16 days in France & Bilbao Itinerary

16 days in France & Bilbao Itinerary

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Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, France
— 1 night
Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
Soorts-Hossegor, France
— 7 nights
Bilbao, Spain
— 3 nights
Limoges, France
— 1 night


Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, France — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Michel and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Fontevraud-l'Abbaye tour builder app.

Brussels, Belgium to Fontevraud-l'Abbaye is an approximately 6.5-hour car ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Brussels in July: highs in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Bordeaux.
Historic Sites
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Bordeaux, France — 2 nights

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.
Step out of Bordeaux to go to Pyla-sur-Mer and see La Grande Dune du Pilat, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and examine the collection at La Cite du Vin.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Fontevraud-l'Abbaye to Bordeaux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in July, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Soorts-Hossegor.
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games
Side Trip
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Soorts-Hossegor, France — 7 nights

You'll find plenty of places to visit near Soorts-Hossegor: Mimizan (Promenade Fleurie & Mimizan Plage), Sainte-Engrace (Grotte de La Verna & Les Gorges de Kakuetta) and Ecomuseum Marquèze (in Sabres).

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Soorts-Hossegor travel route website.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Soorts-Hossegor takes 2 hours. When traveling from Bordeaux in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Soorts-Hossegor, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bilbao.
Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Outdoors
Side Trips
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Bilbao, Spain — 3 nights

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Get out of town with these interesting Bilbao side-trips: San Sebastian - Donostia (Parte Vieja & La Concha Beach). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, don't miss a visit to Taberna Plaza Nueva, wander the streets of Casco Viejo, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Bilbao planning site.

You can drive from Soorts-Hossegor to Bilbao in 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Bilbao can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. On the 15th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Limoges.
Neighborhoods · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches
Side Trip
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Limoges, France — 1 night

Known for its medieval enamels on copper (Limoges enamels), its 19th-century porcelain (Limoges porcelain), and for its oak barrels used for Cognac production, Limoges has a creative flair with historic significance.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Gare de Limoges, steep yourself in history at Quartier de la Boucherie, and then take an in-depth tour of Oradour-sur-Glane.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Limoges trip maker tool.

Drive from Bilbao to Limoges in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Bilbao, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Limoges, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip
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France travel guide

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.