17 days in France & Spain Itinerary

17 days in France & Spain Itinerary

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Tours, France
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Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
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Hondarribia, Spain
— 3 nights
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Bilbao, Spain
— 2 nights
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Santander, Spain
— 2 nights
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 2 nights
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La Rochelle, France
— 1 night
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Chinon, France
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Rouen, France
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal d'Amboise.

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Brussels, Belgium to Tours is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can take a train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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.
On the 2nd (Sun), make a trip to Place du Parlement, then make a trip to The Water Mirror, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bordeaux online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tours to Bordeaux takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. August in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hondarribia.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites

Hondarribia, Spain

— 3 nights
Hondarribia is a town situated on the west shore of Bidasoa river's mouth, in Gipuzkoa, in Basque Country, Spain.The border town is sited on a little promontory facing Hendaye over the Txingudi bay. Explore Hondarribia's surroundings by going to Cuevas de Urdazubi Urdax (in Urdazubi-Urdax) and Zugarramurdi (Museo de las Brujas de Zugarramurdi & Cuevas de Zugarramurdi). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Historic Center of Hondarribia, make a trip to Plaza de Armas, enjoy the sea views from Higer Lighthouse, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jaizkibel.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hondarribia trip planner.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Hondarribia in 3 hours. In August in Hondarribia, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bilbao.

Things to do in Hondarribia

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Bilbao, Spain

— 2 nights

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
On the 6th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo and then explore the striking landscape at San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. On your second day here, savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

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You can drive from Hondarribia to Bilbao in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. August in Bilbao sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Santander.

Things to do in Bilbao

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Santander, Spain

— 2 nights

Spain's Most Elegant City

Known for its prime north coast location and elegant city center, Santander remains the central destination for tourism and commerce in the whole Cantabrian region.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque de la Naturaleza de Cabarceno. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Peninsula of Magdalena.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Santander road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bilbao to Santander takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Bilbao in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Santander, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Santander

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): stroll through Monte Urgull, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de la Mota, don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Constitucion, then visit Parte Vieja, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): make a trip to Peine del Viento, then take in the awesome beauty at Monte Igueldo, then kick back and relax at Ondarreta Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at La Concha Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Sebastian - Donostia journey planner.

You can drive from Santander to San Sebastian - Donostia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in San Sebastian - Donostia, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Parks · Nature · Tours · Beaches

La Rochelle, France

— 1 night

White City

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 12th (Wed): make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle, observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium La Rochelle, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port. On your second day here, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then visit a coastal fixture at Phare des Baleines, then don't miss a visit to Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re, and finally stop by Les Papas Confituriers.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our La Rochelle trip planning app.

Getting from San Sebastian - Donostia to La Rochelle by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Chinon.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Chinon, France

— 2 nights
On the banks of the Vienne River, Chinon offers access to a rich wine area in the Loire Valley.
On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Château de l'Islette, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, and then explore the ancient world of Chapelle Sainte Radegonde.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Chinon trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Chinon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Chinon

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rouen, France

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, then pause for some photo ops at Gros-Horloge, and then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rouen online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Chinon to Rouen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Rouen can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Historic Sites

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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

4.5
Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
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.