22 days in France & Basque Country Itinerary

22 days in France & Basque Country Itinerary

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22 days in France & Basque Country Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis, United States
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Bilbao, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h
2
Perigueux, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Sarlat-la-Caneda, France
— 3 nights
Fly + tram:  3​h 15​min
4
Lyon, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Argentiere, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Strasbourg, France
— 3 nights
+2
train + subway + train:  5​h 15​min
7
Bayeux, France
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Minneapolis, United States

3
nights
Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Popular historic sites such as Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Basilica of Begona are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Casco Viejo and Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bilbao: San Sebastian - Donostia (Castillo de la Mota, Parte Vieja, & more). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parroquia de San Vicente Mártir de Abando, snap pictures at White Bridge (Zubi Zuri), and make a trip to Taberna Plaza Nueva.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Bilbao trip planner .

Minneapolis, USA to Bilbao is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Time (CET) is 7 hours. June in Bilbao sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Perigueux.

Things to do in Bilbao

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

San Sebastian - Donostia, Vizcaya Bridge
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Guggenheim Museum Bilbao ©
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Bilbao Fine Arts Museum ©
Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

1
night
Perigueux, France

Perigueux ©
Périgueux is a commune in the Dordogne department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France.Périgueux is the prefecture of the départment. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de Saint Astier, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Puyguilhem, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Chancelade, then get engrossed in the history at Vesunna, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St-Front. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Bourdeilles, explore and take pictures at Brantome Police Horses & Friends, then explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte de Tourtoirac, and finally examine the collection at Musee de la Medecine.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Perigueux tour itinerary tool .

You can drive from Bilbao to Perigueux in 5 hours. Another option is to fly. In June, daily temperatures in Perigueux can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Perigueux

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chateau de Bourdeilles, Brantome Police Horses & Friends, Eglise de Saint Astier, Chateau de Puyguilhem, Abbaye de Chancelade
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Chateau de Puyguilhem ©
Chateau de Puyguilhem
Cathedrale St-Front ©
Cathedrale St-Front
Chateau de Bourdeilles ©
Chateau de Bourdeilles

3
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau de Castelnaud and Chateau de Beynac. Get some cultural insight at Chateau des Milandes and Chateau de Lacypierre. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of The Maison Forte de Reignac, pick up some local products at Marche Couvert - Marche Alimentaire de Sarlat, don't miss a visit to Vieux Sarlat, and examine the collection at Lascaux IV.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Sarlat-la-Caneda journey planner.

You can drive from Perigueux to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June in Sarlat-la-Caneda, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Montignac, Le Chateau de Fenelon, The Maison Forte de Reignac, Chateau de Commarque
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Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes
Chateau de Beynac ©
Chateau de Beynac

3
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Get some cultural insight at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Musee Miniature et Cinema. Popular historic sites such as Fourviere Hill and Théâtre gallo-romain are in your itinerary. When in Lyon, make a side trip to see Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval in Hauterives, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, meet the residents at Parc de la Tete d'Or, see the interesting displays at Musee des Confluences, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lyon trip itinerary app .

Getting from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Lyon by combination of flight and tram takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and tram. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Argentiere.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Trails

Side Trip

Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval ©
Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval
Fourviere Hill ©
Fourviere Hill

2
nights
Argentiere, France

Argentiere ©
On the 20th (Thu), take in panoramic vistas at Step Into the Void, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, then take in the awesome beauty at Glacier des Bossons, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Michel. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Chamonix Cemetery, then identify plant and animal life at Tunnel du Mont-Blanc, and finally explore the activities along Lac Blanc.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Argentiere day trip site .

You can drive from Lyon to Argentiere in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Argentiere

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trip

Chamonix
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Aiguille du Midi ©
Aiguille du Midi
Eglise Saint Michel ©
Eglise Saint Michel
Chamonix Cemetery ©
Chamonix Cemetery

3
nights
Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg ©
Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Visit Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg and La Petite France for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg and Chateau du Scheoneck. Explore Strasbourg's surroundings by going to Eglise Abbatiale Saint Maurice d'Ebersmunster (in Ebersmunster), Little Venice (in Colmar) and Chateau Fort de Fleckenstein (in Lembach). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Vin d'Alsace HORCHER, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter and St. Paul's Church, and don't miss a visit to Gare de Strasbourg.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Argentiere to Strasbourg in 4.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Strasbourg can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries

Side Trips

Wissembourg, Eglise Abbatiale Saint Maurice d'Ebersmunster, Chateau du Scheoneck, Vin d'Alsace HORCHER, Chateau Fort de Fleckenstein
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Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg ©
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg
La Petite France ©
La Petite France

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nights
Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Bayeux War Cemetery and American Cemetery & Memorial. Popular historic sites such as Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau Fort de Pirou (in Pirou), Mont-Saint-Michel (La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel, Mont Saint-Michel, & more) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, take an in-depth tour of Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus), look for gifts at Cave a Vin - Le Volet qui penche, and take in the history at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bayeux journey planner.

You can take a train from Strasbourg to Bayeux in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, Bayeux is little chillier than Strasbourg - with highs of 69°F and lows of 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel, Colleville-sur-Mer, Remains Mulberry Harbour, Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
American Cemetery & Memorial ©
American Cemetery & Memorial
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux

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