16 days in France, San Sebastian - Donostia & Barcelona Itinerary

16 days in France, San Sebastian - Donostia & Barcelona Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Tours, France
— 1 night
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Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Paris, France

— 5 nights

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.
Louvre Museum and Atelier des Lumieres will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, explore the different monuments and memorials at Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and examine the collection at Musee du Parfum - Fragonard.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Paris planning app.

Bogota, Colombia to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Standard Time (COT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in July: high temperatures in Paris hover around 30°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Tours.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Tours, France

— 1 night

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
For ratings and tourist information, read Tours trip planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Tours in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. July in Tours sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Tours

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping

Bordeaux, France

— 2 nights

The Port of the Moon

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take a stroll through Port of the Moon, then get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, and then see the interesting displays at Musee d'Aquitaine.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Bordeaux attractions planner.

You can take a train from Tours to Bordeaux in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in July, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

— 2 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Albaola, The Sea Factory of the Basques and Chillida Leku. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at La Concha Beach and La calle 31 de agosto. There's still lots to do: take advantage of the amenities at Ondarreta Beach, make a trip to Plaza de Guipuzkoa, step into the grandiose world of Miramar Palace, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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You can drive from Bordeaux to San Sebastian - Donostia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in San Sebastian - Donostia are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Barcelona, Spain

— 4 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Popular historic sites such as Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and El Barri Gòtic are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ciutat Vella and El Born. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Casa Vicens, steep yourself in history at Palau Reial Major, wander the streets of Las Ramblas, and admire the striking features of Casa Batllo.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Barcelona online day trip planner.

You can fly from San Sebastian - Donostia to Barcelona in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Barcelona: highs are around 34°C and lows about 25°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

France travel guide

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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.