8-Day France Road Trip from Lourdes to Bayonne, Bordeaux, and Carcassonne

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8 days & 7 nights
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Jan. - Dec.
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7 nights included
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8 days included
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Have the adventure of a lifetime with this 8-day road trip through France.

This incredible self-drive vacation package will take you through the best destinations in France. With this perfectly planned travel package, you will stay 3 nights in Lourdes, 1 night in Bayonne, 1 night in Bordeaux, and 2 nights in Carcassonne, experiencing the ultimate road trip in France. Your road trip will enable you to discover the country's most popular attractions and restaurants in Lourdes, Bayonne, La Teste-de-Buch, Bordeaux, Carcassonne, Arles, and Toulouse.

We'll help you experience the best 8 days in France you can imagine, so you can leave happy and inspired.

Upon arriving in Lourdes, you’ll collect the rental vehicle of your choice. From there, you’ll be off to discover some of the most popular attractions in France, including the stunning place de la Bourse and miroir d'eau.

You’ll have your choice of the country's best hotels and places to stay throughout your road trip, suitable for all budgets. For example, in the city of Zenitude Hotel-Residence Lourdes L'Acacia, you could choose to stay at a popular hotel like the 4-star Zenitude Lorda. Alternatively, you could stay at a luxury accommodation like the 5-star Grand Hotel Belfry. Travelers looking for the best cheap accommodation could choose the 3-star Zenitude Hotel-Residence Lourdes L'Acacia. No matter which price range you’re looking for, our local experts will assist you in finding the best stay option for your visit.

Your road trip will bring you close to the best attractions and most incredible sights in France. From the magnificent Cité de Carcassonne to the breathtaking Le Train de La Rhune and Rocher de la vierge, your journey will take you on a thrilling adventure through some of the most iconic travel destinations in the country. Your discovery doesn't end there. As you hit the open road and drive through Lourdes, Bayonne, La Teste-de-Buch, Bordeaux, Carcassonne, Arles, and Toulouse, you'll also have plenty of opportunities to uncover hidden gems and experience the authentic charm of France. Whether you're exploring enchanting small towns, discovering scenic routes, or indulging in local cuisine, there's always something new and exciting to experience in France.

Add tours and tickets to each day of your trip to make the most of your time in France. You’ll have the opportunity to choose from the best tours and activities that your travel destinations have to offer, meaning you’ll never have a boring moment on your road trip through France.

Your travel plan itinerary also gives you multiple opportunities to look for souvenirs to memorialize your road trip in France.

You’ll return home having experienced the very best of everything France has to offer.

You can customize each day of your road trip vacation itinerary with flexible trip planning before and after booking. Enjoy the benefits of exploring all these great attractions at your own speed.

Your travel plan includes everything you need to experience the best of France. You’ll be booked at the best hotels for 7 nights, with plenty of top-rated breakfast and restaurant options nearby. We'll provide you with the best car rental for 7 days during your self-drive road trip, including CDW insurance.

You’ll have access to 24/7 travel support, a personal travel agent, and a step-by-step guide via our flexible mobile app. All taxes are included in your vacation package price. You can choose and add your flight preferences as needed. Make your vacation in France extra special by adding tours and tickets to each day of your itinerary.

The best services in France fill up quickly, so book your spot early. Select a date and start planning your self-drive road trip in France today!

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Included

Hotel, 7 nights
Rental car, 8 days
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support

Destinations

Lourdes - city in FranceLourdes / 3 nights
Photo of Toulouse and Garonne river aerial panoramic view, France.Toulouse
Photo of Bordeaux aerial panoramic view. Bordeaux is a port city on the Garonne river in Southwestern France.Bordeaux / 1 night
Bayonne - city in FranceBayonne / 1 night
Carcassonne - city in FranceCarcassonne / 2 nights
Photo of Dune of Pilat in La Teste-de-Buch, France.La Teste-de-Buch
Arles - city in FranceArles

