20 days in France, San Sebastian - Donostia & Bilbao Itinerary

20 days in France, San Sebastian - Donostia & Bilbao Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly + Train:  14 h 30 min
1
Paris, France
— 7 nights
Train + Bus:  5 h 15 min
2
Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  7 h 45 min
3
Biarritz, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
4
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
5
Bilbao, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: San Francisco, United States

7
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Musee Somme 1916. Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and The Paris Catacombs are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Rouen (Historial Jeanne d’Arc, Rue du Gros-Horloge, &more) and Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens (in Amiens). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, see the interesting displays at Musee Nissim de Camondo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse, and admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

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San Francisco, USA to Paris is an approximately 14.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of subway and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Paris due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Paris, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Rouen, Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, Musee Somme 1916
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

2
nights
Mont-Saint-Michel, France

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 7th (Fri), make a trip to Tour du Nord, take an in-depth tour of Musée Historique du Mont Saint Michel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, make a trip to Porte du Boulevard, then don't miss a visit to La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel, and finally contemplate the long history of Maison de l'Artichaut. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle Saint-Aubert, make a trip to Tour Gabriel, don't miss a visit to Tour de L'Arcade, then make a trip to La Grande Rue, then see the interesting displays at Archeoscope du Mont Saint Michel, and finally don't miss a visit to Grand Degre.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel itinerary builder.

Getting from Paris to Mont-Saint-Michel by combination of train and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Paris in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mont-Saint-Michel: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Biarritz.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Eglise Notre-Dame-des-Champs, Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes
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Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Chapelle Saint-Aubert ©
Chapelle Saint-Aubert
Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes ©
Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Planete Musee du Chocolat Biarritz, stroll through La Cote des Basques, make a trip to Rocher de la Vierge, then take an in-depth tour of Musee Asiatica, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Notre-Dame du Rocher - Église Sainte-Eugenie. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with La Grande Plage and then get engrossed in the history at Basque Museum (Musee Basque).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Biarritz day trip site.

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Biarritz by combination of train, bus, and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in August since evenings lows in Biarritz dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Biarritz

Museums Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Basque Museum (Musee Basque)
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Planete Musee du Chocolat Biarritz ©
Planete Musee du Chocolat Biarritz
Basque Museum (Musee Basque) ©
Basque Museum (Musee Basque)
Musee Asiatica ©
Musee Asiatica

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Zurriola Beach and Playa de Hondarribia. Do some cultural sightseeing at Parte Vieja and La calle 31 de agosto. The adventure continues: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica de Santa Maria del Coro, kick back and relax at La Concha Beach, and take in the awesome beauty at Monte Urgull.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Sebastian - Donostia road trip planning app.

Drive from Biarritz to San Sebastian - Donostia in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in San Sebastian - Donostia can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Bilbao.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hondarribia
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Parte Vieja ©
Parte Vieja
Zurriola Beach ©
Zurriola Beach
Monte Urgull ©
Monte Urgull

3
nights
Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Puppy, then admire the masterpieces at Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, then examine the collection at Museo Maritimo Ria de Bilbao, and finally admire the masterpieces at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Euskal Museoa Bilbao Basque Museum, make a trip to Taberna Plaza Nueva, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de San Anton, catch some excitement at La Ribera Market, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de Santiago, and finally stop by Paragueria Leoz.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Bilbao trip planner.

Traveling by bus from San Sebastian - Donostia to Bilbao takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 62°F. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Bilbao

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Torre Loizaga
Highlights from your plan
Bilbao Fine Arts Museum ©
Bilbao Fine Arts Museum
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao ©
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
La Ribera Market ©
La Ribera Market

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