16 days in France & Bilbao Itinerary

16 days in France & Bilbao Itinerary

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16 days in France & Bilbao Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
Carcassonne, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Uzes, France
— 6 nights
Drive:  6 h 45 min
3
Ainhoa, France
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Bilbao, Spain
— 7 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: London, United Kingdom

1
night
Carcassonne, France

Carcassonne ©
Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Source Salee de la Sals and then trek along Mayronnes Sculpture Trail. Keep things going the next day: stop by Vinaigrerie Cyril Codina, then delve into the distant past at Abbaye de Lagrasse, then see the interesting displays at Musee des Dinosaures 'Dinosauria', and finally explore the historical opulence of Rennes le chateau.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip builder app .

London, UK to Carcassonne is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Carcassonne. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in July; daily highs in Carcassonne reach 34°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Uzes.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Lagrasse, Rennes le chateau, Source Salee de la Sals, Musee des Dinosaures 'Dinosauria'
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Abbaye de Lagrasse ©
Abbaye de Lagrasse
Vinaigrerie Cyril Codina ©
Vinaigrerie Cyril Codina
Rennes le chateau ©
Rennes le chateau

6
nights
Uzes, France

Uzes ©
Uzès is a small town and a commune in the Gard department in southern France.It lies about 25km north-northeast of Nîmes.HistoryOriginally Ucetia or Eutica in Latin, Uzès was a small Gallo-Roman oppidum, or administrative settlement. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Plage du Cavaou and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau and Bureau des moniteurs du gard. Venture out of the city with trips to Promenade a Cheval La Marisma (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer), Nimes (La Maison Carree & Arenes de Nimes) and Cascades du Sautadet (in La Roque-sur-Ceze). There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Gorges de l'Ardeche, see the interesting displays at Haribo Museum, take an in-depth tour of Musee 1900, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Mt Ventoux.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Uzes trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Carcassonne to Uzes by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Uzes can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Ainhoa.

Things to do in Uzes

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, Nimes, Plage du Cavaou, Mt Ventoux
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Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau ©
Promenade a Cheval La Marisma ©
Promenade a Cheval La Marisma
Mt Ventoux ©
Mt Ventoux

1
night
Ainhoa, France

On the 2nd (Fri), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, head outdoors with Arteka, then take in the awesome beauty at Le Mont Artzamendi, then explore the fascinating underground world of Les Grottes de Sare, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise d'Ainhoa.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ainhoa road trip app .

Drive from Uzes to Ainhoa in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Uzes in August: highs in Ainhoa hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bilbao.

Things to do in Ainhoa

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Bidarray, Le Mont Artzamendi, Les Grottes de Sare
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Les Grottes de Sare ©
Les Grottes de Sare
Le Mont Artzamendi ©
Le Mont Artzamendi

7
nights
Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Take a break from the city and head to La Concha Beach and Parque de la Naturaleza de Cabarceno. You'll get in some beach time at Playa de Azkorri and Zurriola Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bilbao: San Sebastian - Donostia (Parte Vieja, Fishing Charters & Tours, & more). And it doesn't end there: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, explore the world behind art at Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, catch some excitement at La Ribera Market, and take in the views from White Bridge (Zubi Zuri).

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Bilbao online attractions planner .

You can drive from Ainhoa to Bilbao in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Bilbao are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bilbao

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

San Sebastian - Donostia, Parque de la Naturaleza de Cabarceno
Highlights from your plan
La Concha Beach ©
La Concha Beach
Monte Igueldo ©
Monte Igueldo
Room Escape Games

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