20 days in France, Geneva & Basque Country Itinerary

20 days in France, Geneva & Basque Country Itinerary

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20 days in France, Geneva & Basque Country Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  10​h
1
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h
2
Strasbourg, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Lyon, France
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 30​min
5
Aix-en-Provence, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Biarritz, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
8
Bilbao, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h
End: Toronto, Canada

4
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Musee des impressionnismes, Palace of Versailles, Louvre Museum, and other attractions you added. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Musee du Parfum - Fragonard.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary builder website .

Toronto, Canada to Paris is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET) is 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Musee des impressionnismes, Palace of Versailles, Chateau of Champs-sur-Marne
Highlights from your plan
Latin Quarter ©
Latin Quarter
Musee du Parfum - Fragonard ©
Musee du Parfum - Fragonard
Musee des impressionnismes ©
Musee des impressionnismes

3
nights
Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg ©
Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Museum Œuvre Notre-Dame has been added to your itinerary. Popular historic sites such as Notre-Dame du Bischenberg and Le Puits a Six Seaux are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Chateau d'Andlau and Eglise Saints-Pierre-et-Paul de Rosheim. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Jean.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Strasbourg trip maker app .

Traveling by train from Paris to Strasbourg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 18°C. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Le Puits a Six Seaux, Eglise Saints-Pierre-et-Paul de Rosheim, Chateau d'Andlau, Notre-Dame du Bischenberg
Highlights from your plan
Eglise Saint-Jean ©
Eglise Saint-Jean
Eglise Saints-Pierre-et-Paul de Rosheim ©
Chateau d'Andlau ©
Chateau d'Andlau

2
nights
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): look for gifts at La Chocolaterie de Geneve, delve into the distant past at Roman Columns, contemplate the long history of Prangins Castle, see the interesting displays at Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde, then take a leisurely stroll along Pointe de la Jonction, and finally shop like a local with MB&F M.A.D.Gallery. On the next day, examine the collection at Barbier-Mueller Museum (Musee Barbier-Mueller) and then explore the world behind art at Collections Baur, Musee des Arts d’Extreme-Orient.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Geneva journey planner .

You can drive from Colmar to Geneva in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Avignon.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Prangins Castle, Roman Columns
Highlights from your plan
Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde ©
Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde
Prangins Castle ©
Prangins Castle

1
night
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Musée l'Organe, take an in-depth tour of Musee de l'Imprimerie de Lyon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Georges, take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Histoire de Lyon, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Nizier, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Bonaventure.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lyon trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Geneva to Lyon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Musée l'Organe
Highlights from your plan
Musee de l'Imprimerie de Lyon ©
Musee de l'Imprimerie de Lyon
Eglise Saint Nizier ©
Eglise Saint Nizier
Musee d'Histoire de Lyon ©
Musee d'Histoire de Lyon

3
nights
Aix-en-Provence, France

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles as well as Musee Granet. Explore hidden gems such as Gallifet and Eglise Saint-Jean-de-Malte. Site Granet XXe, Collection Jean Planque and Le Tour de l'Horloge are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's more to do: hunt for treasures at Farmers' Markets.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Aix-en-Provence road trip planning website .

Take a train from Lyon to Aix-en-Provence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of tram and flight. July in Aix-en-Provence sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Biarritz.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles
Highlights from your plan
Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles ©
Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles
Eglise Saint-Jean-de-Malte ©
Eglise Saint-Jean-de-Malte

2
nights
Biarritz, France

Biarritz ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): get outside with La Grande Plage and then kick back and relax at Plage du Miramar. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Basque Museum (Musee Basque) and then make a trip to Chapelle Imperiale.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Biarritz tour itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Toulouse to Biarritz in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Toulouse in July, you will find days in Biarritz are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Biarritz

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Basque Museum (Musee Basque)
Highlights from your plan
La Grande Plage ©
La Grande Plage
Basque Museum (Musee Basque) ©
Basque Museum (Musee Basque)
Chapelle Imperiale ©
Chapelle Imperiale

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cristobal Balenciaga Museum, Miramar Palace and San Telmo Museoa. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at San Telmo Museoa, then explore the historical opulence of Miramar Palace, and then see the interesting displays at Cristobal Balenciaga Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Sebastian - Donostia attractions website .

Drive from Biarritz to San Sebastian - Donostia in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in San Sebastian - Donostia sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Bilbao.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cristobal Balenciaga Museum
Highlights from your plan
San Telmo Museoa ©
San Telmo Museoa
Cristobal Balenciaga Museum ©
Cristobal Balenciaga Museum
Miramar Palace ©
Miramar Palace

1
night
Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Torre Loizaga, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Santa Maria, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Sagrado Corazón, then get lost in a book at Biblioteca Central de Bidebarrieta, and finally stop by Martina de Zuricalday Pastry Shops.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Bilbao trip builder site .

Take a bus from San Sebastian - Donostia to Bilbao in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Bilbao are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Bilbao

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Torre Loizaga, Basilica de Santa Maria
Highlights from your plan
Basilica de Santa Maria ©
Basilica de Santa Maria
Torre Loizaga ©
Torre Loizaga
Iglesia del Sagrado Corazón ©
Iglesia del Sagrado Corazón

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