21 days in France & Spain Itinerary

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Nice, France
— 5 nights
Antibes, France
— 4 nights
Fly to Biarritz, Bus to San Sebastian - Donostia
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 5 nights
Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights


Nice, France — 5 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Explore hidden gems such as Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Place Garibaldi. Visit Castel Plage and Plage de la Lanterne for some beach relaxation. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and steep yourself in history at Monastère de Cimiez.

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Sydney, Australia to Nice is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Nice due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sydney in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Nice, with highs around 32°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Antibes.
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Antibes, France — 4 nights

Diamond of the French Riviera

Get a sense of the local culture at Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Chapelle Saint-Bernardin. Relax by the water at Plage de Sylvabelle and Plage de Vergeron. Explore Antibes' surroundings by going to Le Suquet (in Cannes) and Heraclee Beach (in La Croix-Valmer). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Plage des Ondes, take a stroll through La Croisette, stroll through Plage de la Gravette, and step off the mainland to explore Île Sainte-Marguerite.

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Drive from Nice to Antibes in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. August in Antibes sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to San Sebastian - Donostia.
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain — 5 nights

Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea

You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parte Vieja and Wine Tours & Tastings. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa de Zarautz and Ondarreta Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from San Sebastian - Donostia: Historic Center of Hondarribia (in Hondarribia), Monasterio de Zenarruza (in Ziortza-Bolibar) and Vitoria-Gasteiz (Catedral de Santa Maria, Anillo Verde, &more). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Zurriola Beach, take some stellar pictures from Monte Urgull, step into the grandiose world of Miramar Palace, and make a trip to Peine del Viento.

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Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Antibes to San Sebastian - Donostia takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Antibes in August, plan for slightly colder nights in San Sebastian - Donostia, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can fly to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 5 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Discover out-of-the-way places like CosmoCaixa Barcelona and Templo del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus. You'll get in some beach time at Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona and Badalona Beach. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, walk around Parc Guell, examine the collection at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC, and wander the streets of Barri de Gracia.

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Traveling by flight from San Sebastian - Donostia to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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France travel guide

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.

Spain travel guide

Beaches · Nightlife · Architectural Buildings
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.