16 days in France & San Sebastian - Donostia Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
Chalons-en-Champagne, France
— 2 nights
Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 2 nights
Villeneuve-les-Avignon, France
— 3 nights
Marseille, France
— 1 night


Paris, France — 3 nights

City of Light

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Place des Vosges and 1st Arrondissement. There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville, make a trip to Le Trocadero et son esplanade, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Tuileries.

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Los Angeles, USA to Paris is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Paris is 9 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, expect Paris to be a bit cooler, temps between 64°F and 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Chalons-en-Champagne.
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Chalons-en-Champagne, France — 2 nights

Châlons-en-Champagne is a city in France. On the 20th (Sat), learn about winemaking at Moet et Chandon, learn about winemaking at Paul-Etienne Saint Germain, do a tasting at Bulles et Bonheur champagne Elodie D, then learn about winemaking at Champagne Pierre Morlet, then learn about winemaking at Champagne Thierry Rodez, and finally appreciate the history behind Statue de Jean Talon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Champagne De Castellane, pause for some serene contemplation at Abbaye Saint-Pierre d'Hautvillers, then do a tasting at Champagne Leclerc Briant, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame-en-Vaux, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Alpin.

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You can drive from Paris to Chalons-en-Champagne in 2.5 hours. May in Chalons-en-Champagne sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux, France — 2 nights

The Port of the Moon

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 22nd (Mon): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, learn about winemaking at Chateau Cantenac, and then learn about winemaking at Chateau Beaurang. On your second day here, appreciate the history behind Porte Dijeaux, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Public, then make a trip to Monument aux Girondins, then get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, and finally make a trip to Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux.

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Drive from Chalons-en-Champagne to Bordeaux in 7.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Bordeaux when traveling from Chalons-en-Champagne in May, with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Sebastian - Donostia.
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain — 2 nights

Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Calle San Pedro, don't miss a visit to Muralla de Hondarribia, and then expand your understanding of the military at Castillo de la Mota. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

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Getting from Bordeaux to San Sebastian - Donostia by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in May, and nighttime lows around 54°F. On the 26th (Fri), you're off to Villeneuve-les-Avignon.
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Villeneuve-les-Avignon, France — 3 nights

Villeneuve-lès-Avignon is a commune in the Gard department in southern France. Step off the beaten path and head to Roman Theatre of Orange and Fort Saint-Andre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Villeneuve-les-Avignon: L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (Musee La Filaventure - Brun de Vian-Tiran, Waterwheel Circuit, &more). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de l'abbaye Saint-Andre, admire the masterpieces at Musee Pierre-de-Luxembourg, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and do a tasting at Chateau de la Gardine.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from San Sebastian - Donostia to Villeneuve-les-Avignon. While traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Villeneuve-les-Avignon, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Marseille.
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Marseille, France — 1 night

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 29th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor.

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You can drive from Villeneuve-les-Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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France travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Art Museums
You'll feel the sun getting bigger and brighter the closer you get to Provence on the Mediterranean. When you glimpse your first red-tiled roof, you'll know you've entered the south, filled with vineyards, cypresses, and the crisp, inviting scent of lavender and rosemary. Since before the Roman Empire, Provence has been a vibrant community, partially due to its intensely bright sunlight--bathing the people in its radiance, as well as soaking sunflowers, olive groves, vineyards, and purple lavender fields with its warm rays. Breezy, star-filled nights set the mood for a romantic vacation highlighted by a moonlit stroll, a dramatic performance at the theater, or dynamic nightlife decked out in the height of fashion at the trendiest nightclubs.

Since Provence is a historical province, some people include the French Riviera as part of the region, because it shares the cultural and linguistic identity unique to Provence, while others view the area north of Cannes as separate from the region.

Joining the Mediterranean Sea, and flanked by the Rhône River and the Alps, this region captivated master artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Cézanne. If included on an itinerary, it will do the same for you, with its tranquil gardens, mysterious caves, rustic vistas, Roman ruins, and enchanting old harbors. You can enjoy the finer things in life here, like searching for that special something at the area boutiques, visiting the workshop of a local artisan for authentic regional arts and crafts, and learning historical tidbits from a resident's perspective by antiquing in the country's best stores. Like its native Provençal inhabitants, you too can enjoy world-class people watching. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of a major celeb or two followed by the relentless paparazzi, all while sitting at an outdoor café overlooking any one of the magnificent Mediterranean marinas, one of the most quintessential things to do in the region.