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Attractions

Photo of scenic view of Carcassone medieval city in France against summer sky.Cité de Carcassonne
photo of the water mirror in front of the Place de la Bourse in Bordeaux in a beautiful summer morning in France.Place de la Bourse
photo of the famous Rocher de la Vierge it's a rock of the Virgin Mary at beautiful morning in Biarritz, France.Rocher de la Vierge
Le miroir d'eau, Bordeaux Centre, Bordeaux, Gironde, New Aquitaine, Metropolitan France, FranceMiroir d'eau
Le Train de La Rhune, Sare, Bayonne, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, New Aquitaine, Metropolitan France, FranceLe Train de La Rhune
Cité du VinCité du Vin
photo of the Roman Arles Amphitheatre in the Old Town of Arles in France.Arles Amphitheatre
Jardin PublicJardin Public
Basilica of Saint Sernin is a Roman Catholic church in Toulouse, FranceBasilica of St Sernin
Saint Andre Cathedral of Bordeaux - France, AquitaineBordeaux Cathedral
Biarritz Aquarium, Biarritz, Bayonne, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, New Aquitaine, Metropolitan France, FranceBiarritz Aquarium
Jardin des Plantes, Saint-Michel, Le Busca, Empalot, Saint-Agne, Toulouse Sud-Est, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, Occitania, Metropolitan France, FranceJardin des Plantes
Château Comtal, Carcassonne, Aude, Occitania, Metropolitan France, FranceChâteau Comtal
photo of Monument aux Girondins at morning in Bordeaux, France.Monument aux Girondins
Animal Park of the Pyrenees
Proche cité
Pont d'EspagnePont d'Espagne
Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, Lourdes, Argelès-Gazost, Hautes Pyrenees, Occitania, Metropolitan France, FranceBasilica of Our Lady of the Rosary
Cathédrale Sainte-Marie de BayonneBayonne Cathedral
Grottes de Bétharram, Saint-Pé-de-Bigorre, Argelès-Gazost, Hautes Pyrenees, Occitania, Metropolitan France, FranceGrottes de Bétharram
Grosse ClocheThe big bell of Bordeaux
Porte de BourgognePorte de Bourgogne
Main facade of the Musée_départemental_Arles_antique, by architect Henri CirianiMusée départemental de l'Arles antique
Funiculaire du Pic du JerFuniculaire du pic du Jer
L'espace Van Gogh

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Travel dates
Jan 1 - Jan 8

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Day 1 – Lourdes - arrival day

Day 1

Day 1 – Lourdes - arrival day

  • Lourdes - Arrival day
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  • Funiculaire du pic du Jer
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Your road trip adventure in France begins as soon as you reach the incredible city of Lourdes. You’ll stay in Lourdes for 3 nights, experiencing all the best things to do and see in the city.

Lourdes has many popular destinations you can explore. You could visit attractions like the incredible funiculaire du pic du Jer. This attraction is a funicular and has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,493 visitors.

When you're done sightseeing for the day, you'll check in at one of the best hotels or places to stay in the city.

One of the best luxury places you could choose in Lourdes is Grand Hotel Belfry. This 5-star hotel is rated an average of 4 out of 5 stars by 690 guests.

We also recommend the best 4-star accommodations, like Zenitude Lorda.

Alternatively, one of the best cheap hotel options in Lourdes is Zenitude Hotel-Residence Lourdes L'Acacia. This 3-star hotel is rated an average of 4.1 out of 5 stars by 925 guests.

If these hotels are unavailable during your vacation in Lourdes, our system will automatically help you find the best alternative for your stay.

Lourdes also has several great bars that will fit all travel budgets.

Enjoy toasting the start of your 8-day vacation in France!

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Day 2 – Lourdes

Day 2

Day 2 – Lourdes

  • Lourdes
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Drive 104 km, 2 hours 34 min

  • Grottes de Bétharram
  • Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary
  • Animal Park of the Pyrenees
  • Pont d'Espagne
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On day 2 of your road trip, you’ll start and end your day in Lourdes, but spend part of the day exploring places of interest outside the immediate city. You still have 2 nights left in Lourdes.

