60 days in South of France & San Sebastian - Donostia Itinerary

60 days in South of France & San Sebastian - Donostia Itinerary

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Nice, France
— 6 nights
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Lourdes, France
— 4 nights
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 19 nights
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Biarritz, France
— 4 nights
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Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, France
— 2 nights
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Rocamadour, France
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne, France
— 3 nights
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Arles, France
— 3 nights
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Zonza, France
— 1 night
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Bonifacio, France
— 3 nights
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Ajaccio, France
— 5 nights
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Calvi, France
— 6 nights
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Nice, France — 6 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Villa Kerylos and Promenade du Paillon. Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate and Monastère de Cimiez will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Forteresse Medievale De Gourdon (in Gourdon), Cannes (Île Sainte-Marguerite & Le Suquet) and Antibes (Port Vauban & Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Place Rossetti, explore the activities along Les Gorges du Verdon, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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Brisbane, Australia to Nice is an approximately 27-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Brisbane to Nice due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in June; daily highs in Nice reach 28°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Lourdes.
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Lourdes, France — 4 nights

Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Grotte de Massabielle and Cathedrale Sainte Marie. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lourdes: Cathedrale Sainte Marie (in Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges), Pau (Château de Pau & Boulevard des Pyrenees) and Escalier Monumental (in Auch City). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Basilique Saint-Pie X, admire the masterpieces at Chateau Fort of Lourdes, see the interesting displays at Moulin de Boly - Maison Natale de Bernadette, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parc Animalier Des Pyrenees.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lourdes trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Lourdes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nice in June since evenings lows in Lourdes dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Sebastian - Donostia.
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain — 19 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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa de Zarautz and Playa de Itzurun. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bodegas Lecea and Zurriola Beach. Explore San Sebastian - Donostia's surroundings by going to Iglesia-Fortaleza de Santa Maria de Ujue (in Ujue), Bilbao (Puppy, San Mames Stadium, &more) and Olite (Iglesia de Santa Maria la Real & Palacio Real de Olite). Dedicate the 27th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Bodegas Tritium, admire the masterpieces at San Telmo Museoa, step into the grandiose world of Miramar Palace, and admire the striking features of Basilica de Santa Maria del Coro.

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Traveling by car from Lourdes to San Sebastian - Donostia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Biarritz.
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Biarritz, France — 4 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Villa Arnaga and Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sentier Du Littoral and Promenade Jacques Thibaud. Get out of town with these interesting Biarritz side-trips: St. Andre Cathedral (in Bordeaux), Hendaye (Plage d'Hendaye & Chateau Observatoire Abbadia) and Arcachon (Observatoire Sainte-Cecile & La ville d'Hiver). There's much more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, enjoy the sea views from Phare de Biarritz, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Cote des Basques, and appreciate the history behind Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Biarritz attractions planning website.

You can drive from San Sebastian - Donostia to Biarritz in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Biarritz can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil.
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Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, France — 2 nights

Prehistoric Capital

Best known for its discovery of the first five skeletons of Cro-Magnons, the earliest known examples of Homo sapiens sapiens, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil is home to the rock shelter that held skeletons included a fetus, and remarkably modern looking skulls with a much rounder shape than the earlier Neanderthal.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac, then contemplate the long history of Chateau de Commarque, and finally explore the historical opulence of The Maison Forte de Reignac. On the next day, Head underground at Grotte de Font de Gaume, explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte de Rouffignac, then contemplate the long history of Grotte du Grand Roc, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Bonaguil.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Biarritz to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Biarritz in July, you will find days in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Rocamadour.
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Rocamadour, France — 2 nights

Balcony of the Dordogne Valley

Rocamadour is only accessible by one road leading into the port town built on the face of a cliff with a large number of buildings cantilevered over the edge.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): examine the collection at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac, Head underground at Grotte du Pech-Merle, and then trek along Chemin de Halage. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at La Foret des Singes, look for all kinds of wild species at Rocher des Aigles, then Head underground at Grottes de Lacave, and finally delve into the distant past at Ville de Martel.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rocamadour travel route app.

You can drive from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil to Rocamadour in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. July in Rocamadour sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne, France — 3 nights

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau Comtal and Chateaux de Lastours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cathar Castles and Rennes le chateau. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Château de Salses (in Salses-Le-Chateau), Narbonne (Cathedrale St-Just & Les Halles de Narbonne) and Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet (in Ille-sur-Tet). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Cathedrale St-Jean, take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire.

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You can drive from Rocamadour to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Rocamadour in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Carcassonne, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Arles.
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Arles, France — 3 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Step out of the city life by going to Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue and Pic Saint-Loup. Visit Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole and Site Archeologique de Glanum for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Arles: Tour Magne (in Nimes), La Bambouseraie en Cevennes (in Generargues) and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée & Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), steep yourself in history at Eglise St-Trophime, admire the masterpieces at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, and make a trip to Abbaye de Montmajour.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Arles tour planner.

Drive from Carcassonne to Arles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Zonza.
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Zonza, France — 1 night

Zonza is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica.GeographyZonza is located in the mountain chain of Barocagio-Marghese which extends to the south of the Incudine massif. On the 15th (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguilles de Bavella (Bavella Needles), take in the dramatic scenery at Cascades de Polischellu, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Piscines Naturelles de Cavu.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Zonza visit planning site.

Getting from Arles to Zonza by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. July in Zonza sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bonifacio.
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Bonifacio, France — 3 nights

At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
You'll get in some beach time at La Tonnara Beach and Plage De Roccapina. Step out of the city life by going to Off-Road Tours and Grottes de Bonifacio. Get out of town with these interesting Bonifacio side-trips: U Porcu Ranger (in Figari), Menhirs Paddaghhu (in Sartene) and Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Propriano). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Bastion de L'Etendard, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Sainte Marie Majeure, don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon, and stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bonifacio online day trip planner.

You can drive from Zonza to Bonifacio in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Bonifacio can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Ajaccio.
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Ajaccio, France — 5 nights

With a dreamy location on the west coast of the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, Ajaccio is a mecca of seaside summer tourism.
Get a sense of the local culture at Filitosa and Eglise du Sacre Coeur. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Plage du Lotu and Agosta Beach. Explore Ajaccio's surroundings by going to A Cupulatta (in Ucciani), Piana (D81, Calanques de Piana, &more) and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Propriano). Next up on the itinerary: get some jogging in at Sentier des Douaniers, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage Cupabia, and stop by Casa Napoleon Porticcio.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Ajaccio trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bonifacio to Ajaccio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Bonifacio in July: highs in Ajaccio hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Calvi.
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Calvi, France — 6 nights

Calvi is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica.It is the seat of the Canton of Calvi, which contains Calvi and one other commune, Lumio. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Plage de Bodri and Plage de Ghjunchitu. Shop till you drop at FRAGNU and Marche Couvert. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Calvi: Ile Rousse (Couvent Saint-Dominique & Phare de la Pietra), Vallée du Fango (in Galeria) and Belgodere (Eglise Saint-Thomas & Plage de Lozari). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Les Calanche Cliffs, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, delve into the lush surroundings at Gorges de la Restonica, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de Melo.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Calvi route site.

Getting from Ajaccio to Calvi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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