19 days in France & San Sebastian - Donostia Itinerary

19 days in France & San Sebastian - Donostia Itinerary

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19 days in France & San Sebastian - Donostia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, Holland
Drive:  6​h
1
Paris, France
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h
2
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 4 nights
3
Bordeaux, France
— 4 nights
4
La Rochelle, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Brest, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Rouen, France
— 2 nights
train:  5​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam, Holland

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): don't miss a visit to Église Saint-Étienne-du-Mont.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Paris route maker site .

Amsterdam, Holland to Paris is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. When traveling from Amsterdam in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Paris, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites
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Église Saint-Étienne-du-Mont ©
Église Saint-Étienne-du-Mont
La Madeleine
La Madeleine

4
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Monte Urgull and Monte Igueldo. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parte Vieja and Plaza de la Constitucion. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Zurriola Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Basque Coast Geopark, step off the mainland to explore Santa Clara Island, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Vicente.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Sebastian - Donostia trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Paris to San Sebastian - Donostia in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Paris in August since evenings lows in San Sebastian - Donostia dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Zurriola Beach ©
Zurriola Beach
Parte Vieja ©
Parte Vieja
La Concha Beach ©
La Concha Beach

4
nights
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux ©
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee d'Aquitaine and Musee du Vin et du Negoce. Visit St. Andre Cathedral and Pey-Berland Tower for their historical value. Explore Bordeaux's surroundings by going to Chateau de La Brede - Montesquieu (in La Brede), Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion (in Saint-Emilion) and Chateau Paloumey (in Ludon-Medoc). There's still lots to do: ponder the design of Monument aux Girondins, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Saint Ahon, steep yourself in history at Port of the Moon, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin Public.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bordeaux holiday builder .

You can drive from San Sebastian - Donostia to Bordeaux in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chateau de La Brede - Montesquieu, Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion, Chateau Paloumey
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Chateau Paloumey ©
Chateau Paloumey
Musee du Vin et du Negoce ©
Musee du Vin et du Negoce
St. Andre Cathedral ©
St. Andre Cathedral

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nights
La Rochelle, France

La Rochelle ©
Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musees des Automates / Modeles Reduits and Musee Maritime de La Rochelle. Kids will appreciate attractions like Phare de la Coubre and Aquarium La Rochelle. Take a break from La Rochelle with a short trip to Clocher Observatoire in Saint Martin de Re, about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Le Bunker de La Rochelle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Quartier du Gabut, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre-Dame de l'Esperance, and make a trip to Porte de la Grosse-Horloge.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the La Rochelle road trip planning tool .

Getting from Bordeaux to La Rochelle by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Bordeaux in August, plan for a bit cooler days in La Rochelle, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. On the 12th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Brest.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Phare de la Coubre, Clocher Observatoire
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Le Bunker de La Rochelle ©
Le Bunker de La Rochelle
Musee Maritime de La Rochelle ©
Musee Maritime de La Rochelle

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Brest, France

Brest ©
Brest is a city in the Finistère département in Brittany. Appreciate the collections at Musee national de la Marine and Musée des Beaux-Arts de Brest. Get some cultural insight at Chateau de la Roche-Jagu and Phare De Saint Mathieu. Step out of Brest with an excursion to Paroisse de Pleyben Paroisse in Pleyben--about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, shop like a local with Le Fonds Helene & Edouard Leclerc pour la Culture, kick back and relax at Plage du Moulin Blanc, and enjoy the sea views from Le Phare du Petit Minou.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Brest day trip app .

Drive from La Rochelle to Brest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from La Rochelle in August; daily highs in Brest reach 24°C and lows reach 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rouen.

Things to do in Brest

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Phare Saint-Mathieu, Chateau de la Roche-Jagu, Paroisse de Pleyben Paroisse, Le Phare du Petit Minou, Musee Des Beaux-Arts De Quimper
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Oceanopolis ©
Oceanopolis
Le Phare du Petit Minou ©
Le Phare du Petit Minou
Paroisse de Pleyben Paroisse ©
Paroisse de Pleyben Paroisse

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Rouen, France

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc, get to know the fascinating history of Rue du Gros-Horloge, contemplate the long history of Place de l'Aitre de St. Maclou, then don't miss a visit to Vieux, and finally make a trip to Rue Saint-Romain. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbatiale Saint-Ouen, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and then get to know the fascinating history of Cote Sainte-Catherine.

For maps and more tourist information, read our Rouen visit planning site .

Drive from Brest to Rouen in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to take a train back home.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Rue du Gros-Horloge ©
Rue du Gros-Horloge

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