Today you'll explore the city of Lourdes. One of the best travel destinations you can make time for at the start of this day is Grottes de Bétharram. This incredible attraction is a show cave and has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 5,262 visitors.

Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary is another popular attraction you'll visit in the city of Lourdes. This spectacular attraction is rated 4.8 out of 5 stars by 6,163 visitors.

Another of the best travel destinations you can visit in the city of Lourdes is Pont d'Espagne. This amazing attraction is a protected area and is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 7,075 visitors.

To do something one-of-a-kind today, you can join a popular tour. Check out all the fun and eye-opening experiences you can try out in France to make your travel experience in the country more memorable.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll drive to your accommodation in the city of Lourdes.

Raise your glass and relax after another big day of your road trip adventure through France!

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Day 3 – Bayonne

Day 3

Day 3 – Bayonne

  • Bayonne
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Drive 212 km, 3 hours 12 min

  • Le Train de La Rhune
  • Rocher de la Vierge
  • Biarritz Aquarium
  • Bayonne Cathedral
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As you rise to greet the dawn on day 3 of your epic road trip in France, you'll awaken to the bustling city of Lourdes. Today, you'll hit the road once again, setting off on a journey towards the stunning city of Bayonne. You’ll stay in Bayonne for 1 night. But before you begin your drive, we recommend taking the time to explore some of Lourdes’s must-see attractions and local hotspots.

If you’re curious to see more of Lourdes, start your day with a visit to the amazing Le Train de La Rhune. This much-appreciated top-tier point of interest and attraction is rated 4.4 out of 5 stars by 16,223 visitors.

You could also stop at another of the best local travel destinations in the area, the fascinating Rocher de la vierge. This rock and spectacular attraction has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 14,700 visitors.

We also recommend you spend some time at the popular Bayonne Cathedral to make the most of your road trip across France. The spectacular Bayonne Cathedral is a catholic cathedral that has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 5,743 visitors.

After soaking up all the sights and sounds that Lourdes has to offer, you'll be ready to hit the open road and continue your unforgettable road trip towards the city of Bayonne. Bayonne offers plenty of options for top-rated hotels and other places to stay that fit all travel budgets.

We recommend you stay at the exclusive Le Bayonne Hotel & SPA, one of the best 4-star hotel options in Lourdes. At this hotel, you’ll have access to many exceptional amenities that will ensure a pleasant and comfortable stay. This hotel is rated an average of 4.2 out of 5 stars by 603 guests.

Alternatively, check out one of the best 4-star hotel options in Bayonne, like OKKO HOTELS Bayonne Centre. This hotel is a popular choice among travelers in the city and is rated an average of 4.2 out of 5 stars by 740 guests.

If you’re looking for a top-rated budget hotel, we recommend you stay at ibis Bayonne Centre. This 3-star hotel offers value-for-money accommodation and is rated an average of 4 out of 5 stars in 1,152 guest reviews.

After you’ve settled into your accommodation, we recommend a dinner at the popular Katie Daly's Irish Pub. This popular restaurant is one of locals’ most recommended restaurants in the city, with ratings of 4.4 out of 5 stars in 677 reviews.

The remarkable Bar du Marché is another top restaurant in Bayonne we recommend. This restaurant offers an unforgettable dining experience and is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 563 customers.

If you would rather go somewhere else, the famous Bakera is also an excellent choice. This well-loved restaurant is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 327 customers.

After your meal, we recommend you drink at one of the best bars in Bayonne, the fantastic Kubata & Kukubat. This bar has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 351 customers.

Celebrate another amazing vacation day filled with adventure in France!

