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

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

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

Start: Mexico City, Mexico
Fly:  18​h
1
Santander, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Sarlat-la-Caneda, France
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  7​h 45​min
4
Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Bayeux, France
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
6
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Mexico City, Mexico

2
nights
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.
On the 28th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Peninsula of Magdalena. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Monumento a Los Raqueros, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Primera de El Sardinero, then explore the historical opulence of Palacio de La Magdalena, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Santander trip planner .

Mexico City, Mexico to Santander is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Mexico City to Santander due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Santander

Parks Nature Beaches
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Peninsula of Magdalena ©
Peninsula of Magdalena
Playa Primera de El Sardinero ©
Playa Primera de El Sardinero
Palacio de La Magdalena ©
Palacio de La Magdalena

1
night
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

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 30th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at La Concha Beach, don't miss a visit to Peine del Viento, and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Monte Igueldo, wander the streets of Parte Vieja, then make a trip to Plaza de la Constitucion, then expand your understanding of the military at Castillo de la Mota, and finally stroll through Monte Urgull.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Sebastian - Donostia travel route planning site .

Drive from Santander to San Sebastian - Donostia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Parks Nature Beaches
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Food Tours
La Concha Beach ©
La Concha Beach
Parte Vieja ©
Parte Vieja

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, then admire all the interesting features of Les Noyeraies du Landers, then make a trip to Vieux Sarlat, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Sarlat Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Chateau des Milandes and then steep yourself in history at Chateau de Castelnaud.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sarlat-la-Caneda vacation planner .

You can drive from San Sebastian - Donostia to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in July: highs in Sarlat-la-Caneda hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

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

1
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 3rd (Sat), make a trip to La Grande Rue, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mont Saint-Michel Bay, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mont Saint-Michel.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mont-Saint-Michel: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Mont Saint-Michel Bay ©
Mont Saint-Michel Bay

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Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): brush up on your military savvy at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at American Cemetery & Memorial, and finally view the masterpieces at Normandie Savoir-Faire. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of MAHB Musee d'art et d'histoire baron gerard, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then don't miss a visit to Atelier Galerie Ludovic Grand-Guillot, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bayeux trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux takes 2 hours. August in Bayeux sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

American Cemetery & Memorial
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American Cemetery & Memorial ©
American Cemetery & Memorial
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery

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nights
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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner .

You can take a train from Bayeux to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Paris are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

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