15 days in France & Spain Itinerary

15 days in France & Spain Itinerary

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15 days in France & Spain Itinerary

Start: Lugano, Switzerland
Drive:  5​h 15​min
1
Lyon, France
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Sarlat-la-Caneda, France
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Arcachon, France
— 2 nights
4
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Bilbao, Spain
— 2 nights
6
Zaragoza, Spain
— 1 night
7
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
8
Perpignan, France
— Few hours
9
Arles, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Saint-Tropez, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
End: Lugano, Switzerland


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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.
To see other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Lyon trip planner .

Lugano, Switzerland to Lyon is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and tram; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. In June, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Golf Zoos & Aquariums
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or

1
night
Sarlat-la-Caneda, France

Sarlat-la-Caneda ©
Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sarlat-la-Caneda holiday planner.

Do a combination of tram and flight from Lyon to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of tram, flight, and train. Expect little chillier evenings in Sarlat-la-Caneda when traveling from Lyon in June, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Arcachon.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Roc de Cazelle
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Roc de Cazelle ©
Roc de Cazelle
Vieux Sarlat
Vieux Sarlat

2
nights
Arcachon, France

Arcachon ©
A popular beach resort town on the Atlantic coast, Arcachon offers you fine, sandy beaches and a particularly mild climate said to be favorable to people suffering from pulmonary diseases.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): get great views at Observatoire Sainte-Cecile.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Arcachon route planner.

You can drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Arcachon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Arcachon: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 18°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Wed) before leaving for San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Arcachon

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Parc de la Coccinelle
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Parc de la Coccinelle ©
Parc de la Coccinelle
La ville d'Hiver ©
La ville d'Hiver
Observatoire Sainte-Cecile ©
Observatoire Sainte-Cecile

few
hours
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take a stroll through Parte Vieja and then stroll through La Concha Beach.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Sebastian - Donostia trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Arcachon to San Sebastian - Donostia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in San Sebastian - Donostia are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Bilbao.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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La Concha Beach ©
La Concha Beach
Parte Vieja ©
Parte Vieja

2
nights
Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bilbao trip planner .

Getting from San Sebastian - Donostia to Bilbao by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 19°C. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Zaragoza.

Things to do in Bilbao

Nature Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
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San Juan de Gaztelugatxe ©
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
Room Escape Games
La Ribera Market ©
La Ribera Market

1
night
Zaragoza, Spain

Zaragoza ©
The city of Zaragoza is known as the City of Four Cultures for its interwoven history of Iberian, Roman, Moorish, and Christian influences.
On the 5th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Monasterio de Piedra and then don't miss a visit to El Tubo.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Zaragoza journey website .

Getting from Bilbao to Zaragoza by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bilbao in July: highs in Zaragoza hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Zaragoza

Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Monasterio de Piedra ©
Monasterio de Piedra
Room Escape Games
Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar ©

3
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On your second day here, don't miss a visit to The Magic Fountain, then appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona trip planner .

You can take a train from Zaragoza to Barcelona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Zaragoza in July, expect nights in Barcelona to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are slightly colder, around 34°C. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Perpignan.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

few
hours
Perpignan, France

Perpignan is a city, a commune, and the capital of the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France. On the 9th (Tue), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then contemplate the long history of Cathedrale St-Jean, then get great views at Castillet, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Perpignan day trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Barcelona to Perpignan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Perpignan

Fun & Games Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet
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Cathedrale St-Jean ©
Cathedrale St-Jean
Castillet ©
Castillet

1
night
Arles, France

Arles ©
Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Arles online holiday planner .

You can drive from Perpignan to Arles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Arles can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Carrieres des Lumieres, Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau
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Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau ©
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres

3
nights
Saint-Tropez, France

Saint-Tropez ©
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Plage de l'Escalet and then kick back and relax at Plage de Pampelonne.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Saint-Tropez trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Arles to Saint-Tropez in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Plage de l'Escalet ©
Plage de l'Escalet
Cap Taillat ©
Cap Taillat
Plage de Pampelonne ©
Plage de Pampelonne

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