24 days in France, Spain & Budapest Itinerary

24 days in France, Spain & Budapest Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
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Toulouse, France
— 3 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
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Bayonne, France
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Biarritz, France
— 6 nights
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 1 night
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Bilbao, Spain
— 6 nights
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Budapest, Hungary

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Danube

You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, test the waters at a local thermal spa, and contemplate the long history of Dohány Street Synagogue.

For maps and more tourist information, go to the Budapest road trip planning app.

Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine to Budapest is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kyiv (Kiev) to Budapest due to the time zone difference. December in Budapest sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Toulouse.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Tours
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Toulouse, France

— 3 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): make a trip to Le Capitole, admire the masterpieces at Galerie 21 Toulouse, then explore the world behind art at Musee des Augustins, then take in the views from Pont Neuf, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Les Jacobins. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, pick up some local products at Marche Victor Hugo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Toulouse online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Toulouse takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Budapest in December: high temperatures in Toulouse hover around 13°C and lows are around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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Bordeaux, France

— 3 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.
Change things up with a short trip to La Grande Dune du Pilat in Pyla-sur-Mer (about 1h 10 min away). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Place de la Bourse, admire the striking features of Tour Pey-Berland, take a stroll through Promenade Sainte Catherine, and see the interesting displays at La Cite du Vin.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bordeaux attractions planning app.

Traveling by car from Toulouse to Bordeaux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Bayonne.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

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Bayonne, France

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. You can plan Bayonne trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Drive from Bordeaux to Bayonne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Bayonne sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C at night. You will leave for Biarritz on the 21st (Tue).

Things to do in Bayonne

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Adventure
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Biarritz, France

— 6 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Biarritz: Hendaye (Scuba & Snorkeling, Plage d'Hendaye, &more), Les Grottes de Sare (in Sare) and Digue de Socoa (in Ciboure). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, get great views at Rocher de la Vierge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentier du Littoral, and enjoy the sand and surf at La Cote des Basques.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Biarritz online trip builder.

Biarritz is very close to Bayonne. In December, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Biarritz

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

— 1 night

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.
To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Sebastian - Donostia tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Biarritz to San Sebastian - Donostia by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in San Sebastian - Donostia can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. You will leave for Bilbao on the 28th (Tue).

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Nightlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks
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Bilbao, Spain

— 6 nights

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bilbao: Santander (Peninsula of Magdalena & Playa Primera de El Sardinero), Parque de la Naturaleza de Cabarceno (in Obregon) and Logrono (Bodegas Franco Espanolas & Calle del Laurel). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, explore the striking landscape at San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, head outdoors with San Mames Stadium, and look for gifts at Lupita.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Bilbao trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from San Sebastian - Donostia to Bilbao takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Bilbao sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Bilbao

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.