21 days in France & Spain Itinerary

21 days in France & Spain Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe vacation planner
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Paris, France
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Epernay, France
— 6 nights
Drive
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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, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris driving holiday planner.

San Francisco, USA to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 9 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. On the 26th (Fri), you'll travel to Epernay.
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Epernay: Nigloland, Parc D'Attractions & Hotel (in Dolancourt), Champagne Alain Mercier et Fils (in Passy-sur-Marne) and Troyes (Jardin de L'hotel Juvenal des Ursins, Ruelle des Chats, &more). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Champagne Fallet-Dart and savor the flavors at Henri CHAUVET Wine Tours.

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You can drive from Paris to Epernay in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Paris in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Epernay, with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.
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Paris, France — 3 nights

City of Light

You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). Enjoy Paris some more: make a trip to Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and walk around Luxembourg Gardens.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Paris online tour planner.

Getting from Epernay to Paris by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Sebastian - Donostia.
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Sebastian - Donostia: Cuevas de Astitz (in Astitz), Templo de la Antigua (in Zumarraga) and Pamplona (Archivo Real y General de Navarra, Catedral de Pamplona, &more). Dedicate the 6th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at La Concha Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Monte Igueldo, take advantage of the amenities at Ondarreta Beach, and stop by Parte Vieja.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Sebastian - Donostia day trip website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Paris to San Sebastian - Donostia takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Paris in September since evenings lows in San Sebastian - Donostia dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Bilbao.
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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.
When in Bilbao, make a side trip to see San Juan de Gaztelugatxe in Bermeo, approximately Bermeo away. Dedicate the 13th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, take in the views from Puente Zubizuri, take a stroll through Casco Viejo, and catch some excitement at La Ribera Market.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bilbao day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from San Sebastian - Donostia to Bilbao takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Paris.
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Paris, France — 1 night

City of Light

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Paris trip planner.

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 24°C and lows about 13°C. On the 14th (Wed), you're off to home.
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France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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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Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Architectural Buildings · Nightlife
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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