12 days in France & Bilbao Itinerary

12 days in France & Bilbao Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
2
Rouen, France
— 1 night
3
Colleville-sur-Mer, France
— 2 nights
4
Sarlat-la-Caneda, France
— 1 night
5
Albi, France
— 1 night
6
Bilbao, Spain
— 2 nights

2
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.
Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysees for their historical value. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Louvre Museum, explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, wander the streets of Montmartre, and examine the collection at Musee Rodin.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary planning site.

Detroit, USA to Paris is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Detroit to Paris. Traveling from Detroit in September, expect Paris to be a bit cooler, temps between °F and °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

1
night
Rouen, France

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Saint-Sever, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, appreciate the extensive heritage of Rue du Gros-Horloge, appreciate the history behind Gros-Horloge, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and finally see the interesting displays at Historial Jeanne d’Arc.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rouen trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Paris to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Rouen, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Colleville-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Historial Jeanne d’Arc ©
Historial Jeanne d’Arc
Gros-Horloge ©
Gros-Horloge

2
nights
Colleville-sur-Mer, France

Colleville-sur-Mer ©
Colleville-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in Normandie region in northwestern France.HistoryIt was originally a farm owned by a certain Koli, a Scandinavian settler in the Middle Ages. Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, thenmake a trip to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, thentake in the history at Omaha Beach, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): take an in-depth tour of D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum), thenget engrossed in the history at Airborne Museum, thenwitness the site of a historic battle at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Angoville-Au-Plain.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Colleville-sur-Mer itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Colleville-sur-Mer takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Colleville-sur-Mer, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Colleville-sur-Mer

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, Church of Angoville-Au-Plain, Omaha Beach, Airborne Museum, Pointe du Hoc
Highlights from your plan
Pointe du Hoc ©
Pointe du Hoc
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach ©
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach
Airborne Museum ©
Airborne Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Commarque, thenstep into the grandiose world of The Maison Forte de Reignac, and then don't miss a visit to Vieux Sarlat. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, thensteep yourself in history at Chateau de Castelnaud, and then steep yourself in history at Chateau de Beynac.

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You can drive from Colleville-sur-Mer to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Colleville-sur-Mer in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sarlat-la-Caneda: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Albi.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Chateau de Commarque, The Maison Forte de Reignac, Chateau de Beynac
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Commarque ©
Chateau de Commarque
Chateau de Beynac ©
Chateau de Beynac
The Maison Forte de Reignac ©
The Maison Forte de Reignac

1
night
Albi, France

Albi ©
Albi is a commune in southern France. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, thenexplore the world behind art at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, and then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Albi day trip planner.

Drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Albi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in October, expect Albi to be a bit warmer, temps between °F and °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bilbao.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy ©
Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec ©
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec

2
nights
Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
On the 6th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Begona, take in the views from Vizcaya Bridge, thenidentify plant and animal life at Anillo Verde, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Santa Maria. Here are some ideas for day two: pick up some local products at La Ribera Market and then admire the masterpieces at Bilbao Fine Arts Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Bilbao trip site.

You can drive from Albi to Bilbao in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Bilbao are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bilbao

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Vitoria-Gasteiz, Vizcaya Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Bilbao Fine Arts Museum ©
Bilbao Fine Arts Museum
Catedral de Santa Maria ©
Catedral de Santa Maria
Basilica of Begona ©
Basilica of Begona

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