.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Alligator Bay
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Alligator Bay ©
Alligator Bay

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day
Amboise, France

Amboise
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. On the 1st (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Chateau Royal d'Amboise and then make a trip to Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Amboise trip app .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Mont-Saint-Michel to Amboise in 5.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In August in Amboise, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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night
Sarlat-la-Caneda, France

Sarlat-la-Caneda ©
Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
On the 2nd (Fri), explore the galleries of Chateau des Milandes, contemplate the long history of Chateau de Castelnaud, and then admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Sarlat-la-Caneda sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Amboise to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Sarlat-la-Caneda can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Perigueux.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Les Jardins de Marqueyssac
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Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes
Les Jardins de Marqueyssac ©
Les Jardins de Marqueyssac

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nights
Perigueux, France

Perigueux ©
Périgueux is a commune in the Dordogne department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France.Périgueux is the prefecture of the départment. On the 3rd (Sat), make a splash at Jacquou parc, then Head underground at Grotte du Grand Roc, and then Head underground at Grotte de Rouffignac. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Brantome Police Horses & Friends, explore the fascinating underground world of Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium du Perigord Noir.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Perigueux travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Perigueux in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Perigueux can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Perigueux

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Le Bugue, Brantome Police Horses & Friends, Grotte du Grand Roc, Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac, Grotte de Rouffignac
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Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac ©
Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac
Jacquou parc ©
Jacquou parc
Aquarium du Perigord Noir ©
Aquarium du Perigord Noir

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night
Bordeaux, France

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bordeaux online travel planner .

You can take a bus from Perigueux to Bordeaux in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. August in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Tours
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Wine Tours & Tastings

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night
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.
On the 6th (Tue), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take in the views from Bridge of Maria Cristina, and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Concha Beach.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Sebastian - Donostia trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to San Sebastian - Donostia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in San Sebastian - Donostia can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santander.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Outdoors Beaches Tours
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La Concha Beach ©
La Concha Beach
Food Tours
Bridge of Maria Cristina ©
Bridge of Maria Cristina

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night
Santander, Spain

Santander
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.
To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Santander trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from San Sebastian - Donostia to Santander takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Santander can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santander

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Playa Somo
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