21 days in France & Spain Itinerary

21 days in France & Spain Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe holiday planner

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Paris, France
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Epernay, France
— 6 nights
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly to Biarritz, Bus to San Sebastian - Donostia
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 6 nights
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Bilbao, Spain
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France

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.
To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Paris vacation planner.

San Francisco, USA to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Paris, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect Paris to be slightly colder, temps between 70°F and 53°F. On the 11th (Sat), you're off to Epernay.

Things to do in Paris

Nightlife · Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 12:

Epernay, France

— 6 nights

Capital of Champagne

Best known for its Champagne production, Épernay is a small town featuring several famous brands, including Moët & Chandon, that have been aged in the miles of tunneled cellars carved from chalk rock beneath the town.
Change things up with these side-trips from Epernay: Champagne Alain Mercier et Fils (in Passy-sur-Marne), Nigloland, Parc D'Attractions & Hotel (in Dolancourt) and Troyes (Jardin de L'hotel Juvenal des Ursins, Ruelle des Chats, &more). It doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Cite du Champagne and savor the flavors at Henri CHAUVET Wine Tours.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Epernay online trip builder.

Getting from Paris to Epernay by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Paris in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Epernay, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Epernay

Wineries · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 17:

Paris, France

— 3 nights

City of Light

Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). Explore Paris further: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle, and steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris travel route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Epernay to Paris takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:

San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

— 6 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Sebastian - Donostia: Templo de la Antigua (in Zumarraga), Pamplona (Archivo Real y General de Navarra, Catedral de Pamplona, &more) and Cuevas de Astitz (in Astitz). Dedicate the 22nd (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Concha Beach, step into the grandiose world of Castillo de la Mota, and stop by Parte Vieja.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Sebastian - Donostia online day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Paris to San Sebastian - Donostia takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Sebastian - Donostia, with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bilbao.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Tours · Parks · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 26:

Bilbao, Spain

— 3 nights

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Go for a jaunt from Bilbao to Bermeo to see San Juan de Gaztelugatxe about 42 minutes away. Dedicate the 29th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, experience the excitement of La Ribera Market, snap pictures at Puente Zubizuri, and pause for some photo ops at Puppy.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Bilbao trip tool.

Drive from San Sebastian - Donostia to Bilbao in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Bilbao sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Paris.

Things to do in Bilbao

Wineries · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:

Paris, France

— 1 night

City of Light

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip site.

Fly from Bilbao to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Bilbao in September, things will get slightly colder in Paris: highs are around 70°F and lows about 53°F. On the 30th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Nightlife · Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 29 — 30:

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.