20 days in France & Bilbao Itinerary

20 days in France & Bilbao Itinerary

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Nantes, France
— 1 day
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Rennes, France
— 2 nights
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Saint-Malo, France
— 3 nights
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Colleville-sur-Mer, France
— 2 nights
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Trouville-sur-Mer, France
— 1 day
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Rouen, France
— 1 night
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Giverny, France
— 1 night
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Chartres, France
— 1 night
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Orleans, France
— 1 night
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Blois, France
— 1 day
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Tours, France
— 1 night
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Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
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Bilbao, Spain
— 3 nights
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Nantes, France

— 1 day

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port, see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile, then admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Plantes, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Nantes holiday planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Nantes is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Lisbon in August; daily highs in Nantes reach 29°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rennes.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Rennes, France

— 2 nights
Many tour guides skip Rennes, a "City of Art and History," but that doesn't mean you should.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): make a trip to Portes Mordelaises, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, don't miss a visit to Centre Historique de Rennes, then admire the natural beauty at Jardins de Broceliande, and finally walk around Parc du Thabor.

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Drive from Nantes to Rennes in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Rennes, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Rennes

Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Saint-Malo, France

— 3 nights
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Malo side-trips: Mont-Saint-Michel (Mont Saint-Michel & Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Les Remparts de Saint-Malo, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Grand Aquarium, contemplate the long history of Saint-Malo Cathedral, and expand your understanding of the military at Fort La Reine.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Saint-Malo trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Rennes to Saint-Malo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Saint-Malo sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Colleville-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Colleville-sur-Mer, France

— 2 nights
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 29th (Sun): learn about all things military at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, appreciate the history behind Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, then take in the history at Croix de Guerre 5th Engineer Special Brigade, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, don't miss a visit to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, then witness the site of a historic battle at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, then examine the collection at Airborne Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Eglise Saint-Come-et-Saint-Damien d'Angoville-au-Plain.

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Drive from Saint-Malo to Colleville-sur-Mer in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Trouville-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Colleville-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Trouville-sur-Mer, France

— 1 day
This village of fishermen is a popular coastal resort attraction in Normandy.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Trouville, then try to win big at Hippodrome Deauville La Touques, then don't miss a visit to Les Halles Medievales, and finally look for gifts at L Instant Fromages.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Trouville-sur-Mer trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Colleville-sur-Mer to Trouville-sur-Mer in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Trouville-sur-Mer can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rouen.

Things to do in Trouville-sur-Mer

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Casinos

Side Trips

Rouen, France

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 1st (Wed), don't miss a visit to Place du Vieux-Marche, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, then take an in-depth tour of Historial Jeanne d’Arc, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rouen journey planning site.

Traveling by car from Trouville-sur-Mer to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Rouen can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Giverny.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Historic Sites

Giverny, France

— 1 night
Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): make a trip to Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, then explore the world behind art at Musee des impressionnismes, and then admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet.

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Traveling by car from Rouen to Giverny takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Giverny sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Chartres.

Things to do in Giverny

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chartres, France

— 1 night
Renowned for its medieval cathedral built on a hill by the left bank of the Eure River, Chartres is a small city in the Centre-Val de Loire region and capital of the Eure-et-Loir department in northern France.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Chartres Cathedral.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Chartres day trip tool.

Getting from Giverny to Chartres by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a train. September in Chartres sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Orleans.

Things to do in Chartres

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Orleans, France

— 1 night
Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. On the 4th (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Centre-ville, walk around Parc Floral de La Source, then steep yourself in history at Hotel Groslot, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orléans Cathedral.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Orleans road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Chartres to Orleans takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Blois.

Things to do in Orleans

Historic Sites · Parks

Blois, France

— 1 day

Town of Art and History

Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Chateau Royal de Blois, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Escalier Denis Papin, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chambord, and finally stroll around Les Jardins de l’Ancien Eveche.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Blois itinerary planner.

You can drive from Orleans to Blois in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daytime highs in Blois are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tours.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Tours, France

— 1 night

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de Villandry, steep yourself in history at Cathedrale Saint-Gatien, then see the interesting displays at Musee du Compagnonnage, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Place Plumereau.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Tours journey builder website.

You can drive from Blois to Tours in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can take a train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Bordeaux, France

— 3 nights

The Port of the Moon

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.
When in Bordeaux, make a side trip to see La Grande Dune du Pilat in Pyla-sur-Mer, approximately Pyla-sur-Mer away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Place de la Bourse, admire the landmark architecture of La Cite du Vin, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral, and admire the local landmark of Fontaine des Trois Graces.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux journey app.

Take a train from Tours to Bordeaux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Bilbao.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bilbao, Spain

— 3 nights

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bilbao: San Sebastian - Donostia (Monte Urgull, La Concha Beach, &more). Dedicate the 12th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bilbao road trip planning site.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Bilbao in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Bilbao

Wineries · Tours · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

France travel guide

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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.

Deauville travel guide

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Beaches · Casinos · Specialty Museums
Deauville is a commune in the Calvados département in the Normandy region in northwestern France.With its race course, harbour, international film festival, marinas, conference centre, villas, Grand Casino and sumptuous hotels, Deauville is regarded as the "queen of the Norman beaches" and one of the most prestigious seaside resorts in all of France. As the closest seaside resort to Paris, the city and its region of the Côte Fleurie (Flowery Coast) has long been home to French high society's seaside houses and is often referred to as the Parisian riviera. Since the 19th century, the town of Deauville has been a fashionable holiday resort for the international upper class. Deauville is also a desirable family resort for the wealthy. In France, it is known perhaps above all for its role in Proust's In Search of Lost Time.

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