23 days in France & San Sebastian - Donostia Itinerary

23 days in France & San Sebastian - Donostia Itinerary

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23 days in France & San Sebastian - Donostia Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
1
Paris, France
— 8 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Chenonceaux, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Chinon, France
— 3 nights
4
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Biarritz, France
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
6
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Lourdes, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Biarritz, France
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Paris, France
— 3 nights
End: Paris, France

8
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Eiffel Tower. Explore hidden gems such as Chateau de Fontainebleau and Ile Saint-Louis. Bring the kids along to The Paris Catacombs and Parc des Felins. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, wander the streets of Montmartre, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Paris holiday planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Chinon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Parc des Felins, Palace of Versailles, Chateau de Fontainebleau
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Parc des Felins ©
Parc des Felins
Jardin d'Acclimatation ©
Jardin d'Acclimatation

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nights
Chenonceaux, France

Chenonceaux ©
Situated in the valley of the river Cher within the tributary of the Loire, Chenonceaux has a unique location in the Touraine-Chenonceaux wine-growing area.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): stop by La Balade des Fromages and then see the interesting displays at La Magnanerie. On the next day, examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau and then do a tasting at Troglo Degusto.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Chenonceaux trip planner.

Take a train from Paris to Chenonceaux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Chenonceaux sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Chinon.

Things to do in Chenonceaux

Museums Wineries Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bourre, Chedigny - Jardin Remarquable, Chateau De Montresor, La Balade des Fromages
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Chateau de Chenonceau ©
Chateau de Chenonceau
La Magnanerie ©
La Magnanerie
Troglo Degusto ©
Troglo Degusto

3
nights
Chinon, France

Chinon ©
On the banks of the Vienne River, Chinon offers access to a rich wine area in the Loire Valley.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Chateau d'Usse, steep yourself in history at Chateau de Langeais, then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Zoologique de La Haute Touche, and finally step into the grandiose world of Château de l'Islette.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Chinon day trip tool .

You can drive from Paris to Chinon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Chinon can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. On the 14th (Sun), you're off toParis.

Things to do in Chinon

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Chateau d'Usse, Reserve Zoologique de La Haute Touche, Château de l'Islette, Chateau de Langeais
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Chateau d'Usse ©
Chateau d'Usse
Chateau de Langeais ©
Chateau de Langeais
Château de l'Islette ©
Château de l'Islette

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nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Eiffel Tower. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, then ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville, and finally admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Chinon to Paris by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Biarritz.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Fondation Claude Monet
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Luxembourg Palace ©
Luxembourg Palace

1
night
Biarritz, France

Biarritz ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium de Biarritz, get great views at Rocher de la Vierge, then stop by Mercado Les Halles, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Notre-Dame du Rocher - Église Sainte-Eugenie.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Biarritz travel itinerary planner .

Fly from Paris to Biarritz in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in July, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Biarritz

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Aquarium de Biarritz ©
Aquarium de Biarritz
Rocher de la Vierge ©
Rocher de la Vierge

1
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): meet the residents at Aquarium and then stroll through La Concha Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Sebastian - Donostia travel route planner .

Getting from Biarritz to San Sebastian - Donostia by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 65°F. On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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La Concha Beach ©
La Concha Beach
Aquarium ©
Aquarium
Bridge of Maria Cristina ©
Bridge of Maria Cristina

2
nights
Lourdes, France

Lourdes ©
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception.

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

Getting from San Sebastian - Donostia to Lourdes by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in July, expect little chillier with lows of 58°F in Lourdes. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Biarritz.

Things to do in Lourdes

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trips

Parc Animalier Des Pyrenees, Les Aigles d'Aure - Volerie des Pyrenees
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Parc Animalier Des Pyrenees ©
Parc Animalier Des Pyrenees
Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception ©

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hours
Biarritz, France

Biarritz
To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Biarritz trip planner .

Traveling by car from Lourdes to Biarritz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You will leave for Paris on the 20th (Sat).

Things to do in Biarritz

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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3
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
Attractions like Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou and Luxembourg Palace make great kid-friendly stops. Enjoy Paris some more: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, walk around Parc de la Villette, and take a stroll through Montmartre.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris route planner.

Getting from Biarritz to Paris by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. On the 23rd (Tue), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Parc de la Villette ©
Parc de la Villette

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