15 days in Bordeaux, Toulouse & Espelette Itinerary

15 days in Bordeaux, Toulouse & Espelette Itinerary

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15 days in Bordeaux, Toulouse & Espelette Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
Bordeaux
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
2
Toulouse
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Espelette
— 7 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Tel Aviv

4
nights
Bordeaux

Bordeaux
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Place de la Bourse (Place Royale) and Grottes du Regulus et des Fontaines. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Réserve Ornithologique du Teich and Zoo de La Palmyre. Take a break from Bordeaux with a short trip to Dune du Pilat in La Teste-de-Buch, about 1h 20 min away.

To see maps and more tourist information, read our Bordeaux tour itinerary site .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Bordeaux is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in August, things will get little chillier in Bordeaux: highs are around 31°C and lows about 18°C. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Toulouse.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Zoo de La Palmyre, La Grande Dune du Pilat, Grottes du Regulus et des Fontaines, Réserve Ornithologique du Teich
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La Grande Dune du Pilat
La Grande Dune du Pilat
Place de la Bourse ©
Place de la Bourse
Réserve Ornithologique du Teich ©
Réserve Ornithologique du Teich

3
nights
Toulouse

Toulouse ©
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cité de Carcassonne and Eglise Saint-Nazaire. Kids will enjoy Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne and Grotte de Niaux. When in Toulouse, make a side trip to see La cité médiévale in Eze, approximately 1h 40 min away. Fill the 14th (Wed) with science at Cite de l'espace. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Foix, and steep yourself in history at Church of Les Jacobins.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Toulouse road trip planning app .

Take a train from Bordeaux to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Toulouse, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Espelette.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trips

Carcassonne, Chateau de Foix, Grotte de Niaux, La cité médiévale
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
La cité médiévale ©
La cité médiévale

7
nights
Espelette

Espelette ©
Eglise Saint-Etienne. and Eglise Saint-Martin de Sare will appeal to history buffs. Shop till you drop at L'Atelier du Piment and L'Espace Museographique ATEKA. Change things up with these side-trips from Espelette: Pays Basque Decouverte (in Saint-Pee-sur-Nivelle), Truite de Banka (in Banca) and Ortillopitz (in Sare).

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Espelette trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Toulouse to Espelette takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Toulouse in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Espelette: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 19°C at night. You will leave for home on the 21st (Wed).

Things to do in Espelette

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Saint-Pee-sur-Nivelle, Sare, Itxassou, Souraide, Ainhoa
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L'Atelier du Piment ©
L'Atelier du Piment
Eglise Saint-Etienne. ©
Eglise Saint-Etienne.
Eglise d'Ainhoa ©
Eglise d'Ainhoa

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