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Is this a good plan or not?

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Is this a good plan or not?

Hi there,

We're thinking of doing a tour by train to this area at the beginning of July. We would fly into Bordeaux and get the train to Pau. Thought that from here we would take the train or bus for a day trip to Oloron St. Marie and a day trip to Lourdes. How many nights do you suggest we stay in Pau - looks like a lovely small city?

Get the train from Pau to St. Jean de Lux, it says on the SNCF web site that we would either change trains at Dax or Bayonne. Would Bayonne be worth a nights stay do you think - we're not really big city people but as we might need to connect there it is an option?

Would a week at Saint Jean de Luz be too much - we thought we'd do a couple of trips from here, say St. Jean de Pied Port and maybe somewhere on the Spanish side?

We would travel back to Bordeaux by train for return - maybe a stop on the way back somewhere interesting. We've done the Dordogne area so we'd be looking for somewhere new.

So many questions - we spent three nights in San Sebastian last June and really liked the Basque area and the local cuisine.

We love to walk, not the huge hiking variety but a good 12 kilometres is fine, love trying local foods and people watching and really getting the feel of a place.

Would love some input and answers to my questions.

Thanking you.

Any suggestions and answers gratefully accepted.

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1. Re: Is this a good plan or not?

Bayonne is a lovely town and definitely worth staying a night. However, when in July are you coming? You might be in Bayonne during the Fete de Bayonne. It might be your cup of tea (or you might hate it).

You will probably exhaust all of the best dining options in Saint Jean de Luz during a week's stay so consider Biarritz, Hondarribia and San Sebastian. There is a really nice costal footpath running between Hendaye and Bidart. It is called Sentier du Littoral.

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3. Re: Is this a good plan or not?

A thought would be to stay at least one extra day at Bayonne and use it to take the train up to St Jean Pied de Port.

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4. Re: Is this a good plan or not?

Thank you to the three of you, grateful to you for taking the time, especially to you Diz for the all the links you posted. Will keep me occupied for a while looking into the places mentioned.

Would it be easier to vist St. Jean Pied de Port from Bayonne or would it be just as easy from St. Jean de Luz - all these St. Jean's getting a bit confused - doesn't take much?

From your replies it would appear that there would be plenty to do for a two week visit.

It's always great to get the advice of local TA members and people who have experienced the places first hand.

Thanks again,

Valleygirl

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5. Re: Is this a good plan or not?

The only public transport to Saint Jean Pied de Port is by train from Bayonne. They are few and far between: http://www.voyages-sncf.com/ …ter-sncf.com/Images/Aquitaine/Tridion/62-AF…

From Saint Jean de Luz you would need first need to get a train to Bayonne and then change there for the one mentioned above.

I had forgotten about the Petit Train de la Rhune (strange as I see it nearly every day in the summer). Views are fantastic and as you are walkers you could easily use the train just to take you up or down. A photo I took from the summit facing north over the French Basque country is the cover photo here: www.facebook.com/BiarritzAirportTransfers

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