9 days in France & Bilbao Itinerary

9 days in France & Bilbao Itinerary

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Saint-Nazaire, France
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Corgnac-sur-l'Isle, France
— 2 nights
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Bilbao, Spain
— 2 nights
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La Rochelle, France
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Saint-Nazaire, France — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Cite Medievale de Guerande, then take some stellar pictures from Front de Mer, and then take a tour of Sous-Marin l'Espadon.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Nazaire trip planner.

Selby, UK to Saint-Nazaire is an approximately 12-hour car ride. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Selby to Saint-Nazaire. In July, daily temperatures in Saint-Nazaire can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Corgnac-sur-l'Isle.
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Corgnac-sur-l'Isle, France — 2 nights

On the 9th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Hautefort, examine the collection at Musee d'Histoire de la Medecine, then explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte de Tourtoirac, and finally take a memorable tour with Velorail Perigord Vert.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Corgnac-sur-l'Isle road trip planner.

You can drive from Saint-Nazaire to Corgnac-sur-l'Isle in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Saint-Nazaire in July, you will find days in Corgnac-sur-l'Isle are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bilbao.
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Bilbao, Spain — 2 nights

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): kick back and relax at Sopelana Beach and then explore the world behind art at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see majestic marine mammals with Hegaluze, then take in the dramatic natural features at San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, and then take a stroll through Casco Viejo.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bilbao route planner.

Getting from Corgnac-sur-l'Isle to Bilbao by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to La Rochelle.
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La Rochelle, France — 2 nights

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
On the 12th (Tue), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the activities along Vieux Port. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium La Rochelle, kick back and relax at Plage de Chatelaillon, and then enjoy the sea views from Phare des Baleines.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the La Rochelle trip builder.

You can drive from Bilbao to La Rochelle in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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France travel guide

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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.
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