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Day 4 – La Teste-de-Buch and Bordeaux

Day 4

Day 4 – La Teste-de-Buch and Bordeaux

  • Bordeaux
  • La Teste-de-Buch
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Drive 256 km, 3 hours 27 min

  • Bordeaux Cathedral
  • The big bell of Bordeaux
  • Porte de Bourgogne
  • Monument aux Girondins
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Rise and shine on day 4 of your road trip in France. Today, you'll wake up in Bayonne and embark on a scenic drive to Bordeaux, where you'll stay at one of the best hotels for 1 night. Seize the opportunity to explore spectacular attractions in Bayonne before you reach your end destination for the day.

It’s hard not to feel excited about visiting attractions in a destination as lovely as Bayonne.

One of the most popular attractions you can visit is the remarkable Bordeaux Cathedral. This attraction is a catholic cathedral that has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 10,591 visitors.

If you want to explore more, visit the incredible The big bell of Bordeaux. This bell tower and attraction has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 4,871 reviews.

Another site you could visit today is the top-rated Monument aux Girondins. This column and travel destination is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 8,483 visitors.

A frequently recommended hotel in the city of Bordeaux is the 4-star Mercure Bordeaux Chateau Chartrons Hotel. This hotel offers plenty of functional amenities and has an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars from 1,451 guests.

A top-rated budget hotel that is popular among travelers in Bordeaux is the 3-star B&B Hôtel BORDEAUX Centre Gare Saint-Jean. This hotel is a practical place to stay in the city and has an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars by 2,510 guests.

We recommend you end the day with a dinner at a popular restaurant near your accommodation, like suzzi. This restaurant offers various delicious and comforting meals and has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 852 customers.

Locals also recommend Symbiose, another of the best restaurants in Bordeaux. Symbiose is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 896 customers.

If you feel like having something else, check out the menu at L'Oiseau Bleu. This restaurant has been rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 577 customers and is a great place to enjoy a lovely meal.

After dinner, visit The Connemara to enjoy a couple of drinks and relax. This bar is one of the best in Bordeaux, with an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,896 customers.

You can also enjoy drinks at a popular bar like Molly Malone's. This bar is a great spot to meet new friends and celebrate your vacation. Molly Malone's has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,951 customers.

End your day by raising your glass in celebration of your incredible road trip adventure in France, and look forward to more great days to come!

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Day 5 – Bordeaux and Carcassonne

Day 5

Day 5 – Bordeaux and Carcassonne

  • Bordeaux
  • Carcassonne
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Drive 347 km, 3 hours 56 min

  • Jardin Public
  • Cité du Vin
  • Place de la Bourse
  • Miroir d'eau
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Day 5 of your road trip through France gives you the opportunity to experience two places in one day. You'll start your day with some exploring in the city of Lourdes and end it at a top-rated hotel in the city of Carcassonne. You will stay in Carcassonne for 2 nights. Have a hearty breakfast and get excited for a wonderful day ahead!

One of the best places to visit today in Lourdes is the amazing jardin public. This attraction is an urban park that is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 12,341 visitors.

You could also stop at the incredible square, place de la Bourse. With an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 16,251 visitors, this attraction is one of the top sights in the area.

Another unforgettable travel destination in the Lourdes is the outstanding miroir d'eau. This popular reflecting pool and travel destination has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 14,462 visitors.

You can make the most of your new day in Lourdes by joining activities and tours that let you discover what else the city has in store for you. There are many top-rated experiences you can include in your travel plan to add flavor to your road trip in France. Browse all of your options and reserve your slot before it's too late.

At the end of the day, you will drive to the city of Carcassonne, where you will access the best hotels and places to stay.

If staying at a top-rated 4-star luxury hotel tonight sounds like something you would like to do, Hotel Restaurant Le Parc Franck Putelat is your best choice. This hotel is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 328 guests.

If you’re looking for a top-rated budget hotel, we recommend staying at the 3-star L' Octroi. This 3-star hotel has an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars by 535 guests.

Raise your glass in celebration of your incredible road trip adventure through France!

