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:  14 h 30 min
1
Paris, France
— 6 nights
Train:  15 min
2
Versailles, France
— 1 night
Train + Shuttle:  6 h
3
Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 night
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  7 h 45 min
4
Bayonne, France
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
5
Biarritz, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  45 min
6
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
7
Bilbao, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: San Francisco, United States

6
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.
Eiffel Tower and Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Ile Saint-Louis and Paris Plage. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Epernay (Paul-Etienne Saint Germain, Avenue de Champagne, &more) and Reims (Basilique Saint-Remi & La Maison Mumm). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Musee Rodin, explore the world behind art at Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, take a stroll through Montmartre, and don't miss a visit to Champs-Elysees.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Paris trip planning website.

San Francisco, USA to Paris is an approximately 14.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Paris due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Versailles.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Epernay, Reims, Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Eglise Saint Pierre
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

1
night
Versailles, France

Versailles ©
Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): don't miss a visit to The Water Parterres, don't miss a visit to The Hall of Mirrors, make a trip to La Galerie des Batailles, then take in nature's colorful creations at L'Orangerie, then admire the landmark architecture of The Trianons & The Hamlet, and finally get engrossed in the history at Galerie des Carrosses.

Discover how to plan a Versailles trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Versailles is very close to Paris. In August, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Trianons & The Hamlet ©
The Trianons & The Hamlet
Académie Équestre de Versailles ©
Académie Équestre de Versailles
Galerie des Carrosses ©
Galerie des Carrosses

1
night
Mont-Saint-Michel, France

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): don't miss a visit to La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and then make a trip to La Grande Rue.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel online trip itinerary builder.

Do a combination of train and shuttle from Versailles to Mont-Saint-Michel in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Versailles in August, you will find days in Mont-Saint-Michel are a bit cooler (72°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Bayonne.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel ©
La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel ©
La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel

1
night
Bayonne, France

Bayonne ©
Bayonne is a city and commune and one of the two sub-prefectures of the department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of south-western France. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne, contemplate the long history of Maison Moulis, examine the collection at Musee du Jambon de Bayonne, then admire the landmark architecture of Eglise Saint-Andre, then look for gifts at Loreztia Boutik'expo, and finally take an in-depth tour of Basque Museum (Musee Basque).

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bayonne tour itinerary maker website.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayonne takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 63°F in Bayonne. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Biarritz.

Things to do in Bayonne

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Basque Museum (Musee Basque) ©
Basque Museum (Musee Basque)
Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne
Maison Moulis ©
Maison Moulis

3
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.
On the 9th (Sun), examine the collection at Chocolaterie-Musee Puyodebat and then kick back and relax at La Cote des Basques. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Miramar, head outdoors with La Grande Plage, stop by Mercado Les Halles, get engrossed in the history at Musee Asiatica, then pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Notre-Dame du Rocher - Église Sainte-Eugenie, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Phare de Biarritz.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Biarritz route planner.

Biarritz is very close to Bayonne. In August, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Biarritz

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Socoa Beach, Grande Plage, Chocolaterie-Musee Puyodebat, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
La Grande Plage ©
La Grande Plage
Phare de Biarritz ©
Phare de Biarritz
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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.
Let the collections at Cristobal Balenciaga Museum and Albaola, The Sea Factory of the Basques capture your imagination. Discover out-of-the-way places like Parte Vieja and Basilica de Santa Maria del Coro. Get out of town with these interesting San Sebastian - Donostia side-trips: Zumaia (Playa de Itzurun & Ermita de San Telmo) and Iglesia de San Salvador (in Getaria). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Urgull, step into the grandiose world of Castillo de la Mota, shop like a local with Mercado de la Bretxa, and wander the streets of La calle 31 de agosto.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Sebastian - Donostia tour itinerary planning site.

Drive from Biarritz to San Sebastian - Donostia in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in San Sebastian - Donostia, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Bilbao.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Zumaia, Getaria, Calle San Pedro, Santa Maria la Real, Albaola, The Sea Factory of the Basques
Highlights from your plan
Monte Urgull ©
Monte Urgull
Parte Vieja ©
Parte Vieja
Cristobal Balenciaga Museum ©
Cristobal Balenciaga Museum

3
nights
Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Get a sense of the local culture at Bodega La Rioja Alta S.A. and Ermita de la Virgen del Mar. Head to La Ribera Market and Paragueria Leozfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Bilbao: Haro (Church of Santo Tomas, Bodegas Muga, &more), Santander (Playa del Camello, Playa de El Puntal, &more) and Castillo de Sajazarra (in Sajazarra). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de Santiago, appreciate the history behind Puppy, see the interesting displays at Museo de Reproducciones de Bilbao - Bilboko Berreginen Museoa, and step into the grandiose world of Palacio de la Diputacion.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bilbao trip planner.

You can take a bus from San Sebastian - Donostia to Bilbao in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August in Bilbao, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bilbao

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Haro, Santander, Castillo de Sajazarra
Highlights from your plan
La Ribera Market ©
La Ribera Market
Bodega La Rioja Alta S.A. ©
Bodega La Rioja Alta S.A.
Bodegas Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia ©
Bodegas Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia

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