11 days in France, Bilbao & The Pyrenees Itinerary

11 days in France, Bilbao & The Pyrenees Itinerary

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11 days in France, Bilbao & The Pyrenees Itinerary

Start: Cardiff, United Kingdom
+2
train + shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Bilbao, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France
— 2 nights
3
Carcassonne Center, France
— 2 nights
4
Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Cardiff, United Kingdom

1
night
Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bilbao tour itinerary planning site .

Cardiff, UK to Bilbao is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Cardiff in July, you will find days in Bilbao are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Saint-Jean-de-Luz.

Things to do in Bilbao

Museums Beaches Outdoors
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Guggenheim Museum Bilbao ©
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Bilbao Fine Arts Museum
Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

2
nights
Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France

Saint-Jean-de-Luz is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in south-western France. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage des Alcyons, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Plage d'Hendaye, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Vincent-Diacre, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Saint-Jean-de-Luz trip planner .

Traveling by car from Bilbao to Saint-Jean-de-Luz takes 2 hours. In July in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Saint-Jean-de-Luz

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Hendaye, Plage des Alcyons, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Plage d'Hendaye ©
Plage d'Hendaye
Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste ©
Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste

2
nights
Carcassonne Center, France

Carcassonne Center ©
On the 24th (Wed), wander the streets of Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then step into the grandiose world of Cité de Carcassonne, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and finally indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne Center trip planner .

You can drive from Saint-Jean-de-Luz to Carcassonne Center in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Saint-Jean-de-Luz in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Carcassonne Center: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries

Side Trip

O'Vineyards
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards

2
nights
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux ©
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 26th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Chateau Cantenac and then look for all kinds of wild species at Réserve Ornithologique du Teich. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral, then learn about winemaking at Chateau Beaurang, then make a trip to Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion, and finally learn about winemaking at Chateau de Reignac.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux trip itinerary maker app .

You can take a train from Carcassonne Center to Bordeaux in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Wildlife Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Saint-Emilion, Chateau de Reignac, Réserve Ornithologique du Teich
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Chateau de Reignac ©
Chateau de Reignac
Réserve Ornithologique du Teich ©
Réserve Ornithologique du Teich
Chateau Cantenac ©
Chateau Cantenac

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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.
Get some historical perspective at Champs-Elysees and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Montmartre and Louvre Museum. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité.

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Take a train from Bordeaux to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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