Download the Gap Map itinerary link on the main Europe page to see how the itinerary will take you through France in two parts. You will first enter France from Italy and travel along the South coast stopping in Nice. Then you will continue through Spain and Portugal before returning back to France. When you enter the second time you will travel up the Aquitaine coast and stop in Paris before going North to Belgium.
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This coastal city on the French Riviera can be expensive but it’s a convenient stop over location and offers a taste of the South of France. This coastline is famous for the more glamorous resort areas like Cannes and Saint Tropez. It’s easy to use Nice as a base and make day trips to each of these. In Nice, small allies are lined with bars and restaurants, antique markets and live music. Bright blue waters await you at the pebbly beach. Dive in and see more Nice details.
Itinerary note: Follow The Gap Map itinerary and travel from Nice to Lloret del Mar in Spain. You will make your way through Spain and Portugal before returning to France by bus into Hossegor on the Aquitaine coast. Refer now to the Spain page to follow the Gap Map itinerary available for download on the main Europe page.
Soorts-Hossegor located on the Aquitaine coast in South-West France is famous for its winter surf and hosts the WSL Quicksilver Pro event each year. It is one of the rare places in Europe where you can sink your feet into soft golden sand. Experience a true French summer holiday. See more Hossegor details.
Referred to by many as the food and wine capital of the country, Bordeaux is a beautiful city that is often skipped over by tourists on their first time to France. Follow The Gap Map itinerary and catch the train here from Hossegor before moving onto Paris. Bordeaux is also a convenient location to make a day trip to Dune du Pilat. See more Bordeaux details.
The city of lights. The city of Love. Need we say more? Tick Paris off your bucket list and experience more than just the Eiffel Tower. See more Paris details.
Follow The Gap Map itinerary and travel from Nice to Lloret del Mar in Spain. Make your way through Spain and Portugal before returning to France by bus into Hossegor on the Aquitaine coast. Refer to the Spain page for details on this leg of the route.
From Paris proceed to Brussels by train.