31 days in France & Bilbao Itinerary

31 days in France & Bilbao Itinerary

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Chaumont, France
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Veyrier-Du-Lac, France
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Val d'Isere, France
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Villefranche-sur-Saone, France
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Bordeaux, France
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Soorts-Hossegor, France
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Bilbao, Spain
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Chaumont, France — 1 night

Chaumont is a commune of France, and the capital (or préfecture) of the Haute-Marne department., it has a population of 23,011.The city stands on the river Marne and is situated on the railway linking Paris and Basel, which runs over a 52m tall and 600m long viaduct built in 1856.HistoryHistorically the seat of the Counts of Bassigny and later of Champagne, Chaumont was the venue of an offensive treaty against Napoleon I signed by the United Kingdom, Austria, Prussia, and Russia in 1814. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Basilique St Jean, then admire the landmark architecture of Viaduc de Chaumont, and then take in the exciting artwork at Le Signe - Centre National du Graphisme.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Chaumont journey planner.

London, UK to Chaumont is an approximately 7.5-hour car ride. Traveling from London to Chaumont, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in July, you will find days in Chaumont are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Veyrier-Du-Lac.
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Veyrier-Du-Lac, France — 7 nights

Attractions like Plage de la Brune and Montagne de la Sambuy make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Miolans (in Saint-Pierre d Albigny), Lac de Saint Ferreol (in Saint Ferreol) and Doussard (Plage de Doussard & Reserve Naturelle du Bout du Lac).

For where to stay and tourist information, use the Veyrier-Du-Lac holiday planning tool.

Getting from Chaumont to Veyrier-Du-Lac by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Val d'Isere.
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Val d'Isere, France — 7 nights

Val d'Isère is a commune of the Tarentaise Valley, in the Savoie department (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region) in southeastern France. Kids will enjoy Refuge du Prariond Par Les Gorges de Malpasset and Ruines du Fort de Reallon. Venture out of the city with trips to Lanslebourg Mont Cenis (Jardin Alpin du Col du Mont Cenis & Col du Mont-Cenis), Tignes (Glacier de la Grande Motte & Pala'Fou) and Lac de la Plagne (in Landry). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Col De L'iseran, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de Tignes, walk around Bikepark Tignes, and get outside with Sentier Botanique.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Val d'Isere tour planner.

Traveling by car from Veyrier-Du-Lac to Val d'Isere takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Veyrier-Du-Lac in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Val d'Isere: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Villefranche-sur-Saone.
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Villefranche-sur-Saone, France — 1 night

About 1.6 km (1 mile) west of the river in the Rhône department, Villefranche-sur-Saône is a wine-trading center and a haven for walkers and people looking for a calm, relaxing town to vacation in.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): kick back and relax at Plan D'Eau de Bordelan, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Touroparc Zoo, and then examine the collection at Musee Paul-Dini, musee municipal de Villefranche sur Saone.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Villefranche-sur-Saone holiday builder site.

Traveling by car from Val d'Isere to Villefranche-sur-Saone takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Val d'Isere in August, things will get slightly colder in Villefranche-sur-Saone: highs are around 30°C and lows about 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux, France — 1 night

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.
On the 13th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Fontaine des Trois Graces, appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bordeaux tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Villefranche-sur-Saone to Bordeaux takes 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 18°C. You will leave for Soorts-Hossegor on the 14th (Mon).
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Soorts-Hossegor, France — 12 nights

Kids will enjoy Le Chateau des Enigmes and Ecuries Olivier Bauer. Venture out of the city with trips to Foret d'Art Contemporain (in Mont-de-Marsan), Ecomuseum Marquèze (in Sabres) and Hotel Cote Phare Contis (in Contis-les-Bains). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 17th (Thu) at Aquatic landes. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 14th (Mon) at Atlantic Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Soorts-Hossegor trip planner.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Soorts-Hossegor in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Soorts-Hossegor can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. You will leave for Bilbao on the 26th (Sat).
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Bilbao, Spain

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
On the 26th (Sat), make a trip to Vizcaya Bridge.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bilbao online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Soorts-Hossegor to Bilbao takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back 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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