The Dordogne and the Basques

Leave Paris for Dijon and the canal town of Annecy where you can enjoy a delicious cheese dinner. Travel through the Dordogne valley and visit the prehistoric caves, visit the famous nature reserve of Picos de Europa and Bilbao in the Basque Country all the way to cosmopolitan and lively Madrid.

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Trip itinerary

  • 1

    Paris, France

  • 2

    Dijon, France

  • 3

    Annecy, France

  • 4

    Sarlat la Caneda, France

  • 5

    Toulouse, France

  • 6

    San Sebastian, Spain

  • 7

    Bilbao, Spain

  • 8

    Leon, Spain

  • 9

    Madrid, Spain

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Things to do in and around Paris

  • Paris Skyline Eiffel Tower
  • Place des Vosges, Paris
  • Le Louvre, Paris
  • Champs-Élysées from Above
  • Eiffel Tower from Champ de Mars
  • Versailles 10/10/2013
  • Château de Vaux le Vicomte
  • Untitled
  • Sacre-Coeur
  • Place des Vosges
  • Latin Quarter
  • Fontainebleau, Paris
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  • Musee d'Orsay wide view
  • Lac Daumesnil
  • Fontaines
  • Rodin Museum building
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  • Château de Chantilly - 24-12-2007 - 15h44
  • Notre Dame
  • 295 Paris - place Vendome
  • The Catacombs
  • Île St. Louis
  • Le cyclop de Jean Tinguely
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Paris

France, Ile-De-France region

CultureFoodHistoricNight life3 nightsFri. Mar 08 - Mon. Mar 11

The City of Lights boasts fascinating architecture, rich culture, and amazing cuisine, making it one of the best destinations in the world.

Paris is the capital and most populous city of France. Centuries of cultural and political development have brought Paris a variety of museums, theaters, monuments and architectural styles. Among Paris' important museums and cultural institutions are the most visited art museum in the world, the Louvre, and the Musee National d'Art Modern, the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe. The central area of the city along the Seine River is classified as a UNESCO Heritage Site, and includes many monuments, including Notre Dame Cathedral (12th century to 13th century); the Sainte-Chapelle (13th century); the Eiffel Tower (1889); and more. Paris is also known for its fashion, particularly the twice-yearly Paris Fashion Week, and for its haute cuisine, and three-star restaurants.
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Things to do in and around Dijon

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  • Dijon
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  • Dijon Cathedral
  • France Dijon
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  • the shadowlands
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Dijon
  • France-003067 - Rue des Forges
  • Beaune at dusk, Côte d'Or, Bourgogne, France.
  • Abbaye de Cluny
   
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Dijon

France, Burgundy region

FoodCultureHistoricNight life1 nightMon. Mar 11 - Tue. Mar 12

Between Paris and Lyon, Dijon is the perfect place to sample Burgundian cuisine and admire Medieval architecture.

Dijon is a city in eastern France, and is the capital of the Burgundy region. The city has retained varied architectural styles from many of the main periods of the past millennium, including Capetian, Gothic and Renaissance. Many still-inhabited town houses in the city's central district date from the 18th century and earlier. Dijon architecture is distinguished by, among other things, toits bourguignons (Burgundian polychrome roofs) made of tiles glazed in terracotta, green, yellow and black and arranged in geometric patterns. The historical center of the city has been registered since July 4, 2015 as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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Things to do in and around Annecy

  • Annecy
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  • Musée-château d'Annecy
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  • Albigny Beach @ Lake Annecy
  • les 5è et 4è Dômes de Miage (resp. 3672m et 3673m)
  • Aiguille du Midi
  • KL5_6311c Etagne
   
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Annecy

France, Rhone-Alpes region

Small townsCultureFoodActiveHistoric1 nightTue. Mar 12 - Wed. Mar 13

Known as the "Venice of Savoie", this town is considered one of the most beautiful places in the Haute Savoie region.