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Day 6 – Arles and Carcassonne

Day 6

Day 6 – Arles and Carcassonne

  • Carcassonne
  • Arles
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Drive 451 km, 4 hours 47 min

  • Arles Amphitheatre
  • L'espace Van Gogh
  • Musée départemental de l'Arles antique
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On day 6 of your road trip, you’ll start and end your day in Carcassonne, but spend part of the day exploring places of interest outside the immediate city. You still have 1 night left in Carcassonne.

Today you'll explore the city of Lourdes. One of the best travel destinations you can make time for at the start of this day is Arles Amphitheatre. This incredible attraction is a roman amphitheatre and has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 13,060 visitors.

L'espace Van Gogh is another popular attraction you'll visit in the city of Lourdes. This spectacular attraction is rated 4.3 out of 5 stars by 2,003 visitors.

Another of the best travel destinations you can visit in the city of Lourdes is Musée départemental de l'Arles antique. Attracting 70,230 annual visitors, it's clear that Musée départemental de l'Arles antique is one of the top sights of the area. This amazing attraction is an archaeological museum and is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 2,817 visitors.

To do something one-of-a-kind today, you can join a popular tour. Check out all the fun and eye-opening experiences you can try out in France to make your travel experience in the country more memorable.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll drive to your accommodation in the city of Carcassonne.

Raise your glass and relax after another big day of your road trip adventure through France!

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Day 7 – Carcassonne, Toulouse, and Lourdes

Day 7

Day 7 – Carcassonne, Toulouse, and Lourdes

  • Toulouse
  • Lourdes
  • Carcassonne
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Drive 275 km, 3 hours 26 min

  • Château Comtal
  • Proche cité
  • Cité de Carcassonne
  • Basilica of St Sernin
  • Jardin des Plantes
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Day 7 of your road trip will take you to the city of Lourdes and the city of Toulouse. You’ll stay in Lourdes for 1 night.

One of the best places to explore in the city of Lourdes today is Château Comtal. This excellent attraction is a castle that has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 8,823 visitors.

We also recommend you visit the amazing proche cité, an outstanding must-see tourist destination, in the city of Lourdes. Around 7,102 travelers rated this attraction with 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Another of the best travel destinations you can visit in the city of Lourdes is Cité de Carcassonne. This amazing attraction is a fortress and is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 76,968 visitors.

To experience the local culture, see more of France, and meet new people at the same time, we highly recommend you go on a tour. You’ll find many top-rated and popular tours in the city, offering unique experiences that will inspire you. On this tour, you can go on an epic adventure to some of the best places to visit in France. You also get to admire popular places of interest.

You could then travel to Basilica of St. Sernin for some unforgettable sightseeing experience in the city of Toulouse. This popular attraction is a minor basilica and is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 11,287 visitors.

This outstanding park has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 9,847 travelers.

You’ll have your choice of the best hotels and places to stay in the city of Lourdes.

One of the best hotel options in the city of Lourdes is the 4-star hotel Zenitude Lorda.

Or, you could enjoy a stay at an exclusive 5-star hotel. The Grand Hotel Belfry is a luxurious place to stay in the city of Lourdes. This hotel is rated an average of 4 out of 5 stars by 690 guests.

If you’re looking for the best cheap hotel, we recommend staying at the 3-star hotel Zenitude Hotel-Residence Lourdes L'Acacia. This 3-star hotel has an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars by 925 guests.

Be sure to celebrate another day of your incredible road trip adventure through France with a toast!

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Day 8 – Lourdes - departure day

Day 8

Day 8 – Lourdes - departure day

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Day 8 of your road trip in France is your departure day. This is your chance to catch one last glimpse of Lourdes before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. When you have time to explore the area before you make your way home, we recommend visiting some of the following attractions.

Take a stroll along the main shopping streets of Lourdes and find some souvenirs to remind you of your road trip in France.

You’ll then say farewell to Lourdes. We wish you a pleasant journey home, with many wonderful memories of your unforgettable vacation in France!

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