18 days in France & Spain Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 night
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Bordeaux, France
— 1 night
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Biarritz, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pamplona, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 1 night
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Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France
— 3 nights
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Lourdes, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France
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Paris, France — 3 nights

City of Light

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 30th (Fri): wander the streets of Le Marais. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Île de la Cité, browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, then make a trip to Champs-Elysees, and finally contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris road trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Paris is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, things will get little chillier in Paris: highs are around 74°F and lows about 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Archeoscope du Mont Saint Michel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel, then stroll the grounds of Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes, and finally don't miss a visit to Barrage sur le Couesnon.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Paris to Mont-Saint-Michel in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Paris in July, you will find days in Mont-Saint-Michel are slightly colder (72°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can fly to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux, France — 1 night

The Port of the Moon

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Chateau Pape Clement, look for all kinds of wild species at Maison de la Nature, wander the streets of Promenade Sainte Catherine, then make a trip to Place de la Bourse, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bordeaux road trip planner.

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bordeaux by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. When traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bordeaux: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Biarritz.
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Biarritz, France — 2 nights

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 5th (Wed), kick back and relax at Plage d'Hendaye, steep yourself in history at Chateau Observatoire Abbadia, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, and finally make a trip to Eglise Notre-Dame de l'Assomption. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Villa Arnaga, look for gifts at L'Atelier du Piment, kick back and relax at La Cote des Basques, then meet the residents at Aquarium de Biarritz, and finally get great views at Rocher de la Vierge.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Biarritz day trip website.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Biarritz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Bordeaux in July, expect nights in Biarritz to be about the same, around 62°F, while days are slightly colder, around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pamplona.
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Pamplona, Spain — 3 nights

Pamplona or Iruña is the historical capital city of Navarre, in Spain, and of the former Kingdom of Navarre.The city is famous worldwide for the running of the bulls during the San Fermín festival, which is held annually from July 6 to 14. Fortress and Walls of Pamplona and Museo Universidad de Navarra will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Bodegas Tritium and Vivanco. Cultura de Vino. Explore Pamplona's surroundings by going to Bodegas Marques de Riscal (in Elciego), Bardenas Reales (in Valtierra) and Palacio Real de Olite (in Olite). There's much more to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Pamplona, make a trip to Plaza del Castillo, and ponder the world of politics at Ayuntamiento de Pamplona.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Pamplona travel route planner.

Getting from Biarritz to Pamplona by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Biarritz in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Pamplona: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Sebastian - Donostia.
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain — 1 night

Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea

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 10th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Historic Center of Hondarribia, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Urgull, then take a stroll through Parte Vieja, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at La Concha Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Sebastian - Donostia route planning app.

Getting from Pamplona to San Sebastian - Donostia by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Pamplona in July, expect nights in San Sebastian - Donostia to be about the same, around 65°F, while days are slightly colder, around 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port.
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Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France — 3 nights

Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in south-western France close to Ostabat in the Pyrenean foothills. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Le Chateau des Enigmes and Eglise de L'Hopital-Saint-Blaise. Let the collections at Musee Serbat and Prison des eveques capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port side-trips: Shakespeare Brasserie (in Navarrenx) and Salies-de-Bearn (Eglise Saint-Vincent de Salies de Bearn, Thermes de Salies de Bearn, &more). There's much more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, make a trip to La Citadelle de Saint Jean Pied de Port, awaken your taste buds at La Cave d'Irouleguy, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port road trip planning website.

You can drive from San Sebastian - Donostia to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Lourdes.
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Lourdes, France — 1 night

Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grotte de Massabielle, explore the world behind art at Chateau Fort of Lourdes, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Betharram.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lourdes trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Lourdes takes 2 hours. In July in Lourdes, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to fly to Paris.
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Paris, France — 1 night

City of Light

Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Versailles and then make a trip to La Galerie des Batailles.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Paris driving holiday planning site.

Getting from Lourdes to Paris by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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France travel guide

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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.
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Normandy travel guide

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Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards.
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Spain travel guide

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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.
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