Annecy is a commune in the Rhone-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It lies on the northern tip of Lake Annecy. Sometimes called "Venice of the Alps", this idyllic and touristic representation comes from its two canals and the Thiou river lying through the old city and whose initial role was to protect the city and to empower its handicrafts.

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Things to do in and around Sarlat la Caneda

  • P1000242 Sarlat-la-Canéda, maisons vues de la tour de l'ancienne église Sainte-Marie
  • Sarlat-la-Canéda. France.
  • Montignac accross the River Vézère
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  • Les Jardins du Manoir d'Eyrignac, Perigord, France
  • Lascaux II - Hall of The Bulls (with a bear)
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  • Le château médiéval de Castelnaud
  • Rocamadour
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  • Les ruines des Tours de Chalucet
   
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Sarlat la Caneda

France, Aquitaine region

HistoricSmall townsFoodCulture3 nightsWed. Mar 13 - Sat. Mar 16

This Medieval town is known for its great restaurants, where you can find the best truffles and foie gras in the region.

Sarlat-la-Caneda, or simply Sarlat, is a commune in southwestern France. Sarlat is a medieval town that developed around a large Benedictine abbey of Carolingian origin. The medieval Sarlat Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Sacerdos. Because modern history has largely passed it by, Sarlat has remained preserved and one of the towns most representative of 14th century France. The center of the old town consists of impeccably restored stone buildings and is largely car-free.
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Things to do in and around Toulouse

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  • Toulouse
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  • Basilica of St. Sernin, Toulouse
  • Convent dels Jacobins. S. XIIi-XIV. Tolosa
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  • Hôtel d'Assézat
  • Lightner Museum 05-14-2013 - Pottery 13 - Urns and Painting of Cimon and Pera - Second Floor
  • The Statuary Group from Beziers, MSR, Musée Saint-Raymond
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Toulouse

France, Midi-Pyrenees region

HistoricCultureFoodNight life1 nightSat. Mar 16 - Sun. Mar 17

This lively city has good restaurants, typical architecture for Southern France, and a few UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Toulouse is a city in southwestern France. It lies on the banks of the River Garonne. A city with unique architecture made of pinkish terracotta bricks, which earned it the nickname la Ville Rose ("the Pink City"), Toulouse counts two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Canal du Midi (designated in 1996 and shared with other cities), and the Basilica of St. Sernin, the largest remaining Romanesque building in Europe. Its world-renowned university is one of the oldest in Europe (founded in 1229) and, with more than 103,000 students, is the fourth-largest university campus of France.
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Things to do in and around San Sebastian

  • Donostia - San Sebastián
  • San Sebastian
  • Donostia-San Sebastian
  • Aiete parkea
  • San Sebastian beach
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  • Multicoloured herd
  • Donostia - San Sebastián
  • San Sebastian
  • Museoa San Telmo
  • Antiguo parador
  • San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
  • Bilbao
  • Guernica - mountain view
  • Iritsi da azkenean
  • PAMPLONA - Navarra.
   
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San Sebastian

Spain, Basque Country region

FoodNight lifeSmall townsHistoricCulture3 nightsSun. Mar 17 - Wed. Mar 20

Set on the Bay of Biscay, this town and its history is only rivaled by the sunny beaches and superb local cuisine.

San Sebastian is a coastal city and municipality located in the Basque Autonomous Community, Spain. It lies on the coast of the Bay of Biscay, 20 km from the French border. The main economic activities are commerce and tourism, and it is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Spain. San Sebastian's picturesque shoreline makes it a popular beach resort. The seaside environment is enhanced by hilly surroundings that are easily accessible, i.e., Urgull (at the heart of the city by the seashore), romantic Mount Ulia extending east to Pasaia, Mount Adarra rising proud far on the south and Igeldo, overlooking the bay from the west.
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Things to do in and around Bilbao

