19 days in France & San Sebastian - Donostia Itinerary

19 days in France & San Sebastian - Donostia Itinerary

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1
Paris, France
— 1 night
2
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 4 nights
3
Bordeaux, France
— 4 nights
4
La Rochelle, France
— 3 nights
5
Brest, France
— 4 nights
6
Rouen, France
— 2 nights

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Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
On the 31st (Wed), take a stroll through Île de la Cité, thencontemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, thenadmire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris planning website.

Amstelveen, The Netherlands to Paris is an approximately 5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Amstelveen in July, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around °C, while days are a bit warmer, around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Sebastian - Donostia.

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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Champs-Elysees ©
Champs-Elysees

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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

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've now added Santa Clara Island to your itinerary. Get some historical perspective at Castillo de la Mota and Buen Pastor Cathedral. You'll get in some beach time at La Concha Beach and Zurriola Beach. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Urgull, explore the historical opulence of Miramar Palace, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Sebastian - Donostia online itinerary maker.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Paris to San Sebastian - Donostia in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Sebastian - Donostia, with lows of °C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Bordeaux.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

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La Concha Beach ©
La Concha Beach
Parte Vieja ©
Parte Vieja

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Bordeaux, France

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore La Petite Galerie de Bordeaux and La Cite du Vin. Attractions like Maison de la Nature and Place de la Bourse make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: stroll around Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau), learn something new at L.O Wine, hunt for treasures at Marche de Thouars, and look for all kinds of wild species at Domaine de la Burthe.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux online vacation planner.

You can drive from San Sebastian - Donostia to Bordeaux in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August in Bordeaux, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to La Rochelle.

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Place de la Bourse ©
Place de la Bourse
St. Andre Cathedral ©
St. Andre Cathedral

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La Rochelle, France

La Rochelle
Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port, learn about all things military at Le Bunker de La Rochelle, thenlearn about all things military at Musee Maritime de La Rochelle, thenexamine the collection at Musees des Automates / Modeles Reduits, and finally meet the residents at Aquarium La Rochelle. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Rue Sur-les-Murs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage des Minimes, thenpick up some local products at Marche du Centre Ville, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Louis (La), and finally get engrossed in the history at New World Museum (Musee du Nouveau-Monde).

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the La Rochelle driving holiday app.

You can drive from Bordeaux to La Rochelle in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Bordeaux in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in La Rochelle: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Brest.

Things to do in La Rochelle

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Vieux Port
Vieux Port
Aquarium La Rochelle ©
Aquarium La Rochelle
New World Museum (Musee du Nouveau-Monde) ©

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Brest, France

Brest ©
Brest is a city in the Finistère département in Brittany. Get some cultural insight at Musee national de la Marine and Eglise Saint-Michel. Do your shopping at Roi de bretagne and Les Ateliers des Capucins Brest. There's still lots to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oceanopolis, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin du Conservatoire Botanique National de Brest, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Louis de Brest, and appreciate the views at Vallon du stang Alar.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Brest tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Brest takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from La Rochelle in August, things will get slightly colder in Brest: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rouen.

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Oceanopolis ©
Oceanopolis
Room Escape Games
Eglise Saint Martin ©
Eglise Saint Martin

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Rouen, France

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 16th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, steep yourself in history at Gros-Horloge, get a taste of the local shopping with Rue du Gros-Horloge, thenadmire the striking features of Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc, and finally admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): get in on the family fun at Cahem, delve into the lush surroundings at Roumare Forest, engage your brain at Musee Maritime Fluvial et Portuaire de Rouen, thenadmire the landmark architecture of St. Maclou's Church, and finally get engrossed in the history at Historial Jeanne d’Arc.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rouen day trip site.

You can drive from Brest to Rouen in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In August in Rouen, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Rouen

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Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Rue du Gros-Horloge ©
Rue du Gros-Horloge

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