19 days in France & Spain Itinerary

19 days in France & Spain Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Caen, France
— 1 night
Train to Avranches, Taxi to Mont-Saint-Michel
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 day
Taxi to Pontorson Mont St Michel, Train to Rennes
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Rennes, France
— 1 night
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Nantes, France
— 2 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 1 night
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Pamplona, Spain
— 1 night
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Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
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Paris, France

— 5 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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

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Bogota, Colombia to Paris is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Standard Time (COT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. In April, Paris is slightly colder than Bogota - with highs of 18°C and lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Caen.

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Caen, France

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Steeples

Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
On the 24th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at La Colline aux Oiseaux, take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery.

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Drive from Paris to Caen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Caen, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Caen

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

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Mont-Saint-Michel, France

— 1 day
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Mont Saint-Michel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and then make a trip to Le Moulin de Moidrey.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Caen to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rennes.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

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Rennes, France

— 1 night
Many tour guides skip Rennes, a "City of Art and History," but that doesn't mean you should.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): stroll around Parc du Thabor and then see the interesting displays at Les Champs Libres.

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Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Rennes takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Rennes are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nantes.

Things to do in Rennes

Parks · Museums
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Nantes, France

— 2 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
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You can drive from Rennes to Nantes in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April in Nantes, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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Bordeaux, France

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Tour Pey-Berland and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral. On the next day, make a trip to Pont de Pierre, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, and then don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Bordeaux online road trip planner.

You can drive from Nantes to Bordeaux in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Bordeaux are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) 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.
On the 1st (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Igueldo and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Sebastian - Donostia road trip tool.

Drive from Bordeaux to San Sebastian - Donostia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. April in San Sebastian - Donostia sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Pamplona.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Tours · Parks · Nature
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Pamplona, Spain

— 1 night
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. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Monumento al Encierro.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Pamplona online travel route planner.

Getting from San Sebastian - Donostia to Pamplona by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Pamplona, with lows of 9°C. On the 2nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain

— 5 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Venture out of the city with trips to Toledo (Casco Historico de Toledo, Catedral Primada, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, admire the natural beauty at Real Jardin Botanico, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace of Madrid, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

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Traveling by flight from Pamplona to Madrid takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Pamplona in May: highs in Madrid hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

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France travel guide

4.3
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
Churches · Beaches · 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.