  • Bilbao
  • Museo Guggenheim Bilbao (Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao)
  • Bilbao
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Vizcaya Bridge
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  • Multicoloured herd
  • Bilbao, museo marítimo
  • Museo Diocesano de Arte Sacro de Bilbao
  • Euskal Museoa, Unamuno enparantzan
  • San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
  • Donostia - San Sebastián
  • Antiguo parador
  • Guernica - mountain view
   
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Bilbao

Spain, Basque Country region

CultureFoodHistoricNight life2 nightsWed. Mar 20 - Fri. Mar 22

Bilbao is an interesting city with a strong culture of art and architecture, as well as numerous museums on a variety of themes.

Bilbao is a municipality and city in Spain, in the autonomous community of the Basque Country.

Since its foundation in the early 14th century, Bilbao was a commercial hub that enjoyed significant importance. Nowadays, Bilbao is a vigorous service city that is experiencing an ongoing social, economic, and aesthetic revitalisation process, started by the iconic Bilbao Guggenheim Museum. Bilbao's buildings display a variety of architectural styles, ranging from gothic to contemporary architecture. The Old Town features many of the oldest buildings in the city, as the St. James' Cathedral or the Church of San Anton.

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Things to do in and around Leon

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  • 339/365 San Marcos de León
  • Catedral de León
  • Plaza Mayor, León
  • Panorama de los Picos de Europa
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  • Entrada Basílica
  • Mar de Nubes
  • Cares gorges
  • Tresviso
  • OSEJA DE SAJAMBRE
   
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Leon

Spain, Castile and Leon region

CultureFoodHistoricNight lifeSmall towns2 nightsFri. Mar 22 - Sun. Mar 24

Founded in the 1C BC, Leon is an elegant city of masterful architecture, generous parks, and friendly residents.

Leon is a city located in the northwest of Spain. Leon's historical and architectural heritage, as well as the numerous festivals hosted throughout the year and its location on the Camino de Santiago, which is ranked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, make it a destination of both domestic and international tourism. Some of the city's most prominent historical buildings are the Cathedral, the finest example of French-style classic Gothic architecture in Spain, the Basilica of San Isidoro, one of the most important Romanesque churches in Spain, the Monastery of San Marcos, a prime example of plateresque and Renaissance Spanish architecture, and the Casa Botines, a Modernist creation of the architect Antoni Gaudí.
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Things to do in and around Madrid

  • Madrid
  • Edificio Villanueva
  • Madrid near Plaza Mayor
  • National Archaeological Museum of Spain, Madrid
  • Museo Reina Sofia
  • Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial
  • Valle de los caidos
  • Palacio de cristal
  • Temple of Debod, Madrid
  • Estacion de Atocha (Atocha railway station)
  • Plaza Mayor
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  • segovia autumn sunset
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  • Convent of Las Descalzas Reales
  • Madrid - Museo El Prado
  • Madrid 454 Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
  • Consuegra
  • Avila, Spain-30
  • Palacio de Cristal
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  • A fight!
  • El Río Jerte en El Rebollar / The River Jerte in El Rebollar
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Madrid

Spain, Community of Madrid region

CultureFoodNight lifeHistoric3 nightsSun. Mar 24 - Wed. Mar 27

Madrid is where ancient and old meet modern and cosmopolitan, where sightseeing, dancing, and shopping go hand in hand.

Madrid is the capital of Spain and its largest city. As the capital city of Spain, seat of government, and residence of the Spanish monarch, Madrid is also the political, economic and cultural center of Spain. While Madrid possesses a modern infrastructure, it has preserved the look and feel of many of its historic neighborhoods and streets. Its landmarks include the Royal Palace of Madrid; the Royal Theater with its restored 1850 Opera House; the Buen Retiro park, founded in 1631; the 19th-century National Library building containing some of Spain's historical archives; a large number of National museums, and the Golden Triangle of Art, located along the Paseo del Prado.
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