16 days in France, Spain & Amsterdam Itinerary

16 days in France, Spain & Amsterdam Itinerary

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16 days in France, Spain & Amsterdam Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+3
Fly + Foot + Bus + Train:  6 h
1
La Coruna, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Gijon, Spain
— 5 nights
Drive:  6 h
3
Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
La Rochelle, France
— Few hours
Train:  3 h 30 min
5
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
6
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands


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2
nights
La Coruna, Spain

La Coruna ©
A Coruña is a city and municipality of Galicia, Spain. On the 21st (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Monte de San Pedro. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de Santiago, then enjoy the sea views from Tower of Hercules (Torre de Hercules), then kick back and relax at Playa de Riazor, and finally wander the streets of Centro Historico de Betanzos.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our La Coruna trip itinerary maker site .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to La Coruna is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Amsterdam in December, expect La Coruna to be a bit warmer, temps between 57°F and 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Gijon.

Things to do in La Coruna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Playa de Santa Cristina, Centro Historico de Betanzos
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Tower of Hercules (Torre de Hercules) ©
Monte de San Pedro ©
Monte de San Pedro
Playa de Santa Cristina ©
Playa de Santa Cristina

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Gijon, Spain

Gijon ©
Gijón, or '' is the largest city and municipality in the autonomous community of Asturias in Spain. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ruta'l Quesu y la Sidra and San Pedro Church. Relax by the water at Playa de San Lorenzo and Playa de Toro. Get out of town with these interesting Gijon side-trips: Santa Cueva de Covadognga (in Covadonga), Cuevas de Tito Bustillo (in Ribadesella) and Beach of La Franca (in La Franca). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa de Cuevas del Mar, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Julian de los Prados, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monasterio de San Juan de Corias.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Gijon online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from La Coruna to Gijon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in December, and nighttime lows around 44°F. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Gijon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Llanes, San Julian de los Prados, Santa Cueva de Covadonga, Beach of La Franca, Ruta'l Quesu y la Sidra
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Beach of La Franca ©
Beach of La Franca
Playa de San Lorenzo
Playa de San Lorenzo
Playa de Cuevas del Mar ©
Playa de Cuevas del Mar

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Porte Cailhau, then make a trip to The Water Mirror, then make a trip to Place de la Bourse (Place Royale), and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bordeaux trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Gijon to Bordeaux in 6 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Gijon in December, things will get little chillier in Bordeaux: highs are around 50°F and lows about 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Tours Historic Sites
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Food Tours
Place de la Bourse ©
Place de la Bourse
Porte Cailhau ©
Porte Cailhau

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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): make a trip to Tour de la Lanterne and then kick back and relax at Plage de Chatelaillon.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the La Rochelle trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Bordeaux to La Rochelle in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. December in La Rochelle sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Plage de Chatelaillon
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Plage de Chatelaillon ©
Plage de Chatelaillon

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Arc de Triomphe. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Le Marais, get a taste of the local shopping with Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre.

To find out how to plan a trip to Paris, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from La Rochelle to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from La Rochelle in December: high temperatures in Paris hover around 47°F and lows are around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Montmartre ©
Montmartre

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Begijnhof, take a stroll through The Jordaan, and then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at ARTIS and then sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by train from Paris to Amsterdam takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Zandvoort aan Zee
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan
De Duif ©
De Duif

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