19 days in France & San Sebastian - Donostia Itinerary

19 days in France & San Sebastian - Donostia Itinerary

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19 days in France & San Sebastian - Donostia Itinerary

Start: Amstelveen, Holland
Drive:  5​h 15​min
1
Paris, France
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
2
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Bordeaux, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
La Rochelle, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Brest, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Rouen, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
End: Amstelveen, Holland

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): head off the coast to Île de la Cité, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and finally shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary builder website .

Amstelveen, Holland to Paris is an approximately 5.5-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 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Champs-Elysees ©
Champs-Elysees

4
nights
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

San Sebastian - Donostia ©
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.
Santa Clara Island has been added to your itinerary. Family-friendly places like La Concha Beach and Zurriola Beach will thrill your kids. Get some cultural insight at Parte Vieja and Castillo de la Mota. And it doesn't end there: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, explore the world behind art at San Telmo Museoa, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Urgull, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Vicente.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Sebastian - Donostia trip maker site .

Getting from Paris to San Sebastian - Donostia by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Paris in August, San Sebastian - Donostia is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bordeaux.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

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

4
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Maison de la Nature and SuperCar RoadTrip. St. Andre Cathedral and Pey-Berland Tower will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, browse for treasures at La Petite Galerie de Bordeaux, look for all kinds of wild species at Domaine de la Burthe, and stroll around Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau).

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux online road trip 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. August in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Bordeaux

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Wine Tours & Tastings
St. Andre Cathedral ©
St. Andre Cathedral
Place de la Bourse (Place Royale) ©

3
nights
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.
On the 10th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port, brush up on your military savvy at Le Bunker de La Rochelle, then learn about all things military at Musee Maritime de La Rochelle, then examine the collection at Musees des Automates / Modeles Reduits, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquarium La Rochelle. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Rue Sur-les-Murs, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage des Minimes, browse the fresh offerings at Marche du Centre Ville, then steep yourself in history at Cathedrale St-Louis (La), and finally get engrossed in the history at New World Museum (Musee du Nouveau-Monde).

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the La Rochelle trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Bordeaux to La Rochelle by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Bordeaux in August, expect nights in La Rochelle to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Brest.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Vieux Port
Vieux Port
Aquarium La Rochelle ©
Aquarium La Rochelle

4
nights
Brest, France

Brest ©
Brest is a city in the Finistère département in Brittany. Head to Les Ateliers des Capucins Brest and Roi de bretagnefor plenty of shopping. Kids will enjoy Oceanopolis and Plage du Moulin Blanc. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Vallon du stang Alar, expand your understanding of the military at Base Navale de Brest, steep yourself in history at Tour de la Motte Tanguy, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin du Conservatoire Botanique National de Brest.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Brest trip maker tool .

Getting from La Rochelle to Brest by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from La Rochelle in August, things will get little chillier in Brest: highs are around 24°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Brest

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Oceanopolis ©
Oceanopolis
Plage du Moulin Blanc ©
Plage du Moulin Blanc
Eglise Saint Martin ©
Eglise Saint Martin

2
nights
Rouen, France

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, pause for some photo ops at Gros-Horloge, appreciate the extensive heritage of Rue du Gros-Horloge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Cahem, tour the pleasant surroundings at Roumare Forest, then engage your brain at Musee Maritime Fluvial et Portuaire de Rouen, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Maclou's Church, and finally take an in-depth tour of Historial Jeanne d’Arc.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rouen trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Brest to Rouen in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In August in Rouen, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Rue du Gros-Horloge ©
Rue du Gros-Horloge

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